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11-18-2006, 06:05 PM
Padala vs Sista; Otis plays M&M
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Games Today (The Arena, San Juan) 2 p.m. — CL-Pera Padala vs Sista 4 p.m. — Toyota Otis vs Mail & More



CEBUANA LHUILLIER-Pera Padala and Sista, two teams with rich winning traditions, cross paths today even as Toyota Otis hopes to sustain its winning drive in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at The Arena in San Juan.


In a fitting comeback to the league after more than two decades of absence, the CLPera Padala Moneymen banked on the explosive combination of UAAP MVP Kenneth Bono and Doug Kramer to demolish the hapless Kettle Korn Tigers, 99-70, last Tuesday, 99-70, last Tuesday.

The Sista Super Sealers, who are out to follow the footsteps of Welcoat Paints – the team they replaced – stunned hot favorite Magnolia Ice Cream, 77-71, a victory that completed the day of upsets in the opener last Saturday.

The Super Sealers did it without the 6-foot-9 Samigue Eman. The rising Davao star won’t see action for more than a month due to health reasons.

Hapee Toothpaste registered the tournament’s first upset by downing Harbour Centre, 73-68. The Teeth Masters also crushed the Tigers last Thursday, 93-66, to grab the early lead at 2-0.

With their impressive wins, expect another exciting action when the Moneymen and Super Sealers square off starting at 2 pm.

The Toyota Otis Sparks, who pulled off a pulsating 68-66 win over the TeleTech Titans last Tuesday, battle the Mail & More Comets at 4 p.m.

Marvin Cruz and JP Alcaraz will spearhead again the attack of the Sparks whose running game is undoubtedly one of the best in the league.

Though they were roughed up by the Port Masters two days back, the Comets have the capability to bounce back because of their strong materials – Elmer Espiritu, Nestor David and Jorell Canizares – all capable scoring from both inside and outside.

Pera Padala coach Luigi Trillo can also count on the services of Alwyn Espiritu, Erick dela Cuesta, Abby Santos, Mark Escalona and Don Dulay when the going gets tough.

Without Eman, Sista coach Caloy Garcia will again pin his hopes on University of the East’s Marcy Arellano, Khiel Misa and former pro Gilbert Malabanan.

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11-18-2006, 06:06 PM
Cebuana faces Sista in the PBL cup
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Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala and Sista, two teams with rich winning traditions, cross paths Saturday even as Toyota Otis hopes to sustain its winning drive in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at The Arena in San Juan.

In a fitting comeback to the league after more two decades of absence, the CL-Pera Padala Moneymen banked on the explosive combination of UAAP MVP Kenneth Bono and Doug Kramer to demolish the hapless Kettle Korn Tigers, 99-70, last Tuesday.

The Sista Super Sealers, who are out to follow the footsteps of the revered Welcoat Paints—the team they replaced, stunned hot favorite Magnolia Ice

Cream, 77-71, a victory that completed the day of upsets in the opener last Saturday.

And the Super Sealers did that without the 6-foot-9 Samigue Eman. The rising Davao star won’t see action for more than a month due to health reasons.

Hapee Toothpaste registered the tournament’s first upset by downing Harbour Centre, 73-68. The Teeth Masters also crushed the Tigers last Thursday, 93-66, to grab the early lead at 2-0.

With their impressive wins, expect another exciting action when the Moneymen and Super Sealers square off starting at 2 p.m.

The Toyota Otis Sparks, who pulled off a pulsating 68-66 win over the TeleTech Titans last Tuesday, battle the Mail & More Comets at 4 p.m.

Marvin Cruz and JP Alcaraz will spearhead again the attack of the Sparks whose running game is undoubtedly one of the best in the league.

Though they were roughed up by the Port Masters two days back, the Comets have the capability to bounce back because of their strong materials.

Aside from JR Quinahan, the Comets boast of hard-working mid-sized players, among them Elmer Espritu, Nestor David and Jorell Canizares—all are capable scoring from both inside and outside.

Pera Padala coach Luigi Trillo can also count on the services of Alwyn Espiritu, Erick de la Cuesta, Abby Santos, Mark Escalona and Don Dulay when the going gets tough.

Without Eman, Sista coach Caloy Garcia will again pin his hopes on University of the East’s Marcy Arellano, Khiel Misa and former pro Gilbert Malabanan.

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11-21-2006, 10:37 AM
Sista eyes 3 in a row; PBL has a new ball
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Without the ailing Samigue Eman, Sista coach Caloy Garcia never imagined of beating two of the fancied teams—the Magnolia Spinners and Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala—in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup.

He also did not entertain thoughts that they would be sharing the early lead at this stage of the tournament.

Was it because of pure luck? Well, just part of it. "Luck has something to do without our early success, but you have also to credit the resolve and attitude my players demonstrated in our first two games," said Garcia. "They played a helluva of a game. I just hope we can sustain our momentum."

But to win three in a row, the Sista should double if not triple its effort since they will be going against coleader Hapee Toothpaste Tuesday at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

"It’s going to be an acid test for us but I have great confidence in my players," said Garcia. "Hapee is a strong team, I have high respect for the team’s coaching staff."

The Teethmasters are also coming off impressive wins—the first against Harbour Center (73-68) and second against Kettle Korn (93-66).

Since both teams are known for their vaunted run-and-gun style of game, expect lots fireworks from their designated hitmen—Marcy Arellano, Kelvin Gregorio and Khiel Misa for Sista and Jason Castro, Larry Rodriguez, Robert Sanz and Mark Borboran for Hapee—when they clash at 2 p.m.

Meanwhile, PBL Commissioner Chino Trinidad and Proline Sports Center Vice President Joven Babaan jointly announced that the new Spalding-NBA Game Ball is now the official game ball of the PBL for the entire 2006-07 season. Proline is the exclusive Philippine distributor of Spalding basketballs and other Spalding products such as soccer balls, volleyballs and backboard systems.

"We are thrilled to be chosen by Spalding to be the institutional launching pad of the New Official NBA Game Ball in the Philippines. The teams and players of the PBL now share something in common with the NBA superstars.

The new advanced and much improved basketball represents the higher level of game play that the fans can expect from every player of the PBL this season," said Trinidad.

For his 20-point performance against the CL-Pera Padala, the 6-foot-3 Gregorio won the PBL Press Corps for the Player of the Week honors after edging out Rodriguez and Castro.

Also worth watching is the 4 p.m. tussle between Magnolia Ice Cream and CL-Pera Padala where UAAP MVP Kenneth Bono battles NCAA counterpart Samuel Ekwe.

The 6-foot-8 Ekwe, however, will have his hands full again since the Moneymen also boast of another power player in Doug Kramer. Besides Bono and Kramer, coach Luigi Trillo can also count on Macky Escalona, Erick de la Cuesta and Joeferson Gonzales.

To enhance their chance of winning, Jonas Villanueva and Bonbon Custodio—the No. 1 and 3 picks in the draft, must deliver big number to lessen the burden for Ekwe. The Manila Times

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11-21-2006, 10:40 AM
Surprise PBL leaders part ways



Inquirer
Last updated 05:37am (Mla time) 11/21/2006

Published on Page A22 of the November 21, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

TWO UNEXPECTED frontrunners fight for solo leadership in the Philippine Basketball League Silver Cup today.

The Sista Super Sealers and the Hapee-PCU Teeth Masters, both overlooked in the pre-season, will be vying for three straight wins when they collide at 2 p.m. today at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

“It’s going to be an acid test for us but I have great confidence in my players,” said Sista coach Caloy Garcia.

Similarly, mentor Luigi Trillo sees the 4 p.m. game between his Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala Moneymen and the favored Magnolia Spinners as a yardstick of his team’s skills.

Expected to provide an interesting sideshow is the duel between two collegiate Most Valuable Players -- UAAP’s top center Ken Bono for the Moneymen and NCAA’s Nigerian Sam Ekwe for the Spinners.

“Magnolia will be a good gauge of what we’re all about,” said Trillo. “They’ve got a very good team once Ekwe gets the feel of the game and as soon as the trio of (Jeff) Chan, (Bonbon) Custodio and (Jonas) Villanueva starts to gear up.”

While several new players needed time to blend with their team, forward Kelvin Gregorio seemed to have none of that problem with the Super Sealers.

Gregorio powered Sista’s back-to-back victories against Magnolia Spinners (77-71) and Cebuana Lhuillier (81-71).

A 6-foot-4 recruit from the University of the East, Gregorio also earned the first Player of the Week citation after averaging 16 points in two outings. Jasmine W. Payo

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11-22-2006, 11:12 AM
Hapee pounds Sista for solo lead
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 11/22/2006

Mark Borboran and Jayson Castro combined in a key fourth quarter run as Hapee Toothpaste subdued Sista, 71-66, yesterday to seize the solo lead in the PBL Silver Cup in Sucat, Parañaque.

Borboran, a rookie out of University of the East, dished out career highs 17 points and 10 rebounds to help power the Teeth Sparklers to their third straight win for the solo lead in the early going of the tournament.

"All the teams are strong, we want to be one of them," said Hapee-PCU coach Jun Noel. "Maybe we’ll get some respect after this win."

The team fared miserably in the last two conferences despite the presence of now PBA rookie Gabby Espinas.

Castro, an MVP candidate the last two conferences, fired eight of his 15 points in the fourth quarter and added two free throws and another basket down the stretch to seal the victory.

The Philippine Christian U standout also had nine rebounds, a conference high five steals and four assists in an all-around effort that impressed his coach.

"Jayson Castro is our go-to guy, he carried us through again," Noel said.

Conrad Fritz Bauzon drained four triples to finish with a game-high 19 points. He sizzled for 14 points in the first half but got shackled in the second half that hastened the Super Sealers’ downfall.

Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala came through with big triples in overtime as it pulled off a thrilling 89-85 win over Magnolia Ice Cream in the second game.

Macky Escalona, Mark Abadia and veteran Erick dela Cuesta buried a triple each in the extra period as the Cebuana Lhuillier finally took the sting out of the Spinners for their second win in three outings. Magnolia absorbed their second straight defeat.

As expected, Ken Bono led the Moneymen with 21 points and 10 rebounds while the wily Escalona and Abadia chipped in 16 and 13, respectively, for CL-Pera Padala.

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11-22-2006, 11:18 AM
Hapee deflates Sista

By Rey C. Lachica
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ONCE AGAIN, Jason Castro proved that height isn’t an obstacle to stand tall in the land of giants.

Blessed with a deep reserve of energy and big fighting heart, the 5-foot-8 Castro put on a razzle-dazzle performance in the final quarter to lift Hapee Toothpaste to a 71-66 win over Sista in a battle of early leaders in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center.

Though he fell one rebound short of posting his second double-double performance in the season-opening tournament, his gutsy plays in the fourth were enough to power the Teethmasters to their third straight win in as many outings.

"The boys played aggressively on defense but it was the all-around performance of Castro that spelled the difference" said coach Jun Noel. "He carried us again."

In the second game, Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala let loose three huge treys in the extra five minutes to pull off a thrilling 89-85 win over Magnolia Ice Cream.

Macky Escalona, Mark Abadia and veteran Erick dela Cuesta buried a triple each in overtime to finally take the sting out of the Spinners who absorbed their second straight defeat in as many outings.

As expected, Ken Bono led the Moneymen with 21 points and 10 rebounds while the wily Escalona and Abadia chipped in 16 and 13, respectively, as CL-Pera Padala rebounded from their stunning setback to Shell last Saturday.

Although Escalona missed to complete a three-point play with 27 ticks left, they managed to send the game into overtime – thanks to their pesky defense that denied the Spinners a clear shot in the final 24 seconds.

Not only did he provide fireworks for the team, he also supplied the other things for Hapee - hustle and inspiration.

Despite an awful shooting in the first half - he missed all his six attempts from the 3-point zone - Castro had 15 points, 9 rebounds, five steals and four assists in 27 minutes of action, a feat that installed him as the likely candidate for the MVP award again.

The cat-quick Castro was at his element in the final half where he tallied 14 points, including a booming triple in a bristling 8-0 run at the start of the pivotal stage that virtually turned the game around, 60-55, with still over seven minutes left.

Mark Borboran, the rising star from University of the East, also had a trey in that searing run to finish with 17 points on top of 10 rebounds and a steal.

The Super Sealers, who absorbed their first defeat in three starts, managed to close in on 61-62 on back-to-back baskets by Gilbert Malaban but Borboran fueled another 7-2 run with two charities for a safe 69-63 lead, only 79 ticks left.

Without the ailing 6-foot-9 Samigue Eman, the Teethmasters dominated both ends of the court as they tallied 17 points on second chance and lorded over the rebounding department, 53-42.

Both teams shot poorly from the field with Sista making only 41 percent (26-of-64) and Hapee posting 30 percent (22-of-73). But Sista’s 24 turnovers and 23 fouls hurt their cause the most.

In all, Sista gave up 22 free throws with Castro making 7-of-8.

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11-22-2006, 11:27 AM
Teethmasters hand Sista first defeat

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Hapee Toothpaste, getting another big lift from Jason Castro, out steadied Sista in a torrid fourth-quarter shootout, 71-66, and grabbed the solo lead in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup Tuesday at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

Castro, who stands only 5-foot-8, stood out among the finest performers for the Teethmasters as he posted a near double-double performance with 15 points and 9 rebounds in leading the team to its third win in a row.

"The boys played aggressively on defense but it was the all-around performance of Castro that spelled the difference," said coach Jun Noel. "He carried us again."

Not only did he provide fireworks for the team, he also supplied the other things for Hapee—hustle and inspiration.

Despite awful shooting in the first half—he missed all his six attempts from the 3-point zone—Castro had 5 steals and 4 assists in 27 minutes of action, a feat that installed him as the likely candidate for the MVP award again.

The cat-quick Castro was at his element in the final half where he tallied 14 points, including a booming triple in a bristling 8-0 run at the start of the pivotal stage that virtually turned the game around, 60-55, with still over seven minutes left.

Scores:

Hapee 71–Borboran 17, Castro 15, Rodriguez 9, Belga 8, Larong 7, Sanz 5, Moreño 3, Bucao 2, Hugnatan 2, Butel 1, Navarro 0, David 0.

Sista 66–Bauzon 19, Gregorio 13, Misa 12, Malabanan 8, Bonus 5, Arellano 4, Saldua 3, Alfad 2, Ebuen 0, Pinera 0.

Quarters: 20-10; 35-32; 53-55; 71-66.

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11-23-2006, 10:09 AM
Intal returns as H. Centre meets Kettle


Inquirer
Last updated 05:09am (Mla time) 11/23/2006

Published on Page A22 of the November 23, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

ATENEO de Manila University star JC Intal debuts for Harbour Centre when the Port Masters seek their second win in the PBL Silver Cup against the Kettle Korn-University of Santo Tomas Tigers today at the UST gym.

The 4 p.m. game marks Intal’s return to active competition since the Ateneo Eagles lost to the UST Tigers in the UAAP finals two months ago.

“Honestly, the loss to UST was a very painful one,” said Intal. “That's why I felt I really need to play again. I hope I can help Harbour.”

Intal's skills and leadership will be crucial for the Port Masters, who are still feeling the loss of LA Tenorio and Joseph Yeo to the pros.

“We really built the team around JC, he just didn't get to play right away,” said team manager Erick Arejola.

The Mail and More Comets and TeleTech Titans will tangle earlier at 2 p.m.

Intal initially opted to suit up as a practice player for San Miguel in the Philippine Basketball Association after starring for Ateneo with averages of 17.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists in the UAAP.

For the Port Masters, Intal's late arrival poses no problem in their system.

“With him in the lineup, it will be easier,” said Arejola. “Right now, he really wants to play. And there's still time to tell.”

While the Port Masters felt relieved to find a new go-to guy, the Tigers continue to search for answers in their dismal start.

The Tigers have lost by an average of 17 points in their two outings against Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala and Hapee-Philippine Christian University.

Kettle Korn-UST coach Pido Jarencio hopes Jojo Duncil and Allan Evangelista will try to put the spunk back in the Tigers' campaign.

The Comets, meanwhile, will vie for a second straight win after Wynsjohn Te led them to a surprising 88-57 rout of the Toyota Otis Sparks. -- Jasmine W. Payo

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11-23-2006, 10:11 AM
King Eagle ready to soar for Harbour

The Philippine Star 11/22/2006

Now, the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) Silver Cup is truly star-studded.

Fully recovered from their crushing setback to University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP Finals, JC Intal, the flamboyant star of Ateneo, chases another dream — winning a title in the league — when he suits up for Harbour Centre starting today.

Intal’s addition to Harbour Centre has virtually turned the league into a haven of stars, what with the presence of two MVPs of the country’s major collegiate leagues — Adamson’s Ken Bono and San Beda’s Sam Ekwe.

Fondly called "Baby Rocket" for his rim-rattling dunks and other exciting stuff, the 6-foot-3 Intal said their loss to the UST Tigers was a painful one but he has already learned to accept the reality.

"Honestly, the loss to UST was a very painful one, but I know it’s not my last chance to succeed and achieve something," said Intal. "That’s why I felt that I really need to play again. I hope I can help Harbour."

After training for San Miguel Beer team for a month, Intal is expected to be more dangerous and more productive. He averaged 17.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists for the Eagles — one of the best in the UAAP.

Interestingly, his debut for Harbour Centre will be against Kettle Korn, a team made up by the core of the UST Tigers.

Obviously, the opportunity to face the players that caused his misery for weeks excites him further.

"He’s ready and raring to see action again," said Harbour Centre team manager Erick Arejola. "His presence will surely give coach Jorge (Gallent) lots of offensive options.

Prior to the 4 p.m. tussle between Harbour Centre and Kettle Korn, the TeleTech Titans gun for their first win against the Mail & More Comets.

The Comets, bannered by former pro Michael Bravo, bounced back from their stinging setback to the Port Masters by clobbering Toyota Otis, 88-57, last Saturday.

The Titans of coach Jerry Codiñera are expected to go all-out in order to redeem themselves following their shocking 66-68 loss to the Toyota Otis Sparks.

Aside from Intal, Gallent can also count on new recruits Al Vergara, Reed Juntilla and vastly improving Jerwin Gaco.

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11-24-2006, 10:46 AM
Harbour 5 wallops Kettle Korn

Impressive PBL debut for Intal
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 01:44am (Mla time) 11/24/2006

Published on Page A27 of the November 24, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

JC INTAL showed up for his much-awaited debut and helped Harbour Centre massacre Kettle Korn-UST, 85-66, yesterday in the PBL Silver Cup at the University of Santo Tomas gym.

Intal conspired with Chico Lanete and Reed Juntilla in a telling third quarter surge that keyed the Port Masters’ second win in three games.

Harbour Centre kept the reigning UAAP titlists UST Growling Tigers winless in three matches and Intal’s entry into the team gave coach Jorge Gallent optimism for the days ahead.

“He adapted right away,” Gallent said of Intal, who debuted with nine points and six assists. “For him to become the team leader, he has to show it. He has to earn the respect of his teammates. But he’s a complete package.”

Lanete shot eight of his 14 points in the closing minutes and had four steals.

Harbour Centre tied the Sista Super Sealers and Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala in second spot, just a game behind the league-leading Hapee-PCU Teeth Masters’ 3-0 card.

Earlier, the TeleTech Titans recovered from a near-meltdown in the fourth-quarter to escape with a 79-70 win over the Mail and More Comets.

The Titans turned to Eugene Tan and Francis Mercado in the closing minutes to register their first win in two games, the same mark now held by the Comets.

Coach Jerry Codiñera said the Titans are still adapting to a new system he dubs as the “Black Storm.”

“It’s a major adjustment,” said Codiñera. “There are no hand signals, so it’s a strange system to the players.”

Intal, a vital cog in Ateneo de Manila University’s runner-up finish to UST in the UAAP, fouled out in his first game for the Port Masters, but not after helping the team to a 68-52 lead, with 6:49 remaining.

The scores:

First Game
TELETECH 79 -- Magpayo 17, Capus 15, Villamin 12, Mercado 9, Grijaldo 6, Guerrero 6, Tan 5, Labagala 4, Valenzuela 3, Latoreno 2, Estrada 0, Doruelo 0.
MAIL AND MORE 70 -- Bravo 14, Buenafe 13, Yambao 9, Quiñahan 7, David 6, Del Rosario 6, Coyukang 6, Aquino 4, Te 3, Cañizares 2, Ballesteros 0, Espiritu 0, Viray 0.
Quarters: 25-14, 42-30, 62-50, 79-70

Second Game
HARBOUR CENTRE 85 -- Lanete 14, Gaco 12, Ortiguerra 12, Juntilla 10, Intal 9, Capati 6, Alonzo 6, Coching 5, Araña 4, Vergara 3, Fernandez 2, Saguindel 2, Gamboa 0, Raymundo 0.
KETTLE KORN 66 -- Duncil 19, Taylor 8, Dizon 7, Espiritu 6, Cortez 6, Evangelista 5, Hybalde 5, Canlas 4, Cuan 3, Urbiztondo 2, De Guzman 1, Dela Cruz 0, Santos 0.
Quarters: 21-13, 30-32, 60-50, 85-66

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11-24-2006, 10:51 AM
H Centre shuts off Kettle Korn

The Philippine Star 11/24/2006

JC Intal produced a performance worthy of his status yesterday as Harbour Centre made it two in a row by clobbering Kettle Korn, 85-66, in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the UST gym.

Their loss to the UST Tigers in the UAAP finals already a thing of the past, Intal debuted impressively for the Port Masters as he fueled a big run in the third which he capped with a booming triple to turn a close contest into a rout.

Chico Lanete led Harbour with 14 points but the limelight simply belonged to the King Eagle.

He tallied only nine points but coach Jorge Gallent was already satisfied with his performance, considering that he joined the team only last Sunday.

He capped his performance with a two-handed dunk that saw the crowd explode in approval.

"He’s still adjusting to my system but watch him in our future games," beamed Gallent.

In the first game, Eugene Tan came through with a huge three-point shot at crunch time as the TeleTech Titans brought the Mail & More Comets down to earth, 79-70.

Out to erase the stigma caused by their shocking loss to the Toyota Otis Sparks last week, the Titans buckled down to serious business right away, imposing their will inside and outside to lead by as many as 22 points behind the red-hot shooting of Al Magpayo and Ariel Capuz.

But when the Comets got into their game and threatened to turn the game around, the Titans turned to their veterans who responded with clutch plays to stave off Mail & More’s determined fightback.

The Comets dropped to 1-2. Almost given up for the dead after trailing the Titans, 42-20, late in the second quarter, the Comets streaked their way back into the contest through the gutsy efforts of Michael Bravo and Ronjay Buenafe.

A 7-0 run capped by Bravo’s booming three-point shot pushed the Comets to within 68-72.

That run also saw their fans explode in utter excitement.

Howevere, Tan, a veteran of many championships, silenced Mail & More supporters by knocking in his first triple of the game after missing his earlier two attempts.

Francis Mercado, another grizzled veteran on the roster of coach Jerry Codiñera made it 77-68 after Buenafe bungled his open shot from way behind the 3-point arc barely 58 ticks left.

"We’re still struggling in our game but I’m glad we won this one," said Codinera. "I just hope we can play better in our next games.

The 6-foot-5 Magpayo finished with 17 points, 11 of them in a torrid first quarter performance that helped the Titans build a 25-14 advantage. Capuz tallied eight of his 15 markers in the second canto.

Also helping the cause of the Titans was the inability of the beefy 6-foot-5 JR Quinahan to dominate the shaded area this time.

After averaging 11.5 points and close to 10 rebounds in their first two games, Quinahan was limited to just seven points and the same number of rebounds — thanks to the rock-solid defense of Magpayo and Alfie Grijaldo. Bravo paced the Comets with 14 points, 10 of them in the payoff period as he sparked several spurts for the team.

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11-24-2006, 10:56 AM
Harbour swamps Kettle Korn

By REY C. LACHICA
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FOR HARBOUR Centre, it was well worth the wait. JC Intal, who joined Harbour just two days ago, sparked a searing run late in the third quarter yesterday as the Harbour Port Masters made it two in a row by clobbering the Kettle Korn Tigers, 85-66, in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the UST gym.

For Intal, who played for Ateneo, the win carried a measure of revenge against Kettle Korn which has as core players, those from the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers who beat the Blue Eagles in the UAAP finals two months ago.

The 6-foot-3 Intal clustered five straight points, including a triple, to finally take the sting out of the Tigers who gave the Port Masters a fight in the first three quarters.

After taking a 60-50 lead at the end of the third, the Port Masters never encountered trouble again as Chico Lanete and Marvin Ortiguera put on the finishing touches.

With the win, Harbour Centre tied Sista for second place at 2-1.

Even coach Jorge Gallent could not hide his excitement with the arrival of the King Eagle who finished with 9 points in only 16 minutes of action.

"He gave us so many options," said Gallent. "But he’s doing well right now, kunting adjustments pa at tiyak na gaganda pa ang laro niya."

In the first game, Eugene Tan came through with a huge three-point shot at crunch time as TeleTech brought down Mail & More, 79-70.

Intal capped his impressive debut with a powerful two-handed dunk shot that had the crowd roaring in delight.

Lanete led Harbour with 14 points but Intal was definitely the star of the show.

Though he was fouled out, the crowd still gave him big applause in appreciation for his fine performance.

Out to erase the stigma caused by their shocking loss to the Toyota Otis Sparks last week, the Titans buckled down to serious business right away, imposing their will inside and outside to lead as much as 22 points behind the redhot shooting of Al Magpayo and Ariel Capuz.

But when the Comets got into their game and threatened to turn the game around, the Titans turned to their veterans who responded with clutch plays to stave off Mail & More’s determined fightback.

The Comets dropped to 1-2.

Almost given up for the dead after trailing the Titans, 42-20, late in the second quarter, the Comets clawed their way back into the contest through the gutsy efforts of Michael Bravo and Ronjay Buenafe.

A 7-0 run capped by Bravo’s booming three-point shot pushed the Comets to within 68-72. That run also saw their fans explode in utter excitement.

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11-24-2006, 11:05 AM
TeleTech Titans blast Comets in Silver Cup

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Wily guard Eugene Tan came through with a huge three-point shot at crunch time Thursday as the TeleTech brought the Mail & More down to earth, 79-70, in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the UST gym.

Out to erase the stigma caused by their shocking loss to the Toyota Otis Sparks last week, the Titans buckled down to serious business right away, imposing their will inside and outside to lead as much as 22 points behind the red-hot shooting of Al Magpayo and Ariel Capuz.

But when the Comets got into their game and threatened to turn the game around, the Titans turned to their veterans who responded with clutch plays to stave off Mail & More’s determined fightback.

The Comets dropped to 1-2.

Almost given up for the dead after trailing the Titans, 42-20, late in the second quarter, the Comets clawed their way back into the contest through the gutsy efforts of Michael Bravo and Ronjay Buenafe.

A 7-0 run capped by Bravo’s booming three-point shot pushed the Comets to within 68-72. That run also saw their fans explode in utter excitement.

Tan, a veteran of many championships, however, silenced Mail & More supporters by knocking in his first triple of the game after missing his earlier two attempts.

Francis Mercado, another grizzled veteran on the roster of coach Jerry Codiñera made it 77-68 after Buenafe bungled his open shot from way behind the 3-point arc barely 58 ticks left.

Scores:

TeleTech 79—Magpayo 17, Capuz 15, Villamin 12, Mercado 9, Grijaldo 6, Guerrero 6, Tan 5, Labagala 4, Valenzuela 3, Latoreno 2, Estrada 0, Doruelo 0.

Mail & More 70—Bravo 14, Buenafe 13, Yambao 9, Quinahan 7, David 6, del Rosario 6, Coyukang 6, Aquino 4, Te 3, Canizares 2, Ballesteros 0, Espiritu 0, Viray 0.

Quarters: 251-4; 42-30; 62-50; 79-70.



Games Friday

(The Arena, San Juan)

2 p.m. — Kettle Korn vs Magnolia

4 p.m. — Hapee vs Toyota Otis

gfy
11-25-2006, 12:09 AM
Somebody told me that Pido Jarencio was replaced as coach of KettleKorn.

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11-25-2006, 10:54 AM
Hapee shoots for No. 4 vs Toyota Otis


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Last updated 04:05am (Mla time) 11/25/2006

Published on page A26 of the November 25, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

GAMES TODAY (The Arena, San Juan)
2 p.m.—Kettle Korn vs Magnolia
4 p.m.—Hapee-PCU vs Toyota Otis

THE Hapee-PCU Teeth Masters shoot for their fourth straight victory in the PBL Silver Cup against the Toyota Otis Sparks today at The Arena in San Juan.

Buoyed by the exceptional performances of Jason Castro, Larry Rodriguez and Mark Borboran, the league-leading Teeth Masters are heavily favored in their 4 p.m. date with the Sparks, who have a 1-1 win-loss card.

“It’s still those three who are carrying this team,” said Hapee-PCU coach Jun Noel. “But there should be no complacency. We need more practice, we have to blend more.”

The Magnolia Spinners and the Kettle Korn-UST Tigers, both struggling despite enjoying the services of the core of two champion collegiate squads, try to end their winless runs at 2 p.m.

Despite a big effort by UAAP Finals MVP Jojo Duncil, the Tigers skidded to their third straight loss, 85-66, versus Harbour Centre last Thursday.

Recently, the Spinners also fell short to Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala, 89-85, in overtime.

A pre-season favorite, Magnolia coach Koy Banal hopes for better on-court communication among his San Beda players led by NCAA MVP Sam Ekwe, Jeff Chan and top rookie picks Jonas Villanueva and Bonbon Custodio.

Hapee-PCU, cellar-dwellers in recent conferences, rolled to their third straight triumph against the Sista Super Sealers, 71-66.

Castro again came through in the clutch, while Borboran finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Jasmine W. Payo

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11-25-2006, 10:58 AM
Hapee eyes 4th win vs Toyota Otis

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SURPRISE LEADER Hapee Toothpaste shoots for its fourth straight win against Toyota Otis, while fancied Magnolia Ice Cream hopes to nail its first one today in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at The Arena in San Juan.

After beating Harbour Centre in tense showdown in the opener two weeks ago, the Teethmasters have won their last two games by huge margins, thus earning the respect they covet from the very start.

"To earn back the respect of some teams, we have to be in the upper bracket of the standings, and since we are currently on top, I hope they will now respect us," said coach Jun Noel. "But we should not be complacent."

The Teethmasters are bidding to win their first title since winning back-to-back championships three years. No team has won two in a row since then.

Noel admits they have a decisive height advantage over the boys of coach Louie Alas but they won't take them lightly when they meet at 4 p.m.

Clashing in the opening game at 2 p.m. are Magnolia and Kettle Korn in a match dubbed as "Battle of Champions."

The Magnolia Spinners, built around the core of NCAA champion San Beda, dropped their first two games against Henkel-Sista and Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala. The Kettle Korn, represented by UAAP champion University of Santo Tomas, lost three in a row, the latest was a 66-85 drubbing from the Port Masters.

Since winning the UAAP crown at the expense of the Ateneo Eagles, the Tigers have lost most of their matches. Despite that, coach Pido Jarencio remains confident they can bounce back from a string of setbacks.

Jason Castro, Mark Borboran and Larry Rodriguez are again expected to lead the assault of the Teethmasters. The troika, according to Noel, are capable of scoring half of the team’s output on a given day, what with their versatility and energy.

The Toyota Otis Sparks are perhaps the smallest squad in the 9-team field but they boast of two gutsy players in Marvin Cruz and JP Alcaraz.

The Spinners should draw the best from No. 1 pick Jonas Villanueva, Bonbon Custodio, Sam Ekwe and Yousif Aljamal to finally barge into the win column.

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11-26-2006, 02:01 PM
Hapee, Magnolia win

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 05:39am (Mla time) 11/26/2006

Published on page A25 of the November 26, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

COACH Jun Noel stuck to a tested formula to make sure the Hapee-PCU Teeth Masters remain unbeaten.

With the troika of Jason Castro, Larry Rodriguez and Mark Borboran leading the attack, the Teeth Masters subdued the Toyota Otis Sparks, 75-65, in the PBL Silver Cup yesterday at The Arena in San Juan.

Castro dished out 17 points, eight rebounds and one assist to keep the Teeth Masters on top at 4-0. Borboran and Rodriguez also tossed in a combined 21 markers

Earlier, the Magnolia Spinners ended a two-game slide with a 97-74 rout of the Kettle Korn-UST Tigers.

Yousif Aljamal finished a rebound-shy of a double-double with a game-high 23 points and nine boards.

But it was the trio of Bonbon Custodio, Gerard Jones and Jeff Bombeo who set the tone for the lopsided victory in the first quarter.

“It was a week’s worth of practice,” said assistant coach Potit de Vera, who called the shots in the closing minutes. “The players already know what to do even without coach Koy.”

Magnolia coach Koy Banal left midway in the third period and rushed to a PBA game of Purefoods, where he also serves as an assistant coach.

Kettle Korn mentor Pido Jarencio, an assistant coach of San Miguel Beer, also skipped the game.

Assistant coach Beaujing Acot handled the Tigers, who slumped to their fourth straight loss.

The Teeth Masters refused to fold as the Sparks moved within 46-40 in the third quarter.

The Sparks slipped to 1-2.

The scores:

MAGNOLIA 97—Aljamal 23, Chan 14, Custodio 10, Gamalinda 8, Jones 8, Menor 8, Tecson 6, Bombeo 6, Ekwe 6, Villanueva 4, Escobal 2, Taganas 2, Angeles 0, Natividad 0.

KETTLE KORN 74—Cortez 11, Duncil 10, Evangelista 10, Espiritu 9, Hubalde 9, De Guzman 8, Urbiztondo 5, Cuan 4, Taylor 4, Canlas 2, Dizon 2, Allera 0, Santos 0, Ababou 0.

Quarters: 27-11, 53-31, 76-47, 97-74

* * *

HAPEE-PCU 75—Castro 17, Rodriguez 12, Borboran 9, Sanz 8, Belga 6, David 5, Moreno 4, Butel 4, Bucao 3, Amaparado 3, Razon 2, Larong 2, Garrido 0, Navarro 0, Hugnatan 0.

TOYOTA OTIS 65—Rodriguez 15, Daa 9, Baluyot 9, Cruz 7, Coronel 7, Dedicatoria 5, Cabahug 4, Jazul 3, Alcaraz 2, Faundo 2, Yabut 2, Jaime 0, Quinday 0, Guevarra 0, Fajardo 0.

Quarters: 18-15, 37-26, 56-46, 75-65

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11-26-2006, 02:03 PM
Castro makes Hapee win
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 11/26/2006

Prolific guard Jayson Castro unleashed another remarkable performance and Hapee Toothpaste-PCU walloped Toyota Otis, 75-65, yesterday to extend its amazing run to four in the PBL Silver Cup at The Arena in San Juan.

Castro, MVP runner-up in the last two conferences, struck with 17 points including 11 in the third quarter, helping fuel a run that carried the Teeth Sparklers to their fourth win in as many games.

"He’s just showing that he could contend for the MVP award," said Hapee coach Jun Noel of the six-foot Castro, who also logged eight rebounds, four steals and one block against six turnovers.

Poor free-throw shooting that saw the Sparks muff 16 of 34 charities compounded Toyota Otis’ woes as it absorbed a second straight defeat after a shock win over TeleTech in its first outing.

Inspired by team owner Cecilio Pedro who made his first appearance in a game this season, the Teeth Sparklers unravelled a decisive attack in the third and kept the Sparks at bay the rest of the way.

Earlier, Magnolia Ice Cream got a huge lift from Yousif Aljamal as it slammed Kettle Korn, 97-74, to barge into the win column after dropping its first two games.

Aljamal, the MVP winner in the recent San Beda-PCU NCAA title duel, scattered 23 points — his largest output in the PBL thus far.

The Corn Poppers suffered a fourth straight defeat while missing the services of coach Pido Jarencio who sat on the San Miguel bench in the PBA over at the Olivares Gym in Parañaque.

Magnolia coach Koy Banal left midway in the third quarter to also attend his coaching job in the pros. But the Spinners worked well under assistant coach Potit de Vera.

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11-26-2006, 02:04 PM
Hapee romps to 4th straight win

By REY LACHICA
www.mb.com.ph


HAPEE TOOTHPASTE roared to its fourth straight win yesterday by drubbing Toyota Otis, 75-65, to cement its hold of the lead in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at The Arena in San Juan.

Getting the usual numbers from their key players, the Teethmasters scuttled Toyota Otis’ uprising in the third quarter to maintain their unblemished record — their best start so far in three years.

Aside from stretching their winning run, coach Jun Noel believed their victory was enough to send a strong signal to their rivals that they really meant business this time.

"We’re doing well right now but we should be complacent. With our record, we’re now the target of everybody," said Noel. "But we’re ready."

Earlier, Magnolia Cream overwhelmed Kettle Korn-University of Santo Tomas, 97-74, in a battle of collegiate champions to finally barge into the win column.

Playing true to their pre-tournament hype as the team to beat, the Spinners used a big first quarter performance to turn what was expected to be a thrilling contest into a rout and notch their first win after two heartbreaking defeats.

Jason Castro again starred for the Hapee as he scattered 17 points, grabbed eight boards and dished out four assists in another brilliant all-around performance.

Larry Rodriguez, last conference’s top rookie, also did not frustrate owner Cecilio Pedro and team manager Bernard Yang as registered 12 points, seven rebounds and an assist, while Mark Borboran added 9 points, including a towering dunk, and eight rebounds.

After leading as many 12 points in the first half, the Toyota Otis Sparks, with Marvin Cruz at the helm, closed in at 40-46 with just three minutes left in the third. That turned out to be the closest they could get as Castro sparkled a whirlwind finish for a 56-46 breather.

Humming like a well-oiled machine, the Spinners, built around core of NCAA champion San Beda, raced to commanding 27-11 lead at the end of the first quarter and virtually settled the outcome of the game when they took a 74-44 advantage late in the third quarter.

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11-26-2006, 02:08 PM
Spinners pop Kettle Korn

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Magnolia Ice Cream showed its might as it crashed newcomer Kettle Korn, 97-74, Saturday in the 2006 Philippine Basketball League Silver Cup at the San Juan City Arena.

Yousif Aljamal, Jeff Chan and Bonbon Custodio wasted no time in controlling the tempo for the Spinners as they led the early 27-11 first quarter lead and never relinquished it till the end.

The Tigers, composed of the core of the UAAP champion University of Santo Tomas, couldn’t find their range and were held to only to three points in the first five minutes of the second period, gasping for a big 23-44 deficit.

This was the fourth straight loss for the Tigers who are now beaten by their opponents by an average of 24 points while Magnolia came back to life as it snapped a two-game losing streak for a 1-2 mark.

The 6-foot-4 Aljamal scored 10 points in the second quarter to engineer a big 76-47 advantage for the Spinners and from there they were never threatened for a lopsided win.

"We just did our game plan and the boys were able to make good executions especially our second stringers," said assistant coach Potit de Vera, who took over the coaching chores as head coach Koy Banal left the team in the third quarter to catch up the Purefoods game where he serves as one of the assistants in the PBA.

"We got time to rest Sam Ekwe as we had the control of the game and we decided to give exposure to our other big men," de Vera added.

He admitted that the mainstays of Magnolia are still adjusting to the newcomers from San Beda College and at most the team needs two months to get back their usual spirited play that won them the Unity Cup last year. Frank Calapre

Scores

Magnolia-San Beda 97—Aljamal 23, Chan 14, Custodio 10, Jones 8, Gamalinda 8, Menor 6, Ekwe 6, Bombeo 6, Tecson 6, Villanueva 4, Taganas 2, Escobal 0, Natividad 0.

Kettle Korn-UST 74—Cortez 11, Duncil 10, Espiritu 9, Hubalde 9, De Guzman 8, Evangelista 6, Urbiztondo 5, Taylor 4, Cuan 4, Canlas 2, Dizon 2.

Quarters: 27-11; 53-31; 76-47; 97-74.

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11-27-2006, 11:22 AM
Castro sparkles for Hapee-PCU

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 00:49am (Mla time) 11/27/2006

Published on page A30 of the November 27, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

AFTER MISSING the MVP award in the last two Philippine Basketball League conferences, Jason Castro wants to go all the way this time.

And after four games, the Hapee-PCU guard appears to be on the right track. Castro dished out a pair of monster games this week to power Hapee Toothpaste-Philippine Christian University to two of their four victories in the PBL Silver Cup.

Averaging just 13 points in their first two wins, Castro, 20, raised the level of his game to gain the scribes’ nod as the week’s best player, the league’s second recipient after Henkel-Sista’s Kelvin Gregorio.

In their 71-66 victory over Henkel-Sista last Tuesday, Castro fired 15 points, including baskets that mattered most in the stretch.

He then uncorked a 17-point performance four days later as Hapee fashioned out a 75-65 triumph over Toyota Otis. He poured in 11 points in the third quarter that set the tone for the victory.

“He’s showing us he deserves to be MVP,” said Hapee-PCU coach Jun Noel of his flashy guard.

Overall, Castro, who edged teammates Larry Rodriguez and Mark Borboran for the week’s top honors, averaged 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists, about two steals and a shot block to emerge one of the early contenders for this year’s MVP plum.

But what motivates Castro is not the individual honor but the thought of helping the Teeth Masters win the team crown.

“My main goal right now is to help the team win a championship,” said the soft-spoken Castro in Filipino. “If I can win the MVP while doing that, the better.”

That’s something other clubs should watch out for.

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11-27-2006, 11:23 AM
Hapee guard PBL’s early bet for MVP plum

The Philippine Star 11/27/2006

Twice MVP runner-up the last two conferences, Jason Castro wants to take center stage this time.

And after four games, the Hapee-PCU guard appears to be on the right track.

Castro dished out a pair of monster games this week to power Hapee Toothpaste-Philippine Christian U to two of their four victories and remain unbeaten in the PBL Silver Cup.

Averaging just 13 points in their first two wins, Castro, 20, raised the level of his game a notch higher to gain the scribes’ nod as the week’s best player, the league’s second recipient after Henkel-Sista’s Kelvin Gregorio.

In their 71-66 victory over Henkel-Sista Tuesday, Castro fired 15 points, including baskets that mattered most down the stretch.

He then uncorked a 17-point performance four days later as Hapee fashioned out a 75-65 triumph over Toyota Otis. He poured in 11 points in the third quarter that set the tone for the victory.

"He’s showing us he deserves to be MVP," said Hapee-PCU coach Jun Noel of his flashy guard.

Overall, Castro, who edged teammates Larry Rodriguez and Mark Borboran for the week’s top honors, averaged 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and a shot block to emerge one of the early contenders for this year’s MVP plum. Joey Villar

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11-28-2006, 11:51 AM
Hapee-PCU guns for 5th straight win


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Last updated 02:09am (Mla time) 11/28/2006

Published on page A24 of the November 28, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE HAPEE-PCU Teeth Masters try to keep their unbeaten run when they take on the Teletech Titans today in the PBL Silver Cup at the Olivarez College Sports Center in Parañaque City.

Focus will still be on the young trio of Jason Castro, Larry Rodriguez and Mark Borboran when the Teeth Masters vie for their fifth straight win at 4 p.m.

“They’re a tall team, I consider them as one of the contenders this season,” said Hapee coach Jun Noel of the Titans, who have a 1-1 slate.

The Sista Super Sealers, who bowed to the Teeth Masters in their last outing, will try to bounce back against the Kettle Korn-UST Tigers at 2 p.m.

Noel attributes the Teeth Masters’ strong start to his players’ discipline.

“They just have to continue believing in the system and trusting our philosophy,” he said.

The Titans notched their first win against the Mail and More Comets, 79-70, last Thursday.

The Super Sealers are heavily favored over the Tigers, still winless in four games despite the impressive individual performances of Jojo Duncil and Allan Evangelista.

Worse, the UAAP champion Tigers have dropped their games by an average of 24 points.

“It’s hard because we’re adjusting to the higher level of play in the league, so the players get frustrated,” said assistant coach Beaujing Acot, who called the shots in the Tigers’ 97-74 setback against the Magnolia Spinners. --- Jasmine W. Payo

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11-28-2006, 11:56 AM
Hapee stakes clean slate vs TeleTech

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HAPEE TOOTHPASTE faces another acid test when it battles TeleTech today in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

Hapee coach Jun Noel is perfectly aware of their situation that being on top is no joke at all, and that’s the reason why he keeps on challenging his players to work hard on practice and play smart during games.

Out to relive their happy days, the Teethmasters roared to their fourth straight win - their best start in three years – by downing Toyota Otis, 75-65, last Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.

With a 4-0 record, Noel believes they have now regained the respect of other teams, but there’s no way they will take the Titans lightly when they meet at 4 p.m.

"I’m happy with the way my boys are responding to my challenge but I stressed to them time and again the value of discipline and hard work," said Noel. "All the teams in the league are strong so we can’t afford to relax."

Well, they ought not to, especially against the Titans.

The Titans, starring veteran Eugene Tan, Al Magpayo, Francis Mercado and Ariel Capuz, demolished Mail & More, 79-70, a victory that enabled them to redeem themselves after absorbing a 66-68 loss to Toyota Otis.

Clashing in the first game at 2 p.m. are HenkelSista and Kettle Korn with both teams out to bounce back from their defeats the last time out.

The Henkel-Sista Super Sealers are also out to avenge their loss to the Teethmasters last week, so expect them to display the form that enabled them to beat pre-tournament favorites Magnolia Ice Cream and Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala.

Just like in their first four wins, Noel will again count on the nifty plays of Jason Castro, the power and finesse of Larry Rodriguez and University of the East star Mark Borboran. Castro is averaging close to 16 points.

Henkel-Sista coach Caloy Garcia hopes that Marcy Arellano can recover from a so-so performance against the Teethmasters. He was brilliant in their win over Magnolia as he tallied 20 points.

The Kettle Korn Tigers are still winless in four games.

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11-29-2006, 12:06 PM
Hapee-PCU posts fifth straight win

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 01:10am (Mla time) 11/29/2006

Published on Page A30 of the November 29, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

GAMES TOMORROW (San Beda gym)
2 p.m. -- Cebuana Lhuillier vs Harbour Centre
4 p.m. -- Toyota Otis vs Magnolia

IT TOOK SOME time before Mark Borboran asserted himself in the game.

But his coach’s patience paid off as Borboran towed the Hapee-PCU Teeth Masters to their fifth straight victory, 76-67, against the TeleTech Titans in the PBL Silver Cup yesterday at the Olivarez College Sports Center in Parañaque City.

After a scoreless stint in the first half, Borboran pumped in 11 of his 18 points in the Teeth Masters’ fourth-quarter comeback.

“We just kept on going, we were looking for his game,” said Hapee-PCU coach Jun Noel of Borboran, who also contributed 13 rebounds.

Larry Rodriguez topscored with 21 markers, including four straight points that gave the Teeth Masters their first taste of the lead, 67-65, in the final three minutes.

Borboran’s University of the East teammates also starred in the opening match.

Kelvin Gregorio shot an undergoal stab with just seven-tenths of a second left to lift the Sista Super Sealers to an 80-78 escape over the Kettle Korn-UST Tigers. The Tigers’ defense collapsed on Marcy Arellano, who issued a drop pass to the unguarded Gregorio.

Arellano bounced back from a sub-par performance to finish with 14 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals.

The Sealers also recovered from their first setback to claim solo second with a 3-1 card.

Before Gregorio’s buzzer-beating shot, Anthony Espiritu buried a triple with 5.7 seconds left to knot the contest at 78.

Jojo Duncil fired a game-high 30 points for the Tigers.

The Titans fell to 1-2, while the Tigers remained winless after five outings.

The scores:

First Game
SISTA 80 -- Arellano 14, Bauzon 10, Gregorio 10, Alfad 9, Saldua 8, Misa 7, Bonus 7, Malabanan 6, Robles 5, Ebuen 4, Pinera 0.
KETTLE KORN 78 -- Duncil 30, Urbiztondo 9, Espiritu 8, Evangelista 5, Cuan 5, Canlas 4, Taylor 4, De Guzman 4, Dizon 3, Ababou 2, Hubalde 2, Cortez 2.
Quarters: 24-13, 43-33, 59-56, 80-78

Second Game
HAPEE-PCU 76 -- Rodriguez 21, Borboran 18, Sanz 12, Moreno 9, Larong 5, Butel 4, Castro 4, Hugnatan 2, Belga 1, David 0, Razon 0.
TELETECH 67 -- Magpayo 15, Villamin 13, Guerrero 9, Mercado 6, Capus 6, Valenzuela 6, Latoreno 2, Grijaldo 2, Labagala 2, Doruelo 2, Estrada 2, Concha 2, Tan 0.
Quarters: 9-16, 29-33, 47-53, 76-67

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11-29-2006, 12:08 PM
Hapee-PCU remains unscathed
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 11/28/2006

Larry Rodriguez and Mark Borboran took charge in the fourth quarter to power Hapee Toothpaste-PCU past TeleTech, 76-67, yesterday for its fifth straight victory in the PBL Silver Cup at the Parañaque Sports Center.

Rodriguez and Borboran came away with 11 points each in the last period as the Teeth Sparklers fought back from a six-point deficit at the end of the third to turn back the Titans and remain the only unbeaten in the seven-team field.

Borboran, a rookie out of University of the East, posted a career-best not only in scoring but also in rebounding with 13 boards in a splendid all-around effort that impressed his coach.

"We set up plays for him in the second half and I’m glad he found his rhythm," said Hapee-PCU coach Jun Noel.

Rodriguez topscored for the team with 21 points.

Al Magpayo paced the Titans with 15 points, including 11 in the first half that saw them race to double-digit leads. But Teethmasters clamped down on defense, holding their rivals to just four points in the final six minutes to pound out the victory.

Trailing by as many as 13 points, 42-29, in the third period, the Teeth Sparklers, who trailed almost all throughout until the final three minutes, slowly but surely clawed their way back to pull off the come-from-behind win and firm up their hold of the lead.

It was TeleTech’s second loss in three matches.

Earlier, Henkel-Sista leaned on the clutch play of Kelvin Gregorio and Marcy Arellano with a fraction of a second left as it edged Kettle Korn, 80-78, for its third win in four outings.

The Super Sealers blew double-digit spreads in the first three quarters until Gregorio, the league’s first Player of the Week awardee, scored on a feed by University of the East teammate Marcy Arellano for the marginal basket.

The Corn Poppers played their best game thus far after dropping their first four games with an average losing margin of 24 points as Jojo Duncil’s sizzled with a career-best 30-point output.

But the RFM-owned franchise failed to break that Gregorio-Arellano play and reeled to its fifth loss in row.

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11-29-2006, 12:10 PM
Hapee rallies to subdue TeleTech

By REY C. LACHICA
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THE 2007 PBL Silver Cup is turning out to be a veritable playground for University of the East stars.

Mark Borboran, a UE sophomore, exploded for 11 points in the final quarter to lift Hapee Toothpaste-Philippine Christian University to a 76-67 come-from-behind win over TeleTech yesterday at the Olivarez Sports Center.

Earlier, Marcy Arellano, another rising star from UE, came through with a clutch play down the stretch as Henkel-Sista-St. Benilde beat Kettle Korn, 80-78, for its third win in four games.

Held scoreless in the first half, the 6-foot-4 Borboran caught fire in the third period where he scattered seven points that kept the Teethmasters in the game.

He was spectacular in the fourth as he did almost everything on the court -scoring, rebounding, assisting and most of all - providing the intangibles. His tandem with Larry Rodriguez also proved too much for Titans.

"Mabuti na lang naka-recover si Mark sa second half," said Hapee coach Jun Noel. "We hope we can sustain our form."

It was the fifth straight win for the Teethmasters, thus cementing their lead in the season-opening tournament. Kelvin Gregorio, also from UE, scored the winning basket for Sista on a perfect assist by Arellano with barely a second left.

Rodriguez led Hapee-PCU with 21 points.

The loss was a bitter pill to swallow for coach Jerry Codinera as they led most of the way only to allow the Teethmasters to snatch the win – thanks to their defensive effort.

In one stretch of the game, the Teethmasters exploded for 20 points while limiting the Titans to four. Poor shot selection in the pivotal period hastened the Titans’ downfall.

Given a slim chance to beat Henkel-Sista after losing their first four games by an average of 24 points, the Tigers surprised everybody — the Super Sealers included — as they almost sent the game into overtime after the lanky 6-foot-4 Anthony Espiritu buried a long triple that knotted the count at 78-all with only 5.7 ticks left.

The Super Sealers, however, refused to be intimidated as Arellano gallantly attacked the middle, a move that attracted two more defenders to foil him.

That ploy backfired as the catquick Arellano found Gregorio, his University of the East teammate, open underneath that paved the way for the game-winning basket.

Despite absorbing their fifth straight loss, the Kettle Korn Tigers should take pride for pushing Henkel Sista to the corner.

Even Henkel Sista coach Caloy Garcia was all praises for the Tigers, saying: "Kettle Korn deserves a big pat on the back, they should have won the game but we’re just lucky. Coach Pido Jarencio and his men did a great job out there."

The Tigers fell behind by 16 points (37-53) midway in the third quarter but they slowly clawed their back into the contest through the effort of Jojo Duncil, who baffled the guards thrown at him with his wide array of moves.

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11-29-2006, 12:13 PM
Super Sealers escape upset-conscious Kettle Korn

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The Kettle Korn-University of Santo Tomas Tigers rediscovered the pride and heart that powered them to a riveting win in the UAAP Finals a month ago.

Unfortunately, it was not enough to end their losing spell in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup.

Kelvin Gregorio made sure of that Tuesday as he scored underneath on a perfect assist by Marcy Arellano with barely a second left to lift Henkel-Sista to a thrilling 80-78 win over the Tigers at the Olivarez Sports Centre in Parañaque City.

Given a slim chance to beat Henkel-Sista after losing their first four games by an average of 24 points, the Tigers surprised everybody—the Super Sealers included—as they almost sent the game into overtime after the lanky 6-foot-4 Anthony Espiritu buried a long triple that knotted the count at 78-all with only 5.7 ticks left.

The Super Sealers, however, refused to be intimidated as Arellano gallantly attacked the middle, a move that attracted two more defenders to foil him.

That ploy backfired as the cat-quick Arellano found Gregorio, his University of the East teammate, open underneath that paved the way for the game-winning basket.

Despite absorbing their fifth straight loss, the Kettle Korn Tigers should take pride for pushing Henkel Sista to the corner.

Even Henkel Sista coach Caloy Garcia was all praises for the Tigers, saying: "Kettle Korn deserves a big pat on the back, they should have won the game but we’re just lucky. Coach Pido Jarencio and his men did a great job out there."

The Tigers fell behind by 16 points (37-53) midway in the third quarter but they slowly clawed their back into the contest through the effort of Jojo Duncil, who baffled the guards thrown at him with his wide array of moves.

They even took the lead, 70-66, as John Cuan and Josh Urbiztondo joined the fray with 3:38 remaining. But the Super Sealers, refusing to roll over and die, came through with clutch baskets to notch their third win in four starts.

Arellano, who scored only six points in the team’s two games, tallied 14 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals in 27 minutes of play.

Arellano’s last-gasp play also negated the 30-point performance of Duncil, who shot 12 of 19 from the field, including 2-of-5 from the 3-point area. Jam Alfad also shone for Henkel-Sista chipping in 10 points and grabbing 12 rebounds, five of them offensively. The Manila Times

Scores:

Henkel-Sista 80—Arellano 14, Bauzon 10, Gregorio 10, Alfad 9, Saldua 8, Misa 7, Bonus 7, Malabanan 6, Robles 5, Ebuen 4, Pinera 0.

Kettle Korn 78—Duncil 30, Urbiztondo 9, Espiritu 8, Evangelista 5, Cuan 5, Canlas 4, Taylor 4, de Guzman 4, Dizon 3, Ababou 2, Hubalde 2, Cortez 2.

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12-02-2006, 03:08 PM
Henkel tests Mail & More; TeleTech eyes end of woes

By Marc Anthony Reyes
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Last updated 02:54am (Mla time) 12/02/2006

Published on page A18 of the December 2, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

ONE team hopes to sustain its winning run while the other struggles to end its losing skid as four teams in the middle of the standings slug it out today in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Emilio Aguinaldo College in Manila.

Henkel Sista-St. Benilde is on a roll and stakes its winning streak against Mail & More at 4 p.m. game, while TeleTech attempts to end its woes against CL Pera Padala in the curtain-raiser at 2 p.m.

The Super Sealers are coming off a rousing 80-78 victory over Kettle Korn-University of Santo Tomas last Tuesday, in a game coach Caloy Garcia said defined their character.

“We are slowly getting into the kind of team we wanted to be,” said Garcia. “This time against Mail & More, we have to prepare and play smart against them.”

Garcia noted that Mail & More carries an edge in height, but he expressed confidence his team can pull it off with outside shooting and speed.

One of those he is relying upon is Marcy Arellano, the University of the East’s starting guard who starred in that victory over Kettle Korn after issuing a dazzling assist to Kelvin Gregorio with just a second left in the game.

Arellano scored 14 points aside from providing intangibles for the team which gives premium on teamwork.

But Mail & More is no push-over especially with the towering presence of JR Quiñahan, the 6-foot-5 Cebuano slotman on whose broad shoulders the team’s game plan is hinged.

In the other game, the TeleTech Titans hope to salvage lost pride after a 76-67 loss to Hapee Toothpaste-Philippine Christian University recently.

Showing their brittle resolve, the Titans were leading most of the game only to allow the Dolphins to snatch away the victory in the endgame.

The Moneymen will surely look for ways to take advantage of that weakness with double-trouble Kenneth Bono and Doug Kramer in the frontline and guard Macky Escalona in the backcourt.

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12-02-2006, 03:13 PM
Sista vs M&M

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HENKEL SISTA-St Benilde resumes its winning drive against Mail & More today while TeleTech hopes to bounce back from a defeat in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Emilio Aguinaldo College Gym in Manila.

After their being pushed to the limit by Kettle Korn-University of Santo Tomas last Tuesday, Sista coach Caloy Garcia expects his squad to face another severe test when they meet the Mail & More Comets beginning at 4 p.m.

"They’re coming off a loss, so we have to prepare and play hard and smart against them," said Garcia. "It is one of the tallest squads in the league so we have to work on our speed and shooting."

The Super Sealers broke away from a three-way logjam after scoring a spine-tingling 80-78 win over the vastly-improving Kettle Korn Tigers to grab solo second at 3-1 – thanks largely to the razzle-dazzle performance of Marcy Arellano.

Almost forgotten after his disappointing performance the last two games where he scored only a total of six points, Arellano, one of the big stars of University of the East, produced the game’s biggest play – a perfect assist on Kelvin Gregorio with only one second left.

Aside from creating several scoring opportunities for his teammates, Arellano also led the Super Sealers in scoring with 14 points.

Garcia’s major concern, however, is how to limit the 6-foot-5 JR Quinahan.

"Though he’s struggling of late, he’s still dangerous. Ang hirap niyan, baka sa amin pa siya mag-explode," said Garcia.

TeleTech battles Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala at 2 p.m. with the Titans hoping to redeem themselves absorbing a 67-76 loss to league-leading Hapee Toothpaste-Philippine Christian University four days back.

It was a heart-breaking loss for the Titans as they dominated the game most of the way only to lose steam at crunch time and allow the Teethmasters to secure their fifth straight win.

Well, they can’t afford to do it against the Moneymen who are raring to stamp theirclass again.

Tied with the Harbour Port Masters for third to fourth places at 2-1, the Moneymen will again lean on the "double-trouble" combination of Kenneth Bono and Doug Kramer.

Aside from Bono and Kramer, TeleTech coach Jerry Codinera should design ways to stop or limit the production of talismanic Macky Escalona. Aside from his daring drives, Escalona can also hurt the Titans with his nifty outside shooting.

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12-03-2006, 07:22 PM
TeleTech averts another collapse



By REY C. LACHICA
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TELETECH IS a choker no more. Ariel Capuz and Al Magpayo made sure TeleTech would no longer collapse as they hit clutch baskets down the stretch as the Titans defeated Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala, 68-61, yesterday in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym in Malate.



The Titans nearly squandered a huge a 20point advantage in the third quarter as Don Dulay, Ken Bono and Macky Escalona fueled a searing Pera Padala rally in the fourth that saw them close in at 55-60 with a little over two minutes left.

Limited to just two points in the first three quarters, the 6-foot-5 Magpayo buried a long triple that cut short Pera Padala’s celebration.

Taking a cue from Magpayo, Capuz hit a short jumper which turned out to be what TeleTech needed to push the Moneymen to the valley of death.

The win was the second for the Titans in four starts, thus tying their victim for fourth spot.

In the second game, JR Quinahan finally delivered for Mail & More as the Comets scuttled Henkel Sista-St. Benilde’s determined comeback for a 6558 win.

Quinahan registered 16 points and 9 rebounds in leading the Comets to their second win to tie the Titans and Moneymen.

The Super Sealers slipped to 3-2.

With the 6-foot-5 Quinahan imposing his will inside the paint, the Comets got off to a fiery start, leading as much as 16 points.

"We considered the game as a make or break for us, but I’m glad the boys stepped up, especially Quinahan," said coach Lawrence Chongson, who also drew 10 points from EAC star Ronjay Buenafe.

In his finest game so far, Capuz, who came off the bench this time, sizzled with 25 points on a brilliant 4-of-5 shooting from the 3-point zone and 5-of-8 from the perimeter.

"Luckily for us, we managed to check their trapping defense in time," said coach Jerry Codiñera.

Codiñera also credited the team’s pesky defense on Pera Padala’s big men, especially Bono and Doug Kramer, for the win.

Bono tallied only 11 points, 9 of them in the final quarter, while Kramer was held scoreless.

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12-05-2006, 01:41 PM
Harbour Centre targets 3rd win in row


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Last updated 06:24am (Mla time) 12/05/2006

Published on page A23 of the December 5, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

JC INTAL hopes to follow up on his stirring debut as the Harbour Centre Port Masters shoot for their third straight win against the Toyota Otis Sparks in the PBL Silver Cup at the Letran College gym in Intramuros, Manila.

“He’s a complete package,” said Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent of his new star recruit. “But for him to become the team leader, he has to show it. He has to get the respect of his teammates.”

The Port Masters (2-1) are slightly favored over the 1-2 Sparks in their 4 p.m. clash.

Mail and More’s brawny center JR Quiñahan will also try to flash his old form as the Comets battle the Magnolia Spinners at 2 p.m.

Making up for recent mediocre performances, Quiñahan delivered 16 points, nine boards, four assists and two blocks in the Comets’ upset win versus the second-running Sista Super Sealers, 65-58, last Saturday.

But Quiñahan will be up against Nigerian behemoth Sam Ekwe, who will try to lead Magnolia to its second straight win.

“Every team is intimidated with Ekwe,” said Comets coach Lawrence Chongson. “San Beda’s system is also strong.”

The Spinners, boosted by the core of NCAA champion San Beda Lions, halted a two-game skid by walloping the Kettle Korn-UST Tigers, 97-74.

Magnolia coach Koy Banal also expects consistent performances from top collegiate players Yousif Aljamal, Jonas Villanueva, Bonbon Custodio and Jeff Chan.

Although the Port Masters are coming off an 11-day break, Gallent thinks his wards are far from rusty.

In their last outing, the Port Masters got good numbers from Intal, Chico Lanete and Reed Juntilla to cruise to an 85-66 rout over the Tigers.

Speedy guards Marvin Cruz and JP Alcaraz, meanwhile, will be the key weapons in the Sparks’ charge. Jasmine W. Payo

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12-05-2006, 01:46 PM
Harbour returns after layoff

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A LONG lay-off has proven many times to be very disadvantageous to any team. Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent, however, begs to disagree.

"That’s not always the case, it depends on the situation," said Gallent, who is bidding for his second straight title after steering Harbour Centre to the Unity Cup championship last June.

Having a new player in JC Intal – one of the league’s certified stars – Gallent needs some time to plot his offensive strategy and an 11-day off is just fine for him.

Well, that will be known today as Harbour Centre seeks its third straight win against Toyota Otis in a showdown between Unity Cup finalists in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Letran College gym in Intramuros.

Clashing in the first game at 2 p.m are Mail & More and Magnolia Ice Cream – a showdown that will feature Cebuano star center JR Quinahan of the Comets against San Beda’s center of attraction Sam Ekwe.

The Ekwe-Quinahan battle in the paint is expected to provide more color and action to the game as both teams are determined to notch their second straight wins.

The Comets, with Quinahan scoring 16 points and grabbing 9 boards, beat Henkel Sista-St. Benilde, 65-58 for a 2-2 record.

The Spinners, on the other hand, ended a two-game losing run by thundering past a hapless Kettle Korn crew, 97-74. Aside from Ekwe, coach Koy Banal has also in his disposal four of the finest collegiate players in Bonbon Custodio, Jeff Chan, Yousif Aljamal and Jonas Villanueva.

Intal’s first game for Harbour Centre proved to be a memorable one.

Though he struggled - as expected -- in the first two quarters, the 6-foot-4 Intal hit back-to-back baskets highlighted by a booming trey late in the third canto to lead the Port Masters to an 85-66 win over the Kettle Korn Tigers.

The win gave Intal some measure of satisfaction for it was him who keyed the decisive run that flattened the Tigers – practically the same squad that beat Intal’s Ateneo squad in the UAAP finals.

Intal’s partnership with National University’s Edwin Asoro in the middle is also a must-see. Both players are known for their rim-rattling dunks. The backcourt combination of Reed Juntilla, Al Vergara and Chico Lanete is also formidable one.

But they can’t be too sure against the Toyota Otis Sparks of lawyer Rey Oben.

The Toyota Otis Sparks, bannered by JP Alcaraz and Marvin Cruz, are expected to use their hit-and-run game to the hilt plus their defensive variation to make up for their lack of ceiling.

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12-06-2006, 09:42 AM
Big men spark Toyota; Mail and More scores


By Jasmine W. Payo
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Last updated 06:34am (Mla time) 12/06/2006

Published on Page A23 of the December 6, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

GAMES TOMORROW (Olivarez College Sports Center)
2 p.m. -- Sista vs Cebuana Lhuillier
4 p.m. --Magnolia TeleTech

FINDING a surprise performer in Eric Rodriguez, the Toyota Otis Sparks slipped past the favored Harbour Centre Port Masters, 64-60, in the PBL Silver Cup yesterday at the Letran College gym.

Rodriguez drilled in seven points in the final canto, including a crucial low-post basket that lifted the Sparks, 60-57, at the 1:45 mark.

“Our big men played so well,” said Sparks coach Louie Alas. “For the first time, we won in rebounding.”

Rodriguez delivered his best performance this conference for a game-high 17 markers and nine rebounds.

Marvin Cruz also cushioned the Sparks edge by sinking three of four free throws in the last 12 seconds.

Earlier, the Mail and More Comets banked on another big performance by JR Quiñahan in a 67-58 triumph over the Magnolia Spinners.

Quiñahan, coming off a 16-point performance versus Sista, sizzled with 21 points, nine rebounds, four blocks and two assists.

“He’s proving to be the vital cog of this team,” said Comets coach Lawrence Chongson.

The Comets built on a strong second-quarter charge behind Quiñahan, Jorel Canizares and Marvin Yambao for a 41-31 halftime spread.

Mail and More joined Sista at 3-2.

Toyota Otis and Harbour Centre wound up tied at 2-2 with Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala and TeleTech.

Magnolia, a pre-season favorite after acquiring several collegiate stars, fell to 1-3.

The wide-bodied Quiñahan also got the upperhand in his anticipated match up versus 6-foot-8 Nigerian Sam Ekwe.

Ekwe finished with 18 markers and 16 boards, but got little support from Magnolia’s top guns.

The scores:

First Game
MAIL AND MORE 67 -- Quiñahan 21, Yambao 10, Bravo 8, David 8, Canizares 7, Espiritu 6, Coyukang 5, Del Rosario 2, Pribhdas 0, Buenafe 0, Viray 0.

MAGNOLIA 58 -- Ekwe 18, Aljamal 9, Custodio 7, Chan 6, Escobal 5, Gamalinda 4, Angeles 3, Taganas 2, Menor 2, Barcellano 2, Natividad 0, Villanieva 0, Bombeo 0.

Quarters: 14-13, 41-31, 57-42, 67-58

Second Game
TOYOTA OTIS 64 -- Rodriguez 17, Cruz 15, Daa 14, Cabahug 7, Baluyot 4, Jazul 3, Dedicatoria 2, Coronel 2, Jaime 0, Alcaraz 0, Quinday 0, Guevarra 0, Fajardo 0, Yabut 0.

HARBOUR CENTRE 60 -- Intal 14, Juntilla 11, Gaco 9, Lanete 8, Capati 6, Vergara 5, Ortiguerra 2, Alonzo 2, Asoro 1, Gamboa 1, Saguindel 1, Arana 0.

Quarters: 17-18, 29-33, 47-47, 64-60

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12-06-2006, 09:44 AM
Quinahan lifts Comets; Sparks halt Portmasters
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 12/06/2006

JR Quinahan held his ground against Nigerian behemoth Sam Ekwe in their showdown at the paint, and Mail and More smothered Magnolia Ice Cream, 67-58, yesterday to close in on the pacesetting Hapee Toothpaste squad in the PBL Silver Cup at the Toyota Gym yesterday.

Quinahan collected 21 points, nine rebounds, four blocks and two assists in a brave stand against the 6-foot-8 Ekwe, who amassed 18 points and 16 boards.

Getting tremendous boost from Quinahan, the Comets, coming off a 65-58 spanking of the Henkel-Sista Super Sealers, scored a second straight win and their third in four matches.

The Spinners slid to 1-3.

"He is proving to be a vital cog in this team," said Mail and More coach Lawrence Chongson of Quinahan, whom they picked from the dispersal draft last September.

The win could serve Mail and More in good stead as it tangles with Hapee Toothpaste-PCU on Saturday. The Teeth Sparklers remain the only unbeaten team in the field.

"It’s going to be another big test for us. We will know in that game if we’re really a contender or mere pretender," Chongson said.

Ekwe highlighted his showing with several jarring slams, but Quinahan stole the thunder in the end.

Quinahan made 10 points in the third quarter, fuelling a decisive Mail and More breakaway.

Toyota Otis outmaneuvered Harbour Centre at the finish, carving out a 64-60 decision in the second game.

The Sparks drew even with the Portmasters, the CL Pera Padala Moneymen and TeleTech Titans on their identical 2-2 records.

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12-07-2006, 09:58 AM
Sista shoots for solo 2nd vs C. Lhuillier



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Last updated 02:24am (Mla time) 12/07/2006

Published on Page A27 of the December 7, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

HENKEL SISTA-ST. BENILDE tries to grab solo second place when it tackles Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala today in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

With 6-foot-9 Sami-gue Eman expected to finally see action, the Super Sealers (3-2) are slightly favored over the Pera Padala squad (2-2) in their 2 p.m. contest.

TeleTech (2-2) shoots for a second straight win against struggling Magnolia (1-3) at 4 p.m.

Assistant team manager Jude Roque said Eman may not be in tip-top shape and would probably play just for a few minutes but coach Caloy Garcia said the Davao City cager will definitely be a factor since the Super Sealers badly need a legitimate center.

The Super Sealers, although missing the indisposed Eman, are tied with Mail & More behind unbeaten leader Hapee-Philippine Christian University.

Pera Padala’s Ken Bono, Macky Escalona and Doug Kramer are expected to go all-out today following their dismal performances against the Titans.

Teletech’s strength comes from Ariel Capus who accounted for 25 points, including a 4-of-5 three-point shooting against the Moneymen.

He is expected to get support from veterans Al Magpayo, Mel Latoreno, Paul Guerrero and Eugene Tan.

The Spinners, on the other hand, are not to be taken for granted, given the power of their lineup built around NCAA champion team San Beda College. Marc Anthony Reyes

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12-08-2006, 11:13 AM
Sista whips C. Lhuillier


By Jasmine W. Payo
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Last updated 03:00am (Mla time) 12/08/2006

Published on Page A33 of the December 8, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE SISTA Super Sealers hardly needed the services of a returning big man in notching a 77-69 victory over the Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala Moneymen in the PBL Silver Cup yesterday at the Olivarez College Sports Center in Parañaque City.

A scoring tear anchored on Marcy Arellano in the second half allowed the Sealers to claim solo second at 4-2.

Gilbert Malabanan, Khiel Misa and Kelvin Gregorio also shone in the final canto to brush off the Moneymen’s last-ditch effort.

“We cannot rely on just our shooters, so I told them to take it to the basket,” said Sista coach Caloy Garcia

Arellano topscored with 18 points, while Malabanan tallied 13 markers, 13 boards and four assists.

The 6-foot-9 Samigue Eman, out for a month due to health reasons, finished with three points, six rebounds and two blocks in 11 minutes of action.

In the second game, the TeleTech Titans survived the Magnolia Spinners’ late rally for a 76-70 triumph.

Al Magpayo drilled in 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to power the Titans’ climb to third place.

“We’re starting to jell,” noted coach Jerry Codiñera after his Titans joined Mail and More at 3-2.

Charging behind Doug Kramer, the Moneymen threatened at 68-63 before Gregorio responded with a trey for a 71-63 edge with 1:23 left.

The Moneymen skidded to their second straight loss in a 2-3 card while the Spinners fell to 1-4.

The scores:

First Game
SISTA 77 -- Arellano 18, Bonus 13, Malabanan 13, Misa 11, Gregorio 7, Saldua 5, Bauzon 3, Eman 3, Alfad 2, Ebuen 0, Robles 0, Pinera 0.
CEBUANA LHUILLIER 69 -- Kramer 20, Bono 19, Escalona 11, Dela Cuesta 8, Dulay 6, Uy 2, Buyco 2, Viardo 1, Abadia 0, Oreta 0, Gonzales 0, Tagupa 0, Yee 0, Santos 0, Mendoza 0.
Quarters: 19-18, 35-35, 57-54

Second Game
TELETECH 76 -- Magpayo 18, Grijaldo 12, Capus 12, Mercado 9, Tan 7, Valenzuela 4, Guerrero 4, Concha 4, Estrada 2, Labagala 2, Villamin 2, Doruelo 0.
MAGNOLIA 70 -- Gamalinda 12, Menor 10, Aljamal 10, Ekwe 9, Custodio 9, Villanueva 8, Chan 5, Taganas 4, Escobal 3, Angeles 0, Tecson 0.
Quarters: 17-17, 40-32, 61-52, 76-70

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12-09-2006, 10:52 AM
Hapee-PCU shoots for 6th victory vs Comets


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Last updated 04:16am (Mla time) 12/09/2006

Published on page A20 of the December 9, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THERE’S no need to rev up Hapee-PCU’s drive in the PBL Silver Cup.

The pacesetting Teeth Masters will try to stay unbeaten when they tackle the Mail and More Comets at 2 p.m. today at the Olivarez College Sports Center in Parañaque City.

“I believe the hunger factor remains as the main motivator of the team,” said coach Jun Noel of the well-rested Teeth Masters, who will vie for their sixth straight victory.

“All our hard work had been paying off,” noted Noel.

The Toyota Otis Sparks will also try to keep their winning form versus the struggling Kettle Korn-UST Tigers at 4 p.m.

The Teeth Masters have not seen action since posting a 76-67 victory over the TeleTech Titans on Nov. 28 and are slightly favored over the 3-2 Comets, who are on the rise through hefty Cebuano JR Quiñahan.

Mark Borboran, Jason Castro and Larry Rodriguez are expected to again lead the Teeth Masters, who are bracing for a tough fight from the Comets following Mail and More’s 67-58 conquest of Magnolia last Tuesday.

“I credit the resolve of the players,” said Comets mentor Lawrence Chongson after the win over Magnolia. “We’ve been limiting our opponents to less than 60. It’s basically our defense; the offense can take care of itself.”

The Sparks (2-2) are going for a second straight win after topping the Harbour Centre Port Masters also last Tuesday behind Erick Rodriguez who shot a personal high 17 points in their 64-60 triumph.

While most teams have recovered from their early struggles, Kettle Korn-UST continued its slide, taking a fifth straight loss against Henkel Sista, 80-78, recently.

It was the closest the Tigers have come to a win after lopsided setbacks. -- Jasmine W. Payo

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12-09-2006, 10:58 AM
Hapee shoots for 6th straight win

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NOVEMBER WAS indeed a month to remember for Hapee Toothpaste-Philippine Christian University.

Getting splendid performances from Mark Borboran, Jason Castro and Larry Rodriguez, the Teethmasters won their first five games, including surprise wins over pre-tournament favorites Harbour Centre and TeleTech.

But will December be another merry month for the Hapee Teethmasters?

That will be partly answered today when the Teethmasters battle the resurgent Mail & More Comets in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

With the Mail & More Comets out to notch their third consecutive win, expect a fast and explosive action when they tangle at 2 p.m.

Clashing at 4 p.m. are Toyota Otis and Kettle Korn-University of Santo Tomas with the Sparks of Rey Oben hoping to win their second straight game in five games.

Hoping for a spark that would end a two-game losing skein, Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas finally found it last Tuesday in Marvin Cruz and Erick Rodriguez who scored clutch baskets to down the Harbour Port Masters, 64-60.

The 6-foot-5 Rodriguez, one of the league’s underrated centers, stood his ground against Harbour’s veteran big men to score a personal high 17 points.

Hapee coach Jun Noel is very much aware of the plot against them but they are ready.

"Being on top of the heap, I know that everybody wants to beat us. Even Mail & More is raring to stop us but we’ll see," said Noel. "I believe the hunger factor remains as the main motivator of the team."

The Lamoiyan-franchise has yet to win a title after completing a rare back-to-back championship in 2003 and that explains why the Teethmasters have been playing great these days.

But to stop the Comets, the Teethmasters must do one thing – they have to stop or limit the production of RJ Quinahan.

While he was hardly a factor in the team’s first three games, the player known in Cebu as "Baby Shaq" was simply outstanding the last two games as he normed 18.5 points and 9 rebounds.

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12-10-2006, 02:32 PM
Mail and More deals PCU its first loss; Comets soar

By Jasmine W. Payo
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Last updated 07:09am (Mla time) 12/10/2006

Published on page A32 of the December 10, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

GAMES TUESDAY (Emilio Aguinaldo College Gym)
2 p.m.—Harbour Centre vs Henkel Sista
4 p.m.—Magnolia vs Hapee-PCU

THE league newcomer pulled off a huge upset with a big comeback.

Mail and More mounted an improbable run in the last seven minutes to hand league-leading Hapee-PCU its first loss, 66-63, in the PBL Silver Cup yesterday at the Olivarez College Sports Center.

The trio of Mike Bravo, Wynsjohn Te and Jim Viray took over in the final canto to lead the Comets’ climb out of an 18-point deficit, 39-57, late in the third period.

“We started out bad, we just dug deep,” said Comets coach Lawrence Chongson. “It was the resolve of the players, they never gave up.”

Chongson also credited his wards’ defensive game as the Comets held the Teeth Masters to only six points in the fourth quarter.

The Comets won by surviving poor free-throw performance at 54 percent and an even more atrocious field goal shooting at 26 percent.

Bravo topscored with 14 points, including a key layup and a couple of free throws in the last 45 seconds to ice the triumph.

The Comets strung up their third straight win with JR Quiñahan leading the way with 13 points, 16 rebounds, five blocks and four assists.

Despite the loss, Hapee-PCU remained on top at 5-1. Mail and More joined Henkel Sista at the second spot with 4-2 slates.

In the second game, Marvin Cruz nailed a layup with 1.2 seconds left to lift the Toyota Otis Sparks to a 90-88 escape over the Kettle Korn-UST Tigers.

The Sparks withstood the Tigers’ late push behind Jay Sierra.

“We saw what’s negative in the team, we tend to relax, but we also played a good endgame,” said Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas, whose Sparks joined the TeleTech Titans at 3-2. The Tigers skidded to their sixth straight setback.

The scores:

First Game

MAIL AND MORE 66—Bravo 14, Te 13, Quinahan 13, Viray 10, Buenafe 8, Coyukang 4, David 3, Aquino 1, Pribhdas 1 Canizares 0, Del Rosario 0, Espiritu 0, Yambao 0.

HAPEE-PCU 63—Castro 14, Sanz 12, Larong 9, Moreno 7, Razon 6, Rodriguez 5, Belga 4, Borboran 4, Bucao 2, Butel 0, Hugnatan 0, Garrido 0, David 0.

Quarters: 15-26, 27-45, 44-57, 66-63

Second Game

TOYOTA OTIS 90—Daa 17, Cabahug 12, Jaime 11, Cruz 10, Rodriguez 10, Alcaraz 9, Coronel 8, Baluyot 6, Dedicatoria 4, Quinday 2, Guevarra 1, Fajardo 0, Yabut 0, Jazul 0.

KETTLE KORN-UST 88—Duncil 29, Sierra 13, Hubalde 12, Evangelista 11, Ababou 6, De Guzman 6, Urbiztondo 5, Cuan 2, Dizon 2, Espiritu 2, Taylor 0, Canlas 0, Santos 0, Dela Cruz 0, Cortez 0.

Quarters: 25-20, 46-39, 71-64, 90-88

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12-10-2006, 02:46 PM
Mail & More rallies past Hapee

By REY C. LACHICA
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MAIL & More can’t be taken lightly.

Hapee Toothpaste found that yesterday as the Mail & More Comets rallied from a huge 17-point deficit to score a 66-63 win in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Paranaque.

Mike Bravo, Wynsjohn Te and JR Quinahan joined hands in a torrid fourth quarter assault that saw them drop a telling 13-4 tear to cap their mighty comeback from a 27-45 deficit in the second quarter.

Bravo led the Comets with 14 points, seven of them in the payoff period, while Quinahan and Ty chipped in 13 apiece to hand Hapee its first defeat in six games.

In the second game, Marvin Cruz scored on a fastbreak with only a second left to lift Toyota Otis to 90-88 win over hard-luck Kettle Korn Pop Kings.

It was another heartbreaking loss for the Pop Kings who took an 88-85 lead on a three-point play by Jay Sierra with a little over a minute left. But Dennis Daa hit three charities in two possessions to tie the count for the eighth time.

The Pop Kings had a golden chance to notch their first win in six games but Sierra made a hurried 3-point shot with still five ticks left, paving the way for Cruz’s game-winning basket.

Kettle Korn’s defeat again put the swashbuckling performance of hotshooting Jojo Duncil to waste.

After scoring 30 points in the team’s loss to Sista Super Sealers, Duncil sizzled for 29 points to lead the league in scoring.

It was the third straight win for the Comets, thus tying idle Henkel SistaSt. Benilde for second to third places at 4-2. The Sparks improved to 3-2.

"You have to give it to the boys, they really persevered and they showed they have the character," said coach Lawrence Chongson. "We hope we can play better the next time."

The Comets shot awfully in the early goings and also defended poorly as they allowed the Teethmasters to score 17 points on transition plays.

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12-10-2006, 02:51 PM
Mail & More stops Hapee’s winning run

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Mail & More can’t be taken lightly.

Hapee Toothpaste found that out Saturday as the Mail & More Comets rallied from a huge 17-point deficit to score a thrilling 66-63 win in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

Mike Bravo, Wynsjohn Te and JR Quinahan joined hands in a torrid fourth quarter assault that saw them drop a telling 13-4 tear to cap their mighty comeback from a 27-45 deficit in the second quarter.

Bravo led the Comets with 14 points, seven of them in the payoff period while Quinahan and Ty chipped in 13 apiece.

It was the third straight win for the Comets who tied Henkel Sista-St. Benilde for second to third places at 4-2.

But more than that, they snapped a five-game winning run by the Teethmasters, who appeared to have celebrated too early after a fiery start.

"You have to give it to the boys, they really persevered and they showed they have the character," said coach Lawrence Chongson. "We hope we can play better the next time."

The Comets shot awfully in the early goings and also defended poorly as they allowed the Teethmasters to score 17 points on transition plays.

But they pulled their act in the fourth and succeeded in limiting the Teethmasters to just six points. While Hapee suffered from a power shortage, the Comets sparkled for 22 points.

Jim Viray, a prized find from San Sebastian College, also made a great contribution in that backbreaking run as he buried a triple that cut Hapee’s lead down to one, 60-61, with two minutes left.

After Hapee bungled their offensive play, Ty gave Mail & More their first lead after a long while with two charities for a 62-61 lead. But Jason Castro quickly responded with a short jumper.

But that proved to be Hapee’s last hurrah as Bravo scored easily—thanks to Ty who forced Castro to fumble with 45 seconds.

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12-11-2006, 02:08 PM
Quiñahan PBL’s brightest

By Jasmine W. Payo
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Last updated 03:54am (Mla time) 12/11/2006

Published on page A36 of the December 11, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

HIS INITIAL outings with Mail and More proved to be quite a disappointment.

It turned out to be just JR Quiñahan’s way of finding his comfort zone with his new team in the PBL Silver Cup.

Quiñahan, a recruit from the disbanded Granny Goose, has so far proven to be key to the Comets’ surprising rise to second spot.

“He’s new, he just needed to jell with the team,” said Comets coach Lawrence Chongson.

As the Cebuano standout rediscovered his explosive form, Mail and More’s game started to pick up as well.

The Comets charged with a three-game winning run capped by a come-from-behind upset victory over the league-leading Hapee-PCU, where Quiñahan logged in 13 points, 16 rebounds, five blocks and four assists in a 66-63 victory Saturday.

With the victory, the Comets joined Henkel Sista in second spot at 4-2, just a game behind Hapee-PCU’s 5-1 slate.

Quinahan’s consolation was that the covering media named him as their Player of the Week.

The wide-bodied center also showed brilliance by holding his own against 6-foot-8 Nigerian Sam Ekwe, the NCAA Rookie-MVP.

In leading the Comets past Magnolia and Ekwe, Quiñahan finished just a rebound-shy of a double-double after scattering 21 points. He also had four blocks and two assists in a 67-58 triumph.

“I just want to help the team in whatever way I can,” said Quiñahan.

Playing a sparkplug’s role isn’t new for Quiñahan.

As a league rookie, Quiñahan powered Granny Goose to the semifinals in its maiden stint in 2004.

“He’s starting to show his experience,” said Chongson. “He’s proving to be the vital cog of this team.”

Quiñahan normed 16.6 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.6 blocks in Mail and More’s last three wins to edge Henkel Sista’s Marcy Arellano and Toyota Otis’ Marvin Cruz for the weekly honors.

Recent winners of the citation included Hapee-PCU’s Mark Borboran and Jason Castro and Henkel Sista’s Kelvin Gregorio.

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12-12-2006, 11:34 AM
Hapee aims to rebound against Magnolia


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Last updated 06:28am (Mla time) 12/12/2006

Published on Page A27 of the December 12, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE HAPEE-PCU Teeth Masters, licking the wounds of a first loss, try to get back on track when they clash with the Magnolia Spinners today in the PBL Silver Cup at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym.

The Teeth Masters (5-1) and the Spinners (1-4) collide at 4 p.m.

Henkel Sista hopes to get more quality minutes from a returning big man against Harbour Centre earlier at 2 p.m.

The 6-foot-8 Samigue Eman, sidelined for a month due to health reasons, saw limited action to finish with three points, six rebounds and two blocks in Sista’s triumph over Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala, 77-69, last Thursday.

“It’s good to have Eman back because we’re able to get an advantage defensively,” said Sista coach Caloy Garcia. “I’m satisfied with what he played, but I expect him to be more aggressive next time.”

Showing uncharacteristic form, the pacesetting Teeth Masters blew an 18-point lead and took a 66-63 setback against Mail and More last Saturday.

With Hapee-PCU’s loss, the second-running Henkel Sista and Mail and More moved within striking distance at 4-2.

But the Teeth Masters will try to redeem themselves behind the star trio of Mark Borboran, Jason Castro and Larry Rodriguez.

Robert Sanz, Ardy Larong and Mark Moreño have also been providing the Teeth Masters an offensive boost in recent outings.

Yousif Aljamal, 6-foot-8 Nigerian Sam Ekwe and Pong Escobal -- the core of NCAA champion San Beda -- will be again at the forefront of the Spinners’ charge, along with UAAP standouts Jeff Chan, Bonbon Custodio and Jonas Villanueva.

Led by collegiate star JC Intal, Harbour Centre will try to improve on its 2-2 record after last week’s upset loss against Toyota Otis, 64-60.

Backing Intal is a veteran cast led by Al Vergara, Reed Juntilla and Marvin Ortiguerra. Jasmine W. Payo

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12-13-2006, 10:07 AM
Sista clobbers Harbour

By Jasmine W. Payo
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Last updated 05:29am (Mla time) 12/13/2006

Published on Page A35 of the December 13, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

MARCY ARELLANO paced a balanced attack as Henkel Sista surged to an 80-72 triumph over Harbour Centre in the PBL Silver Cup yesterday at the Emilio Aguinaldo gym.

The victory propelled the Super Sealers on top with the Hapee-PCU Teeth Masters, who bowed to the Magnolia Spinners, 79-67, in the second game.

“The players are starting to get the system, that we’re a running team,” said coach Caloy Garcia after Sista joined Hapee-PCU at 5-2. “It was a team effort -- balanced scoring and balanced rebounding.”

Arellano sparked the early 20-6 Sista charge to finish with 14 points in the Super Sealers’ second straight win. Khiel Misa and Conrad Bauzon contributed a combined 24 points.

Notably missing in Harbour Centre’s offensive equation was JC Intal, who nailed only two points.

The Spinners, who halted a two-game slide, started heating up late in the third period with Riego Gamalinda and Bonbon Custodio teaming up for 10 points for a 56-51 edge.

With Jeff Chan continuing the charge in the final canto, the Spinners posted their first double-digit lead, 63-53, with 8:26 minutes remaining.

“We issued extra passes, that’s what we wanted, that’s what we’ve been putting emphasis on during practice,” said coach Koy Banal after the Spinners improved to 2-4.

The Port Masters fell to 2-3, the same record held by Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala.

The scores:
First Game
HENKEL SISTA 80 -- Arellano 14, Misa 13, Bauzon 11, Malabanan 10, Gregorio 9, Saldua 8, Alfad 6, Ebuen 4, Eman 3, Bonus 2.
HARBOUR CENTRE 72 -- Lanete 18, Gamboa 12, Vergara 10, Raymundo 8, Asoro 7, Alonzo 6, Gaco 5, Intal 2, Capati 2, Juntilla 2, Coching 0, Ortiguerra 0, Saguindel 0.
Quarters: 20-6, 36-25, 61-45, 80-72

Second Game:
MAGNOLIA 79 -- Aljamal 16, Chan 12, Gamalinda 9, Villanueva 9, Ekwe 8, Escobal 7, Barcellano 6, Custodio 6, Angeles 4, Taganas 2, Menor 0, Natividad 0.
HAPEE-PCU 67 -- Sanz 15, Rodriguez 13, Castro 11, Moreno 9, Borboran 5, Belga 5, Razon 4, Larong 3, David 2, Bucao 0, Amparado 0, Butel 0, Hugnatan 0.
Quarters: 18-16, 34-37, 56-51, 79-67

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12-13-2006, 10:09 AM
Sealers solid defense stops Port Masters
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 12/13/2006

Henkel-Sista displayed a solid interior defense and went to its guards for the offensive firepower as it drubbed Harbour Centre, 80-72, in the PBL Silver Cup at the Emilio Aguinaldo College Gym yesterday.

Six-foot-8 slotman Samingue Eman was the team’s defensive wall at the paint while Marcy Arellano, Khiel Misa and Corado Fritz Bauzon the offensive sparkplugs as the Super Sealers outplayed the Port Masters for their fifth win in seven games.

"I’m not putting pressure on him (Eman) on offense, I want him to concentrate on playing defense which he just did," said Henkel-Sista coach Caloy Garcia.

In the other game, Magnolia Ice Cream came out of its shell and downed Hapee Toothpaste-PCU, 79-67.

Eman, a former University of Mindanao standout, accounted for nine of his team’s 53 rebounds, three of their four blocks and added three points.

Henkel-Sista is now 2-of-2 with Eman in tow.

Chico Lanete led all scorers with 18 points but the Port Masters didn’t get the needed production from collegiate superstar JC Intal, who finished with measly two points on a horrible one-of-11 clip from the field in 26 minutes of action.

Intal’s so-so game stymied the Port Masters, the 2006 Heroes Cup champions who absorbed a second straight defeat and their third in five outings.

With their defense holding, the Super Sealers held the Port Masters to six points in the first quarter and carried a 14-point lead into the second canto.

Henkel-Sista raced to an 18-point lead twice with the last at 46-28 early in the third quarter.

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12-13-2006, 10:10 AM
Henkel Sista gains share of PBL lead

By REY C. LACHICA
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HENKEL SISTA-St. Benilde coach Caloy Garcia continued to surprise everybody — and even himself — as the Super Sealers claimed the scalp of another giant in Harbour Centre yesterday.

Getting another superb performance from Marcy Arellano and little-known Khiel Misa, the Super Sealers clobbered the Port Masters, 80-72, to gain a piece of the lead in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym in Manila.

Hardly mentioned as one of the teams to beat in the season-opening tournament, the Super Sealers showed great resolve and bonding never expected from a team like them.

And that gave Garcia too much joy and satisfaction.

"I did not expect that we’re going to be on top as this stage," said Garcia. "As I promised before, we’ll always give our best shot every game but the boys are really determined to prove something."

For gaining a share of the lead with Hapee Tootrhpaste at 5-2, the Super Sealers had to thank the Magnolia Spinners.

Making some extra passes and playing as one big fighting unit for the first time, the Spinners handed Hapee their second straight setback, 79-67, behind the gritty performance from Yousif Aljamal, Jonas Villanueva and Jeff Chan.

Arellano, who played his first season in the league with Harbour Centre last year, fired 14 points as he held his ground against two of the league’s seasoned guards — Al Vergara and Reed Juntilla — in leading Sista to another impressive win.

The cat-quick Arellano was largely responsible for the team’s fiery start with his creative plays and also played a key role in scuttling the repeated rallies by the Port Masters in the final quarter.

"He’s proving to be an effective point-guard and I like the way he handles the pressure of the game," said coach Caloy Garcia moments after beating long-time buddy Jorge Gallent of Harbour for the third straight time this year.

Showing none of the brilliance that won them the Unity Cup title last June, the Port Masters slipped to 23.

Arellano, one of the rising stars from the University of the East varsity squad, also hauled down four rebounds, dished out three assists and stole twice in a fine all-around performance that merited him the game’s Best Player award.

The 5-foot-8 Misa also stood tall for the Super Sealers as he added 13 points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal in 23 minutes of action.

The productions of Arellano and Misa somehow made up for the 3-point and 9-rebound performance Samigue Eman, who played only for the second time for Sista after a long recovery period from an illness.

Arellano sparked a telling a 16-0 run by coming up with back-to-back baskets for a 20-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. They padded their lead to 18 points, he last time at 33-15 as the Port Masters continued to struggle offensive.

Harbour’s loose defense also allowed the Super Sealers to score in transition almost at will.

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12-13-2006, 10:22 AM
Sealers sink Port Masters, seal 5th win in Silver Cup

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Henkel Sista-St. Benilde drew another inspired performance from the backcourt duo of Marcy Arellano and Khiel Misa to down Harbour Centre, 80-72, and grab solo second Tuesday in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym in Manila.

Arellano, who played his first season in the league with Harbour Centre last year, fired 14 points as he stood his ground against two of the league’s seasoned guards—Al Vergara and Reed Juntilla—in leading Sista to its fifth win in seven starts.

The cat-quick Arellano was largely responsible for the team’s fiery start with his creative plays and also played a key role in scuttling the repeated rallies by the Port Masters in the final quarter.

"He’s proving to be an effective point-guard and I like the way he handles the pressure of the game," said coach Caloy Garcia moments after beating long-time buddy Jorge Gallent of Harbour for the third straight time this year.

Showing none of the brilliance that won them the Unity Cup title in June, the Port Masters slipped to 2-3.

Arellano, one of the rising stars from the University of the East varsity squad, also hauled down 4 rebounds, dished out 3 assists and stole twice in a fine all-around performance that merited him the game’s Best Player award.

The 5-foot-8 Misa also stood tall for the Super Sealers as he added 13 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal in 23 minutes of action.

The productions of Arellano and Misa somehow made up for the 3-point and 9-rebound performance Samigue Eman, who played only for the second time for Sista after a long recovery period from an illness.

Scores:

Henkel-Sista 80—Arellano 14, Misa 13, Bauzon 11, Malabanan 10, Gregorio 9, Saldua 8, Alfad 6, Ebuen 4, Eman 3, Bonus 2.

Harbour Centre 72—Lanete 18, Gamboa 12, Vergara 10, Raymundo 8, Asoro 7, Alonzo 6, Gaco 5, Intal 2, Capati 2, Juntilla 2, Coching 0, Ortiguerra 0, Saguindel 0.

Quarters: 20-6; 36-25; 61-41; 80-72.

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12-14-2006, 11:29 AM
Comets seek lead versus Moneymen

By Marc Anthony Reyes
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Last updated 00:14am (Mla time) 12/14/2006

Published on Page A27 of the December 14, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

MAIL & MORE WILL ATTEMPT to create a space for itself among the leaders even as Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala tries to move out of the low rungs when they clash today in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the UST gym.

The Comets will be protecting a three-game winning streak, the latest being their 66-63 triumph over leader Hapee Toothpaste last week.

But they will have to make extra effort in containing Pera Padala which has UAAP MVP Kenneth Bono in its fold.

Burly JR Quinahan will be manning the fort for the Comets against the equally massive 6-foot-5 Bono in a highly anticipated match-up between the league’s big guys.

Mail & More, at third place with a 4-2 record, needs a win to tie Hapee and Henkel Sista-St. Benilde which have identical 5-2 records.

The Moneymen are in the lower strata of the standings at sixth and seventh places with Harbour Centre which, just like them, is reeling from two straight losses.

“The boys displayed great character the last time after coming back from a huge deficit. But we should stop from there,” said Mail & More coach Lawrence Chongson. “We have to play with lots of enthusiasm against Pera Padala.”

The 6-foot-5 Quinahan, who scored an average of 16.6 points in the last three games, will be the main man but he will need ample support from Mike Bravo, Wynsjohn Ty and rookie Jim Viray.

Aside from Bono, the Moneyman will try to get a boost from Macky Escalona, Doug Kramer, Erick dela Cuesta and Mark Abadia.

In the other game, TeleTech will be gunning for a third straight win when it faces winless Kettle Korn-University of Santo Tomas at 4 p.m.

Though the Titans have advantage in height, heft and morale, they can’t take the Pop Kings for granted, especially prolific scorer Jojo Duncil.

The Tigers standout Duncil is leading the league in scoring after exploding for 30 and 29 points, respectively, in the team’s last two games.

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12-15-2006, 11:09 AM
Reliever powers Comets past Moneymen in 2 OTs

By Jasmine W. Payo
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Last updated 00:27am (Mla time) 12/15/2006

A LATE offensive boost from third-string guard Ronjay Buenafe on Thursday lifted Mail and More to a 95-90 double overtime victory over Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala for a share of the lead in the PBL Silver Cup at the UST Gym.

Buenafe came off the bench in the second extension and drilled in five straight points which proved key to the Comets' fifth win in seven games, not bad for a four-minute stint which would definitely earn him more time in future games.

"I wasn't using him because he was playing behind (Jorel) Cañizares and (Mike) Bravo, who were both playing well," said coach Lawrence Chongson of Buenafe.

It was Mail and More's fourth straight win as it joined Henkel Sista and Hapee-PCU on top.

In the second game, the TeleTech Titans routed the Kettle Korn-UST Tigers, 74-52, to move up to fourth place with a 4-2 card.

The Titans broke away in the second half with Kim Valenzuela drilling in 13 of his 18 points in the third period, keeping the Tigers, the reigning UAAP champions, winless in seven games.

Elmer Espiritu was also a hero, keying the first overtime after blocking a Macky Escalona shot in the dying seconds to preserve a 73-all tie. He later scored on a follow-up at the buzzer to forge the second extra period at 82.

JR Quiñahan posted his second straight double-double with a game-high 21 points, 14 rebounds, and his three blocks were also game-highs for Mail and More.

Bravo chipped in 15 markers, including two free throws in the last 50.8 seconds of regulation that knotted the contest at 73.

Buenafe scored on a layup and then a triple to usher the Comets to an 89-83 lead which proved safe with only 2:03 left.

Before Espiritu responded with that buzzer-beating basket, Escalona's split from the free throw line had given the Moneymen an 82-80 lead heading into the final 18.7 seconds of the first extension.

The Comets seemed headed for a blowout win after leading by as many as 22 points, 55-33, midway in the third quarter.

Mark Abadia, who shot a team-high 19 points, spearheaded the Moneymen's comeback to tie the game at 67-67, with two minutes left in regulation.

The Moneymen skidded to their third straight loss to join the Magnolia Spinners at seventh place with 2-4 slates, while the Tigers remained winless in seven games.

The scores:
First Game
MAIL AND MORE 95--Quiñahan 21, Bravo 15, Cañizares 11, Espiritu 10, Del Rosario 8, Viray 8, Coyukang 7, Te 5, Buenafe 5, David 3, Yambao 2, Pribhdas 0, Ballesteros 0.

CEBUANA LHUILLIER 90--Abadia 19, Bono 16, Dela Cuesta 12, Kramer 11, Escalona 8, Yee 7, Dulay 7, Buyco 5, Oreta 3, Mendoza 2, Viardo 0, Tagupa 0.
Quarters: 24-13, 45-31, 58-48, 73-73 (reg), 82-82 (1OT), 95-90 (2OT)
Second Game.

TELETECH 74--Valenzuela 18, Capus 17, Magpayo 10, Mercado 9, Labagala 7, Grijaldo 4, Villamin 4, Doruelo 2, Concha 2, Magdadaro 1, Guerrerero 0, Latoreno 0, Estrada 0.

KETTLE KORN-UST 52--Ababou 13, Duncil 10, Evangelista 10, Dizon 4, Urbiztondo 3, Sierra 3, Canlas 2, Cortez 2, Cuan 2, Santos 2, Taylor 1, Dela Cruz 0, Hubalde 0, De Guzman 0.

Quarters: 12-16, 26-26, 50-38, 74-52

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12-15-2006, 11:11 AM
Buenafe bails Comets out in 2nd OT
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 12/15/2006

Mail and More found an unlikely hero in Ronjay Buenafe in second overtime as it downed Cebuana Lhuillier, 95-90, yesterday to grab a piece of the lead with Hapee Toothpaste-PCU and Henkel-Sista in the PBL Silver Cup at the UST Gym.

Buenafe, a high-leaping guard from Emilio Aguinaldo College, bailed the Comets out of trouble as he scored all of his five points – a triple and a driving lay-up – in the second extra period.

"He’s heaven sent," said Mail and More coach Lawrence Chongson of Buenafe who keyed their fifth win in seven outings.

While Buenafe made the biggest shots, JR Quinahan got the rest of job done as the Comets dealt the Moneymen their fourth loss against two wins.

The former University of Visayas standout dished out his second straight double-double job with 21 points and 14 rebounds. He also had eight blocks.

Incidentally, the Comets posted their first triumph in three games at the UST gym.

"I’m glad we finally broke our jinx here," said Chongson, whose team dropped two losses in the same venue against Harbour Centre, 61-76, on Nov. 16 and TeleTech, 70-79, a week later.

The Comets, however, almost blew it.

After erecting an almost insurmountable 55-33 lead early in the third quarter, Mail and More became complacent, allowing Cebuana Lhuillier to get back into the game.

Mark Abadia scored 12 of his 19 points in the fourth period, and the Moneymen wheeled ahead at 73-69.

In the other game, Kim Valenzuela and Ariel Capuz starred for TeleTech as it slammed Kettle Korn, 74-52, to close in on the leaders with a 4-2 win-loss slate. It was the Corn Poppers’ seventh straight setback in as many games.

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12-15-2006, 11:14 AM
Moneymen outlast Comets in double overtime

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Ronjay Buenafe finished what star center JR Quiñahan started as Mail & More pulled off an exciting 95-90 double overtime win over Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala Thursday and forged a three-way logjam for the lead in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the UST gym.

With Quiñahan huffing and puffing a brilliant performance in the regulation, Buenafe breathed life for the Comets as he scored on a spectacular drive that gave them an 86-83 lead with 2:48 left.

After the Moneymen bungled their offensive play, Buenafe capped his brilliant four-minute performance by producing the game’s biggest play—hitting a booming three-point shot to stretch their lead to 89-83 with a little over two minutes left.

Visibly shocked by Buenafe’s triple, the Moneymen lost their focus, thus allowing the Comets to streak to their fourth straight win and fifth overall to tie idle Hapee Toothpaste and Henkel Sista at 5-2.

It was another heart-breaking loss for the Moneymen as they rallied from a 20-point deficit midway in the second quarter only to lose steam in the end.

Even Mail & More coach Lawrence Chongson was all praises for Buenafe.

"He was there at the right time, he proved to be a clutch shooter," said Chongson. "But I have to credit JR for his fine performance in the regulation."

Fondly called "Baby Shaq" back home, the 6-foot-6 Quiñahan got the better of his marquee duel with UAAP MVP Kenneth Bono in the battle of the boards.

Quiñahan posted his second straight double-double performance as he led the Comets with 21 points and 14 rebounds, three of them offensively.

Offensive-wise, Bono was also spectacular as he fired 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting. But he was simply outclassed by Quiñahan in the paint with the Pera Padala center being limited to just one rebound.

After a long, hard chase, the Moneymen grabbed the lead for the first time, 73-69, onback-to-back baskets by Erick dela Cuesta and Mark Abadia. But the Comets sent the game into over after Macky Escalona missed his two free throws in the last 41 seconds.

High-leaping Elmer Espiritu forced the second overtime with a putback as time expired.

Scores:

Mail & More 95—Quiñahan 21, Bravo 15, Cañizarez 11, Espiritu 10, del Rosario 8, Viray 8, Coyukang 7, Te 5, Buenafe 5, David 3, Yambao 2, Pribhdas 0, Ballesteros 0.

CL Pera Padala 90—Abadia 19, Bono 16, de la Cuesta 12, Kramer 11, Escalona 8, Yee 7, Dulay 7, Buyco 5, Oreta 3, Mendoza 2, Viardo 0, Tagupa 0.

Quarters: 24-13; 45-31; 58-48; 73-73; 82-82; 95-90.

(The Manila Times)

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12-20-2006, 11:59 AM
Sista trips TeleTech; Sparks win


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 02:33am (Mla time) 12/20/2006

Published on page A28 of the December 20, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

TURNING to Kelvin Gregorio and Marcy Arcellano is fast becoming a habit for Henkel Sista.

The Super Sealers banked on the firepower of Gregorio and Arellano in the final period to claim the solo lead with a 77-69 victory over the TeleTech Titans in the PBL Silver Cup yesterday at the Olivarez College Sports Center.

Gregorio fueled the Sealers’ fourth-quarter run to finish with a game-high 19 points.

Arellano also drilled in 15 points, including six straight in the last two minutes that padded the gap to 75-66, sealing the Sealers sixth win in eight starts.

In claiming the top spot at 6-2, coach Caloy Garcia also gave credit to his backup players.

“If you look at the team, they’re mostly a bunch of role players,” said Garcia. “They stepped up, maybe not in scoring but defensively.”

The Sealers’ victory ended the three-game winning run of the Titans, who fell to a 4-3 slate.

Toyota Otis also leaned on their top two gunners to forge a 90-81 triumph over Magnolia Ice Cream in the second game.

Marvin Cruz and Patrick Caba-hug combined for 17 out of the Sparks’ 23-point production in the final canto to lead the the Sparks to their fourth win in seven games.

Magnolia missed the services of 6-foot-8 Nigerian Sam Ekwe, who sat at the bench as a disciplinary measure. The Spinners dropped to a 2-6 card.

The scores:

First Game

HENKEL SISTA 77 —Gregorio 19, Arellano 15, Malabanan 14, Robles 7, Bauzon 6, Ebuen 4, Eman 4, Alfad 4, Saldua 4, Bonus 2, Chua 0, Layug 0, Urra 0, Misa 0, Pinera 0.

TELETECH 69—Magpayo 15, Valenzuela 14, Villamin 13, Labagala 10, Grijaldo 8, Guerrero 5, Capus 4, Estrada 0, Tan 0, Latoreno 0, Mercado 0, Concha 0.

Quarters: 14-17, 25-28, 48-49, 77-69

Second Game

TOYOTA OTIS 90—Cruz 20, Daa 19, Rodriguez 13, Cabahug 12,Dedicatoria 8, Aldave 5, Fajardo 4, Jaime 3, Alcaraz 3, Jazul 2, Quinday 1, Guevarra 0, Baluyot 0, Yabut 0.

MAGNOLIA 81—Aljamal 13, Chan 12, Villanueva 11, Custodio 9, Escobal 8, Gamalinda 6, Raneses 6, Taganas 5, Barcellano 5, Menor 3, Angeles 2, Natividad 1.

Quarters: 28-27, 47-48, 67-66, 90-81

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12-20-2006, 12:01 PM
PBL Silver Cup: Super Sealers trip Titans, grab lead



By WAYLON GALVEZ
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HENKEL SISTA relied anew on the dynamic tandem of Kelvin Gregorio and Marcy Arellano to bring down the TeleTech Titans, 77-69, and grabbed the solo lead in the PBL Silver Cup last night at Olivarez Sports Center.


Gregorio and Arellano, both mainstays of University of the East Warriors, delivered the telling blows for the Super Sealers who roared to their fourth straight win and sixth overall in eight matches to break free from a three-way logjam.

The two combined for 15 of Sista’s 29 points in the final frame. The 6-foot-3 Gregorio, a rookie, came off the bench to lead the Sealers with 19 points and six rebounds while Arellano contributed 15 markers.

In the second game, Toyota Otis, getting a big lift from Marvin Cruz, bounced back from crushing defeat to Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala by turning back Magnolia Ice Cream, 90-81.

The game was close in the first three quarters, until Cruz, Dennis Daa and Patrick Cabahug caught fire to rip the game wide open.

A jumper by Cruz, followed by a basket by Daa gave the Sparks their biggest lead, 87-78, with 1:18 left.

"My Christmas wish is for us to be consistent. We gave up 48 points in the first half, good thing our outside shooting clicked in the last quarter. We still have to improve," said Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas.

The win enabled the Sparks to tie the Titans for fourth to fifth places at 4-3

"Our supporting unit delivered a lot, like Gregorio, not only on offense but also on defense. They stepped up big time," said Henkle coach Caloy Garcia.

The Titans led most of the way through the efforts of Al Magpayo and Kim Valenzuela but they collapsed soon after Arellano found his rhythm.

A bristling 10-run orchestrated by Arellano and Gregorio enabled the Super Sealers to grab the lead for good, 63-54 with a over five minutes.

The Titans tried to make a run of their own but the Super Sealers had a ready answer for it.

Ex-pro Gilbert Malabanan also had an impressive game for the Sealers as he finished with 14 markers and 10 rebounds.

"It’s a good win for us as the league takes a break. It feels good knowing that we’re on top right now. But we still have to work hard. We expect the competition to be tougher when the league resumes," added Garcia.

The league will have its final game for the year today when Cebuana LhuillierPera Padala meets Unity Cup champion Harbour Center at 2 p.m. The league resumes on Jan 6.

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12-21-2006, 12:25 PM
Juntilla rescues Harbour Centre

By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
Last updated 01:53am (Mla time) 12/21/2006

Published on page A23 of the December 21, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

REED Juntilla displayed the brand of game that belied his frame.

The 6-foot-1 guard exploded for 24 points yesterday, including the game-winning basket in the final 2.3 seconds as Harbour Centre nipped Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala, 75-73, in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center.

The willowy Cebuano clinched a second straight for the Port Masters, who improved to 4-3 and tied Teletech. The Moneymen fell to 3-5.

Juntilla had earlier bungled three attempts, but instead of getting discouraged, even asked that he be given the chance to execute the endgame play.

“He asked for that play so I gave it to him. I knew he could do it,” said coach Jorge Gallent. “Thankfully, he did not fail us.”

“I really wanted to make up for my misses and I knew that I could do it,” said the 22-year-old veteran in Filipino.

UAAP MVP Kenneth Bono scored a twinner off an isolation play against Allan Gamboa for 73-all with less than a minute left.

Harbour called for time and the 6-foot-1 ex-University of Visayas star asked Gallent to give him that last play. Juntilla then got away from Emerson Oreta to deliver the crucial shot.

The Port Masters actually climbed from 11 points down in the second quarter to grab the lead at 43-40 through Juntilla, Jerwin Gaco and Al Vergara.

Harbour Centre even stretched its lead to 60-49 in the third before the 6-foot-5 Bono buckled down to work.

Bono, who finished with 17 points, scored eight of his team’s last 10 points as he single-handedly carried the fight for the Moneymen.

The scores:

First Game

HARBOUR CENTRE 75—Juntilla 24, Gaco 9, Intal 8, Ortiguerra 8, Coching 8, Alonzo 8, Alonzo 8, Vergara 4, Araña 4, Gamboa 2, Asoro 0, Williams 0, Capati 0, Raymundo 0, Saguindel 0.

CL PERA PADALA 73—Bono 17, Dela Cuesta 16, Abadia 12, Kramer 8, Yee 5, Escalona 5, Dulay 4, Viardo 3, Oreta 3, Gonzales 0, Mendoza 0.

Quarters: 16-23, 46-43, 63-56, 75-73

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12-21-2006, 12:29 PM
Juntilla lifts Harbour Centre vs Cebuana
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 12/21/2006

Harbour Centre banked on Reed Juntilla’s game-winning basket in the stretch as it edged Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala, 75-73, yesterday to barge into the magic four in the PBL Silver Cup at the Parañaque Sports Center.

Juntilla, a 22-year-old former University of Visayas standout, fired a game-high 24 points including that game-winner that sent the Port Masters into a three-way tie for fourth place with the TeleTech Titans and the Toyota Otis Sparks on 4-3 (win-loss) slates.

It was the fifth loss against three wins for the Moneymen.

"He was asking he’ll take the last shot and I let him take it, I’m glad he made that shot," said Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent referring to the flashy 6-foot-1 guard from Carmen, Cebu.

Juntilla, who was part of the team that won the championships with Hapee Toothpaste in 2003 and Montaña Pawnshop a year later before he was picked by the Mikee Romero-owned franchise in the dispersal draft, waxed hot early, erupting for 22 points in the first three quarters when they built leads of as many as 10 points.

Bothered by Cebuana Lhuillier’s swarming defense, Juntilla lost his touch in the fourth quarter as he muffed shots one after another, including three in a five-minute stretch that saw the Port Masters blow a 72-65 lead.

Ken Bono, this year’s UAAP MVP, capped an 8-1 exchange with six straight points including a driving basket from the baseline that knotted the count at 73 with 12.3 seconds to go.

Then Juntilla stepped up to fire that gem of a shot.

Isolated by the Port Masters, Juntilla, who had a penchant of making the big shots in his high school and college days in Cebu, had a crossover dribble before taking off for a fall-away shot over an outstretched arm of the 6-foot-2 Emer Oreta that swished the net.

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12-21-2006, 12:31 PM
Juntilla lifts Harbour past Pera Padala

By Rey C. Lachica
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HARBOUR CENTRE turned to red-hot Reed Juntilla for a make or break play yesterday and the 6-foot-1 guard responded with a picture-perfect pullaway jumper with 2.3 ticks left to lift his team to a thrilling 75-73 victory over Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

Pushed to the corner after the beefy Kenneth Bono barreled his way past veteran Allan Gamboa to tie the count at 73-73 with only 12.3 seconds remaining, the Port Masters showed resilience to score their second straight win after a series of setbacks.

With the win, the Port Masters tied the TeleTech Titans at 4-3.

"He asked for that play so I gave it to him. I know he can do it," said coach Jorge Gallent. "Thankfully, he did not frustrate us."

But to some, they considered the play as a gamble.

Juntilla, however, acquitted himself by delivering the winning basket that ignited a big cheer from delighted Harbour supporters.

Prior to his game-winning basket, Juntilla, who finished with 24 points, missed his last three shots.

Despite those misses, his confidence never wavered.

"Alam kung kaya ko, kaya hiningi ko ang last play. Gusto ko kasing bumawi," said the 22-year-old Cebuano. "Sana ganito ulit ang laro ko sa susunod."

After Bono’s basket, Harbour immediately called a time out and the 6-foot-1 Juntilla asked Gallent that he take the last shot.

The veteran coach obliged and designed a play for the former University of Visayas star, who waited for several seconds to lapse before making his move that left his guard the taller Emer Oreta shaking his head in utter disappointment.

In a game marked by several twists and turns, the Port Masters rallied from an 11-point deficit in the second quarter to grab the lead at 43-40 through the efforts of Jerwin Gaco, Al Vergara and Juntilla. They even padded their lead to 60-49 late in the third before Bono led the Moneymen’s bristling assault that enabled them to chop Harbour’s lead little by little.

Harbour Centre went without a field gold in a five-minute stretch but Pera Parada failed to cash on it as the Moneymen also missed their shots terribly.

The 6-foot-5 Bono led the Moneymen with 17 points, including eight of the team’s last 10 points.

Gallent also drew fine performances from Gaco, Intal and veteran Marvin Ortiguerra who combined for 25 points.

The scores:

Harbour Centre 75 — Juntilla 24, Gaco 9, Intal 8, Ortiguerra 8, Coching 8, Alonzo 8, Alonzo 8, Vergara 4, Araña 4m Gamboa 2, Asoro 0, Williams 0, Capati 0, Raymundo 0, Saguindel 0.

CL Pera Padala 73 — Bono 17, Dela Cuesta 16, Abadia 12, Kramer 8, Yee 5, Escalona 5, Dulay 4, Viardo 3, Oreta 3, Gonzales 0, Mendoza 0.

Quarters: 16-23; 46-43; 6356; 75-73.

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12-22-2006, 11:45 AM
Toyota bets shine in PBL Showcase

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 02:50am (Mla time) 12/22/2006

Published on page A27 of the December 22, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

TOYOTA Otis bets humbled the established league stars in the PBL Showcase last Wednesday at the Olivarez College Sports Center in Parañaque.

Little known guard Rey Guevarra displayed mid-air flair to beat out favorites JC Intal of Harbour Centre and Elmer Espiritu of Mail and More for the slam dunk title.

Patrick Cabahug also bested several veterans to rule the three-point shootout.

Fleet-footed guard Jason Castro of Hapee-PCU averted a Toyota Otis sweep by lording it over the skills competition.

“This proves that the PBL has a lot of talents,” league commissioner Chino Trinidad said during the awarding ceremony.

Guevarra clinched the slam dunk title with a one-handed jam after leaping over a standing boy. That earned Guevarra a perfect 50-point mark for a total of 98 in the two-round finals.

“I really trained hard for this act,” the 6-foot-2 Guevarra said in Filipino.

An early favorite, Intal could only muster 97 points for second place. The high-leaping forward opened with an impressive 360-degree dunk, but settled for a less flashy two-handed reverse jam in the second round.

Serving as judges were members of the 1986 UAAP champion University of the Philippines Maroons team—Ronnie Magsanoc, Eric Altamirano, Joey Guanio, Jake Mendoza and Joey Mendoza.

In the three-point shootout, Cabahug emerged on top with 19 points. Jeff Chan of Magnolia collected 16 points, while Josh Urbiztondo of Kettle Korn-UST picked up 15.

Cabahug also ruled the elimination round with 17 markers, beating Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala star Ken Bono, TeleTech veterans Ariel Capus and Al Magpayo and Harbour Centre shooter Jonathan Fernandez among others.

Castro also finished first among 10 competitors in the skills competition by beating the 16-second clock by 1.1 seconds.

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12-22-2006, 11:52 AM
Guevarra reigns as king of slams
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 12/22/2006

Unheralded Rey Guevarra of Toyota Otis pulled the rug from under favorites JC Intal of Harbour Centre and Elmer Espiritu of Mail and More as he ruled the slam dunk contest Wednesday in the PBL Showcase before a roaring crowd at the Parañaque Sports Center.

Entering the competition a clear underdog, the 6-foot-2 Guevarra relegated his more fancied rivals to the sidelines as he came away with a stunning performance — a jump from 12 feet out and over a boy standing in the middle.

"I know it will be difficult to beat them (Intal and Espiritu)," said the soft-spoken Guevarra. "But I know that I’ve always practiced hard and stayed in top shape so I remained confident."

He earned 98 points for that feat, enough to net him the slam dunk title.

Intal had a rim-rattling 360-degree dunk to earn him a perfect 50 points but he got only 47 on his next dunk to finish with 97 points.

Espiritu, the 6-foot-4 shot-blocking rookie phenom from University of the East who edged Intal to take home the UAAP-NCAA All-Star slam dunk crown in October, was three points off Guevarra with 95 to finish at No. 3.

It was Guevarra’s second slam dunk title after ruling the All Stars last year. Intal topped it two years ago.

"He’s a hard worker ever since and it showed," said league chair Gil Angeles of Toyota Otis. "Given a chance, I’m sure he’ll be like the best of them someday."

Making it a twin kill for the Sparks was Patrick Cabahug, who captured the three-point shootout title by hitting 19 shots.

The Adamson hotshot and nephew of former PBA sharpshooter Boy Cabahug edged Fil-Am Josh Urbiztondo of Kettle Korn-UST, who had 18 triples to finish second place.

Magnolia Ice Cream prized guard Jeff Chan wound up third with 16 conversions.

Hapee Toothpaste-PCU’s Jason Castro prevented a Toyota Otis sweep by dominating the skills challenge to earn the reputation as the fastest amateur cager in the country today.

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12-22-2006, 11:54 AM
Guevarra is PBL’s slam dunk king

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EXCEPT FOR his campus figure looks, Rey Guevarra of Toyota Otis arrived in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup Showcase Wednesday a nobody.

But the unexpected happened.

With his creativity and midair magic, the 6-foot-2 Guevarra became an instant celebrity when he beat some of the biggest names in the amateur ranks to win the slam dunk contest in front of a roaring crowd at the Olivarez Sports Center.

Ranged against the best of UAAP slam dunk artists that included JC Intal of Harbour Centre and Ateneo and Elmer Espiritu of Mail & More and University of the East, the little-known guard from Letran refused to be intimidated as he jumped 12 feet away from the basket and soared over a boy standing in the middle for his game-winning act.

PBL Chairman and Toyota Otis representative Gil Angeles, however, was not surprised with Guevarra’s feat, saying: "Talagang masipag ang batang yan. Give him enough time and he will become one of the stars of the league."

The 6-foot-4 Espiritu finished third with 95 points.

Sharing the limelight with Guevarra was teammate Patrick Cabahug who topped the three-point shootout. The streak-shooting Cabahug tallied 19 points to prevail over Magnolia Ice Cream’s Jeff Chan and Josh Urbiztondo of Kettle Korn.

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12-23-2006, 07:43 AM
Arellano comes to the fore in PBL wars


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 03:20am (Mla time) 12/23/2006

Published on page A24 of the December 23, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

MARCY Arellano was not satisfied having ended the year on top of his game. The spitfirish guard made sure his team remained on top as well.

Consistently impressive, Arellano has been one of Henkel Sista’s main offensive weapons in the PBL Silver Cup.

“He had been taught well,” said Sista coach Caloy Garcia of Arellano, a 5-foot-10 standout from the University of the East.

“The challenge now for him is to play the point (guard position). He’s starting to pick up.”

But the transition looked easy for Arellano, who has been named Player of the Week along with Harbour Centre’s Reed Juntilla.

Last Tuesday, Arellano pumped in 15 points—including six straight in the final two minutes—to lift the Super Sealers to a 77-69 triumph over the TeleTech Titans.

Three-way logjam

With the victory, the Super Sealers broke away from a three-way logjam for second to grab the solo lead with a 6-2 slate.

Juntilla also earned the weekly honor for fueling the Port Master’s resurgent campaign midway in the elimination round.

An ever-confident Juntilla begged for the last shot—and nailed it—to lead the Port Masters to a 75-73 escape over Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala last Wednesday.

Game-winning jumper

“He asked for that play so I gave it to him,” said Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent after Juntilla buried the game-winning jumper with 2.3 seconds remaining.
“I know he can do it. Thankfully, he did not frustrate us.”

The 6-foot-1 guard averaged 21 points in back-to-back wins that pushed Harbour Centre to a three-way tie with TeleTech and Toyota Otis at 4-3.

Arellano and Juntilla, who clinched the citation for the first time, joined the ranks of past winners Kelvin Gregorio of Henkel Sista, Mark Borboran and Jason Castro of Hapee-PCU and Elmer Espiritu and JR Quiñahan of Mail and More.

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12-23-2006, 07:46 AM
Juntilla, Arellano share PBL honors
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Harbour Centre swingman Reed Juntilla and Henkel Sista guard Marcy Arellano were named as the PBL co-Players of the Week after leading their respective squads to impressive victories in the PBL Silver Cup this week.

Juntilla keyed Harbour’s pulsating 75-73 win over Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala by knocking in a jumper with barely 2.3 ticks left for their second straight win after a pair of heartbreaking set-backs.His last-gasp basket highlighted Juntilla’s 24-point performance his highest so far since joining the league two years ago.

He also hauled 5 rebounds and issued 3 assists, thus sharing the Player of thee Week honors with Arellano.

Arellano, on his part, is turning out to be the team’s main man with his clutch baskets at crunch time.

Small wonder, the Super Sealers are now top with a 6-2 card. Another win will assure them of a playoff for an outright semis berth.

The 5-foot-8 Arellano had 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field and a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line in the team’s 77-69 win over TeleTech last Tuesday.

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12-23-2006, 07:48 AM
Juntilla, Arellano share PBL honors
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Harbour Centre swingman Reed Juntilla and Henkel Sista guard Marcy Arellano were named as the PBL co-Players of the Week after leading their respective squads to impressive victories in the PBL Silver Cup this week.

Juntilla keyed Harbour’s pulsating 75-73 win over Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala by knocking in a jumper with barely 2.3 ticks left for their second straight win after a pair of heartbreaking set-backs.His last-gasp basket highlighted Juntilla’s 24-point performance his highest so far since joining the league two years ago.

He also hauled 5 rebounds and issued 3 assists, thus sharing the Player of thee Week honors with Arellano.

Arellano, on his part, is turning out to be the team’s main man with his clutch baskets at crunch time.

Small wonder, the Super Sealers are now top with a 6-2 card. Another win will assure them of a playoff for an outright semis berth.

The 5-foot-8 Arellano had 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field and a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line in the team’s 77-69 win over TeleTech last Tuesday.

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12-24-2006, 11:21 AM
Quinahan surges ahead in PBL MVP derby

The Philippine Star 12/24/2006

A fresh start and a new team were all Joseph Quinahan needed to show his true worth.

Acquired by Mail and More from the dispersal draft, Quinahan dished out superb games in the early going of the PBL Silver Cup to pace the MVP statistical race with an efficiency rating points of 18.71.

The former University of Visayas hotshot averaged a league best 3.14 blocks and third best 14.71 points and 9.43 rebounds to power the Comets to five wins in seven outings for a share of second spot with the Hapee Teeth Sparklers.

Henkel-Sista Super Sealers show the way with a 6-2 (win-loss) slate.

"When we picked him (Quinahan) from the dispersal draft, we know he’s the one," said Mail and More coach Lawrence Chongson. "And he has proven that he deserves it."

A point off the pace was rookie Sam Ekwe, the Nigerian behemoth who led the San Beda Red Lions to this year’s NCAA championship.

Ekwe topped the league in rebounds heading to the holiday break with 11.86 boards and was second best in blocks with 2.43 while averaging 9.86 points.

The 2006 NCAA rookie MVP, however, has failed in his desire to rally the team as the Spinners dropped six of their first eight games to remain in the lower half of the field.

Toyota Otis’ hardworking forward Dennis Daa is in third with 16.86 efficiency rating while Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala’s rookie center Ken Bono is in fourth with a 15.71 rating.

Daa has averaged 13.14 points and 8.43 rebounds as the Sparks picked up four wins against three losses while Bono, this year’s UAAP MVP, piled up 17 points (No.1), 6.14 boards and 1.3 assists per game.

Rounding up the top five was 2006 NCAA Finals MVP Yousif Aljamal of Magnolia Ice Cream, who has 13.63 rating by averaging 13.2 points (No. 4) and 6.4 rebounds.

The efficiency rating was computed by adding the points scored, 2-pt., 3-pt. field goals and free throws made, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks minus the 2-pt., 3-pt. field goals and free throws attempted and turnovers. — Joey Villar

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12-26-2006, 03:53 PM
Toyota Otis Sparks prepare to sparkle


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 03:14am (Mla time) 12/26/2006

Published on page A24 of the December 26, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THEIR next game may still be two weeks away, but the Toyota Otis Sparks will soon be back on the hardcourt.

Running fourth in the PBL Silver Cup, the Sparks will try to keep their focus even during the holiday break.

“While the others are on vacation, we’re going to practice,” said Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas yesterday. “We want to have that extra mile.”

Having one of the smallest lineups in the league, Alas knows the Sparks still have a lot of holes to plug in their overall makeup.

“We have to work on the consistency of the team,” he said.

But the Sparks, tagged as longshots in this conference, have already exceeded modest their expectations. The young squad surprisingly maintained its competitive form even with the departure of last conference’s Most Valuable Player Joe Devance, the Fil-Am who towed Toyota Otis to a runner-up finish in the Unity Cup.

Banking on speed, the Sparks had been turning to their backcourt led by Marvin Cruz and Patrick Cabahug.

Low-key forward Dennis Daa had also been coming in strong lately, scoring in double figures in the Sparks’ last four outings for a team-high 13.14 points per game.

“We have to use our quickness; our outside shooting also plays a crucial role,” said Alas.

Cruz, a recruit from the disbanded Granny Goose, had emerged as the Sparks’ new go-to guy.

Cruz, who had bailed out the team quite a number of times, averages 11.14 points, 3.1 assists and 1.6 steals for the Sparks.

But Alas believes the Sparks can benefit a lot more from the 5-foot-8 point guard. “He can do better than that,” noted Alas.

Last week, Cruz again came to the fore by drilling in 20 points to lead the Sparks to a 90-81 triumph over the Magnolia Spinners.

The Sparks joined the TeleTech Titans and the Harbour Centre Port Masters at 4-3, still within striking distance of league-leader Henkel Sista’s record of 6-2 and the 5-2 second-running slates of Mail and More and Hapee-PCU.

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12-27-2006, 07:35 AM
PBL rides high on innovative cage program

By Jasmine W. Payo
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Last updated 03:28am (Mla time) 12/27/2006

Published on page A24 of the December 27, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

COMMISSIONER Chino Trinidad does not mind if the PBL has become an extension of the country’s two top collegiate leagues.

It’s an innovative setup that works, Trinidad says, and the league intends to stick to it.

“This formula we stumbled upon only synchronized a year-round basketball program,” he said.

In recent PBL conferences, more companies have forged partnerships with schools from the UAAP and the NCAA.

In the ongoing Silver Cup, six of the nine teams opted to form school-based teams.

“The companies see the viability of the program,” said Trinidad. “It’s not mandatory, but coordination is easier.”

The reigning collegiate champions inked deals with two giant food and beverage corporations.

NCAA titlist San Beda signed up its key players to a two-year pact with Magnolia of San Miguel Corp., while UAAP champion University of Santo Tomas partnered with Kettle Korn of RFM.

Hapee Toothpaste tapped the core of Philippine Christian University, while Toyota Otis teamed up with Letran.

There are also tie-ups between Henkel Sista and St. Benilde, and between Harbour Centre and National University.

Trinidad pointed out that the program is also logistically advantageous to both the companies and the league.

“It’s more practical to deal with the teams,” he said. “There’s no need to break up the players. There are less irritants, like in fixing the schedule.

“The good thing about college-based teams is there are natural rooters,” Trinidad added. “They bring in the crowd, there’s already a fan-base.”

And with the departure of amateur powerhouse Welcoat Paints to the pro league this year, the PBL landscape has changed further.

“More teams mean opportunities for more players to play,” Trinidad said. “It’s a venue for them to discover for themselves if they have a career in basketball or how it’s like to have a career in basketball.”

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12-29-2006, 10:27 AM
Teamwork key to Sealers rise in PBL Cup
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 12/29/2006

By playing as a team, Henkel-Sista continued to flourish in the PBL Silver Cup even without star players.

"I think no one expected this team would do well because we don’t have superstars," said Henkel-Sista coach Caloy Garcia, whose wards lorded it over the field with a 6-2 (win-loss) slate in the classification phase.

Garcia has done wonders for the team of upstarts after Welcoat brought the likes of Jay-R Reyes, Marvin Ortiguerra, Jun Jun Cabatu, Jay Sagad, Eugene Tan and Jojo Tangkay into the PBA.

"I guess we’re playing more as a team than individually. We have no superstars, which makes our teamwork better. Every game, different players step up," Garcia said.

Truly, Garcia has been drawing superb games from almost all of his players, thus making the Super Sealers a team so difficult to stop because of its unpredictability.

In fact, at least five players are averaging nine to 12 points with University of the East hotshot Marcy Arellano leading the way with a norm of 12.38 points in seven games.

Rookie sensation Kelvin Gregorio, Arellano’s teammate at UE, is the team’s second leading scorer with an average of 11.75 points, followed by Khiel Misa’s 9.50 and Gilbert Malabanan and Conrad Fritz Bauzon, who both toted 9.12 points.

Malabanan, the only holdover from the old Welcoat team, is leading the team in rebounds with an average of nearly 10 boards, followed by Gregorio, Jam Alfad, Lawrence Bonus and 6-10 Samigue Eman, whose averages range from five to eight rebounds.

"The nice thing about this team on and off the court is they enjoy each other’s company," said Garcia, who steered Welcoat to the 2005 Unity Cup crown on a team built around Jay Washington, Ortiguerra, Tangkay, Reyes, Eugene Tan and Erwin Sta. Maria.

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12-31-2006, 10:23 PM
PBL: Bittersweet departures, stirring victories


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 03:11am (Mla time) 12/31/2006

Published on page A23 of the December 31, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

BITTERSWEET departures and stirring comebacks marked this year’s PBL run.

Welcoat Paints, one of the most successful teams in the amateur ranks, bid farewell to the league last June.

A perennial finalist, Welcoat moved on to the pro league after capturing six championships in 10 years.

Taking over Welcoat’s franchise was Henkel Sista, a brand of water-based sealant.

“The team they left behind is also strong,” PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad said of Henkel Sista, the league leader in the current Silver Cup. “We lost the traditional names synonymous to winning championships. But it opened more opportunities for more teams.”

Welcoat hoped for a grand exit, but could only muster a third-place finish in the season-ending Unity Cup.

In another heartfelt farewell, Montaña guard Alex Compton played his last game in the league, which honored him with a Role Model Award.

The special tribute cited the genial American “for being a gentleman on the court and a great individual off the court.”

“Even if my basketball career here has ended, I’ve experienced and learned a lot in the Philippines,” a teary-eyed Compton said in Filipino after his impressive four-year stint in the league.

But the PBL found hope with the emergence of new teams and young stars.

In a championship run that no one predicted, Harbour Centre bagged the Unity Cup crown to become the lowest-seeded team to win the PBL title.

The Port Masters, bannered by LA Tenorio and Joseph Yeo, outclassed the Toyota Otis Sparks in a classic Finals series, 3-2.

It was a steep climb to the top for the sixth-seeded Port Masters, who were playing in only their third conference.

Before outlasting the top-ranked Toyota Otis, the young crew overcame Granny Goose’s twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals and knocked out powerhouse Montaña in the best-of-five semifinal series.

Similarly staging a phenomenal comeback, Magnolia overcame a 0-2 deficit in the Finals series to capture the Heroes Cup title in February.

Finals Most Valuable Player Kelly Williams and Arwind Santos delivered the clutch plays for the Wizards, who stunned Rain or Shine in a best-of-five encounter.

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12-31-2006, 10:27 PM
Mail & More proves worth by subduing top teams

The Philippine Star 01/01/2007

For a team to have realistic chances of contending for the title, it must find out ways to beat the best. Dark horse Mail and More did just that.

Beating leader Henkel-Sista and co-second placer Hapee Toothpaste-PCU, the Comets have proven they are capable of going all the way despite coming into the PBL Silver Cup as one of the underdogs.

"I think for us to become legitimate title contenders, we need beat the strongest teams," said Mail and More coach Lawrence Chongson. "We’ve done that, I guess other teams are considering us real contenders right now."

Heavy on determination and teamwork, Mail and More strung up five wins in seven games, including giant-size victories over pacesetter Henkel-Sista (6-2), 65-58, on Dec. 2 and fellow No. 2 Hapee-PCU (5-2), 66-63, exactly a week after.

Bull strong JR Quinahan was just one of the many reasons the Comets are winning as the former University of Visayas hotshot has been dishing out superb efforts worthy of an MVP plum.

The 6-6 Quinahan, in fact, is showing the way in the MVP statistical race with an 18.71 efficiency rating points ahead of Nigerian Sam Ekwe of Magnolia Ice Cream, Dennis Daa of Toyota Otis, Ken Bono of Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala and Yousif Aljamal also of Magnolia with 17.71, 16.86, 15.71 and 13.63 rating points, respectively.

Quinahan, picked from the dispersal draft last October after Granny Goose Tortillos disbanded, has been the heart and soul of the Comets as he averaged 14.71 points and 9.43 rebounds (third-best), 3.14 blocks (league best) and two assists.

"When we picked him (Quinahan) from the dispersal, we know he’s the one," said Chongson. "He’s been showing us that he deserves his top spot on the team."

Mail and More also got the right players to complement Quinahan’s play like Mike Bravo, Marvin Yambao, Nestor David, Ronjay Buenafe, Wynsjohn Te, Kenneth Coyukang and shotblocking phenom Elmer Espiritu.

"We have in this team role players who are hardworking, that’s one of our strengths," said Chongson.

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01-01-2007, 02:19 AM
Quiñahan paces PBL player race


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 01:49am (Mla time) 01/01/2007

Published on page A24 of the January 1, 2007 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

WHEN the PBL Silver Cup resumes on Saturday, five big men will find themselves on top of the heap.

Mail and More’s JR Quiñahan led in the efficiency rating halfway through the elimination round with 18.71 points.

The jumbo-sized 6-foot-5 center averaged 14.71 points, 9.43 rebounds and a league-best 3.14 blocks per game.

A recruit from the disbanded Granny Goose, Quiñahan struggled in his early outings before regaining his explosive inside game.

“He’s a marquee player,” said Mail and More coach Lawrence Chongson. “He’s proving to be a vital cog of this team. He’s a veteran.”

Nigerian rookie Sam Ekwe came in second at 17.71 even as he rode the bench as a disciplinary measure in Magnolia’s last outing.

Intimidating at 6-foot-8, Ekwe led the league in rebounds at 11.86 on top of 9.86 markers and a second-best 2.43 blocks.

But while Quiñahan towed the Comets to a strong 5-2 start, Ekwe and the Spinners languished near pits with a 2-6 slate.

“We still lack team play,” said Ekwe, the reigning NCAA Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year.

Power forward Dennis Daa got a huge lift from his double-figure scoring in the last four games with the Toyota Otis Sparks.

The underrated stalwart climbed to third at 16.86 with averages of 13.14 points and 8.43 boards.

Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala star Ken Bono occupied the fourth spot with a 15.71 rating.

More than just powering his way into the paint, Bono, the UAAP MVP, displayed a good shooting touch to emerge as the scoring leader with 17 points per game, apart from norming 6.14 rebounds and 1.3 assists.

Magnolia’s Yousif Aljamal rounded out the top five at 13.63 after posting a fourth-best 13.62 points and 6.4 boards per contest.

Point guard Macky Escalona of Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala also came to the fore by ruling both in assists at 6.57 apg and in steals at 2.57 spg.

Aside from Ekwe, other top rookie performers were Henkel Sista’s Kelvin Gregorio with 11.75 points and 7.5 rebounds and Hapee-PCU’s Mark Borboran with 10.14 markers and eight boards.

The league will resume on Saturday at the Olivarez College Sports Center in Parañaque.

Mail and More will battle the winless Kettle-Korn UST at 2 p.m., followed by the 4 p.m. tussle between Hapee-PCU and Harbour Centre.

Henkel Sista claimed the solo lead before the two-week holiday break with a 6-2 record.
Mail and More and Hapee-PCU shared the second spot with 5-2 slates.

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01-02-2007, 11:38 AM
Kettle Korn-UST cagers unfazed by rocky debut

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 03:38am (Mla time) 01/02/2007

Published on page A21 of the January 2, 2007 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

IT had been a rocky debut for the Kettle Korn-UST Tigers in the PBL Silver Cup.

But main man Jojo Duncil has reason to start the year with high hopes even if the Tigers are winless in seven starts.

“At least we’re improving,” Duncil said in Filipino. “We’re no longer losing by a big margin, we’re keeping it close.”

Duncil, the Finals Most Valuable Player in the Tigers’ UAAP title run, said that the absence of a veteran slotman had been hurting the team’s chances.

“We don’t have experienced big men like the other teams,” he said. “But coach Pido (Jarencio) didn’t really recruit big players because he’s giving our big men a chance to develop.”

From the start, Jarencio had no illusion of a strong start. Although the Tigers ruled the UAAP, the rookie mentor notes that the PBL is a tougher league.

Just like the Tigers, the Magnolia Spinners, bannered by the core of NCAA champion San Beda, have been struggling in the tournament.

The Spinners are just slightly better off than the Tigers with a 2-6 record.

“We have to adjust to the kind of game in the PBL,” said Jarencio.

Duncil adds that the Tigers have one of the youngest rosters.

“It’s harder for us because a lot of our players in our team are playing in the league for the first time,” said Duncil. “We want to win, but we’re also here to get more experience.”

Despite the Tigers’ alarming skid, Duncil has kept his own game in high gear.

The 6-foot-1 swingman averages 16.29 points per game, less than a point behind scoring leader Ken Bono of Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala (17 ppg).

No other Kettle Korn player, however, is norming in double figures.

Allan Evangelista, Anthony Espiritu, June Cortez and Dylan Ababou, the core of the UAAP champion team, have yet to deliver their usual numbers.

“We’re learning and I think we’re starting to adjust,” said Duncil.

Kettle Korn-UST will resume its campaign versus Mail and More at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Olivarez College Sports Center in Parañaque.

In the second game, Hapee-PCU will battle Harbour Centre at 4 p.m.

Henkel Sista leads the nine-team field with a 6-2 card, followed by Mail and More and Hapee-PCU with similar 5-2 slates.

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01-06-2007, 10:33 AM
Hapee, M&M seek share of lead
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THE PHILIPPINE Basketball League Silver Cup resumes today with Hapee Toothpaste-Philippine Christian University and streaking Mail & More hoping to get a piece of the lead at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.


The Comets battle the still winless Kettle Korn-University of Santo Tomas Tigers at 2 p.m. while the Hapee Teethmasters collide with the rejuvenated Harbour Centre Port Masters at 4 p.m.

Both the Teethmasters and Comets have similar 5-2 win-loss records — just a half game behind leader Henkel Sista-St. Benilde.

Having won their last four games, the Comets are heavily favored to beat the Kettle Korn Tigers who have yet to win a game in seven games.

One big reason for the Comets’ sudden turn of fortunes is beefy center JR Quiñahan and a slew great supporting cast led by Elmer Espiritu, Ronjay Buenafe and Jorel Canizares.

The 6-foot-6 Quiñahan is leading the team with 14.71 points, 9.43 rebounds, 3.14 blocks and two assists a game, thus making him as the hottest MVP candidate for the season-opening tournament.

It should be a different scenario for the Teethmasters, though.

After making November truly a month to remember by winning their first five games, the Teethmasters suddenly lost their fire as they dropped their last two games.

Hapee coach Jun Noel, however, is confident his boys will come back from a long holiday break with renewed confidence and enthusiasm.

"We have learned our lessons in our past two games so I believe the boys will be playing with the intensity we dished out in our first five games," said Noel.

Though they beat the Port Masters, 73-68, in their first meeting this tournament, the Teethmasters should raise their game several notches.

For one, the Port Masters — especially Reed Juntilla — have been playing great the past two games thus reviving their hopes to gain an outright semis berths.

They are currently locked wit Toyota Otis and TeleTech at 4-3.

The 6-foot-1 guard from Cebu starred for Harbour’s spine-tingling 75-73 win over Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala last Dec. 20 by scoring 24 points, including the game-winning shot - a beautiful pulled-up jumper with barely 2.3 ticks left.

"We hope we could keep our momentum going despite the long break," said coach Jorge Gallent, who is also pinning his hopes on JC Intal, Chico Lanete, Chad Alonzo and Al Vergara.

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01-06-2007, 10:39 AM
PBL Silver Cup resumes Saturday
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The Philippine Basketball League Silver Cup resumes Saturday with Hapee Toothpaste-Philippine Christian University and streaking Mail & More hoping to get a piece of the lead at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.
The Comets battle the still winless Kettle Korn-University of Santo Tomas Tigers at 2 p.m. while the Hapee Teethmasters collide with the rejuvenated Harbour Centre Port Masters at 4 p.m.

Both the Teethmasters and Comets have similar 5-2 win-loss records—just a half game behind leader Henkel Sista-St. Benilde.

Having won their last four games, the Comets are heavily favored to beat the Kettle Korn Tigers who have yet to win a game in seven games.

One big reason for the Comets’ sudden turn of fortunes is beefy center JR Quiñahan and a slew great supporting cast led by Elmer Espiritu, Ronjay Buenafe and Jorel Canizares.

The 6-foot-6 Quiñahan is leading the team with 14.71 points, 9.43 rebounds, 3.14 blocks and 2 assists a game, thus making him as the hottest MVP candidate for the season-opening tournament.

It should be a different scenario for the Teethmasters, though.

After making November truly a month to remember by winning their first five games, the Teethmasters suddenly lost their fire as they dropped their last two games.

Hapee coach Jun Noel, however, is confident his boys will come back from a long holiday break with renewed confidence and enthusiasm.

“We have learned our lessons in our past two games so I believe the boys will be playing with the intensity we dished out in our first five games,” said Noel.

Though they beat the Port Masters, 73-68, in their fist meeting this tournament, the Teethmasters should raise their game several notches.

For one, the Port Masters—especially Reed Juntilla—have been playing great the past two games thus reviving their hopes to gain an outright semis berths.

They are currently locked with Toyota Otis and TeleTech at 4-3.

The 6-foot-1 guard from Cebu starred for Harbour’s spine-tingling 75-73 win over Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala on December 20 by scoring 24 points, including the game-winning shot—a beautiful pulled-up jumper with barely 2.3 ticks left.

Games Saturday

(Olivarez Sports Center)

2 p.m. - Mail & More vs. Kettle Korn

4 p.m. - Hapee-PCU vs. Harbour Centre

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01-07-2007, 01:24 PM
Mail and More crushes Kettle Korn for lead

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 06:15am (Mla time) 01/07/2007

MAIL and More, drawing huge performances from its starters, cruised to an 84-63 triumph over Kettle Korn-UST to grab a share of the lead in the PBL Silver Cup yesterday at the Olivarez Sports Center.

Forward Jerby del Rosario shot a game-high 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting, combining with Mike Bravo and JR Quinahan as the Comets settled the game early with a 24-6 start.

But coach Lawrence Chongson said Mail and More’s fifth straight victory—which pushed the Comets on top with Henkel Sista at 6-2—wasn’t as easy as it looked.

“We kept thinking about Kettle Korn during the (holiday) break because teams like them are the ones hard to beat,” noted Chongson. “We practiced during vacation, we had a team building. It’s good the players responded.”

Jonathan Fernandez, JC Intal and Chan Alonzo took control in the final period as Harbour Centre downed Hapee-PCU, 75-67, in the second game.

Intal shot eight of his 10 points in the closing minutes, while Fernandez and Alonzo scored a combined 17 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Port Masters to their third straight victory.

Hapee-PCU, which opened its campaign with five straight wins, skidded to its third straight loss to join Harbour Centre at 5-3.

“We’re getting better, we’re jelling and we’re starting to play team basketball,” said Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent.

From an 8-0 start, the Comets jumped to a double-digit advantage, 16-6, in only five minutes of play against the Tigers, who shot a poor 26 percent in the first half.

After the break, Allan Evangelista sparked a Tigers comeback from 29-39 with Kettle Korn moving within 39-44 on a triple by Anthony Espiritu with 6:25 left in the third period.

But the threat turned out to be short lived as the Comets answered with a 7-0 tear to make it 51-39.

The lead went up to 23 points, 67-54, behind the efforts of Elmer Espiritu and Nestor David.

Assistant coach Beaujing Acot called the shots for the Tigers as mentor Pido Jarencio served a one-game suspension for an unbecoming conduct versus TeleTech last December.

The Tigers remained winless in eight outings.

The scores:

First Game

MAIL AND MORE 84—Del Rosario 17, Espiritu 13, Bravo 13, David 10, Quinahan 7, Yambao 7, Buenafe 6, Coyukang 4, Pribhdas 3, Te 2, Canizares 2, Ballesteros 0.

KETTLE KORN-UST 63—Espiritu 15, Dizon 10, Urbiztondo 8, Evangelista 7, Ababou 5, Duncil 4, Hubalde 4, Taylor 3, Sierra 3, Santos 2, Cuan 2, Canlas 0, Dela Cruz 0.

Quarters: 24-6, 39-29, 67-46, 84-63

Second Game

HARBOUR CENTRE 75—Gamboa 11, Intal 10, Fernandez 9, Lanete 8, Alonzo 8, Arana 7, Juntilla 6, Coching 5, Vergara 5, Raymundo 4, Ortiguerra 2, Capati 0, Gaco 0.

HAPEE-PCU 67—Castro 21, Rodriguez 14, Larong 7, Bucao 6, Sanz 5, Belga 4, Borboran 4, Butel 2, Hugnatan 2, Moreno 2, Navarro 0, Razon 0.

Quarters: 8-13, 35-29, 50-51, 75-67

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01-07-2007, 01:29 PM
Mail & More delivers, gains piece of PBL lead

The Philippine Star 01/07/2007

Mail & More delivered the goods right in the first quarter as the Comets crushed the Kettle Korn Pop Kings, 84-63, yesterday to gain a share of the lead with Henkel Sista-St. Benilde in the PBL Silver Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

JR Quiñahan struggled for just seven points but Jerby del Rosario took over and fired 17 points while three others churned out double-digit scores to power the Comets to their fifth straight victory and sixth overall in eight outings to tie Henkel Sista on top.

"Everybody responded well to my challenge," said Mail & More coach Lawrence Chongson. "Ayaw nila na sila ang maging unang biktima ng Kettle Korn kaya sa umpisa pa lang todo bigay sila kaagad."

It was the eighth straight setback for the Pop Kings, who made a searing rally early in the third only to fold up in the end.

In the second game, JC Intal and Jonathan Fernandez combined in the fourth quarter as Harbour Centre got back at Hapee Toothpaste-Philippine Christian University, 75-67.

The sweet-shooting Fernandez banged in three huge three-pointers in the fourth while Intal scattered eight as the Port Masters scuttled Hapee’s determined comeback.

With the win the Port Masters improved to 5-3 record, the same mark of the Teethmasters.

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01-07-2007, 01:31 PM
Comets streak to 5th straight win

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Games Tuesday (Emilio Aguinaldo College) 2 p.m. — TelecTech vs Mail & More 4 p.m. — Sista vs Toyota Otis



JR QUIÑAHAN, widely considered as Mail & More’s heart and soul, was limited to just seven points and the same number of rebounds. No problem for the streaking Comets.

This time, the Mail & More Comets turned to Jerby del Rosario in scoring a convincing 84-63 win over the hapless Kettle Korn Pop Kings that enabled them to gain a piece of the lead in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

With Quiñahan struggling offensively, Del Rosario, surprisingly quick for a 6-foot-5 player, dished out his best performance so far by tallying 17 points on an impressive 7-of-9 shooting from the field.

Three other Mail & More players scored in double figures as the Comets notched their fifth straight win and sixth overall in eight outings to tie idle Henkel Sista-St. Benilde for the lead.

"Everybody responded well to my challenge," said a beaming coach Lawrence Chongson. "Ayaw nila na sila ang maging unang biktima ng Kettle Korn kaya sa umpisa pa lang todo bigay sila ka-agad."

It was the eight straight loss for the Pop Kings who made a searing rally early in the third but their effort fell short.

High-leaping Elmer Espiritu and Mike Bravo chipped in 13 points each while Nestor David added 10 points — most of their points came in a back-breaking third quarter run that saw the Comets take a 67-46 lead.

The Pop Kings engaged the Comets in an animated shootout early in the third with Anthony Espiritu and Allan Evangelista leading the assault.

They moved dangerously close, 39-43, but that turned to be their best effort as the Comets came through with several spurts — thanks largely to their brilliant transition play.

In the second game, JC Intal and Jonathan Fernandez conspired in a telling fourth quarter assault as Harbour Centre got back at Hapee Toothpaste-Philippine Christian University, 75-67.

The sweet-shooting Fernandez banged in three huge three-point shots in the fourth while Intal scattered eight as the Port Masters scuttled Hapee’s determined comeback.

With the win the Port Masters improved to 5-3 record, the same mark of the Teethmasters.

Also shining for the Port Masters was Allan Gamboa, who led the team in scoring with 11 points.

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01-07-2007, 01:33 PM
Comets win, catch Sista at top of standing

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JR Quiñahan, widely considered as Mail & More’s heart and soul, was limited to just seven points and the same number of rebounds. No problem for the streaking Comets.

This time, the Comets turned to Jer-by del Rosa-rio in scoring a convincing 84-63 win over the hapless Kettle Korn Pop Kings that put enabled them to gain a piece of the lead in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

With Quiñahan struggling offensively, del Rosario, surprisingly quick for a 6-foot-5 player, dished out his best performance so far by tallying 17 points on an impressive 7-of-9 shooting from the field.

Three other Mail & More players scored in double figures as the Comets notched their fifth straight win and sixth overall in eight outings to tie idle Henkel Sista-St. Benilde for the lead.

“Everybody responded well to my challenge,” said a beaming coach Lawrence Chongson. “They don’t to be the first team to be beaten by Kettle Korn that’s why they played this way right from the start.

It was the eight straight loss for the Pop Kings who made a searing rally early in the third but their effort fell short.

Scores:

Mail & More 84—Del Rosario 17, Bravo 13, Espiritu 13, David 10, Quinahan 7, Buenafe 6, Coyukang 4, Pribdhas 3, te 2, Canizares 2, Ballesteros 0.

Kettle Korn 63—Espiritu 15, Dizon 10, Urbiztondo 8, Evangelista 7, Ababou 5, Duncil 4, Hubalde 4, Taylor 3, Sierra 3, Santos 2, Cuan 2, Canlas 0, de la Cruz 0.

Quarters: 24-6; 39-29; 67-46, 84-63.

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01-09-2007, 12:57 PM
Sista, Mail & More gun for semis playoff berths

The Philippine Star 01/09/2007

Surprise leaders Mail & More and Sista-St. Benilde take on separate rivals today, both gunning for at least a playoff for the outright semis berths in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym in Manila.

The Mail & More Comets battle the TeleTech Titans at 2 p.m. while the Sista Super Sealers clash with the Toyota Otis Sparks at 4 p.m.

Victories by the Comets and Super Sealers would assure themselves of a playoff for a semis berth. The Comets and Super Sealers have similar 6-2 records.

Though they lost to the Titans, 70-79, in the first round, the Comets are fancied to prevail this time owing to their impressive form.

Drawing fine performance from JR Quinahan and a solid crew, the Comets have won their last five games, including an 84-63 rout of Kettle Korn-University of Santo Tomas last Saturday.

The Titans, meantime, are out to get back on track after absorbing a stinging 69-77 loss to the Super Sealers last month.

Having won their last four games, the Super Sealers are likewise fancied over the Sparks.

Even Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas admits that beating Sista would be tough.

"Sista is a quick team so we have to stop its transition play. The team also boasts of good outside shooters so we also have to stop them," said Alas. "We really have to play solid defense."

Sista coach Caloy Garcia, however, is wary of the opposition.

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01-09-2007, 01:00 PM
Playoff slots up for grabs in PBL today

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SURPRISE LEADERS Mail & More and Sista-St. Benilde battle separate rivals today with both teams gunning for at least a playoff for one of two outright semis berths in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym in Manila.

The Mail & More Comets collide with the dangerous TeleTech Titans at 2 p.m. while the Sista Super Sealers clash with the Toyota Otis Sparks at 4 p.m.

Victories by the Comets and Super Sealers will enable them to secure a playoff for a semis berth.

As things stand now, a team must win eight games to clinch an automatic semis slot. Both the Comets and Super Sealers have similar 6-2 records.

Though they lost to the Titans the first time they met this conference, 79-70, the Comets should be favored this time.

That’s because the Comets are on a roll.

Drawing fine performance from JR Quinahan and a bevy of disciplined and deterrmined role players, the Comets have won their last five games, the latest was an 84-63 drubbing of Kettle Korn-University of Santo Tomas last Saturday.

Despite Mail & More’s impressive run, the Comets should be smart and tough – both offensively and defensively – to get back at the Titans.

The Titans are out to get back on the winning track after absorbing a stinging 69-77 loss to the Super Sealers last month.

Having won their last four games, the Super Sealers are likewise favored over the Sparks.

Even Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas admits that beating Sista is like climbing a rugged mountain.

"Sista is a quick team so we have to stop its transition play. The team also boasts of good outside shooters so we also have to stop them," said Alas. "We really have to play solid defense."

Sista coach Caloy Garcia, however, is worried to death whether his boys could sustain the fire they dished out before the league took a holiday break.

"Iba-iba kasi ang nagiging bida sa team, so ang takot ko baka manggigil sila sabay-sabay," said Garcia, who is likely to pin his hopes on Marc Arellano, Samigue Eman, Kelvin Gregorio and Gilbert Malabanan.

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01-09-2007, 01:04 PM
Mail & More, Sista seek semifinals playoff berth

By FRANK CALAPRE
The Manila Times Correspondent
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Surprise leaders Mail & More and Sista-St. Benilde battle separate rivals Tuesday with both teams gunning for at least a playoff for one of two outright semis berths in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym in Manila.

The Mail & More Comets collide with the dangerous TeleTech Titans at 2 p.m. while the Sista Super Sealers clash with the Toyota Otis Sparks at 4 p.m.

Victories by the Comets and Super Sealers will enable them to secure a playoff for a semis berth. As things stand now, a team must win eight games to clinch an automatic semis slot.

Both the Comets and Super Sealers have similar 6-2 records. Though they lost to the Titans the first time the met this conference, 79-70.

The Comets are favored to win because they are on a roll. Drawing fine performance from JR Quiñahan and a bevy of disciplined and determined role players, the Comets have won their last five games, the latest was an 84-63 drubbing of Kettle
Korn-University of Santo Tomas last Saturday.

Despite Mail & More’s impressive run, the Comets should be smart and tough—both offensively and defensively—to get back at the Titans. The Titans are out to get back on the winning track after absorbing a stinging 69-77 loss to the Super Sealers last month.

Having won their last four games, the Super Sealers are likewise favored over the Sparks. Even Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas admits that beating Sista is like climbing a rugged mountain.

“Sista is a quick team so we have to stop its transition play. The team also boasts of good outside shooters so we also have to stop them,” said Alas. “We really have to play solid defense.”

Sista coach Caloy Garcia, however, is worried to death whether his boys could sustain the fire they dished out before the league took a holiday break. “Iba-iba kasi ang nagiging bida sa team, so ang takot ko baka manggigil sila sabay sabay,” said Garcia, who is likely to pin his hopes on Marc Arellano, Samigue Eman, Kelvin Gregorio and Gilbert Malabanan.

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01-10-2007, 10:46 AM
Mail & More delivers
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ONE GOOD thing about Mail & More is that almost everybody can deliver the goods.


Yesterday, it was Ronjay Buenafe who came through with a brilliant all-around performance to power the red-hot Comets to a vengeful 78-67 win over the TeleTech Titans in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym in Manila.

His every shot drew wild cheers from his fans — most of them knew and admired him his since rookie days with the EAC Generals – Buenafe went on to finish with a season-high 20 points as he helped the Comets post their sixth straight win, the longest so far in the season-opening tournament.

With the win – their seventh in nine games – the Comets thus secured a playoff for one of two outright semis berths.

Mail & More can earn the bragging rights as the first semifinalist if they hurdle their last game against Toyota Otis on Saturday.

But it won’t be easy.

The Toyota Otis Sparks further enhanced their reputation as the league’s giant slayers by snapping a four-game winning run of erstwhile co-leader Sista-St. Benilde, 82-66, to tie idle Harbour Centre for third place at 5-3.

Marvin Cruz, fast emerging as coach Louie Alas’ hatchet man, again starred for the Sparks as he tallied 9 of his 15 points late in the third to set the tone for a run away victory.

The Sista Super Sealers absorbed their third defeat in 9 games. The TeleTech Titans, who beat the Comets the first time they clashed, also slipped to 4-4, their bid for an outright semis berth now in peril.

Coach Lawrence Chongson could not help but smile sweetly and proudly with the team’s little success.

And he has two good reasons why he ought to celebrate.

"For one, we already gained the respect of the big teams even though we’re just a newcomer. And two, we proved that our team is not just about JR (Quinahan)," said a beaming Chongson.

Chongson was particularly happy with the way Buenafe performed. In fact, he considered Buenafe a gem of a player – a little version of Samboy Lim.

"There’s no doubt about his capabilities, he’s really a good player," said Chongson who surprised everybody when he started the 6-foot guard.

"I got a text from him last night, thanking me for the trust and confidence I’m giving to him, so I decided to start him. Thankfully, he delivered big time for us," said Chongson.

Buenafe was 3-of-7 from the 3-point zone, grabbed six rebounds, doled out six assists and had two steals, both them completed as the Comets wiped out a 56-60 deficit to take a 68-60 lead with 5:02 left.

Mike Bravo was equally superb, tallying 10 points, including back-to-back baskets during the team’s early spurt in the pivotal period.

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01-11-2007, 09:54 AM
Teethmasters seek win to snap skid
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Hapee Toothpaste-Philippine Christian University hopes to breathe life to a faltering campaign when it battles winless Kettle Korn-University of Santo Tomas Thursday in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym in Manila.

The Hapee Teethmasters have dropped their last three games after going perfect in November where they won their first five games to lead the way in the nine-team tournament.

After figuring out what happened to them in those games, coach Jun Noel believes they have a great chance of ending their slump when they battle the Kettle Korn King Pops at 2 p.m.

“I’ve talked to my players and hopefully we can break our slump,” Noel said. “We just have to play solid defensively. We tend to relax in the end that’s why lost our last three games.

Noel hopes that high-leaping Mark Borboran of the University of the East will finally play to the fullest after his disappointing performance the last three games where normed only 4.3 points a game.

Clashing in the other game at 4 p.m. are Magnolia Ice Cream and Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala in a game expected to be as exhilarating and explosive encounter.

With a 3-5 record, the Moneymen have no longer the chance to get an outright semis berth but they are still in the running for an automatic berth in the quarterfinal round.

The top two teams after the classification round will advance outright to the semis while the No. 3 and 4 teams will gain twice-to-beat privileges in the quarters. The next three teams (5 to 7) will then go the knock out phase while the No. 8 and 9 squads will face off first.

The winner between the No. 8 and 9 teams will advance to the second knockout stage where it will face the No. 5 squad. The No. 6 team will battle the No. 7 squad with the victor facing the No. 3 qualifier.

The battle between UAAP MVP Kenneth Bono (Pera Padala) and NCAA MVP Sam Ekwe (Magnolia) is expected to attract much attention since both players are going to prove a point.

The Magnolia Spinners have a 2-6 mark after losing their last two games, including an 81-90 loss to the Toyota Otis Sparks.

Expected to provide Bono the much-needed help are Doug Kramer, Erick de la Cuesta and Macky Escalona.

The entry of Christian Luanzon and Joel Solis is expected to boost Pera Padala’s campaign. Besides Ekwe, also expected to deliver for the Spinners are Yousif Aljamal, Jeff Chan, Jonas Villanueva and Bonbon Custodio. The Manila Times

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01-12-2007, 12:55 PM
Hapee-PCU halts skid; Moneymen triumph

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 05:07am (Mla time) 01/12/2007

ACE pair Mark Borboran and Jason Castro combined to resurrect Hapee-PCU’s PBL campaign yesterday.

Castro scattered 18 points and Borboran added 11 as Hapee-PCU snapped its three-game skid with an 88-73 triumph over winless Kettle Korn-UST in the Silver Cup at the Emilio Aguinaldo College Gym.

The victory revived the Teeth Masters’ chance for an outright semifinal berth as they tied Henkel Sista for second place at 6-3. Mail and More grabbed the solo lead last Tuesday with a 7-2 slate.

In the second game, reserve Don Dulay shot all his 12 points in the second half as Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala regained its winning form with a 75-70 triumph against Magnolia Ice Cream.

“It’s nice that our second unit stepped up—(Cris) Viardo, Dulay and (Mark) Yee,” said coach Luigi Trillo after the Moneymen improved their record to 4-5.

The Spinners absorbed their third straight setback for a 2-7 slate.

“We now have an organized half court, our fastbreak is back,” said Hapee-PCU coach Jun Noel. “The team lost its confidence (during the losing skid), but I told them we have a good system. They must have faith and trust in the system.”

The Teeth Masters surprisingly dropped three straight games after opening the conference with five straight victories.

Kettle Korn-UST, which played without its five key players, stumbled to its ninth straight loss.

The Pop Kings missed the services of team top scorer Jojo Duncil, Dylan Ababou, Jun Cortez, Warren de Guzman and Mark Canlas due to various injuries.

Dulay pumped in nine points in a 14-5 charge that turned a 47-52 deficit into a 61-57 edge for the Moneymen midway in the fourth quarter. Doug Kramer, who finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, then made sure the Moneymen would stay ahead for good.

Japs Cuan and Frederick Hubalde dictated the tempo in the opening minutes to lead Kettle Korn-UST to a 20-19 edge at the end of the first quarter.

But Borboran and Castro spearheaded a surge that gave the Teeth Masters their first double-digit lead, 39-28.

Larry Rodriguez and Mark Moreño extended Hapee-PCU’s margin to 51-32, then the Teeth Masters’ reserves boosted the lead to 26 points, 66-40, late in the third period.

The scores:

First Game

HAPEE-PCU 88—Castro 18, Borboran 11, Hugnatan 10, Sanz 10, L. Rodriguez 10, Belga 6, Moreño 6, Butel 5, Navarro 4, David 4, Larong 2, Amparado 1, Bucao 1, J. Rodriguez 0, Razon 0.

KETTLE KORN-UST 73—Evangelista 16, Hubalde 14, Cuan 9, Santos 8, Taylor 7, Espiritu 6, Urbiztondo 5, Dela Cruz 4, Sierra 2, Dizon 2.
Quarters: 19-20, 41-28, 68-45, 88-73

Second Game

CEBUANA LHUILLIER 75—Kramer 18, Yee 13, Dulay 12, Bono 11, Viardo 10, Dela Cuesta 6, Solis 2, Escalona 2, Abadia 1, Luanzon 0, Oreta 0.

MAGNOLIA 70--Chan 22, Ekwe 16, Villanueva 7, Custodio 6, Aljamal 5, Escobal 5, Menor 5, Gamalinda 4, Tecson 0, Angeles 0, Taganas 0, Raneses 0, Natividad 0, Barcellano 0, Bombeo 0.

Quarters: 15-21, 30-35, 47-52, 75-70

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01-12-2007, 12:59 PM
Hapee-PCU topples crippled Kettle Korn

The Philippine Star 01/12/2007

Hapee-PCU crushed a badly-depleted Kettle Korn-UST side, 88-73, yesterday to get back into the thick of things in the PBL Silver Cup at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym in Manila.

Jason Castro came away with 18 points as the Teethmasters finally came out strong after dropping their last three games.

"Finally, we rediscovered how to win again," said Hapee coach Jun Noel. "I had a long talk with my boys the other day and we figured it out the problems besetting the team."

In the second game, Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala outsteadied Magnolia Ice Cream in a torrid shootout to score a 75-70 win — thanks to the razzle-dazzle performance of Don Dulay.

Dulay fired crucial points in the payoff period as the Moneymen improved to 4-5. The Spinners absorbed their third straight defeat for a 2-7 mark.

With their run-and-gun game in full steam, the Teethmasters turned what started as a close contest into a rout as they exploded for 22 points in the second quarter while limiting the Pop Kings to just eight points for a 41-28 lead at the turn.

"We employed our system of play and that made the difference," said Noel.

"Hopefully, we could keep the fire so that we have a chance to get an outright semis berth," said team manager Bernard Yang.

However, the Teethmasters need to beat Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala next week to gain a playoff for one of two outright semis berths. A loss would send the team into the second knockout phase.

Already missing the services of top gun Jojo Duncil, the Pop Kings played without four more key players in Warren de Guzman, Jun Cortez, Mark Canlas and Dylan Ababou due to various injuries.

The Pop Kings reeled to their ninth straight loss.

With Castro and Mark Borboran at the helm, the Teethmasters dominated almost all departments.

In one stretch, the Teethmasters built a commanding 75-48 lead that forced Noel to use his second unit.

Borboran, who averaged only 4.3 points in the team’s last three games, scored 11 points this time while Robert Sanz, Larry Rodriguez and Roel Hugnatan scored 10 points each to typify Hapee’s depth and firepower.

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01-12-2007, 01:02 PM
Hapee regains winning touch

By REY C. LACHICA
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AFTER THREE straight defeats, Hapee Toothpaste-Philippine Christian University finally figured it out how to win again.

With Jason Castro doing his usual stuff and Mark Borboran rediscovering his form, the Teethmasters waylaid a depleted Kettle Korn-University of Santo Tomas squad, 88-73, and kept their outright semifinals bid alive in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym in Manila.

The cat-quick Castro led the team’s well-balanced attack with 18 points, including seven in a fiery second quarter that paved the way for their run-away victory.

For coach Jun Noel, the win – their sixth overall in 9 starts – could be their wake-up call after more than a month of failed attempts to get back into the winning track.

"Finally, we rediscovered how to win again," said Noel. "I had a long talk with my boys the other day and we figured out the problems besetting us."

In the second game, Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala outsteadied Magnolia Ice Cream in a torrid shootout to score a 75-70 win – big thanks to the razzle-dazzle performance of Don Dulay.

Dulay tallied of his 12 points in the payoff period as the Moneymen improved to 4-5. The Spinners absorbed their third straight defeat for a 2-7 mark.

Also shining for the Moneymen were Doug Kramer and Mark Yee who finished with 18 and 13 points, respectively. Most of their points came through the precise plays of Dulay in the fourth.

Their patented run and gun style working to the hilt, the Teethmasters turned what started to be a close contest into a rout as they limited the Pop Kings to just eight points in the second quarter while exploding for 22 points.

"We employed our old system of play and that made the difference," said Noel.

"Hopefully, we could keep the fire so that we will have a chance to get an outright semis berth," said team manager Bernard Yang. "Parang nawala ang tinik sa lalamunan ko."

The Teethmasters, however, need to beat Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala next week to gain a playoff for one of two outright semis berths. If they lose, they will be relegated into the second knockout phase.

Already missing the services of top gun Jojo Duncil, the Pop Kings were further handicapped by absence of four key players – Warren de Guzman, Jun Cortez, Mark Canlas and Dylan Ababou – due to various injuries.

But even with them around, the Pop Kings had no chance to stop the red-hot Teethmasters from notching their first win after a long while.

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01-12-2007, 01:05 PM
Teethmasters still on track for semis spot

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Hapee Toothpaste-Philippine Christian University revived a faltering semis campaign Thursday by crushing a badly depleted Kettle Korn-University of Santo Tomas, 88-73, in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym in Manila.

Jason Castro led the team’s well-balanced attack with 18 points as the Teethmasters finally tasted success again after losing their last three games.

For coach Jun Noel, the win—their sixth overall in 9 starts—could be their wake-up call after more than a month of failed attempts to get back into the winning track.

“Finally, we rediscovered how to win again,” said Noel. “I had a long talk with my boys the other day and we figured out the problems besetting the team.”
Their patented run and gun style working to the hilt, the Teethmasters turned what started to be a close contest into a rout as they limited the Pop Kings to just eight points in the second quarter while exploding for 22 points.

“We employed our system of play and that made the difference,” said Noel.

“Hopefully, we could keep the fire so that we have a chance to get an outright semis berth,” said team manager Bernard Yang. “Parang nawala ang tinik sa lalamunan ko.” The Teethmasters need to beat Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala next week to gain a playoff for one of two outright semis berths. If they lose, they will be relegated into the second knockout phase.
Already missing the services of top gun Jojo Duncil, the Pop Kings were further handicapped by absence of four key players—Warren de Guzman, Jun Cortez, Mark Canlas and Dylan Ababou—due to various injuries.

But even with them around, the Pop Kings had no chance to stop the red-hot Teethmasters from notching their first win after a long while.

With Castro and Mark Borboran at the helm, the Teethmasters dominated almost all departments that reduced the Pop Kings to a second rate, fumbling squad.

In one instance, the Teethmasters built a commanding 75-48 lead that forced Noel to use his second unit. Borboran, who averaged only 4.3 points in the team’s last three games, chipped in 11 points this time while Robert Sanz, Larry Rodriguez and Roel Hugnatan scored 10 points each to typify Hapee’s depth and firepower.

Scores:

Hapee-PCU 88—Castro 18, Borboran 11, Hugnatan 10, Sanz 10, Rodriguez L.10, Belga 6, Moreno 6, Butel 5, Navarro 4, David 4, Larong 2, Amparado 1, Bucao 1, Rodriguez J., 0, Razon 0.

Kettle Korn 73—Evangelista 16, Hubalde 14, Cuan 9, Santos 8, Taylor 7, Espiritu 6, Urbiztondo 5, de la Cruz 4, Sierra 2, Dizon 2.

Quarters: 19-20; 41-28; 68-45; 88-73.


The Manila Times

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01-13-2007, 09:07 AM
Comets try to nail 1st semis slot


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Last updated 05:42am (Mla time) 01/13/2007

MAIL and More still feels very solid when it shoots for an outright semifinal berth today against Toyota Otis in the PBL Silver Cup tournament.

“We’re a young team, but we’ve been working hard in practice and the desire to win is always there,” said Comets coach Lawrence Chongson.

Aside from vying for the incentive, the surprising league leaders will also gun for their seventh straight win at 2 p.m. at the Olivarez College Sports Center in Parañaque.

The Comet’s six-game roll—the longest winning run this conference—obviously concerns Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas.

“We have to stop their transition,” said Alas. “We have to put up a disciplined defense and shoot well from the outside.”

Mail and More, Alas reminded his wards, kicked off its winning streak with an 88-57 rout against the Sparks last Nov. 18.

“I think that’s when they started getting confident,” said Alas.

But the Sparks, who tote a 5-3 card, will try to stay in the hunt for an automatic semifinal slot, the bonus given to the top two teams at the end of the classification phase.

“We’re not taking any team for granted,” said Chongson, even after the Comets have already secured a playoff for a semifinal slot with a 7-2 slate.

Toting a 5-3 record, Harbour Centre will also try to remain in contention versus TeleTech at 4 p.m.

The Port Masters stretched their winning streak to three behind JC Intal, the fourth-quarter hero in their 75-67 triumph over Hapee-PCU last week.

Mail and More also found a savior in Ronjay Buenafe, who delivered a breakout performance by scoring 20 points in the Comets’ 78-67 win over TeleTech last Tuesday.

The Comets will try to avoid figuring in a playoff match by banking on statistical leader JR Quiñahan and consistent performers Mike Bravo and Elmer Espiritu.

If the Comets lose, a five-way tie at 7-3 may still occur at the end of the classification phase, provided that Toyota Otis, Harbour Centre, Hapee-PCU and Henkel Sista sweep their remaining assignments.

And the Sparks are hoping to forge such situation by leaning on Marvin Cruz, Patrick Cabahug and Dennis Daa.

Last Tuesday, the Sparks improved their record to 5-3 after Cabahug and Cruz drilled in a combined 33 points for an 82-66 triumph over Henkel Sista. -- Jasmine W. Payo

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01-13-2007, 09:12 AM
Comets eye first semis slot

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BELITTLED BEFORE the start of the tournament, Mail & More seeks redemption today as the streaking Comets gun for the first outright semis berth against the Toyota Otis Sparks in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque Center.

Already assured of a playoff berth after winning six straight games for a 7-2 record, the Comets are expected to pull out all the stops in their 2 p.m. encounter with the Sparks to advance outright into the Final Four without much hassle.

"That will be our motivation. We have to win (today) to avoid an extra game for us," said coach Lawrence Chongson, who is out to prove a point that he’s really up to the challenge.

"I also have a personal motivation," said Chongson. "There were lots of stories about our team before the start of the tournament that’s why my boys are out to make a statement. It’s up to them if they won’t respect us."

But one thing is certain, though, he already has the respect of Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas.

"We have to put up a disciplined defense and shoot well from the outside to have a better chance to win. They have a deeper bench than us so we have to raise our games several notches," said Alas. "But overall, we’re in good shape, too."

Clashing in the other game at 4 p.m. are Harbour Centre and TeleTech with the Port Masters going for their fourth straight win after back-to-back defeats.

The Port Masters, who are bidding for their second straight championship after winning the Unity Cup last year, are locked with the Sparks for fourth to fifth places at 5-3, while the Titans have a 4-4 record.

Expected to lead the Mikee Romero-owned Harbour Centre crew are JC Intal, Reed Juntilla, Jay-A Coching, Al Vergara, Chad Alonzo and Jonathan Fernandez.

Despite their slight edge in height and firepower, Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent refused to take the Titans lightly, saying: "They (Titans) have several veteran players on their squad so it’s going to be an exciting game."

A five-way tie for the lead (7-3) may occur at the end of the classification round if Harbour Centre, Toyota Otis, Sista and Hapee hurdle all their remaining games. If that happens, two playoff games will be necessitated to determine the first two semifinalists.

Although the Comets beat the Sparks by a huge margin, 88-57, the first time they clashed in the season-opening tournament, Chongson said they still have to play real smart – both offensively and defensively – to prevail again.

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01-14-2007, 01:59 AM
Toyota Otis, Harbour Centre pull through

The Philippine Star 01/14/2007

Toyota Otis and Harbour Centre made the race for outright semis berths in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup more exciting yesterday.

Drawing excellent form from Patrick Cabahug, the Toyota Otis Sparks stopped Mail & More’s six game winning run with a masterful 81-71 win at the Olivarez Sports Center.

Not to be outdone, the Harbour Port Masters stretched their own run to four by beating the TeleTech Titans in double overtime, 93-83, behind the breakout game of former Ateneo hotshot JC Intal.

Intal fired 27 points, including four triples in the last 10 minutes of play to lead the Port Masters to their sixth win. With their wins, the Port Masters and Sparks tied idle Henkel Sista at 6-3.

But the Port Masters have better chance to nail down the first semis berth since they will have winless Kettle Korn as their last assignment.

Enjoying his finest game so far, the lanky 6-foot-2 Cabahug, nephew of one of the league’s top shooters in the 80s in Elmer Cabahug, was simply unstoppable as he finished with an impressive 10-of-16 shooting from the field, including 4-of-7 from the arc.

"When he’s hot, he’s really hard to stop," said Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas of his ward who also had eight boards and an assist in 29 minutes of action.

Actually, the Sparks came through with a double-barreled attack as Jonathan Aldave also banged in two triples in a solid 19-point performance.

Despite the defeat, the Comets are already assured of a playoff for an outright semis berth after finishing the classification phase with a 7-3 record.

The Sparks can also forge a playoff if they beat the TeleTech Titans on Tuesday.

But that’s not so important for Alas.

"All I want is for the team to remain in good shape. We have to keep our momentum going," said Alas. "If we have to go through a playoff it’s just fine for us,"

Scoring in spurts behind the creative plays of Marvin Cruz, the Sparks took a 36-22 lead early in the second quarter. But the Comets, hoping to stretch their winning streak to seven, made a run of their own to close in at 40-44.

But that proved to be the closest the Comets could come as Cabahug, Aldave, Cruz and Christian Coronel came through with clutch baskets to keep their rivals at bay.

Aside from the splendid shooting of Cabahug and Aldave, Alas also paid tribute to their transition defense that made lives miserable for JR Quinahan and Mike Bravo.

Quiñahan and Bravo, the team’s the 1-2 punch, were limited to just seven and four points, respectively.

With their energy and aggressiveness, the smaller Sparks surprisingly outrebounded the taller Comets, 53-48.

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01-16-2007, 12:42 PM
Sparks, Sealers set sights on playoff slots

The Philippine Star 01/16/2007

The chase for the two outright semis berths in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup heats up today as Toyota Otis and Sista-St. Benilde shoot for playoff slots against separate rivals at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym in Manila.

Riding the crest of a three-game win run, the Sparks collide with the TeleTech Titans at 4 p.m., while the Super Sealers take on the Magnolia Spinners at 2 p.m.

Mail & More is so far the only team assured of a playoff for one of two automatic semis berths after finishing the classification round with a 7-3 (win-loss) record.

But four other teams have strong chances of catching up the pacesetters at the end of the round.

The Super Sealers and Sparks are locked up in a four-way tie for second with Harbour Centre and Hapee Toothpaste-Philippine Christian University at 6-3.

Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas said the Sparks are in good shape as shown in their previous three games which they highlighted by snapping Mail & More’s six-game streak, 81-71, last Saturday.

Though the Sparks beat the Titans the first time they clashed this season, 68-66, Alas said they should not take the Titans lightly.

"We’re playing well but we can’t relax especially against the Titans," said Alas. "They lost their last three games so I’m sure they want to get back on the winning track."

After torching the Comets with 25 points, Patrick Cabahug, the league’s top three-point king, is expected to spearhead the team’s bid along with guard Marvin Cruz and forward Dennis Daa.

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01-16-2007, 12:54 PM
Otis, Sista eye playoff berths today

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THE RACE for two outright semis berths in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup shifts to a higher gear as Toyota Otis and Sista-St. Benilde also shoot for playoff slots against separate rivals today at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym in Manila.

Riding the crest of a three-game winning run, the Toyota Otis Sparks collide with the TeleTech Titans at 4 p.m., while the Sista Super Sealers take on the slumping Magnolia Spinners at 2 p.m.

Mail & More is so far the only team assured of a playoff for one of two automatic semis berths after finishing the classification round with a 7-3 record.

But the Mail & More Comets can’t relax at this stage as four other teams have strong chances of catching them up at the end of the round.

The Super Sealers and Sparks are locked up with Harbour Centre and Hapee Toothpaste-Philippine Christian University at 6-3.

Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas said all his players are in good shape as shown in their previous three games which they highlighted by ending Mail & More’s six-game winning run last Saturday, 81-71.

Though they beat the Titans the first time they clashed this season, 68-66, Alas, who played for Adamson during his college days, still have high respect for the Titans who are being mentored by former collegiate rival in Jerry Codiñera of the University of the East.

"We’re playing well but we can’t relax especially against the Titans," said Alas. "They lost their last three games so I’m sure they want to get back on the winning track."

After torching the Comets with 25 points, Patrick Cabahug, the league’s top three-point king, is expected to be a marked man in today’s game along side playmaker Marvin Cruz and beefy forward Dennis Daa.

For them to beat the Titans, Alas said they intend to distract their playmakers to disrupt their potent half court game.

The Super Sealers also beat the Spinners in their first encounter but the Germany-based squad will be handicapped by the absence of coach Caloy Garcia. The hot-tempered Garcia meted a one-game suspension for his unsportsmanlike behavior during the team’s 66-82 loss to the Sparks.

Still, Garcia is confident his boys can hurdle their all-important match against the Spinners who dropped their last three games.

"We practiced hard for our game against Magnolia," said Garcia. "Pinag-usapan na namin kung ano dapat nilang gawin para manalo ulit."

Mike Buendia will call the shots for the Super Sealers in Garcia’s absence.

With a 2-7 card, the Spinners will face tail-ender Kettle Korn-University of Santo Tomas in the first playoff phase with the winner battling the No. 5 in the second knockout phase while the No. 6 qualifier battles the No. 7 team. The winners in this stage will advance into the quarters.

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01-17-2007, 11:14 AM
Sparks gain semis playoff on Cabahug clutch hit

The Philippine Star 01/17/2007

Patrick Cabahug came through with a clutch jumper in the final minute as Toyota Otis came from behind to nip TeleTech, 69-65, yesterday and secure a playoff for a semifinal berth in the PBL Silver Cup at the Emilio Aguinaldo College Gym.

Protecting a shaky 64-62 lead, the Sparks went to Cabahug, who had an open look from afar and knocked in the basket with 61 seconds remaining to power Toyota Otis to its fourth straight victory and seventh overall against three setbacks.

The Sparks thus finished the round tied with Mail & More on top.

The Titans fell to 6-4.

Cabahug, who averaged 21.5 points in the team’s last two games, finished with 15 points he spiked with two triples.

Marvin Cruz and RJ Jazul combined for 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Sparks, who trailed, 48-52, after three quarters.

Earlier, Bonbon Custodio sizzled with 19 points as Magnolia Ice Cream foiled Henkel-Sista’s semifinal playoff bid with a 68-49 rout.

Custodio, a flashy rookie out of University of the East, went nine-of-12 from the field in an impressive stint that helped the Spinners seal their third win in 10 games in the classification round.

"It’s a breakout game for him (Custodio), he’s been working hard in practice," said Magnolia coach Koy Banal.

The win, which snapped the team’s three-game skid, should give Magnolia the momentum it needs against Kettle Korn-UST when they meet in the first of the two-phase playoffs going into the quarterfinals starting next week.

"It’s a good confidence booster, it gives the players hopes going into the playoffs," said Banal, whose team needs two straight wins to advance to the quarters, four to the semis, seven to the finals and 10 to win it all.

"Is it possible? Maybe," said Banal, who actually steered Magnolia to 10 straight wins two years ago.

Kelvin Gregorio, another newcomer also from UE, led the Super Sealers with 15 points but none of his teammates scored more than seven points as they virtually kissed their semifinal hopes goodbye after absorbing their fourth loss against six wins.

Henkel-Sista also played without coach Caloy Garcia, who served a one-game suspension for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The pressure of winning for a playoff for one of the two outright spots in the semis also took its toll on the Super Sealers, who were held to just seven points in the first quarter and 13 in the next two.

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01-17-2007, 11:16 AM
Toyota Otis bags semis playoff seat

By REY LACHICA
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PATRICK CABAHUG continued to produce feel-good stories about himself as the rising star from Cebu sparked another big win for the roaring Toyota Otis.

The 6-foot-2 Cabahug, who averaged 21.5 points in the team’s last two games, knocked in a huge basket with just 61 ticks left as the Toyota Otis Sparks repeated over the TeleTech Titans, 69-65, and secured a playoff for an outright semis berth in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup yesterday at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym in Manila.

With the win — their fourth straight — the Sparks, runners-up in the Unity Cup last year, finished the classification round tied for the lead with Mail & More at 7-3.

But a two-game playoff will ensue if Harbour Centre and Hapee Toothpaste-Philippine Christian University hurdle their last assignments tomorrow.

Both the Port Masters and Teethmasters are carrying similar 6-3 records. If both teams prevail, the seedings will be determined through the quotient system. In this case, the No. 1 team battles No.4 while No. 2 collides with No. 3.

Protecting a precarious 64-62 lead, Cabahug hit a long jumper to finally take the fight out of the Titans who fell to 4-6 as they absorbed their fourth straight defeat.

Cabahug finished with 15 points, two of them from the three-point area.

Marvin Cruz and RJ Jazul also shone offensively and defensively for the Sparks as they combined for 24 points and 10 rebounds.

In the first game, Bonbon Custodio introuduced himself to the PBL family by leading Magnolia Ice Cream to a 68-49 win over Henkel Sista-St. Benilde.

Although acknowledged as one of the country’s finest collegiate players, Custodio was hardly noticed in the first nine games of the Spinners. Until yesterday.

Recalling the hot form that made him as the No. 1 player of the University of the East the past two seasons, Custodio tallied 19 points as the Magnolia Spinners played the spoilers’ role by beating Henkel Sista-St. Benilde, 68-49, in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym in Manila.

The 5-foot-11 Custodio presided over Magnolia’s decisive run early in the third quarter to set the tone for a runaway victory that enabled the Spinners to end their classification round campaign on a high note.

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01-17-2007, 11:19 AM
Spinners spoil Sealer’s bid

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Bonbon Custodio finally found a way to introduce himself to the PBL family.

Although acknowledged as one of the country’s finest collegiate players, Custodio was hardly noticed in the first nine games of the Magnolia Ice Cream Spinners. Not until Tuesday.

Recalling the hot form that made him as the No. 1 player of the University of the East the past two seasons, Custodio tallied 19 points as the Magnolia Spinners played the spoilers’ role by beating Henkel Sista-St. Benilde, 68-49, in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym in Manila.

The 5-foot-11 Custodio presided over Magnolia’s decisive run early in the third quarter to set the tone for a runaway victory that enabled the Spinners to end their classification round campaign on a high note.

“This is a breakout game for Bonbon, and he truly deserved it,” said coach Koy Banal. “When we practiced at 5 a.m., he was the first player to arrive so he really wants to help the team.”

Custodio proved too hot to handle as he finished with a 9-of-12 shooting from the field. He also had 3 assists, 3 steals and 2 rebounds in 22 minutes of play.

From a 30-20 halftime lead, the Spinners with Sam Ekwe and Neil Raneses joining the fray, raced to a commanding 44-24 lead with a little over four minutes left in the third.

The Super Sealers never recovered from that jolt after that.

The Spinners finished the round with three wins against seven setbacks.

“It’s nice to end our campaign with a win, it’s a morale booster to us entering the first knockout phase of the tournament.”

As the No. 8 finisher in the 9-team tournament, Magnolia will have to slug it out with No. 9 Kettle-Korn-University of Santo Tomas for the right to meet the No. 5 team in the second knockout phase.

With the loss—their second straight—the Super Sealers wound up with a 6-4 card, their bid for a playoff berth for one of two outright semis berth now in peril.

With coach Caloy Garcia serving out his one-game suspension, the Super Sealers played almost without direction as they shot horribly from the field and committed numerous turnovers. They made only 19 of 64 tries from the field for 30 percent against 42 percent for the Spinners (29-of-69).

The Spinners also controlled the boards, 53-40, as Ekwe hauled down 10 rebounds.

Scores:

Magnolia 68—Custodio 19, Ekwe 12, Al Jamal 7, Escobal 7, Chan 6, Raneses 4, Gamalinda 4, Tecson 3, Jones 2, Angeles 2, Bombeo 0, Menor 0, Barcellano 0, Taganas 0.

Sista 49—Gregorio 15, Saldua 7, Alfad 6, Malabanan 6, Misa 5, Arellano 5, Eman 3, Bonus 2, Robles 0, Ebuen 0, Layug 0, Bauzon 0.

Quarters: 14-7; 30-20; 50-33; 68-49. The Manila Times

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01-18-2007, 10:32 AM
Harbour, Hapee-PCU target semis playoff

The Philippine Star 01/18/2007

Harbour Centre and Hapee Toothpaste-Philippine Christian University go for crucial wins against separate rivals at the close of the classification round of the 2007 PBL Silver Cup today at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym in Manila.

With Mail & More and Toyota Otis waiting in the wings, the Port Masters and Teethmasters must hurdle their last assignments to secure a playoff for two outright semis berths.

The Port Masters, seeking a second straight championship after ruling the Unity Cup last year, collide with winless Kettle Korn-University of Santo Tomas at 2 p.m., while the Teethmasters, fresh from snapping a three-game losing run, battle the dangerous Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala Moneymen at 4 p.m.

The Comets and Sparks finished the round with similar 7-3 win-loss records while the Teethmasters and Port Masters are tied at 6-3.

If both Harbour Centre and Hapee prevail, a two-game playoff for two semis berths will be held. If this happens, Harbour will emerge No. 1 due to its superior quotient while Mail & More, Hapee and Toyota Otis will end up second, third and fourth, respectively.

Being the top qualifier, the Port Masters will face the Sparks while the Comets and Teethmasters collide in the other playoff with the winners advancing to the semis outright. The losers, however, will enjoy twice-to-beat privilege in the quarters.

But if Harbour wins and Hapee stumbles, the Port Masters will clinch the first semis berth owing to their better quotient over Mail & More and Toyota Otis. The Sparks and Comets will again clash for the second semis berth.

The Comets and Sparks, however, will advance outright into the Final Four if both Harbour and Hapee drop their games.

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01-18-2007, 10:35 AM
Crucial PBL games today

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HARBOUR CENTRE and Hapee ToothpastePhilippine Christian University go for crucial wins against separate rivals at the close of the classification round of the 2007 PBL Silver Cup today at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym in Manila.

With Mail & More and Toyota Otis waiting in the wings, the Port Masters and Teethmasters must hurdle their last assignments to also secure a playoff for two outright semis berths.

The Port Masters, seeking a second straight championship after ruling the Unity Cup last year, collide against winless Kettle Korn-University of Santo Tomas at 2 p.m., while the Teethmasters, fresh from snapping a three-game losing run, battle the dangerous Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala Moneymen at 4 p.m.

The Comets and Sparks finished the round with similar 7-3 win-loss records while the Teethmasters and Port Masters are tied at 6-3.

If both Harbour Centre and Hapee prevail, a twogame playoff for two semis berth will be necessitated. If this happens, Harbour is likely to emerge No. 1 due to its superior quotient while Mail & More, Hapee and Toyota Otis may end up second, third and fourth, respectively.

Being the top qualifier, the Port Masters will face the Sparks while the Comets and Teethmasters collide in the other playoff with the winners advancing to the semis outright. The losers, however, will enjoy twice-to-beat privilege in the quarters.

But if Harbour wins and Hapee stumbles, the Port Masters will clinch the first semis berth owing to their better quotient over Mail & More and Toyota Otis. The Sparks and Comets will again clash for the second semis berth.

The Comets and Sparks, however, will advance outright into the Final Four if both Harbour and Hapee drop their games.

On the strength of a four-game winning run, the latest was a gripping 93-83 double overtime win over the TeleTech Titans, the Port Masters should win easily against a team which has yet to win in 9 games.

Despite their huge advantage, Harbour coach Jorge Gallent refused to belittle the Pop Kings, saying:

"Baka biglang magbago ang ihip ng hangin at talunin kami ng Kettle Korn, nakakahiya naman. That’s we don’t intend lower our guards."

Expected to lead the Port Masters are JC Intal, Chico Lanete, Chad Alonzo and Reed Juntilla.

The 6-foot-4 Intal was spectacular the last time as he finished with 27 points, a performance he highlighted by knocking in four triples in the last 10 minutes of play.

Odds are just about even in the Pera PadalaHapee tussle although the Teethmasters beat the Moneymen the first time they clash in the season-opening tournament.

The Moneymen are no longer in the hunt for outright semis and quarterfinal berths but they are just as determined to beat the Teethmasters in order to finish No. 6. They’re carrying a 4-5 record.

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01-19-2007, 11:05 AM
Harbour Centre rules elims


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HARBOUR CENTRE dispatched Kettle Korn with relative ease yesterday, 103-77, and emerged as the No. 1 team at the end of the classification round of the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym in Manila.

With Reed Juntilla and Edwin Asoro scoring almost at will, the Port Masters took several 15-point leads late in the first quarter that set the tone for the rout.

The Port Masters were especially hot in the third quarter as they stretched their 46-35 halftime advantage to 75-49 going into the final period -- thanks to the creative plays of JC Intal.

The Port Masters actually finished the round tied with Mail & More, Toyota Otis and Hapee-PCU at 7-3 but emerged as the top qualifier due to their superior quotient.

The Teethmasters joined the four-team logjam at the top pack after downing Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala, 98-90.

Jason Castro fired a career-high 33 points -- the most by any player this season -- to lead Hapee’s well-balanced attack.

The Moneymen, who finished tied with TeleTech at 4-6, sorely missed the services of top gunner Kenneth Bono who attended the PSA Awards Night to receive his Best Amateur cager trophy.

The Port Masters emerged as No. 1 by virtue of their plus-14 quotient. The Comets were second at plus-9, Hapee third at plus-4 and Toyota Otis fourth at minus-27.

In the playoffs, it will be Harbour against Toyota and Mail & More against Hapee. Both games will be played Tuesday after the first knockout phase between Magnolia and Kettle Korn.

The Port Masters shot impressively from the field and became the first team in a long, long while to produce more than 100 points. They made 43 of 77 tries for a high 56-percent shooting.

Ryan Araña typified Harbour’s hot shooting as he finished with 21 points on a splendid 7-of-7 shooting from the 2-point region and 2-of-3 from the 3-point area. He also had six rebounds in 21 minutes of play for the Port Masters, who notched their fifth straight win.

“We’re just peaking at the right time, I hope we can do better in the next round,” said coach Jorge Gallent. “If we can play this kind of game, we have better chances.”

The Port Masters, owned by youthful sportsman/businessman Mikee Romero, are gunning for a second straight championship after beating Toyota Otis in a classic title duel last year.

Intal, the hero of the team the past two games, tallied five points, three assists and three rebounds in 19 minutes of action.

The scores:

First Game

HARBOUR CENTRE 103 -- Araña 21, Juntilla 17, Asoro 13, Fernandez 11, Gaco 9, Capati 7, Raymundo 5, Williams 5, Intal 5, Lanete 4, Gamboa 2, Alonzo 2, Ortiguerra 0.

KETTLE KORN 77 -- Hubalde 20, Urbiztondo 14, Espiritu 13, Sierra 10, Cuan 6, Dela Cruz 4, Taylor 4, Canlas 4, Santos 2.

Quarters: 27-14; 46-35; 75-49; 103-77.

Second Game

HAPEE-PCU 98 -- Castro 33, Borboran 10, Rodriguez L. 10, Belga 9, Rodriguez J. 7, Butel 7, Bucao 7, Sanz 7, Hugnatan 6, Moreno 2, Larong 0.

CL PERA PADALA 90 -- Dela Cuesta 22, Kramer 20, Yee 15, Virado 13, Dulay 9, Oreta 5, Solis 2, Abadia 2, Escalona 2, Luanzon 0, Gonzales 0, Mendoza 0.

Quarters: 26-19; 44-35; 71-67; 98-90.

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01-19-2007, 11:08 AM
Harbour Centre earns top spot
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 01/19/2007

Harbour Centre disposed of Kettle Korn with relative ease,103-77, yesterday and emerged as the No. 1 team at the end of the classification round of the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym in Manila.

With Reed Juntilla and Edwin Asoro scoring almost at will, the Port Masters got off to a fiery start as they took several 15-point leads late in the first quarter that set tone for the rout.

The Port Masters slowed down a bit in the second but poured on the heat in the third as they stretched their 46-35 halftime advantage to a 75-49 bulge going into the final quarter.

JC Intal, who only had five points, three assists and three rebounds, actually starred in that big run as he played the role of a guard for most of the period.

With the win, Harbour Centre finished the round tied with Mail & More and Toyota Otis at 7-3. But the Port Masters took the top spot with a superior quotient.

The Hapee Teethmasters caught up with the three-man pack after downing Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala, 98-90.

Jason Castro fired a career-high, season-best 33 points to lead the team’s romp.

The Moneymen, who finished tied with TeleTech at 4-6, sorely missed the services of top gunner Kenneth Bono who had to attend the PSA Awards Night to receive his Best Amateur player trophy.

The Port Masters emerged as the No. 1 by virtue of their +14 quotient, the Comets second (+9), Hapee third (+4) and Toyota Otis fourth (-27).

In the playoffs, it will be Harbour against Toyota while Mail & More battles Hapee. Both games will be played Tuesday after the first knockout phase between Magnolia and Kettle Korn.

Ryan Araña underscored Harbour’s superb shooting as he finished with 21 points on a flawless 7-of-7 shooting from the 2-point range. He also made two of three from the three-point range and capped his impressive stint with six rebounds in 21 minutes of play.

"We’re just peaking at the right time, I hope we can do better in the next round," said coach Jorge Gallent. "If we can play this kind of game, we have better chances."

The Port Masters, owned by youthful sportsman/businessman Mikee Romero, are gunning for their second straight championship after beating Toyota Otis in a classic finals last year.

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01-19-2007, 11:15 AM
Harbour Centre, Hapee bag semifinals playoffs

By REY C. LACHICA
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FOUR IS A CROWD but Harbour Centre and Hapee Toothpaste-Philippine Christian University were simply too hot to stop yesterday.

Up against a team handicapped by the absence of their top gun in Jojo Duncil plus five others due to various injuries, the Port Masters easily dispatched Kettle Korn, 103-77, to emerge as the No. 1 team at the end of the classification round of the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym in Manila.

Not to be left out were the Hapee Teethmasters who rode on the red-hot shooting of Jason Castro in the final two quarters to scuttle CL Pera Padala, 98-90, and cap the day of high scoring scores.

Both Harbour Centre and Hapee finished the round tied with Mail & More and Toyota Otis at 7-3, thus requiring a double playoff for two outright semifinals berths.

On the strength of their superior quotient, the Port Masters emerged as the No. 1 team with +14, followed by Comets (+9) Hapee (+4) and Toyota Otis fourth (-27).

In the playoffs set Tuesday, it will be Harbour against Toyota while Mail & More battles Hapee.

The losers in the playoff, however, will have a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.

With Reed Juntilla and Edwin Asoro scoring almost at will with their variety of spectacular moves, the Port Masters got off to a fiery start as they took several 15-point leads late in the first quarter that set tone for a rout.

The Port Masters were especially hot in the third quarter as they stretched their 46-35 halftime advantage to 75-49 going into the final quarter — thanks to the creative plays of JC Intal, who surprised the crowd as he played the role of a guard for most of the period.

The Port Masters shot impressively from the field they became the first team in a long, long while to produce more than 100 points.

Ryan Araña typified Harbour’s hot shooting as he finished with 21 points on a splendid 7-of-7 shooting from the 2-point region and 2-of-3 from the trifectaville. He also had six rebounds in 21 minutes of play to help the Port Masters notch their fifth straight win.

"We’re just peaking at the right time, I hope we can do better in the next round," said coach Jorge Gallent. "If we can play this kind of game, we have better chances."

The Port Masters, owned by youthful sportsman/businessman Mikee Romero, are gunning for their second straight championship after beating Toyota Otis in a classic finals last year.

Intal, the hero of the team that past two games, tallied only five points, three assists and three rebounds in 19 minutes of play.

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01-20-2007, 11:13 AM
Do or die for Spinners, Pop Kings


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A STRONGER endgame should do wonders for Magnolia Ice Cream when it battles Kettle Korn-UST in the first knockout phase of the PBL Silver Cup today at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym.

Coach Koy Banal said he expects continued progress from the Spinners in the 3:30 p.m. encounter at the Emilio Aguinaldo College Gym.

The winner of the do-or-die tiff will face fifth-ranked Henkel Sista in the second knockout phase next week.

A pre-tournament favorite, the Spinners could only eke out three wins in 10 games for an eighth-place ledger in the classification round.

But for Banal, his wards got a “good confidence booster” when the Spinners drubbed the favored Henkel Sista, 68-49, last Tuesday.

“We just have to focus on our execution down the stretch,” said Banal. “Most of our losses were closely fought, they were tightly contested. Our problem had been our end game. But we cannot use inexperience or immaturity as an excuse.”

Meanwhile, Kettle Korn-UST could only blame lack of experience for their dismal maiden campaign.

Winless in 10 games, the Pop Kings have also been missing key players—including top gunner Jojo Duncil—due to various injuries recently.

Derrick Hubalde stepped up last Thursday, but his 20-point effort wasn’t enough as the Pop Kings bowed to Harbour Centre, 103-77.

The Spinners, on the other hand, got good results when Bonbon Custodio finally flashed his wares last Tuesday.

Custodio, a former University of the East standout, pumped in 19 points on a 75 per cent shooting versus Henkel Sista.

“He had been working so hard,” said Banal.

Magnolia will also turn to Nigerian center Sam Ekwe, Jeff Chan, Jonas Villanueva and Yousif Aljamal to duplicate its blowout win over Kettle Korn-UST, 97-74, last November.

Before the second knockout phase, four teams will fight for the two outright semifinal slots on Tuesday. Harbour Centre, Mail and More, Hapee-PCU and Toyota Otis finished with similar 7-3 records.

In their playoff matches, the winners will advance to the semifinals, while the losing teams will settle for the twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.

Harbour Centre, which claimed the top spot due to a superior quotient, will dispute the bonus versus Toyota Otis. Mail and More will take on Hapee-PCU in the other pairing. Jasmine W. Payo

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01-20-2007, 11:16 AM
Magnolia, Kettle Korn in knockout encounter

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MAGNOLIA ICE Cream starts its long “walk” to the top when it battles Kettle Korn-University of Santo Tomas today in the first knockout phase of the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym in Manila.

Long considered as one of the league’s certified giants since rejoining the country’s premier amateur basketball league in 2003, the Magnolia Spinners hope to erase all the negative thoughts about them when they battle the Kettle Korn Pop Kings in the lone match at 3:30 p.m.

Despite getting Jonas Villanueva and Bonbon Custodio, two of the country’s finest collegiate players, the Spinners posted only three wins in 10 games in the classification round to finish a dismal 8th in the 9-team tournament.

Many fans were surprised – some were even shocked – with the team’s sudden reversal of fortunes.

And who would not be?

The team produced two championships, including a classic come-from-behind win over Rain or Shine in February last year, and missed the semis only twice since 2003. It also produced sensational players like Arwind Santos and Kelly Williams who are now making waves in the pro league.

The Pop Kings were even worse as they failed to win in 10 games. But that was understandable.

There were some missed chances, but clearly, lack of experience has been taking its toll on the Pop Kings – not to mention the variety of injuries suffered by their key players, including top gunner Jojo Duncil.

Built around the core of UAAP champions, the Pop Kings were easily devoured by their more seasoned and heftier rivals.

Team manager Elmer Yanga, however, is hoping and praying - fervently - that they’re going to notch their first win today.

But to do it, they have to dish out extraordinary effort.

The Spinners routed the Pop Kings the first time they clashed, 97-74.

Today’s winner will face No. 5 Sista-St. Benilde in the second knockout phase that will also feature the collision of No. 6 TeleTech and No. 7 Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala.

The second knockout round will be held after the double knockout playoffs on Tuesday for outright semis berths among four teams - No. 1 Harbour Centre No. 2 Mail & More, No. 3 Hapee Toothpaste and No. 4 Toyota Otis.

Harbour Centre, gunning for back-to-back championships, collides with Toyota Otis while Mail & More takes on Hapee.

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01-22-2007, 11:26 AM
Crackshot pair boosts Hapee, Magnolia fives

By Jasmine W. Payo
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Last updated 02:38am (Mla time) 01/22/2007

A PAIR OF resurgent performances came just in time for Hapee-Philippine Christian University and Magnolia Ice Cream last week.

Displaying sensational scoring efforts, Jason Castro of Hapee-PCU and Bonbon Custodio of Magnolia Ice Cream powered their squads to crucial victories in the ongoing Silver Cup tournament of the Philippine Basketball League.

Castro’s heroics propelled the Teeth Masters to a 7-3 card and a playoff for an outright semifinal berth while Custodio kept the Spinners alive with a chance to reach the quarterfinals.

The two crackshots shared Player of the Week honors from the PBL scribes.

Custodio, surpassing a previous best of 19 points, exploded with 34 markers to lead Magnolia to a triple overtime victory against Kettle Korn-University of Santo Tomas, 133-128, last Saturday.

After unloading 14 points in the fourth quarter, the 5-foot-11 Custodio also spearheaded the charge in the three extra periods.

Two days earlier, Castro also sizzled with 33 points to lift Hapee-PCU past Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala in a 98-90 decision.

The scoring rampage came as no surprise for Hapee-PCU coach Jun Noel since his nifty guard had been averaging second-best 15.9 points in the league, on top of 6.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.9 steals and one block.

The win sent the Teeth Masters into a semifinal playoff match with Mail and More.

Harbour Centre and Toyota Otis, which both finished with 7-3 slates as well, will tangle in the other pairing.

The losers in both matches will end up in the quarterfinals where they will enjoy twice-to-beat advantages.

The Spinners, who notched only three wins in 10 elimination games, will take on fifth-seeded Henkel Sista (6-4) in the second knockout phase on Thursday.

Clashing in the other knockout game are TeleTech and Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala, which finished with similar 4-6 records at the end of the classification round.

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01-22-2007, 11:29 AM
Magnolia needs 3 OTs to oust Kettle Korn

By Jasmine W. Payo
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Last updated 05:27am (Mla time) 01/21/2007

BONBON Custodio again had little trouble knocking down shots.

Coming off a 19-point effort, Custodio exploded for 34 as Magnolia Ice Cream eliminated Kettle Korn-UST in triple overtime, 133-128, yesterday in the PBL Silver Cup at the Emilio Aguinaldo College Gym.

“It was good that Kettle Korn pushed us to the limit, I think we’re ready for the next phase,” said Magnolia coach Koy Banal.

The Spinners will battle fifth-ranked Henkel Sista in the second knockout phase on Thursday.

Sixth-seeded TeleTech and seventh placer Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala will collide in the other pairing.

The Spinners also drew huge efforts from Yousif Aljamal, who finished with 27 points and 13 rebounds, while Jeff Chan added 23 markers.

Nigerian center Sam Ekwe contributed 11 points—including seven in the first extension—on top of 20 rebounds and three blocks.

Kettle Korn-UST ended its maiden campaign winless in 11 games but not after giving Magnolia a big scare.

Pong Escobal rescued Magnolia in regulation by burying a triple with 2.4 seconds left to forge the first extra period at 86.

The Spinners seemed headed for a win after Custodio towed them to a seven-point lead, 108-101, with only 28.6 seconds left in overtime.

Before Custodio started heating up in the fourth period, the Spinners struggled early and fell behind by as many as 11 points, 26-37.

Aljamal sparked a Magnolia rally late in the second quarter for a 46-44 halftime advantage.

The Pop Kings played without coach Pido Jarencio, an assistant for San Miguel in the PBA.

The scores:

MAGNOLIA 133—Custodio 34, Aljamal 27, Chan 23, Ekwe 11, Escobal 9, Angeles 8, Menor 7, Rañeses 6, Jones 5, Villanueva 3, Gamalinda 0.

KETTLE KORN-UST 128—Evangelista 26, Duncil 22, Espiritu 20, Urbiztondo 14, Dizon 13, Taylor 12, Ababou 8, Dela Cruz 5, Cuan 5, Canlas 3.

Quarters: 26-35, 46-44, 59-59, 86-86 (reg), 109-109 (1OT), 122-122 (2OT), 133-128 (3OT)

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01-22-2007, 11:31 AM
Custodio, Castro cop PBL honors

The Philippine Star 01/22/2007

For leading their respective squads to crucial victories, Hapee Toothpaste’s Jason Castro and Magnolia Ice Cream’s Bonbon Custodio were named Players of the Week in the PBL Silver Cup.

Castro, a fixture in the MVP race the last two conferences, fired 33 points in spearheading the Teeth Sparklers to a 98-90 win over Cebuana Lhuillier Moneymen Thursday.

The victory sent Hapee into a playoff with Mail & More for one of the two automatic seats in the best-of-three semifinals set tomorrow at the Parañaque Sports Center.

Custodio, out to redeem himself after a controversial stint at University of the East, shot 34 points in powering the Spinners to a thrilling 133-128 triple overtime triumph over the Kettle Korn Poppers Saturday.

Custodio’s solid performance bettered the previous season-high of 33 points dished out by Castro while establishing a new career-high himself after scoring 19 in another win over Henkel-Sista Tuesday.

More importantly, the Spinners remained in the hunt for a slot in the quarterfinal round as they take on the Super Sealers next in another knockout duel on Thursday at the Emilio Aguinaldo College Gym.

"He’s a great player, he’ll be a force to reckon with in the near future," said Magnolia coach Koy Banal of the flashy Custodio.

Custodio, slowly gaining his rightful spot in a San Beda-dominated squad, poured 14 points in the fourth quarter of regulation to help the Spinners force the first OT. He had five points in the third overtime.

Castro, a Philippine Christian University standout, averages a league second best 15.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.9 steals and a block a game.

Meanwhile, the knockout match between Magnolia and Kettle Korn-UST posted the highest combined score of 261, eclipsing the previous mark of 240 set on March 5, 1995 when Stag beat Red Bull, 130-110.

"Grabe, very thrilling talaga ang laro," said veteran coach Junel Baculi who watched the game on TV. "As far as I am concerned, ito na yata ang isa sa pinakamahabang game na napanood ko."

Baculi, proud owner of five championships — three for Welcoat Paints and two for Hapee Toothpaste — said the offensive effort displayed by both teams was unbelievable.

Magnolia’s 133 is now the league’s highest winning score while Kettle Korn’s 128 is also by far the highest losing score.

Credit the high-scoring match to their impressive shot selection that saw the Spinners make 46 of 88 tries for a 52.27 percent shooting clip from the field. The Pop Kings also did well by converting 50 of 107 attempts for 46.73 percent.

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01-22-2007, 11:46 AM
PBL game sets records

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FOR SHEER excitement and the courage shown by one losing team in a recent game, the 2007 PBL Silver Cup will certainly go down as one of the league’s finest seasons which is worth telling and re-telling.

And the league has yet to start even its semifinals stage.

The knockout match between Magnolia Ice Cream and Kettle Korn-University of Santo Tomas last Saturday set the highest combined score.

It was dramatic as it was exhilarating and exhausting as both squads fought furiously for over three hours as the Magnolia Spinners needed three overtimes to oust the Kettle Korn Pop Kings, 133-128, at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym in Manila.

The game was perhaps the fiercest and the most entertaining match of the season-opening tournament.

Harbour Centre consultant Junel Baculi said the offensive effort displayed by both teams was unbelievable.

No wonder, the combined scores of the Spinners and Pop Kings – 261 -- will be the league’s new record, eclipsing the previous mark of 240 set on March 5, 1995 when Stag beat Red Bull, 130-110.

The game also marked the first time in six years that it went into triple overtime.

Magnolia’s 133 – thanks largely to a season-high 34 points from Bonbon Custodio and 27 from Yousif Aljamal – is also the league’s highest winning score. The 128 of Kettle Korn is also by far the highest losing score.

Credit the high-scoring match to their impressive shot selection that saw the Spinners making 46 of 88 tries for a 52.27 percent shooting clip from the field. The Pop Kings also did well by making 50 of 107 attempts for 46.73 percent.

The Pop Kings showed courage and resolve to stretch the game to the limit. With only 10 healthy players, the Pop Kings were down to five at the end of the game.

They lost four players on fouls and the other – Allan Evanglista – could hardly stand due to severe cramps after his gritty 26-point performance. Top gunner Jojo Duncil, despite playing hurt, managed to produce 22 points.

The 34 points of Borboran is also the best of the season, wiping out the 33 of Hapee’s Jayson Castro which the wily guard registered in the team’s 98-90 win over Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala last Thursday.

Though the Kettle Korn Pop Kings failed to win a single game in 11 matches, their last game of the tournament will definitely create a lasting impression for PBL fans, youthful and innovative team owner Joey Concepcion and team manager Elmer Yanga.
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01-23-2007, 11:03 AM
War among four teams in PBL today


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Last updated 01:18am (Mla time) 01/23/2007

FOUR SQUADS with identical 7-3 records shoot for an outright semifinal berth in a pair of playoff matches in the PBL Silver Cup today.

Harbour Centre, the team with the best quotient, takes on fourth-ranked Toyota Otis at 4 p.m. at the Olivarez College Sports Center in Parañaque City.

Second-seeded Mail and More and third placer Hapee-Philippine Christian University see action at 2 p.m.

While the winners earn Final Four slots, the losing teams will settle for a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.

For coach Jorge Gallent, Harbour Centre’s game plan is already quite clear.

“We have to stop Marvin (Cruz) and Patrick (Cabahug), so we have to play solid defense,” Gallent said.

Rising from a poor start, the Sparks banked on Cruz and Cabahug to craft a four-game run that included an 81-71 triumph over the streaking Mail and More.

Coach Louie Alas pointed out that good ball rotation keyed the Sparks’ timely recovery in the classification phase.

“The players are doing the extra passes,” he said.

In their first encounter, the Sparks nipped the Port Masters, 64-60, behind surprise package Eric Rodriguez.

But it was a time when late acquisition JC Intal was still feeling his way into the Port Masters’ play.

The high-leaping Intal had clearly assumed leadership by showcasing an all-around performance in recent games.

In the Port Masters’ 103-93 double overtime win over TeleTech, Intal came through with 27 points, five assists and one block.

Mail and More -- despite dropping its final elimination game -- rode on the crest of a six-game winning streak.

“The chemistry of our players is good, plus their energy level is high,” said Comets coach Lawrence Chongson.

Mentor Jun Noel agreed, reminding that it was the Comets who snapped his Teeth Masters’ five-game opening salvo with a 66-63 decision.

“We have learned our lesson against Mail and More, we’ll have to correct it,” said Noel. -- Jasmine W. Payo

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01-23-2007, 11:07 AM
Four slug it out for outright semis berth

The Philippine Star 01/23/2007

Harbour Centre clashes with Toyota Otis while Hapee Toothpaste-PCU collides with Mail and More today in a pair of showdowns that would decide which two teams will automatically qualify for the semifinals in the PBL Silver Cup at the Parañaque Sports Center.

Tied on top after finishing the 10-game classification phase with identical 7-3 (win-loss) slates, the Port Masters battle the Sparks at 4 p.m. while the Teeth Spraklers take on the Comets at 2 p.m. for spots in the best-of-three semis.

The losers drop to the quarterfinal round where they are assured of a twice-to-beat advantage.

Four teams — Henkel-Sista, TeleTech, Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala and Magnolia Ice Cream — will fight it out for the last two quarterfinal berths in another pair of knockout duels on Thursday.

For Harbour Centre it’s all about respect while Toyota Otis is eyeing a revenge in a rematch of last year’s PBL Unity Cup finalists where the former beat the latter in a thrilling showdown.

"It’s a very crucial game," said Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent. "For us to win, we need to execute well and stop their go-to-guys."

Gallent was referring to the pair of Marvin Cruz and Patrick Cabahug, the Sparks’ 1-2 punch.

Toyota Otis actually trounced Harbour Centre, 64-60, in their first and only match this conference last November. But the Sparks want to make it back-to-back.

"We just have to work harder and try to win it each game," said Toyota Otis mentor Louie Alas, who has won titles in the collegiate ranks and the defunct MBA but is still searching for a breakthrough win in the PBL.

While the Port Masters are expected to clamp down on Cruz and Cabahug, the Sparks will have to come up with a fine defensive job to neutralize JC Intal, who came up with an eye-popping 27-point effort in a 103-93 double overtime win over the Titans last week.

Jason Castro should also draw some of the attention after a whopping 33-point effort in a 98-90 triumph over the Moneymen Thursday that gave his team a chance at sealing an outright semis seat.

That output was the second best scoring performance in the season, next to the 34 put in by 2006 UAAP Finals MVP Jojo Duncil of Kettle Korn in a losing 128-133 triple overtime game to Magnolia Saturday.

That should pose problems for Mail & More coach Lawrence Chongson, who is expected to rely anew on the bull strong Joseph Quinahan, a leading candidate for the MVP award.

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01-23-2007, 11:12 AM
PBL semis berths up; Hapee vs M&M, Otis plays Harbour

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HONOR, LEGACY, respect, and revenge.

That will be the battlecry of Harbour Centre, Hapee Toothpaste, Mail & More and Toyota Otis as they slug it out for two outright semis berths today in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup before an expected huge crowd at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

Harbour Centre, which emerged as the No. 1 team by virtue of its superior quotient, battles No. 4 Toyota Otis at 4 p.m. in a showdown between two finalists of last year’s Unity Cup.

No. 2 seed Mail & More, a newcomer seeking respect among the league’s big guns, collides with No. 3 Hapee-Philippine Christian University at 2 p.m. with the later determined to relive its winning tradition.

The four squads finished the classification round with similar 7-3 cards, thus requiring a two-game playoff with the winners advancing automatically to the Final Four.

The losers need not to sulk for they will also be rewarded.

For finishing third and fourth, they will enjoy a twice-to-beat advantage over their rivals in the quarterfinal round.

Harbour Centre is out to cement its No. 1 status following its breakthrough win in last year’s Unity Cup finals where it nosed out Toyota Otis in one of the league’s gripping championship encounters.

That defeat still lingers on for the Toyota Sparks that’s why the boys of coach Louie Alas are expected to go all-out today in a bid to exact sweet revenge.

Actually, the Sparks had already scored a small victory over the Port Masters when they beat the latter, 64-60, the first time they clashed in the season-opening victory.

But they pulled that win when the prodigious JC Intal was still having a hard time adjusting with his new teammates and the coaching style of Jorge Gallent.

The 6-foot-4 Intal is now back at his deadly self as shown during the team’s 103-93 double overtime win over the TeleTech Titans where he tallied 27 points. The former Ateneo Eagle King highlighted his game by draining two triples in each extra period to help the team beat the Titans.

Since both teams are on roll, both Alas and Gallent see a tough and exciting showdown.

"It will boil down on who will execute well down the stretch," said Gallent. "We have to stop Marvin (Cruz) and Patrick (Cabahug). So we have to play solid defense."

The Port Masters have won their last five games while the Sparks are riding high on a four-game winning run, the latest was an 81-71 win over the Comets.

That defeat snapped Mail & More’s impressive six-game winning run.

Another bad news for Mail & More is that Hapee’s Jason Castro has rediscovered his shooting touch. In their 98-90 win over Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala, Castro sizzled for 33 points - the second highest output of the season.

"This will be a bonus for us if we made it outright to the semis," said Hapee coach Jun Noel. "We have learned our lesson against Mail & More, we’ll have to correct it."

The Teethmasters appeared headed to annexing their sixth straight win when they posted a 45-27 lead over the Comets during their first encounter. But they celebrated too early, thus giving the Comets the opportunity to turn the game around.

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01-24-2007, 10:39 AM
Toyota-Otis, Hapee snare s’final berths

By Jasmine W. Payo
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Last updated 01:05am (Mla time) 01/24/2007

FOR A LONG time there, Toyota-Otis and Harbour Centre seem to be in cruise control. They were neck-and-neck with both sides refusing to budge an inch.

But come the fourth quarter, the Sparks suddenly sprang to life, revved up and stunned the top-seeded Portmasters, 73-67, yesterday to clinch an outright semifinal slot in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Olivarez College Sports Center in Parañaque City.

Held to a 51-51 count after three quarters, the Sparks caught the Portmasters flat-footed with a full court defense that netted an 11-0 run anchored on Marvin Cruz (62-51) and paved the way for their fifth straight victory.

“There were a lot of things that we wanted to do, but we decided to focus on one type of defense -- the full court,” said Toyota coach Louie Alas.

Earlier, Hapee-Philippine Christian University also advanced to the semifinals after a 91-80 triumph over Mail and More.

Larry Rodriguez, a standout from the Philippine Maritime Institute, topscored with 17 markers to lead five Teeth Masters in double figures.

Mark Borboran and Mark Moreno also contributed in Hapee-PCU's third-quarter surge to finish with 16 points apiece.

“To enter the semifinals outright is already a bonus for us; I give credit to everyone in the team,” said Hapee-PCU coach Jun Noel. “Mail and More was playing good offense, but we were able to adjust our defense.”

Despite their losses, Mail and More and Harbour Centre will march to the quarterfinals toting twice-to-beat advantages.

Harbour Centre will face the knockout match winner between Henkel Sista and Magnolia Ice Cream, while Mail and More will take on either TeleTech or Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala in the other pairing.

The Portmasters managed to cut the deficit to 67-65 in the final minute, but Floyd Dedicatoria halted the run with a drive that buffered the Sparks’ lead, 69-65, with 41.2 seconds left.

The scores:

First Game

HAPEE-PCU 91 -- Rodriguez 17, Borboran 16, Moreno 16, Castro 12, Rodriguez 10,Belga 6, Razon 6, Sanz 4, Butel 2, Bucao 2, Larong 0, Hugnatan 0.

MAIL AND MORE 80 -- Buenafe 19, Quinahan 17, Bravo 12, Aquino 10, Canizares 8, Espiritu 4, Pribhdas 3, David 3, Del Rosario 2, Viray 2, Te 0, Ballesteros 0, Yambao 0.

Quarters: 15-21, 40-33, 68-48, 91-80

Second Game

TOYOTA OTIS 73 -- Daa 18, Cruz 18, Santos 8, Coronel 8, Jaime 7, Cabahug 6, Jazul 3, Rodriguez 3, Dedicatoria 2, Aldave 0, Quinday 0, Guevarra 0.

HARBOUR CENTRE 67 -- Intal 21, Ortiguerra 8, Juntilla 7, Arana 6, Vergara 5, Gamboa 4, Alonzo 4, Gaco 4, Fernandez 3, Lanete 3, Capati 2.

Quarters: 23-20, 39-31, 51-51, 73-67

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01-24-2007, 10:41 AM
Toyota Otis, Hapee-PCU reach semis
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 01/24/2007

Toyota Otis streaked to its fifth straight victory as it downed Harbour Centre, 73-67, yesterday to barge into the semifinals of the PBL Silver Cup at the Parañaque Sports Center.

Collegiate hotshot Marvin Cruz fired 18 points, including six points in the fourth that powered the Sparks to the victory and into the best-of-three semifinals starting next week.

"We’re starting to play cohesive basketball because we are defending well," said Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas, who steered his team to the semis after splitting their first six assignments.

Hapee Toothpaste-PCU likewise made it through the semis as it overcame a sluggish start to trounce Mail and More, 91-80, earlier.

Larry Rodriguez led four other players with double-digit scores as he came away with 17 points he spiked with 12 rebounds, three shot blocks and a steal to close in on statistical leader JR Quinahan of the Moneymen in the MVP race.

The losses relegated the Port Masters and the Moneymen to the quarterfinal round with twice-to-beat advantages.

The game turned ugly when Cruz got into a shoving incident with JC Intal midway in the third quarter, resulting in a pair of flagrant fouls.

Cruz’s teammate Jonathan Aldave was also assessed a technical foul after he shoved Intal seconds after the altercation.

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01-24-2007, 10:47 AM
Hapee, Toyota in semis

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Games Tomorrow (Emilio Aguinaldo College gym)
2 p.m. — TeleTech vs CL Pera Padala
4 p.m. — Henkel Sista vs Magnolia

By REY C. LACHICA


HAPEE TOOTHPASTE and Toyota Otis advanced outright to the semis by beating their higher seeded rivals in their playoff matches yesterday in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

First to clinch the semis slot was No. 3 seed Hapee which rode on a strong second quarter performance to overpower the No. 2 Mail & More Comets, 91-80.

Ranked No. 4, the Toyota Sparks leaned on another inspiring performance of Marvin Cruz and RJ Jazul in the payoff period to stun No. 1 seed Harbour Centre, 73-67.

Cruz and Jazul combined in a bristling 7-0 run kicking off the fourth quarter to break a 51-51 tie that paved the way for the team’s fifth straight win.

It was the second straight win by the Toyota Sparks over the Port Masters, the same team that beat them in a classic Unity Cup finals last year.

The wily 5-foot-8 Cruz shared the scoring honors with Dennis Daa by scoring 18 points, including 9 from the three-point area. He also had six rebounds and three assists in 28 minutes of solid performance.

JC Intal produced another big game for Harbour with 21 points but he got little help from his teammates. He was the only one who finished in double figures for the Port Masters — no thanks to Toyota Otis’ perseverance and pesky defense.

Down 15-21 at the end of the first quarter, the Teethmasters — starring Mark Borboran, James Razon and Mark Moreno — opened the second frame with a vicious 12-5 attack to turn the game around as they grabbed the lead for the first time, 27-26.

Hapee was never in trouble after that as Larry Rodriguez joined forces with Moreno in another decisive run that saw the Teethmasters take an imposing 20-points going into the final 10 minutes of play.

Moreno did most of the damage in that period as he scattered 9 points while Rodriguez chipped in seven as he had a field day in the shaded area in the absence of a weary JR Quinahan.

The 6-foot-6 Quinahan was used sparingly in the final half, apparently due to fatigue. He did an awesome job in the first quarter where he tallied 13 points. He had four more points in the second but was scoreless in the last two quarters which hastened the team’s downfall.

"Clinching an outright semis berth is a bonus for us. I have to give credit to the boys, they really want to relive the team’s glory days," said coach Jun Noel. "But our job is not yet over, we have to be in the finals."

With the way they’re playing, they have a good chance of making it to the championship.

Noel, however, said they have to work hard on some aspects of their game to be a title contender again.

Hapee, owned by Cecilio Pedro, has yet to win a title since scoring back-to-back championships in 2003.

Rodriguez finished with 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting and had 12 rebounds to lead the team’s well-balanced attact. He also had three blocks and steal in 29 minutes of action, while Moreno and Borboran tallied 16 apiece.

Jason Castro, who scored 33 points the last time, scored 12 this time, while rookie Jayford Rodriguez registered 10.

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01-24-2007, 10:50 AM
Hapee clinches 1st semis slot

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It looks like happy days are back for Hapee Toothpaste.

The Hapee-Philippine Christian University Teethmasters rode on a strong second quarter performance on Tuesday to get back at the Mail & More Comets, 91-80, and clinch the first semis berth in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

Down 15-21 at the end of the first quarter, the Teethmasters—starring Mark Borboran, James Razon and Mark Moreno—opened the second quarter with a vicious 12-5 attack to turn the game around as they grabbed the lead for the first time, 27-26.

Hapee was never in trouble after that as Larry Rodriguez joined forces with Moreno in another decisive run that saw the Teethmasters taking an imposing 20-points going into the final 10 minutes of play.

Moreno did most of the damage in that period as he scattered 9 points while Rodriguez chipped in seven as he had a field day in the shaded area in the absence of a weary JR Quiñahan.

The 6-foot-6 Quiñahan was used sparingly in the final half, apparently due to fatigue. He did an awesome job in the first quarter where he tallied 13 points. He had four more points in the second but was scoreless in the last two quarters which hastened the team’s downfall.

"Clinching an outright semis berth is a bonus for us. I have to give credit to the boys, they really want to relive the team’s glory days," said coach Jun Noel. "But our job is not yet over, we have to be in the finals."

With the way they’re playing, they have a good chance of making it to the championship.

Noel, however, said they have to work hard on some aspects of their game to be a title contender again. Hapee, owned by Cecilio Pedro, has yet to win a title since scoring back-to-back championships in 2003.

Rodriguez finished with 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting and had 12 rebounds to lead the team’s well-balanced attack. He also had 3 blocks and steal in 29 minutes of action, while Moreno and Borboran tallied 16 apiece.

Jason Castro, who scored 33 points the last time, scored 12 this time, while rookie Jayford Rodriguez registered 10.

The scores:

First Game

Hapee 91—Rodriguez L. 17, Borboran 16, Moreno 16, Castro 12, Rodriguez J. 10, Belga 6, Razon 6 Sanz 4, Butel 2, Bucao 2, Larong 0, Hugnatan 0.

Mail & More 80—Buenafe 19, Quiñahan 17, Bravo 12, Aquino 10, Canizares 8, Espiritu 4, Pribhdas 3, David 3, del Rosario 2, Viray 2, Te 0, Ballesteros 0, Yambao 0.

Quarters: 15-21; 40-33; 68-48; 91-80.

-- The Manila Times

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01-25-2007, 10:47 AM
2 more PBL Silver Cup tiffs set today


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Last updated 03:59am (Mla time) 01/25/2007

AFTER THE two playoffs for semifinal berths come two more playoffs today for quarterfinal slots in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym in Manila.

Henkel Sista-St. Benilde takes on Magnolia Ice Cream at 4 p.m. after the TeleTech-Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala contest at 2 o’clock.

Although they split their two games in the classification round, Henkel Sista enjoys a slight edge over Magnolia with a 6-4 win-loss record that is the best among the four quarterfinal bidders.

The Spinners also left much to be desired after they were forced to go through three overtimes before beating the Kettle Korn Pop Kings last week to earn a crack at the Super Sealers.

Odds are even in the opener after both TeleTech and Pera Padala wound up with similar 4-6 slates.

The winner of the Henkel Sista-Magnolia moves up against Mail and More in the quarterfinals with the survivor of the TeleTech-Pera Padala clash advancing against Harbour Centre.

But the road is tougher in the quarterfinals for today’s victors since Mail and More and Harbour are waiting for them with twice-to-beat advantages.

Already in the semifinals are Hapee-PCU and Toyota Otis following their wins over Mail and More and Harbour, respectively, in their playoff duels Wednesday.

Bonbon Custodio, who scattered 34 points against Kettle Korn, is expected to lead Magnolia along with 6-foot-8 Nigerian Samuel Ekwe. But the Super Sealers have Marcy Arellano and 6-9 Samigue Eman to match Magnolia’s key men.

Henkel beat Magnolia in the opener last Nov. 11 but the Spinners bounced back with a 68-49 win over the Super Sealers last week. -- Marc Anthony Reyes

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01-25-2007, 11:38 AM
4 start race for quarters

The Philippine Star 01/25/2007

TeleTech faces Cebuana Lhuillier while Henkel-Sista takes on Magnolia Ice Cream in a pair of knockout duels today for quarterfinal spots in the PBL Silver Cup at the Emilio Aguinaldo College Gym.

The Titans and the Moneymen collide at 2 p.m. while the Super Sealers clash with the Spinners at 4 p.m. with the winners battling the Harbour Port Masters and the Mail and More Comets, respectively, in the quarterfinals.

Harbour fell to Toyota Otis, 67-73, while Mail and More dropped an 80-91 decision to Hapee Toothpaste-Philippine Christian U in Tuesday’s pair of playoffs for the outright semifinal berths.

The Port Masters and the Comets, however, need only to win once over their respective quarterfinal opponents to advance.

"It’s going to be make or break for us," said Cebuana Lhuillier coach Luigi Trillo.

"We have a chance to make it to the quarterfinals or semifinals but we blew it," said Henkel-Sista mentor Caloy Garcia, back after serving a one-game suspension for misconduct.

"We’ll do our best to come out strong this time," he added.

"Our main objective is to make the quarterfinals, this game will definitely be all about pride," said Magnolia coach Koy Banal, whose team scraped past Kettle Korn in a gripping 133-128 triple overtime victory Saturday.

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01-25-2007, 11:40 AM
Quarters berth at stake in PBL

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INSPIRED BY its record-setting win the last time out, Magnolia Ice Cream goes for a quarterfinal berth when it battles Henkel Sista-St. Benilde in the second knockout phase of the 2007 PBL Silver Cup today at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym in Manila.

In the first knockout round, the Spinners outsteadied Kettle Korn-University of Santo Tomas in a gripping encounter that lasted three overtimes, 133-128, last Saturday.

That game turned out to be a blockbuster after both teams registered several firsts in the league. Their combined scores of 261 eclipsed the previous high of 140 set in 1995 when Stag beat Red Bull, 130-110. Magnolia’s output also stands as the highest winning score, while Kettle Korn’s 128 is so far the highest losing output in the league.

Magnolia has never missed the quarterfinal round since rejoining the league in 2003, so expect the Spinners to pull out all the stops when they battle the Super Sealers at 4 p.m. to assure their entry into the next round.

Clashing in the other knockout game at 2 p.m. are TeleTech and Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala.

If Magnolia beats Sista for the second straight time, the Spinners collide with the Mail & More Comets while Harbour faces the victor in the Pera Padala-TeleTech showdown in the quarterfinal round.

Toyota Otis and Hapee Toothpaste-Philippine Christian University clinched outright semis berths after downing Harbour Centre and Mail & More, respectively, in a pair of playoff matches two days ago.

Despite their setbacks, Harbour Centre and Mail & More will enjoy a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinal round for third and fourth, respectively.

All four teams finished the classification round with similar 7-3 win-loss records, thus requiring a two-game playoff. After applying the quotient system, Harbour was seeded No. 1 in the playoff matches followed by Mail & More, Hapee and Toyota Otis.

By virtue of its higher quotient over Toyota Otis and for beating Mail & More, Hapee Toothpaste so emerged the No. 1 team in the classification round.

Magnolia’s Bonbon Custodio, the hottest figure right now after his back-to-back big games, is expected to be a marked man. He exploded for a career and tournament-high 34 points.

Interestingly, Custodio is likely to be pitted against former University of the East teammate Marcy Arellano.

The other match-up worth watching is the showdown between Sista’s 6-foot-9 Samigue Eman against 6-foot-8 Samnuel Ekwe.

Sista, led by Arellano, Kelvin Gregorio and Gilbert Malabanan, beat Magnolia in the opener last Nov. 11 but the Spinners bounced back with a 68-49 win over the Super Sealers last week.

The Titans also enjoy a slight edge over the Moneymen having beating them, 68-61, the first time they clashed. But problem for the Titans, they lost their last four games.

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01-25-2007, 11:42 AM
Magnolia eyes quarterfinal berth

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Buoyed by its record-setting win the last time out, Magnolia Ice Cream goes for a quarterfinal berth when it battles Henkel Sista-St. Benilde in the second knockout phase of the 2007 PBL Silver Cup Thursday at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym in Manila.

In the first knockout round, the Spinners outsteadied Kettle Korn-University of Santo Tomas in a gripping encounter that needed three overtimes, 133-128, last Saturday.

That gamed turn-ed out to be a blockbuster after both teams registered several firsts in the league. Their combined scores of 261 eclipsed the previous high of 140 set in 1995, when Stag beat Red Bull, 130-110.

Magnolia’s output also stands as the highest winning score, while Kettle Korn’s 128 is so far the highest losing output in the league.

Magnolia has never missed the quarterfinal round since rejoining the league in 2003, so expect the Spinners to pull out all the stops when they battle the Super Sealers at 4 p.m. to assure their entry into the next round.

Clashing in the other knockout game at 2 p.m. are TeleTech and Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala.

If Magnolia beats Sista for the second straight time, the Spinners collide with the Mail & More Comets while Harbour faces the victor in the Pera Padala-TeleTech showdown in the quarter-final round.

Toyota Otis and Hapee Toothpaste-Philippine Christian University clinched outright semis berths after downing Harbour Centre and Mail & More, respectively, in a pair of playoff matches two days ago.

Despite their setbacks, Harbour Centre and Mail & More will enjoy a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinal round for third and fourth, respectively.

All four teams finished the classification round with similar 7-3 win-loss records, thus requiring a two-game playoff. After applying the quotient system, Harbour was seeded No. 1 in the playoff matches followed by Mail & More, Hapee and Toyota Otis.

By virtue of its higher quotient over Toyota Otis and for beating Mail & More, Hapee Toothpaste so emerged the No. 1 team in the classification round. The Manila Times

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01-26-2007, 10:33 AM
Henkel, Cebuana prevail

By Jasmine W. Payo
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Last updated 01:42am (Mla time) 01/26/2007

GAMES TOMORROW (Olivarez College Sports Center)
2 p.m. -- Cebuana Lhuillier vs Harbour Centre
4 p.m. -- Mail and More vs Henkel Sista

HENKEL SISTA silenced Magnolia’s top gunners to hammer out a 66-61 victory in the PBL Silver Cup yesterday at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym in Manila.

Marcy Arellano paced the Super Sealers’ balance charge with 11 points, while Lawrence Bonus, Khiel Misa and Conrad Bauzon took over the scoring in the final period as Henkel Sista completed the quarterfinal cast.

“Our target was to let them give the ball to (Sam) Ekwe and stop their shooters,” said Sista coach Caloy Garcia.

Ekwe, Magnolia’s 6-foot-8 Nigerian slotman, poured in 19 points and hauled 19 rebounds. But top gunners Bonbon Custodio and Jeff Chan failed to figure in the offensive equation.

Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala earlier clinched the third quarterfinal berth after an 81-72 triumph over TeleTech.

The Moneymen turned to Ken Bono, Doug Kramer and Macky Escalona in the stretch to avert a meltdown and regain control of the match in the final two minutes.

“We knew TeleTech was tough, we needed to match their energy,” said Moneymen coach Luigi Trillo.

Bono, the reigning UAAP Most Valuable Player, unloaded a key triple that gave the Moneymen a 73-71 lead. The burly center followed it up with a basket at the 1:33 mark to finish with a game-high 26 points.

Stepping up at crunch time, Kramer and Escalona combined for 10 points in the final six minutes.

Custodio shot a measly five points after averaging 26.5 in the Spinners’ last two wins. Chan, coming off a 23-point performance, went 0-for-6 in 21 minutes.

The Super Sealers advanced against the Mail and More Comets while Cebuana Lhuillier moves up against the Harbour Centre Port Masters.

Both Mail and More and Harbour Centre need only to win once to reach the semis where Hapee-PCU and Toyota Otis are waiting.

The Titans spooked the Moneymen with a 10-0 blast sandwiched by two triples from Kim Valenzuela to wrest the lead at 64-61 early in the fourth period.

Kramer and Escalona nailed three of their four free throw shots for a 64-all deadlock, but another Titans spurt left the Moneymen trailing again at 71-64.

Just when the Titans seemed poised to pull away, Kramer and Escalona started attacking the basket to move within a point, 71-70, with 2:30 minutes left.

Bono added five points to cap the Moneymen’s pivotal 11-0 rally for a 75-71 advantage at the 1:33 mark.

The scores:

First Game
CEBUANA LHUILLIER 81 -- Bono 26, Oreta 23, Escalona 11, Kramer 10, Yee 4, Abadia 3, Dulay 2, Dela Cuesta 2, Solis 0, Luanzon 0, Viardo 0.
TELETECH 72 -- Capus 15, Magpayo 13, Valenzuela 11, Villamin 9, Latoreno 7, Mercado 6, Tan 5, Estrada 0, Guerrero 0, Concha 0, Labagala 0, Doruelo 0.
Quarters: 13-15, 35-31, 61-54, 81 72

Second Game
HENKEL SISTA 66 -- Arellano 11, Bonus 10, Misa 10, Bauzon 9, Gregorio 8, Malabanan 5, Saldua 4, Alfad 4, Piñera 4, Eman 2, Robles 0.
MAGNOLIA 61 -- Ekwe 19, Escobal 14, Villanueva 9, Menor 6, Custodio 5, Aljamal 4, Rañeses 2, Gamalinda 2, Jones 0, Taganas 0, Angeles 0, Chan 0.
Quarters: 11-13, 30-25, 45-37, 66-61

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01-26-2007, 10:38 AM
Henkel-Sista, Lhuillier earn quarterfinal tickets
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 01/26/2007

Henkel-Sista and Cebuana Lhuillier scored victories in contrasting fashion over their respective rivals yesterday to advance to the quarterfinal round of the PBL Silver Cup at the Emilio Aguinaldo College Gym.

Conrad Fritz Bauzon drained three triples, including two in the fourth quarter as the Super Sealers held off the Magnolia Spinners, 66-61, to arrange a showdown with the Mail and More Comets tomorrow at the Paranaque Sports Center.

Earlier, Ken Bono sizzled with 26 points while Emer Oreta came off the bench to fire 23 points as the Moneymen trounced the TeleTech side, 81-72, to likewise barge into the quarterfinals against the Harbour Centre Port Masters.

Marcy Arellano came away with 11 points while Khiel Misa and Lawrence Bonus had 10 points apiece for Henkel-Sista, which held Magnolia’s top guns Bonbon Custodio, Yousif Aljamal and Jeff Chan to just nine points to pound out the victory.

Custodio unleashed a season-high 34 points in a 133-128 triple overtime win over Kettle Korn last week while Aljamal and Chan had 27 and 23 points, respectively.

"I have to say that it’s our defense that sealed it," said Henkel-Sista coach Caloy Garcia.

Bono, the reigning UAAP MVP who twice scored 33 points in the collegiate league, teamed up with Oreta in a big third quarter run that keyed the rout for the Moneymen.

"We kept our poise, we were able to execute our plays and we got crucial defensive stops," said Cebuana Lhuillier coach Luigi Trillo.

Bono thus arranged an interesting duel with collegiate rival JC Intal of the Port Masters. Bono and Intal figured in one of the most exciting duels for the MVP award in the UAAP with the former emerging the winner. The Adamson stalwart also clinched the PSA amateur cager award.

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01-26-2007, 10:42 AM
Henkel, Pera Padala barge into quarters

By REY C. LACHICA
www.mb.com.ph


HENKEL-SISTA and Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala drew monster games from their big men yesterday to beat separate rivals and complete the quarterfinal cast in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym in Manila.

With Ken Bono coming through with an MVP performance, the Cebuana Lhuillier Moneymen dispatched the TeleTech Titans, 81-72, while the Sista Super Sealers leaned on the late game heroics of Lawrence Bonus to oust Magnolia Ice Cream, 66-61.

The lanky 6-foot-6 Bonus tallied six of his 10 points in the payoff period to help the Super Sealers scuttle Magnolia’s spirited comeback.

With Sista’s win, the Super Sealers earned the right to meet Mail & More in the next round where they are carrying a handicap of beating the Comets two in a row to march into the Final Four.

The Moneymen, on the other hand, collide with Harbour Centre, also needing two straight wins to make it to the semis.

Except for Sam Ekwe, Magnolia’s top gunners — Bonbon Custodio, Yousif Aljamal and Jeff Chan — were a big disappointment.

After exploding for a season-high 34 points in the team’s 133-128 triple overtime win over Kettle Korn, Custodio was limited to just five points — clearly a victim of Sista’s sticky defense. Al Jamal, who also had a 27 the last time, was held to measly four points..

Chan laid a big fat egg after knocking in 23 points also in the team’s grueling triple overtime win over Kettle Korn last Saturday.

Bono, 6-foot-5 UAAP MVP played like a wrecking ball at the most crucial stage of the game as he drained long baskets, pulled down rebounds and perhaps the most important one — he defended so well to the delight of coach Luigi Trillo.

"He’s truly a gem of a player," said Trillo. "He played great defense this time along with Macky (Escalona) and Doug (Kramer). And he also let his other teammates involved in most of our plays."

Despite his unselfish plays, Bono still finished with a game-high 26 points, including a crucial trey in the fourth that highlighted a vicious 11-0 run.

That salvo gave the Moneymen a 75-71 advantage which turned out to be big enough as the Titans failed to make another serious attempt.

Poor shot selection coupled by Pera Padala’ sticky defense did the Titans in as they failed to score a field goal in the last three minutes.

With the win, the Moneymen earned the right to face Harbour Centre in the quarterfinals starting tomorrow.

For the Moneymen to advance into the Final Four, they have to beat the Port Masters two in a row.

Bono, also awarded as the best amateur player by the Philippine Sportswriters Association last week, finished with an impressive 11-of-16 shooting from the field on top of seven rebounds — four offensively — three feeds and a steal in 32 minutes of action.

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01-27-2007, 10:19 AM
Harbour Centre, Mail & More shoot for last two semifinal berths
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After their botched attempts to secure semis berths the last time out, Harbour Centre and Mail & More try to seal it today when they battle separate rivals in the 2007 Silver Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

Harbour Centre, beaten by rival Toyota Otis in their playoff match for one of two outright semis berths last Saturday, collides with Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala at 2 p.m. while Mail & More, outclassed by Hapee Toothpaste, takes on Sista-St. Benilde at 4 p.m.

Both the Port Masters and Comets have beaten their rivals in the classification round but coaches Jorge Gallent and Lawrence Chongson expect another close and exciting match in their quarterfinal series.

One thing going for both Harbour and Mail & More is that they will go into the game enjoying a twice-to-beat advantage, a luxury they gained for finishing third and fourth at the end of the classification round.

Reed Juntilla, one of the league’s underrated players, keyed Harbour Centre’s 75-73 win over Pera Padala on December 20 when he knocked in a tough jumper with only 2.3 ticks left.

Juntilla’s heroics still lingers in the mind of coach Luigi Trillo that’s why the youthful mentor is charting out ways on how to limit his production.

Trillo’s other concern is how to stop JC Intal now that the 6-foot-4 former Ateneo Eagle King has consistently producing big numbers for the Port Masters.

The Pera Padala coach conceded that stopping Intal is one difficult task but he will do everything at his disposal to ensure that the go-to-guy Harbour forward can’t inflict much damage on them.

Harbour team manager Erick Arejola, however, revealed that Intal is fully motivated and ready to face the challenge of former Ateneo teammates Doug Kramer and Macky Escolona.

"Despite our defeat to Toyota Otis, JC is in high spirit and determined to bring the team to the semis and back to the championship," said Arejola. "But as coach Gallent said, we have to be aggressive at both ends of the court."

Offensively, Trillo is expected to rely much on beefy center and UAAP MVP Ken Bono, who sparkled for 26 points in the team’s 81-72 victory over TeleTech that also enabled them to advance to the quarterfinal round.

The winner in the Harbour-Pera Padala series will face No. 2 Toyota Otis in the semis while victor in the Mail & More-Sista tussle earns the right to face Hapee in the other series which will be a best-of-five affair.

The Comets beat the Super Sealers, 65-58, in their December 20 showdown but Sista will be going into the game fresh from their masterful 66-61 dismantling of multi-titled Magnolia Ice Cream.

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01-27-2007, 10:20 AM
Harbour Centre, M&M seek semis slots
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AFTER THEIR botched attempts to secure outright semis berths the last time out, Harbour Centre and Mail & More try to seal it today when they battle separate rivals in the 2007 Silver Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.


Harbour Centre, beaten by rival Toyota Otis in their playoff match for one of two automatic semis berths last Saturday, collides with Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala at 2 p.m. while Mail & More, outclassed by Hapee Toothpaste, takes on Sista-St. Benilde at 4 p.m.

Both the Port Masters and Comets have beaten their rivals in the classification round but coaches Jorge Gallent and Lawrence Chongson expect another close and exciting match in their quarterfinal series.

One thing going for both Harbour and Mail & More is that they will go into the game enjoying a twice-to-beat advantage, a luxury they gained for finishing third and fourth at the end of the classification round.

Reed Juntilla, one of the league’s underrated players, keyed Harbour Centre’s 75-73 win over Pera Padala last Dec. 20 when he knocked in a tough jumper with only 2.3 ticks left.

Juntilla’s heroics still haunts coach Luigi Trillo and that’s why the youthful mentor is charting out ways on how to limit his production.

Trillo’s other concern is how to stop JC Intal now that the 6-foot-4 former Ateneo Eagle King has consistently producing big numbers for the Port Masters.

The Pera Padala coach conceded that stopping Intal is one difficult task but he will do everything at his disposal to ensure that the go-to-guy Harbour forward can’t inflict much damage on them.

Harbour team manager Erick Arejola, however, revealed that Intal is fully motivated and ready to face the challenge of former Ateneo teammates Doug Kramer and Macky Escolona.

"Despite our defeat to Toyota Otis, JC is in high spirit and determined to bring the team to the semis and back to the championship," said Arejola. "But as coach Gallent said, we have to be aggressive at both ends of the court."

Offensively, Trillo is expected to rely much on beefy center and UAAP MVP Ken Bono, who sparkled for 26 points in the team’s 81-72 victory over TeleTech that also enabled them to advance to the quarterfinal round.

The winner in the Harbour-Pera padala series will face No. 2 Toyota Otis in the semis while victor in the Mail & More-Sista tussle earns the right to face Hapee in the other series which will be a best-of-five affair.

The Comets beat the Super Sealers, 65-58, in their Dec. 20 showdown but Sista will be going into the game fresh from its masterful 66-61 dismantling of multi-titled Magnolia Ice Cream.

The Comets will also play minus Chongson who left for Hong Kong yesterday due to a prior commitment. Allan Gregorio, brother of Purefoods mentor Ryan Gregorio, will call the shots for the Comets.

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01-28-2007, 04:25 PM
It was nice to read that JC, Doug, Macky all had solid games for their respective PBLteams.

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01-28-2007, 04:38 PM
Harbour nails semis slot

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 06:19am (Mla time) 01/28/2007

HARBOUR Centre found a rally-stopper in Ryan Araña and clinched a semifinal berth in the PBL Silver Cup yesterday.

Araña unleashed a triple in the last 25.5 seconds as the Portmasters nipped a relentless Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala squad in overtime, 86-83, yesterday at the Olivarez College Sports Center.

Main man JC Intal also played a key role in the scrambling win.

The Ateneo alum finished with 19 points, seven boards and six assists, including a key feed that set up Araña for the crucial three-pointer that lifted the Port Masters ahead, 84-83.

Unable to convert in the dying seconds, the Moneymen were forced to foul seldom-used Jonathan Fernandez, who iced the game with two free throws in the last 3.3 seconds.

The Port Masters will battle the Toyota Otis Sparks—the only team they haven’t beaten this conference—in a best-of-five semifinal series.

“We were lucky,” admitted Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent. “Great shot by Araña and great two free throws from Fernandez.”

Henkel Sista later forged a decider in its own quarterfinal battle against Mail and More with a 79-72 triumph in the second game.

Khiel Misa fired 10 of his 16 points in the final period, including a triple that lifted the Super Sealers to a 77-71 margin in the final minute.

“I think Mail and More came out not ready because they played without their coach,” said Sista mentor Caloy Garcia.

Assistant coach Allan Gregorio called the shots for Mail and More. Head tactician Lawrence Chongson missed the game due to a prior commitment in Hong Kong.

The winner of Tuesday’s knockout game will meet Hapee-PCU in the other semifinal pairing.

Harbour Centre survived the double-double efforts of Doug Kramer and Ken Bono, who buried a triple in the last 29.8 seconds of regulation to forge the extra period at 74-all.

The Port Masters led by as many as 15 points, 53-38, before Kramer singlehandedly mounted an 8-0 comeback that cut the deficit to 53-46 before Macky Escalona made it 53-48.

Escalona, Bono and Kramer continued to fuel the rally that inched the Moneymen within a basket, 73-71, in the final minute of regulation.

Bono posted 30 points on top of 12 rebounds, while Kramer added 20 and 11 boards.

Harbour lodged a protest after the game, contesting that a goal-tending should have been called on Bono’s shot in the closing seconds.

The scores:

First Game

HARBOUR CENTRE 86—Intal 19, Vergara 12, Arana 11, Lanete 9, Gamboa 6, Capati 5, Ortiguerra 5, Asoro 4, Gaco 2, Fernandez 2, Juntilla 2, Raymundo 0.

CEBUANA LHUILLIER 83—Bono 30, Kramer 20, Escalona 17, Dela Cuesta 10, Yee 2, Abadia 2, Oreta 2, Solis 0, Luanzon 0, Viardo 0, Mendoza 0, Dulay 0.

Quarters: 23-18, 46-36, 65-55, 74-74 (reg), 86-83 (OT)

Second Game

HENKEL SISTA 79—Misa 16, Gregorio 15, Arellano 13, Malabanan 12, Bonus 6, Bauzon 6, Eman 5, Alfad 4, Saldua 2, Urra 0, Robles 0, Pinera 0.

MAIL AND MORE 72—Bravo 16, Buenafe 15, Yambao 8, David 7, Quinahan 7, Del Rosario 6, Canizares 4, Espiritu 4, Te 3, Viray 2, Pribhdas 0, Aquino 0.

Quarters: 21-12, 41-36, 56-56, 79-72

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01-28-2007, 04:41 PM
Intal lifts Harbour Centre to semis
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 01/28/2007

JC Intal made the big plays in overtime as Harbour Centre survived CL Pera Padala, 86-83, yesterday to barge into the semifinal round of the PBL Silver Cup at the Parañaque Sports Center.

Intal, one of collegiate basketball’s best clutch players, came through with a triple to tie count at 83, set up Ryan Arana for another trey to give the lead back to Harbour then foiled Eric dela Cuesta’s game-tying shot at the buzzer to seal the win for the Port Masters.

"This was definitely an escape act," said Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent. "Credit most of that to JC, he really made crucial plays for us in overtime."

The victory thus sent the Port Masters into an interesting best-of-five semifinal showdown with the Toyota Otis Sparks in a rematch of the 2005 PBL Unity finals where the former emerged champions.

"This is a game to watch because it’s going to be a wrestling match," said Gallent.

CL Pera Padala owner Jean Henri Lhuillier, manager Danny Francisco and coach Luigi Trillo, however, claimed game officials committed two glaring errors that affected the outcome of the contest.

The first was when the referees counted Harbour forward Richard Alonzo’s basket instead of giving it to the latter.

The second was a no-call on Intal’s ball interference after Bono’s shot already hit the ring with 17 seconds to go.

Ken Bono, the reigning UAAP MVP, scored 30 points while Doug Kramer and Macky Escalona, Intal’s former teammates at Ateneo, finished with 20 and 17 points, respectively. The troika, however, failed to step up when needed most.

After erecting a 53-38 lead early in the third quarter, the Port Masters struggled on both ends of the floor, enabling the Moneymen to bounce back behind Bono, Kramer and Escalona to force overtime.

In the other game, Henkel-Sista lived for another day as it turned back Mail and More, 79-72, to forge a knockout duel for the last quarterfinal berth.

Harbour’s tough defense netted six shot blocks right in the first two quarters.

They also shot well from the three-point range, making six of 13 tries with Intal and Al Vergara draining two apiece.

With Vergara hitting his second triple of the game, the Port Masters took their first double-digit spread at 39-29 which they maintained till the end of the half, 46-36.

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01-28-2007, 04:43 PM
Harbour Centre in semis

By REY C. LACHICA
www.mb.com.ph


JC INTAL turned from scorer to playmaker in the last two minutes yesterday as Harbour Centre pulled off a pulsating 86-83 overtime win over Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala to clinch a semifinals berth in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Olivarez Sports Centre in Parañaque.

In a game worthy of a championship, the Port Masters showed great resolve to beat the Moneymen in an encounter similar to their rough and tumble game in the classification round where the game was decided only in the final 2.3 seconds.

Intal best exemplified the team’s resilience as he came through with two big assists in the last 1:23 — the last one paving the way for Ryan Araña’s go-ahead triple that gave them an 84-83 lead with only 30 ticks.

The Moneymen, beaten by the Port Masters, 75-73, last Dec. 20, had one golden opportunity to turn the game around but Intal and Ronald Capati forced Kenneth Bono to lose the ball, allowing Harbour the ball possession.

For good measure, Harbour’s Jonathan Fernandez, one of the league’s steadiest shooters, made two free throws in the last three seconds to seal the win.

With the victory, the Port Masters, who came into the game armed with a twice-to-beat advantage, arranged a best-of-five semis against Toyota Otis, the same team they beat in the finals of the Unity Cup last year.

The Port Masters, however, have yet to beat the Sparks in two meetings this conference.

In the second game, Sista-St. Benilde leaned on the crucial plays of Marcy Arrelano, Khiel Misa and Jam Alfad to beat Mail & More, 79-72, and force a winner-take-all match in their separate quarterfinals series.

After a steal by Alfad off JR Quinahan, Misa came through with the game’s biggest shot as he drained a triple that finally took the fight out of the Comets, 77-71, with only 60 seconds remaining.

The two teams clash for the last semis berth on Tuesday with the victor facing Hapee Toothpaste in the Final Four.

Misa tallied 10 of his 16 points in the payoff period while Arellano chipped in 13, including five also in the fourth period.

"It was another scary one, mabuti lang Ryan made that big shot," said Harbour Centre Coach Jorge Gallent. "But I have to credit JC for his all around game today."

The 6-foot-4 Intal finished with 19 points, including 4-of-8 from the three-point zone. He also had seven rebounds, six assists and a block in 33 minutes of action.

Araña’s game-winning shot came after he missed his first two tries from the 3-point zone. He finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and two assists.

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01-28-2007, 04:48 PM
Harbour Centre gains semi-final berth

The Manila Times
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JC Intal produced another brilliant all-around performance Saturday as Harbour Centre scored a scary 86-83 overtime win over Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala and clinched a semis berth in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Olivarez Sports Centre in Parañaque.

In a game marked by several twists and turns, the Port Masters showed great resolve to beat the Moneymen in an encounter almost similar to their rough and tumble game in the classification round where the game was decided only in the final 2.3 seconds.

Intal best exemplified the team’s resilience as he came through with two big assists in the last 1:23 seconds - the last one paved the way for Ryan Arana’s go-ahead triple that gave them an 84-83 lead with only 30 ticks.

The Moneymen, beaten by Port Masters, 75-73, on December 20, had one golden opportunity to turn the game around but Intal and Ronald Capati forced Kenneth Bono to fumble the ball, thus allowing Harbour the ball possession.

For good measure, Harbour’s Jonathan Fernandez, one of the league’s steadiest shooters, made two free throws in the last three seconds to seal the win.

With their win, the Port Masters, who came into game armed with a twice-to-beat advantage, arranged an exciting best-of-five semis against Toyota Otis, the same team they beat in the finals of the Unity Cup last year.

The Port Masters, however, have yet to beat the Toyota Otis Sparks in two meetings this conference.

"It was another scary one, mabuti lang Ryan made that big shot," said coach Jorge Gallent. "But I have to credit JC for his all around game today (Saturday)."

The 6-foot-4 Intal finished with 19 points, including 4-of-8 from the three-point zone. He also had 7 rounds, 6 assists and a block in 33 minutes of action.

Arana’s game-winning shot came after missing his first two tries from the 3-point zone. He finished with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists.

Bono, the UAAP MVP, produced another double-double performance with 30 points and 12 rebounds. His triple with only 29 ticks - he was left open by Harbour center Allan Gamboa - forced the overtime after the Port masters failed to launch a decent attempt in that long stretch.

The Port Masters appeared to have the full control of the game after stretching their lead to 53-38 early in the third. But the Moneyment rallied behind the guns of Bono, Macky Escalona and Doug Kramer.

Harbour’s desire to finish the series right away was there for everyone to see as they asserted their might inside the paint that denied the Moneymen easy baskets.

So tough was Harbour’s defense the Port Masters posted 6 blocks already in the first two quarters alone.

They also shot well from the trifectaville, making six of 13 tries—two each from Intal and Al Vergara.

With Vergara hitting his second triple of the game, the Port Master took their first sizable lead at 39-29 which they maintained till the end of the half, 46-36.

The score:

Harbour 86 — Intal 19, Vergara 12, Arana 11, Lanete 11, Alonzo 9, Gamboa 6, Capati 5, Ortiguerra 5, Asoro 4, Gaco 2, Fernandez 2, Juntilla 2, Raymundo 0.

Pera Padala 83 — Bono 30, Kramer 20, Escalona 17, Dela Cuesta 10, Yee 2, Abadia 2, Oreta 2, Solis 0, Luanzon 0, Viardo 0, Mendoza 0, Dulay 0.

Quarters: 23-18; 46-36; 65-55; 74-74; 86-83.

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01-29-2007, 11:08 AM
PBL to review Pera Padala protest
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 01/29/2007

Philippine Basketball League and CL-Pera Padala officials are expected to meet today to discuss the protest of the Moneymen concerning their loss to the Harbour Centre Port Masters Saturday.

CL-Pera Padala manager Danny Francisco said they filed the protest right after their 83-86 overtime loss to Harbour Centre Saturday in Sucat, Parañaque contesting that game officials erred twice that affected the outcome of the game.

"Yes, we filed it right after the game itself," Francisco, a vital cog in Ateneo de Manila’s 1987-1988 UAAP title romps, yesterday told The STAR.

"It’s not about winning or the result of the game, it’s about making the right calls in the spirit of fair play," he added.

Francisco cited the first mistake came right after jump ball when referees allowed a basket by Harbour’s Chad Alonzo right at CL-Pera Padala’s designated court.

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01-30-2007, 10:59 AM
Sealers, Comets seek last semifinal berth


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Last updated 05:38am (Mla time) 01/30/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- Henkel Sista tries to repeat over Mail and More today in their playoff for the fourth and last semifinal berth of the PBL Silver Cup at the Olivarez College Sports Center in Parañaque City.

The Super Sealers and the Comets collide at 3 p.m. with the winner forging a Final Four duel against Hapee-PCU.

Momentum is with Henkel Sista following its 79-72 triumph over Mail and More last week as the Super Sealers did a masterful job of limiting Comets big man JR Quiñahan to only seven points.

“We need consistency,” said Sista coach Caloy Garcia. “We have to play four good quarters to beat Mail and More again.”

But the Comets, who stayed alive because they enjoyed a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals, are expected to fight with renewed purpose as Mail and More coach Lawrence Chongson returns after missing last Saturday’s game due to a prior commitment.
"We have to match their intensity," said Chongson. "We fell short (in the last game), but I'm still positive we can beat them."

Mike Bravo, Ronjay Buenafe and Elmer Espiritu are also expected to help avert an untimely exit for the Comets, who had a sensational 7-3 run highlighted by a six-game winning streak in the classification round.

The Sealers are fighting for survival for the third straight time, having earlier slipped past Magnolia Ice Cream in the second knockout phase via a 66-61 triumph.

“I’ve been telling the players even before we played Magnolia that every game will be important,” said Garcia. “One loss and we’re out, but the players are determined that we can do it.”

The other semifinal pairing was completed last Saturday with Harbour Centre ousting TeleTech in overtime to seal another encounter with Toyota Otis. -- Jasmine W. Payo

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01-30-2007, 11:09 AM
Henkel-Sista, Mail & More in KO for semis

The Philippine Star 01/30/2007

Henkel-Sista and Mail and More will dispute the last semifinals berths when they collide today in in the PBL Silver Cup at the Parañaque Sports Center.

With their backs against the wall, the Super Sealers pulled off a 79-72 victory Saturday to send their quarterfinal duel with the Comets to this do-or-die contest set at 3 p.m.

Khiel Misa fired 16 points last Saturday with Kelvin Gregorio, Marcy Arellano and Gilbert Malabanan chipping in 15, 13 and 12 points, respectively, to keep Henkel-Sista’s head above water.

"We played as if it was our last, and that really helped us," said Henkel-Sista coach Caloy Garcia.

It also helped that Mail and More coach Lawrence Chongson wasn’t at the bench as he was out of the country. He’s back for today’s game.

Allan Gregorio tried to carry the coaching chores in the absence of Chongson, but he couldn’t steer the Comets to a win that would have sent them into a best-of-five semis showdown with the Hapee Teeth Sparklers.

The Comets hope that the return of Chongson, who coached the team to a surprising 7-3 (win-loss) record in the classification phase, would give them the needed boost in the rubber match.

To keep their semis hopes alive, the Super Sealers also contained bullstrong JR Quinahan, the Most Valuable Player statistical race leader who was held to just seven points, way below his average.

Garcia said he expects Mail and More to make some adjustments.

"Our game plan worked so I expect them to make the adjustments. We need to be ready for that," said Garcia.

Meanwhile, the league has yet to decide on the protest filed by CL-Pera Padala regarding its 83-86 loss to Harbour Centre over the weekend.

The Moneymen cited inconsistent calls during the game that enabled the Port Masters to advance into the semis against the Toyota Otis Sparks.

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01-30-2007, 11:19 AM
Final PBL semis slot staked today

By WAYLON GALVEZ
www.mb.com.ph


MAIL & MORE and Henkel Sista slug it out one last time for the final semifinals berth in a do-or-die encounter today in the 2006 PBL Silver Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

The Super Sealers forced the sudden-death match following their 79-72 win last Saturday, where former Perpetual Altas point guard Khiel Misa led the attack, scoring 10 of his 16 points in the payoff period.

Sista and Mail & More, which holds a twice-to-beat advantage, collide in the lone encounter at 3 p.m.

The Comets earned the twice-to-beat incentive as they finished tied with Hapee-PCU, Harbour Centre and Toyota Otis for the best record at the end of classification round all with 7-3 cards.

Coach Caloy Garcia expects another tight finish, and with momentum on their side, he hopes they can take advantage of the situation.

"I’m confident that we can beat Mail & More again, but to do that, we have to stay focused and work harder, because they are capable of bouncing back. But we’re ready," said Garcia.

Garcia added that for them to be successful anew against the Comets, they have to have that killer instinct, just like they did in the last game.

The winner will advance in the best-of-five Final Four series against outright semifinalist Hapee-PCU.

In the other semifinal pairing, Unity Cup champion Harbour Centre arranged a Final Four showdown with last year’s rival, Toyota Otis, after its 86-83 overtime win opposite Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala also last Saturday.

Aside from Misa, Garcia will also rely on UE Red Warrior stalwarts, forward Kelvin Gregorio and shooting guard Marcy Arellano, who came through with 15 and 13 markers, respectively.

As for Mail & More, coach Lawrence Chongson hopes to get big game from big man JR Quinahan, who was limited to just seven points.

"We have to match their intensity. We’re able to do that actually, pero medyo kinapos. But I’m still positive we can beat them (Super Sealers)," said Chongson, who will also lean on the sweet-shooting Mike Bravo.

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01-31-2007, 11:21 AM
Mail and More enters Final 4

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 01:35am (Mla time) 01/31/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- For the first time, Mail and More coach Lawrence Chongson seemed lost for words after his “miracle team” clinched the last Final Four berth in the PBL Silver Cup.

Just when Mail and More’s season seemed to have reached its end, Jim Viray nailed a layup with 2.4 seconds left for a 53-52 escape versus Henkel Sista yesterday at the Olivarez College Sports Center in Parañaque City.

“To be honest, it was the breaks (of the game) and divine intervention,” said Chongson.

JR Quiñahan, making up for another dismal scoring performance, dished an outlet pass to Viray just seconds after the Sealers learned the importance of free throw shooting.

Khiel Misa, a 64 percent free throw shooter, missed two charities in the last 9.6 seconds that could have upped Sista’s lead to three points.

Mail and More will tackle outright semifinalist Hapee-PCU in a best-of five series starting tomorrow. Harbour Centre and Toyota Otis will clash in the other semifinal pairing.

Comets reserve Ronjay Buenafe shot nine points to finish with a team-high 13 markers.

Down by six points, 46-52, in the final two minutes, the Comets responded with a spurt capped by a reverse layup from Elmer Espiritu that trimmed the deficit to 51-52, with only 54.7 seconds left.

Despite the slim lead, the Sealers seemed headed for the win after Quiñahan threw an air-ball jumper with only 13.5 seconds remaining.

The Comets’ dire situation forced Buenafe to foul Misa, who confidently trooped to the free throw line.

Hardly an offensive factor for the second straight game, Quiñahan tallied only six points on a 3-of-14 shooting.

Sista seemed poise to overcome Mail and More’s twice-to-beat advantage with the solid plays of its wingmen led by Marcy Arellano and Eder Saldua.

Saldua launched his attack in the second period by drilling back-to-back triples that started a 10-0 run for a 26-17 lead.

Sista forged yesterday’s decider after nipping Mail and More, 79-72, last Saturday. Chongson missed the game due to a prior commitment.

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01-31-2007, 11:28 AM
Viray nails it down for Mail & More
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 01/31/2007

Jim Viray scored on a breakaway layup with 2.4 seconds to go as Mail & More snatched a 53-52 win over Henkel-Sista to book the last ticket to the semifinal round of the PBL Silver Cup at the Parañaque Sports Center.

The Comets pounced on Khiel Misa’s flubbed charities in the dying seconds with JR Quinahan pulling down the rebound and flicking a long pass to the streaking Viray down court for the game-winner that sealed Mail & More’s best-of-five semis duel with Hapee Toothpaste.

Ronjay Buenafe fired 13 points, including nine in the fourth quarter, as the Comets fought back from a 34-38 deficit in the third then outfoxed the Super Sealers at endgame.

"I have to be honest, we’re just lucky to win this game," said Mail & More coach Lawrence Chongson, whose wards have dropped their last three games.

Truly, Mail & More had to rely on two missed foul shots by Misa, a former Perpetual Help standout who came into the do-or-die match toting a 27-of-42 stint from the free throw line, with 9.6 seconds left in the contest that was close throughout.

Quinahan, the MVP statistical race leader, finished with only six points as he bungled 11 of the 14 shots he took but made up for the slack with that big rebound.

"Maybe he’s on a slump, or maybe they’re just defending well," said Chongson.

Marcy Arellano scored 14 points while Eder Saldua came through with 11, including three triples in the first half, but the Henkel-Sista duo failed to get the job done down the stretch.

Misa, one of the most talented pointguards in the league today, had a chance to shine but failed to seize the moment as he cracked under pressure and missed those free throws which, had he made, would have given his team a three-point cushion.

The semis begins tomorrow with Harbour Centre clashing with Toyota Otis in the other game at the Emilio Aguinalo College Gym.

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01-31-2007, 11:33 AM
PBL Silver Cup

M&M in semis

By REY C. LACHICA
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FROM HONG KONG, Mail & More coach Lawrence Chongson was supposed to leave for the USA Monday for a business trip.

Good thing, he decided to cancel his trip as he helped the Mail & More Comets end a string of frustration to earn the last semifinals ticket in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup yesterday.

Oddly, it was seldom-used Jim Viray and not one of the team’s big guns who made the biggest play, scoring on a driving lay-up with only two seconds remaining to give Mail & More a 53-52 decision over Sista-St. Benilde in their quarterfinals match at the Olivarez Sports Center.

Just like other do-or-die matches in the league, yesterday’s game was tense and dramatic. But luck was on Mail & More’s side.

With nine seconds left and up 52-51, the Super Sealers had the chance to increase their lead when Khiel Misa was being fouled.

But to the horror of Sista supporters, Misa, the same player who keyed the team’s 79-72 win the last time to force yesterday’s rubber match, missed both foul throws.

JR Quinahan who had struggled offensively, grabbed the rebound that paved the way for Viray’s last-gasp shot that preserved the team’s impressive run in the classification round.

With their come-from-behind win, the Comets set up a semis meeting with Hapee Toothpaste starting tomorrow.

"This is great, we did not waver despite trailing most of the game," said Chongson, who arrived from Hong Kong last Monday. "We showed that we have a character."

Chongson was in Hong Kong when the Super Sealers beat them last Saturday.

The other semis pairing will pit last year’s Unity Cup champion Harbour Centre and Toyota Otis.

The Harbour-Toyota Otis duel is expected to be an emotional one since the Sparks are eager to get back at the Port Masters after their heart-breaking loss in the finals last year.

For a while, the Super Sealers appeared headed to another big win when Marcy Arellano hit back-to-back baskets, including a triple that gave them a 52-46 lead with still over two minutes left.

But they were again held scoreless the rest of the way just like what happened to them late in the second quarter. The more damaging was the absence of Arellano in the last 12 second as he suffered a cramp on his left leg.

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02-01-2007, 11:00 AM
PBL semifinal playoffs get going today


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MANILA, Philippines -- Toyota Otis and Harbour Centre, title rivals in the previous conference, lock horns even as Mail and More and Hapee-PCU square off in separate semifinal duels today in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym in Manila.

The Sparks and the Port Masters clash at 2 p.m. with Toyota Otis slightly favored following its hard-earned 73-67 win over Harbour Centre recently in their playoff for an outright seat in the Final Four.

The Teeth Masters, well-rested like the Sparks, tangle at 4 p.m. with the Comets coming off a harrowing 53-52 nipping of the Henkel Sista Super Sealers on Tuesday.

All four teams finished tied for first place with identical 7-3 win-records at the end of the classification round. With the semifinal duels a best-of-five affair, league officials expect even more exciting matches.

Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas promised to put premium on defense, particularly under the boards.

“It’s going to be a war, especially in the shaded area,” said Alas. “We don’t play dirty but expect a lot of physical game from us.”

But the Port Masters are no pushovers, especially in the talent department, with JC Intal expected to orchestrate their offense.

“That’s one quality of JC that rubs onto his teammates,” said Harbour Centre Jorge Gallent. “Right now our focus is to stop Toyota. I’m confident that my boys will deliver.”

Mail and More coach Lawrence Chongson hopes his team could carry the momentum of its come-from-behind escape against Henkel Sista.

“Credit that to our faith in God,” said Chongson after Mail and More became the first rookie team to advance to the Final Four since Granny Goose in 2003.

“We did not waver despite trailing most of the game. We showed that we have character.”

Hapee-PCU and Mail and More have even head-to-head records although the Teeth Sparklers won their last game, a 91-80 decision that sent them automatically into the semifinals.

The Sparks swept their two earlier games against the Port Masters, who beat them for the Unity Cup championship last year. Marc Anthony Reyes

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02-01-2007, 11:05 AM
PBL Silver Cup semis today

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A BUDDING rivalry is expected to escalate into a full-blown war when the 2007 PBL Silver Cup semifinals get underway today at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym.

Toyota Otis and Harbour Center, the same protagonists that figured in the Unity Cup finals last conference, cross paths again in a potentially explosive match up as the Final Four of the league’s season opening tournament kicks off today.

In the words of Sparks coach Louie Alas, the best-of-five series is going to be a "war."

"I think it will be a physical judging from the way both teams played against each other the last time," said the soft-spoken Toyota Otis mentor, referring to the Sparks’ 73-67 win over the Port Masters in a bruising encounter that decided one of two outright semifinals berth.

"War na ito, lalo na sa ilalim," said Alas whose team has been labeled as PBL’s version of Red Bull in the PBA because of its physical type of game.

"Routine na namin ‘yun. Natural na sa amin. But we don’t play dirty," Alas reasoned out.

The Sparks and Port Masters open hostilities at 2 p.m., followed by the Hapee-PCU - Mail & More encounter at 4 p.m. Both matches are best-of-five.

The Port Masters will bank on the La Salle-Ateneo combination and their never-say-die attitude against the scrappy Toyota Otis crew.

"JC Intal who is a true blue Atenean proved he can co-exist with La Salle players when it matters most.

But not only them, my other players, for sure, will also deliver," said coach Jorge Gallent. "It’s going to be an exciting series."

The Comets sealed their showdown with the Teethmasters after surviving their do-or-die clash with the Sista Super Sealers Tuesday night, 53-52, in what Mail & More coach Lawrence Chongson referred to as a "miracle win."

"Credit this to our faith in God. We did not waver despite trailing most of the game. We showed that we have character," said Chongson moments after unheralded player Jim Viray scored the winning lay up for the Comets, who became the first rookie team to advance to the Final Four since Granny Goose in 2003.

Hapee-PCU and Mail & More split their head-to-head meeting this conference, although the Teeth Sparklers’ 91-80 win in their last meeting shoved them automatically into the semifinals.

In contrast, Toyota Otis was dominant against Harbour Centre, sweeping its two outings against the team that beat them for the Unity Cup championship, three games to two.

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02-02-2007, 11:38 AM
Toyota Otis, Hapee take semis openers

By Jasmine W. Payo
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Last updated 03:18am (Mla time) 02/02/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- Toyota Otis and Hapee-Pcu reached the semifinals outright. Now the Sparks and the Teeth Masters seem in a hurry to forge a showdown for the PBL Silver Cup title as well.

Paced by Marvin Cruz, Toyota Otis pulled away from Harbour Centre late in the fourth period to hammer out an 84-77 victory, while Hapee-PCU outclassed Mail and More, 81-67.

The Sparks and Teeth Masters go for a 2-0 lead against their respective foes when the best-of-five semifinal series resumes tomorrow at The Arena in San Juan, Metro Manila.

The Sparks unloaded a 25-5 bomb with six minutes left in the game to wipe out a 72-59 lead by the Port Masters, who absorbed their second loss to Toyota Otis since their playoff for a semifinal slot last week.

“He worked very hard and he played very, very controlled basketball,” said Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas of Cruz, who finished with a game-high 19 points, nine of them in that pivotal rally.

Jason Castro shone for the Teeth Masters with a team-high 15 points, seven assists and five rebounds.

“We put up an aggressive defense which created turnovers (for Mail and More), our fastbreak points were also there,” said Hapee-PCU coach Jun Noel.

The Teeth Masters forced the Comets to 31 turnovers.

Two key triples from Patrick Cabahug in the final two minutes boosted the Sparks’ rally.

The scores:

First Game
TOYOTA OTIS 84 -- Cruz 19, Coronel 15, Daa 14, Cabahug 11, Aldave 10, Rodriguez 5, Jaime 4, Jazul 4, Santos 2, Alcaraz 0, Dedicatoria 0, Guevarra 0.
HARBOUR CENTRE 77 -- Fernandez 17, Alonzo 13, Lanete 10, Capati 9, Vergara 8, Araña 7, Intal 5, Ortiguerra 5, Gamboa 2, Williams 1, Asoro 0, Gaco 0.
Quarters: 23-22, 33-45, 55-60, 84-77

Second Game
HAPEE-PCU 81 -- Castro 15, Rodriguez 12, Sanz 12, Belga 11, Borboran 7, Larong 7, Bucao 6, Moreño 6, Rodriguez 3, Butel 2, Razon 0, Hugnatan 0.
MAIL AND MORE 67 -- Buenafe 16, Cañizares 11, Bravo 9, Viray 5, Pribhdas 4, Aquino 4, Del Rosario 4, Espiritu 4, Quiñahan 4, David 3, Ballesteros 2, Te 1, Yambao 0.
Quarters: 28-18, 50-35, 64-52, 81-67

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02-02-2007, 11:44 AM
Toyota zooms past H Centre
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 02/02/2007

Toyota Otis went to Marvin Cruz in the fourth quarter to stop Harbour Centre, 84-77, yesterday and gain a 1-0 edge in their best-of-five PBL Silver Cup semifinal duel at the Emilio Aguinaldo College Gym.

Cruz, in a last-minute chase for the MVP award, spewed a game-high 19 points including nine in the final period as the Sparks sealed their third straight win over the Port Masters since dropping a five-game title-series last conference.

"Marvin is just marvelous. I’ll run out of adjectives just describing his play," said Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas, who has three titles for Letran in the NCAA and one in the defunct MBA, but never in the PBL.

Defense was also a big difference as Toyota Otis held Harbour to just five points in the stretch while unloading a 25-point splurge that erased a 59-72 deficit with a little over six minutes remaining.

"We made the necessary stops in the stretch. That was another key," said Alas.

Later on, Hapee Toothpaste-PCU closed in on a finals berth as it smothered Mail and More, 81-67, and moved a game ahead in their own series.

Jayson Castro led the Teeth Sparklers with 15 points although coach Jun Noel said defense proved to be the key.

"We played really aggressive in defense and that got us the win," said Noel, whose last finals stint came when he steered the Negros All-Stars to the PABL crown in 1989.

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02-02-2007, 11:47 AM
Toyota, Hapee win opener

By REY C. LACHICA
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PATRICK CABAHUG got the better of JC Intal as Toyota Otis upended Harbour Centre, 84-77, yesterday in Game 1 of their best-of-five semifinal series in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym in Manila.

Just when everybody thought the Sparks were already goners after falling behind by 12 points midway in the payoff period, Cabahug joined hands with Marvin Cruz, Dennis Daa and Christian Coronel in a mighty finish to beat Harbour for the third straight time this year.

After Cruz and Coronel put the Sparks to within 70-74, Cabahug, the league’s reigning three-point king, nailed his second of his three three-point shots for the game that sent the crowd to its feet with only two minutes remaining.

Cabahug finished with 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting from the field.

Hapee Toothpaste-Philippine Christian University also drew first blood in its own semis duel with Mail & More following a runaway 81-67 win.

The Teethmasters, who have yet to win a title since winning two straight titles in 2003, hummed like a well-oiled machine right in the first quarter to beat the Comets for the second straight time.

Last week, they defeated the Comets in their playoff for one of two outright semis berths.

With Jason Castro and Robert Sanz presiding over team’s sleek running game, the Teethmasters had an easy time dispatching the Comets after posting a 28-18 lead in the first quarter.

Castro, as expected, produced another big numbers with 15 points, seven assists, five rebounds and a steal as he pressed his bid to win his first MVP plum in the country’s premier amateur basketball league.

The lackluster performance of Mail & More’s JR Quinahan made the win easier for the Teethmasters who even took a 50-35 lead at the half. Quinahan was held to just four charities as he missed all his four attempts from the field.

Cabahug’s basket turned out to be the spark the Sparks needed to turn the game around.

They finally grabbed the lead for good when beefy forward Dennis Daa transformed a broken play into a golden three-point play, 76-74.

The league’s 3-Point King then capped his mighty fourth quarter blitz with another booming trey to give the Sparks a 79-74 lead with only 50 ticks left.

"You have to credit his resolve. After guarding JC for most of the game, he still managed to made those baskets which were crucial," said coach Louie Alas.

"Well, he’s really the league’s 3-Point King."

It was the third straight win by the Sparks over the Port Masters this conference since losing to the same team in the finals of last year’s Unity Cup. Overall, it was the sixth straight for the Sparks dating back the classification round, thus tying the record of Mail & More for the longest streak this coneference.

Alas, however, reserved his biggest praise to tiny but deadly Cruz.

The 5-foot-8 Cruz was always there when the team needed a push with his creative plays. He finished with 19 points, four assists and two steals.

"He played a controlled game which is the trademark of a great player," said Alas. "He played like a giant today."

After scoring five points in the first quarter, including a two-handed dunk shot, Intal was never a factor as he missed his last seven attempts – no thanks to gritty defensive effort of Cabahug and Jonathan Aldave.

The loss was a bitter pill to swallow for the Port Masters who took a 45-33 lead at halftime after dominating the battle of the boards, 34-16.

In the first quarter alone, they already had eight offensive boards with Chad Alonzo grabbing five.

Cruz’s backcourt partner Christian Coronel also had some fine moments with his timely sniping. He finished with 14 points on an impressive t 4-of-5 shooting from the 3-point zone.

Three other Toyota Otis players scored in double figures with Daa contributing 14 and Cabahug and Aldave combining for 21 points.

Jonathan Fernandez led Harbour with 17 points, including five triples.

Harbour’s second quarter blitz was highlighted by the back-to-back triples of Ryan Arana and Jonathan Fernandez that enabled them to pull away from a tight contest and post a 37-27 lead.

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02-03-2007, 10:42 AM
Toyota Otis, Hapee gun for 2-0 leads


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Last updated 04:11am (Mla time) 02/03/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- Hapee-PCU and Toyota Otis, blessed with topnotch guards, will shoot for a commanding 2-0 lead in the PBL best-of-five semifinal series today.

Jason Castro will be at the forefront of Hapee-PCU’s assault versus Mail and More at 2 p.m., while Marvin Cruz will try to sustain Toyota Otis’ winning roll against Harbour Centre at 4 p.m.

Game 2 of the Silver Cup’s Final Four action will be at The Arena in San Juan.

“He’s really trying his best to lead the team,” said coach Jun Noel after Castro delivered another brilliant all-around performance with 15 points, seven assists and five rebounds in Hapee-PCU’s Game 1 triumph, 81-67.

Toyota Otis also gained the upper hand in the semifinal opener with a come-from-behind 84-77 triumph last Thursday.

“Our strength has really been our backcourt,” said Sparks coach Louie Alas.

The Sparks used a 25-5 run in the last six minutes to steal the semifinal opener from the Port Masters. Cruz orchestrated the comeback to finish with 19 points, nine coming from the payoff period.

But Alas also credited his team’s improved offensive rebounding and stifling defense in their late-game rally.

“That was a good defense by (Patrick) Cabahug on JC Intal,” noted Alas.

The Sparks held the Harbour Centre star scoreless in the last three quarters for a measly five-point production.

“We rushed our plays in the last four minutes which was a mistake,” admitted Port Masters mentor Jorge Gallent. “But the most important thing is how to limit what Marvin (Cruz) is doing on the court.”

Cabahug contributed 11 points, including two triples in the final two minutes that boosted the Sparks’ late surge.

Christian Coronel and Dennis Daa also combined for 14 markers in the pivotal run.

Harbour Centre remained winless in three head-to-head encounters with Toyota Otis this conference.

Meanwhile, Mail and More’s JR Quiñahan remained to be a non-factor for the third straight game. Last Thursday, the beefy center had only four charities to show after missing four attempts from the field.

The Teeth Masters forced the Comets to commit 31 turnovers, while limiting their own errors to only 14.

-- Jasmine W. Payo

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02-03-2007, 10:47 AM
Toyota, Hapee seek 2-0 leads

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Toyota Otis and Hapee Toothpaste-Philippine Christian University gun for commanding 2-0 leads today when they battle their respective semis rivals in the 2007 PBL Unity Cup at The Arena in San Juan.

The Teethmasters, hoping to relive their glory days as the league’s dominant squad, collide with the Mail & More Comets at 2 p.m. with the Cecilio Pedro-owned squad determined to follow-up its runaway 81-67 win in the opening of their best-of-five series last Thursday.

"We’ll go for it," said coach Jun Noel. "But we have to play a lot harder because we know the Comets will do everything to level the series."

That should also be the slogan of the Toyota Sparks when they clash with bitter rival Harbour Centre at 4 p.m.

Noel is pinning his hopes on spitfire Jason Castro and Larry Rodriguez in their bid to advance into the finals for the first time since winning back-to-back titles in 2003-04 season.

A big flop for Mail & More was 6-foot-6 JR Quinahan who tallied only four charities after missing all his four attempts from the field – no thanks to the swarming defense put up by the Teethmasters anchored on Rodriguez, Beau Belga and Robert Sanz.

After beating Harbour Centre in a playoff for one of two outright semis berths, the Toyota Otis Sparks also appeared to be in a hurry to go into the finals as they pulled off a stunning 84-77 come-from-behind win in their own series.

Knowing the character of the Port Masters, Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas will try a new tact to motivate and squeeze the best from his boys who are aching to settle an old score.

Despite beating the Port Masters for the third straight time this conference, the Sparks are still yearning for more since they’re out to avenge their heart-breaking loss to Harbour in the finals of last year’s Unity Cup Finals.

Though Alas won’t admit it, the ghost of their Game 5 collapse last year continued to haunt them until now. But with the inspired and consistent performances of Marvin Cruz, Patrick Cabahug and Dennis Daa, the Sparks could easily put the memory of that bitter defeat behind.

The 5-foot-8 Cruz was marvelous in Game 1 as he scattered 19 points, including 9 in a murderous fourth quarter run that turned the game around after trailing the Port Masters for 36 minutes.

Equally impressive was Cabahug who got the better of his duel with JC Intal. The league’s reigning Three-Point King hit two triples in a span of 71 seconds in the last two minutes to highlight Toyota’s fourth quarter siege.

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02-04-2007, 01:13 PM
Hapee makes it 2-0; Harbour ties series

By Jasmine W. Payo
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Last updated 06:22am (Mla time) 02/04/2007

GAMES TUESDAY (Olivarez College Sports Center)
2 p.m.—Harbour Centre vs Toyota Otis
4 p.m.—Mail and More vs Harbour Centre

MANILA, Philippines -- Hapee-PCU banked on a tested strategy in pulling off a commanding 2-0 lead in the PBL best-of-five semifinal series.

With Jason Castro coming up with his usual numbers, the Teeth Masters posted an 81-65 victory against Mail and More in the Silver Cup yesterday at The Arena in San Juan.

“The key was still our aggressive defense,” said Hapee-PCU coach Jun Noel. “Castro has been leading the team to our goal.”

The 5-foot-10 Castro tallied another all-around performance with 23 points on top of five rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block.

Meanwhile, Harbour Centre tied its semifinal series against Toyota Otis at 1-1 with an 80-74 win.

Chico Lanete helped avert another late-game Harbour meltdown to finish with a personal-best 31 points.

The Portmasters held on for what seemed like another possible collapse as Marvin Cruz lit up another Sparks rally.

“Our defense and end-game, we have to work on that,” said coach Jorge Gallent after Harbour Centre recovered from an 84-77 collapse in the semifinal opener. “If Marvin plays well, Toyota plays well.”

The Port Masters ran away in the second period for a 41-29 halftime advantage that grew to a 20-point buffer, 69-49, early in the fourth canto.

Mail and More again drew little help from star center JR Quiñahan, who has yet to display his offensive game in the post-elimination round.

Although Quiñahan had six blocks, the Comets have been sorely missing his offensive contributions in the last four games. He finished with five points yesterday.

The Comets’ hot shooting simmered in the third period, allowing the Teeth Masters to put the lead back up to 13 points, 72-59, midway in the fourth after a slim 60-55 margin.

Poor free throw shooting also told on the Comets as they converted only 12 of 23 attempts from the stripe.

With Mike Bravo working at the perimeter, the Comets came to within a bucket, 49-47, early in the third canto.

Ardy Larong and Castro responded for the Teeth Masters,58-47, but another Comets spurt sparked by a Ronjay Buenafe triple closed the gap to 60-55.

The scores:

First Game

HAPEE-PCU 81—Castro 23, L. Rodriguez 13, Belga 11, Butel 8, Borboran 6, Larong 5, Hugnatan 4, Moreno 4, Sanz 4, J. Rodriguez 3, Bucao 0, Razon 0.

MAIL AND MORE 65—Bravo 20, Buenafe 12, Viray 9, Quinahan 5, Canizares 4, Espiritu 4, Te 3, David 3, Aquino 2, Del Rosario 2, Ballesteros 1, Pribhdas 0.

Quarters: 20-18, 42-35, 60-55, 81-65

Second Game

HARBOUR CENTRE 80—Lanete 31, Intal 10, Gaco 9, Gamboa 8, Arana 6, Ortiguerra 3, Fernandez 3, Vergara 3, Williams 3, Asoro 2, Capati 2, Coching 0, Alonzo 0.

TOYOTA OTIS 74—Rodriguez 18, Cruz 12, Cabahug 12, Santos 8, Daa 8, Coronel 5, Dedicatoria 5, Aldave 2, Fajardo 2, Jaime 1, Alcaraz 1, Quinday 0, Jazul 0, Guevarra 0.

Quarters: 13-19, 41-29, 63-45, 80-74

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02-04-2007, 01:17 PM
Hapee sparkles, moves closer to Silver Cup final
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 02/04/2007

Jayson Castro dished out another MVP-like performance as Hapee Toothpaste-PCU smothered a listless Mail and More, 81-65, yesterday to close in on the PBL Silver Cup finals at The Arena in San Juan.

Castro, who helped the Dolphins make the NCAA Finals the last three seasons highlighted by a title conquest in 2004, fired 23 points including nine in the fourth quarter in carrying the Teeth Sparklers to the win that gave them a 2-0 edge in their best-of-five semifinal duel with the Comets.

Meanwhile, Chico Lanete fired a personal season-best 31 points as Harbour Centre walloped Toyota Otis, 80-74, to level their own semis series at one game apiece.

"He (Castro)’s an all-around performer and he showed that in this game," said Hapee-PCU coach Jun Noel.

Castro, who also had five rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block, now leads the MVP statistical race, having overtaken erstwhile leader JR Quinahan of Mail and More.

Quinahan had another sub par effort, finishing with just five points.

"For me, he (Castro) deserves to be an MVP," said Noel, who has handled a score of prolific scorers like retired PBA players Jojo Lastimosa, Dondon Ampalayo and Johnadel Cardel.

Mike Bravo scored 20 points while Ronjay Buenafe added 12 but the Comets, who dropped a 67-81 decision in Thursday’s Game 1, again couldn’t get the needed boost from Quinahan.

"We played aggressive defense, that could be the reason," said Noel.

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02-04-2007, 01:18 PM
Hapee 1 away; Harbour Centre revives finals bid

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JASON CASTRO put on another dazzling show of marksmanship yesterday as Hapee Toothpaste drubbed Mail & More, 81-65, and moved closer to a finals berth while Harbour Centre revived it title bid with an 80-74 win over Toyota Otis in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at The Arena in San Juan.

Castro, standing only 5-foot-10 but blessed with a courage and energy of a giant, came through with a clutch basket, knocking in a huge triple with 2:44 left to spark the team’s whirlwind finish that gave them a commanding 2-0 lead in their best-of-5 semis series.

Although he set up most of the plays, Castro still finished as the top performer for the team with 23 points, a performance he spiked with three booming triples.

He also had five rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block in 29 minutes of action as the Philippine Christian University standout made notice of his desire to win the coveted MVP plum.

"He’s a complete player, he can score, rebound, assist, steal and block," said coach Jun Noel. "Wala na akong mahihiling pa sa kaniya. We have to keep focused."

The Teethmasters, who last won a title in 2004, can clinch the first finals berth with another win on Tuesday at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

With Lanete firing in all cylinder, the Port Masters exploded for 28 points in the second quarter that enabled them to overhaul a 13-19 deficit and take a 41-29 lead at the half.

Lanete banged in a personal-high 31 points on a high 11-of-14 shooting, including 3-of-4 from the three-point zone.

The Port Masters also did well in taming the deadly Marvin Cruz. The 5-foot-8 Cruz was limited to just 12 points, six belowe his output in Game 1 which the Sparks won, 84-77.

The Port Masters even took a 69-49 lead but the Sparks managed to cut the deficit at the end through the forays of Patrick Cabahug who scattered eight points in the fourth.

"Of course, we’ll go for it," said Noel when asked if they could sweep the Comets.

Except for the opening basket by Jorel Canizarez, the Teethmasters never trailed in the game as they played fluid basketball throughout the game.

Their defense was equally lethal, too.

They again limited Mail & More’s JR Quiñahan to just five points as Beau Belga and Philip Butel alternated in shackling the 6-foot-6 Cebuano hotshot.

In Game 1, he scored only four points.

"We played aggressive defense not only on Quiñahan but also to the rest of the team. We hope we could sustain it especially our performance in the final quarter," said Noel.

Protecting a slim 60-55 lead, the Teethmasters unloaded a telling 12-4 blast that padded their lead to 72-59 with a little over five minutes left. Though the Comets managed to score two straight baskets, Castro ended whatever hopes of a comeback by the Comets as he drilled his third triple of the game, 75-63.

Also shining for the Teethmasters was Larry Rodriguez who tallied 13 points while the vastly improving Belga chipped in 11 points.

What hurt the cause for the Comets were their 21 turnovers which Hapee translated to 19 points. The Teethmasters turned the ball only six times — their lowest in the conference.

Mike Bravo paced the Comets with 20 points but was a non-factor in the fourth as Ardy Larong shadowed him wherever he go.

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02-06-2007, 11:20 AM
Hapee eyes sweep; Harbour, Toyota Otis fives break 1-1 tie


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MANILA, Philippines -- After clinching an outright semifinal berth, Hapee-PCU hopes to complete another quick trip, this time to the PBL Silver Cup finals.

The Teeth Masters shoot for a 3-0 sweep in their best-of-five semifinal showdown versus Mail and More at 4 p.m. today at the Olivarez College Sports Center in Parañaque City.

“We can’t underestimate them, they are capable of coming back, so we have to prepare hard for them,” said Hapee-PCU coach Jun Noel.

Harbour Centre and Toyota Otis break their 1-1 tie at 2 p.m. in their own semifinal duel.

Teeth Master Jason Castro continued to make a strong case for Most Valuable Player honors with another sensational performance of 23 points, five rebounds and five assists in Hapee-PCU’s Game 2 win, 81-65, last Saturday.

The Teeth Masters, also starring Castro, claimed the semifinal opener, 81-67.

Veteran guard Chico Lanete also came through over the weekend with 31 points to lead Harbour Centre to an 80-74 victory that leveled the series at 1-1.

But coach Jorge Gallent noted that the Port Masters still have a lot to work on after squandering huge leads in their two semifinal games.

Toyota Otis claimed Game 1 with a come-from-behind victory, 84-77, behind point guard Marvin Cruz.

“We have to adjust more on the mental side of the game,” said Sparks mentor Louie Alas. -- Jasmine W. Payo

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02-06-2007, 11:37 AM
Hapee seeks sweep of semis

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HAPEE TOOTHPASTE-Philippine Christian University tries to bring out the broom from the attic today when it goes for the first finals berth in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

With a commanding 2-0 lead, the Teethmasters can sweep the Mail & More Comets when they clash in Game 3 of their best-of-five semis series starting at 4 p.m.

Banking on their renewed enthusiasm and the splendid performance of spitfire Jason Castro, Hapee easily dispatched the Comets in their first two games to move within a win of ending almost three years of misfortunes.

The Teethmasters, bannered then by Rich Alvarez, Allan Salangsang, Larry Fonacier and Peter June Simon, won back-to-back titles in the 2003-04 season but their fortunes took a dramatic dive since then.

"The opportunity is there, so we’ll go for it," said coach Jun Noel.

Clashing in the first game at 2 p.m. are Harbour Centre and Toyota Otis – two teams that hate each other since their classic Unity Cup title series last year.

Drawing on the inspired performance of Chico Lanete, the Port Masters tied the series with the Toyota Otis Sparks at 1-1 by pulling off an 80-74 win in Game 2 last Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.

Hardly a factor in Game 1, Lanete went berserk in Game 2 as he scored at all conceivable angles that reduced the more popular JC Intal to a mere spectator. He finished with a career high 31 points on 11-of-14 shooting, including 3-of-4 from the three-point zone.

Despite their win – their first over the Sparks this conference – Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent still intends to make a minor adjustment on their pick and roll plays on Lanete.

"Reed (Juntilla) is still a doubtful starter for us so someone has to step up. We can’t just rely much on Chico and JC," said Gallent. "We also have to adjust on the defensive side."

The Port Masters, especially Ryan Arana, did an awesome job in limiting the production of the usually reliable Marvin Cruz and Patrick Cabahug.

Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas, however, remains unfazed.

"We played Harbour the kind of basketball we like the last time so we’ll just make some minor adjustments,"said Alas. "But we have to adjust more on the mental side of the game."

To avoid the embarrassment of being swept, Mail & More coach Lawrence Chongson must squeeze the best from JR Quinahan, who was a big disappointment in the series. He averaged only 4.5 points in the first two games, thus putting his MVP bid in peril.

Despite their lead, Noel won’t take the Comets for granted, saying: "We can’t underestimate them, they are capable of coming back so we have to prepare hard for them."

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02-07-2007, 11:52 AM
Comets avert sweep; Sparks up

By Jasmine W. Payo
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Last updated 02:37am (Mla time) 02/07/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- All of a sudden, Mail and More -- its slumping star included -- is back to its dominating form in the PBL Silver Cup.

The Comets spoiled a Hapee-PCU sweep by coasting to a 78-62 victory in Game 3 of their best-of-five semifinal series yesterday at the Olivarez College Sports Center in Parañaque City.

And all it took to stay alive was a proper mindset.

“I told them in the dugout that this is not a series that we’re down 2-0, approach it just as a usual game so there’s no pressure,” said coach Lawrence Chongson.

That, and a little mental nudge that awoke a sleeping giant.

Cebuano slotman JR Quiñahan made up for his previous four poor performances with 11 points, six rebounds, five assists and three blocks.

“We played mind games with him just to motivate him,” said Chongson. “We also designed a play especially for him.”

Earlier, Toyota Otis moved within a win of another Finals stint at 2-1 after a 73-60 triumph against Harbour Centre in their own series.

Marvin Cruz overcame a hurting back and shoulder to lead the Sparks in a late-game outburst that turned a slim 59-55 edge to a 12-point spread, 67-55, in the final two minutes.

Chito Jaime, a 6-foot-4 standout from the AMA Computer University, also starred for the Sparks by firing seven of his nine points in the final period.

While Chongson talked his team into snapping out of a spell, Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas zipped his lips and let his wards play their game.

“Jaime was a revelation,” said Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas. “We had no huddle in the pre-game. I thought I might be over-coaching them. I told them to just do their thing.”

Sweet-shooting Patrick Cabahug drilled in 17 points, while Cruz delivered 16 markers.

“If at least three of our players finished in double figures, we always have a good chance,” said Alas.

Mail and More blew the game wide open in the second period with Bravo, Ronjay Buenafe and Jason Ballesteros conspiring for a 36-21 halftime lead.

The Teeth Masters crawled back within seven, 58-51, but the Comets responded with a run capped by triples from Bravo and Elmer Espiritu for a 68-51 gap heading into the last two minutes.

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02-07-2007, 12:01 PM
Comets stall Hapee five; Sparks triumph
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 02/07/2007

Mail and More lived for another day as it foiled Hapee Toothpaste-PCU’s sweep bid with a convincing 78-62 victory yesterday even as Toyota Otis ripped Harbour Centre, 73-60, to close in on its second finals appearance in the PBL Silver Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center.

The Comets, who dropped the first two games of their best-of-five series, 65-81, and 67-81, rode on a big second quarter run to seize control, 36-21, then thwarted the Teeth Masters’ fightback in the second half to post the victory and cut Hapee’s lead to 1-2.

Mike Bravo fired 16 points, including four from behind the arc while Elmer Espiritu shone in defense with nine rebounds and five shot blocks while chipping in five points for Mail & More, which also drew 11 points from leading MVP candidate JR Quinahan.

"I just played mind games with him (Quinahan) and it worked," said Mail & More mentor Lawrence Chongson, referring to his prized cager, who also had six rebounds, five assists and three shot blocks.

The victory thus stalled the Lamoiyan-owned franchise’s bid of landing its first finals appearance in three years and sixth overall after snaring three titles in the 90s.

Earlier, Patrick Cabahug came away with 17 points while MVP candidate Marvin Cruz and ex-pro Abby Santos tossed in 16 and 13 points, respectively, as Toyota Otis took a 2-1 edge in their own side of the duel.

"It’s becoming a trend that if we have three players who score in double figures, we’ll win, and it happened today (yesterday)," said Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas.

Game 4 is set tomorrow with the decider, if necessary, slated on Saturday.

The Sparks, who took the opener, 84-77, but dropped Game 2, 74-80, shackled the Port Masters’ gunners with their full-court press despite the absence of top defensive player, Frederick Rodriguez, who served out a one-game suspension for misconduct.

"I just told the players to play tough in his (Rodriguez) absence. They responded to the challenge," said Alas.

Collegiate standout JC Intal sizzled with 16 points, including seven in the third quarter, as the Port Masters knotted the count at 52 at the end of the period.

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02-07-2007, 12:05 PM
M&M keeps hopes alive

By REY C. LACHICA
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A BEAUTIFUL mindset. A resounding result.

Showing up with a new-found enthusiasm, Mail & More snapped a three-game losing run and spoiled what could have been a sweep by Hapee Toothpaste of their best-of-five semifinals series with a 78-62 win yesterday in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Olivarez Sports Centre in Parañaque.

Humming like a well-oiled machine, the Comets leaned on the torrid sniping of Mike Bravo, Ronjay Buenafe and Jason Ballesteros in the first two quarters to set the tone for a rousing win and keep their finals hopes alive.

The Teethmasters still lead the series 2-1 but the win gave the Comets a psychological advantage heading into tomorrow’s Game 4.

"I told the players to forget about what happened in the first two games of the series. I also told them to forget that it is a semis series. So pagpasok namin sa court, talagang maganda ang mind-set namin," said coach Lawrence Chongson.

Earlier, Toyota Otis found an unlikely hero in Chito Jaime as the Sparks downed Harbour Centre, 73-60, for a 2-1 series lead and moved within a win of entering the finals.

Patrick Cabahug and Marvin Cruz did their usual stuff for the Sparks but it was Jaime who did most of the damage in the fourth quarter as he came through with clutch baskets to unnerve the Port Masters for a 2-1 lead in their best-of-5 semis series.

"Jaime is a revelation today, he made the baskets when we needed them most," said coach Louie Alas. "He gave us the big lift today."

The game appeared headed to another wild and exciting finish just like what happened in Game 1 when Cabahug closed out the third quarter with a booming trey that tied the count at 52-all.

But it did not materialize as the 6-foot-4 Jaime scattered five points in a murderous 13-3 run that gave the Sparks a comfortable 65-55 lead with 2:24 remaining.

The Port Masters, who took Game 2 (80-74), never recovered their bearing after that binge as they were forced to shoot hurriedly and commit lots of turnovers that hastened further downfall.

The ferocious rebounding of Jaime, Abby Santos, Dennis Daa and Floyd Dedicatoria also greatly helped the cause of the Sparks who outrebounded the taller and heftier Port Masters, 55-32.

Commenting on their fourth win over the Port Masters in five encounters this conference, Alas said: "We’ll go for the finals on Thursday. This is a different series from Final series last year."

The Sparks are hoping to put the bitter memory of their collapse last year behind. They also took a 2-1 lead but they lost their next two games, allowing the Port Masters to score their breakthrough championship.

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02-07-2007, 12:10 PM
Sparks just a win away from finals

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Toyota Otis found an unlikely hero in Chito Jaime Tuesday as the Sparks downed Harbour Centre, 73-60, and moved within the threshold of completing their mission in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center.

Patrick Cabahug and Marvin Cruz did their usual stuff for the Sparks but it was Jaime who did most of the damage in the fourth quarter as he came through with clutch baskets to unnerve the Port Masters for a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five semis series.

"Jaime is a revelation today, he made the baskets when we needed them most," said coach Louie Alas. "He gave us the big lift today."

The game appeared headed to another wild and exciting finish just like what happened in Game 1 when Cabahug closed out the third quarter with a booming trey that tied the count at 52-all.

But it did not materialize as the 6-foot-4 Jaime scattered five points in a murderous 13-3 run that gave the Sparks a comfortable 65-55 lead with 2:24 remaining.

The Port Masters, who took Game 2 (80-74), never recovered their bearing after that binge as they were forced to shoot hurriedly and commit lots of turnovers that hastened further their downfall.

The ferocious rebounding of Jaime, Abby Santos, Dennis Daa and Floyd Dedicatoria also greatly helped the cause of the Sparks who outrebounded the taller and heftier Port Masters, 55-32.

Commenting on their fourth win over the Port Masters in five encounters this conference, Alas said: "We’ll go for the finals on Thursday. This is a different series from Final series last year."

The Sparks are hoping to put the bitter memory of their collapse last year behind. They also took a 2-1 lead but they lost their next two games, allowing the Port Masters to score their breakthrough championship.

Despite scoring only two points in the fourth, Cabahug still topscored for Sparks with 17 points, a performance he spiked with three triples.

Cruz, one of the leading candidates for the MVP award, produced 16 points despite playing with a hurting back. He also had 4 assists, 2 rebounds and the same number of steals in 24 minutes of play.

The 9-point performance of Jaime made up for the absence of center Erick Rodriguez, who was serving a one-game suspension. Also stepping up big for the Sparks was Santos who held his own against the season big men of Harbour.

But Harbour sorely missed the services of the hard-working forward Chad Alonzo who was suspended for the rest of the season for committing an unsportsmanlike foul against Cruz in Game 2.

The Sparks also did well defensively on Chico Lanete whom the Sparks limited to just eight points, a far cry from his personal-high 31 points in Game 2.

Scores:

Toyota Otis 73—Cabahug 17, Cruz 16, Santos 13, Jaime 9, Aldave 8, Jazul 4, Coronel 2, Dedicatoria 2, Daa 2, Fajardo 0.

Harbour 60—Intal 16, Ortiguerra 10, Lanete 8, Williams 5, Raymundo 4, Capati 4, Vergara 3, Arana 3, Gamboa 2, Gaco 2, Fernandez 2, Asoro 1.

Quarters: 18-13; 37-31; 52-52; 73-60.

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02-08-2007, 09:55 AM
Sparks, Teethmasters try to seal dream title clash
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FOR TOYOTA Otis coach Louie Alas, this could be the day he could finally achieve his redemption – total redemption to say the least.


Although he maintained that their heart-breaking collapse in the finals of the Unity Cup last year was already a thing of the past, Alas is looking forward for another trip to the finals against Harbour Centre – the same team that frustrated them the last time out.

So expect another exciting and bruising encounter when the two budding rivals collide in Game 4 of their semis series starting at 4 p.m. in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center.

"What happened last year was already a thing of the past. This is a new war for us and I believe we have a very good chance of wrapping up the series," said Alas. "The boys are raring to finish the series."

Drawing a splendid performance from seldom-used Chito Jaime, the Sparks demolished the Port Masters, 73-60, for a 2-1 lead.

Clashing at 2 p.m. are Hapee Toothapaste-Philippine Christian University and the resurgent Mail & More with the Teethmasters determined to achieve what they failed to accomplish last Tuesday.

The Teethmasters, out to relive their happy days, were prevented from scoring a sweep when the Comets showed up with a new-found confidence that enabled them to hack out a convincing 78-62 win two days back.

The Comets still trail the series, 1-2, but coach Lawrence Chongson hopes their runaway win would eventually change the complexion of the series.

"I was just able to motivate them well in Game 3 that’s why they played so well. Hope we’ll have the same mind set in Game 4," said Chongson. "I know they will make some adjustments but we’ll be ready for them."

Hapee team manager Bernard Yang blamed the team’s shaky start for their blowout loss but they vowed to get back today.

"We came out flat and the Comets exploited the situation," said Yang. "Coach Jun (Noel) had a long talk with the boys, I’m sure they have realized their mistakes. We have to keep our aggressiveness."

Hapee’s Jason Castro was nowhere from his old deadly self as he was completely overshadowed by Mail & More’s Mike Bravo. He scored 10 points in the first two quarters but was scoreless the rest of the way.

Lack of aggressiveness on the part of Harbour’s big men – Marvin Ortiguerra, Allan Gamboa, Jerwin Gaco and Ron Capati – contributed greatly to the team’s downfall.

Ranged against a scrappy crew who are just starting to make a name for themselves - Floyd Dedicatoria, Abby Santos, Chito Jaime and Dennis Daa - the seasoned Harbour

frontliners were outclassed and overpowered .

No wonder, the Sparks hauled down 55 rebounds, 24 of them offensively as they took advantage of Harbour’s weak interior defense. In sharp contrast, the Port Masters managed only eight offensive boards for a total of 32 rebounds.

So tough was Toyota Otis’ defense that JC Intal had to work hard for his every basket. He finished with 16 points but he was again clearly outshone by Toyota Otis’ Patrick Cabahug who fired 17.

Another pitiful sight was Harbour’s Chico Lanete who was held to just eight points – a far cry from his personal-high 31 points which he scored in the team’s 80-74 win in Game 2 of the series.

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02-09-2007, 11:09 AM
Hapee bags finals berth; Harbour Centre forces do-or-die match with Toyota

By Rey C. Lachica
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THREE YEARS after languishing in the gallows, Hapee Toothpaste is beginning to look like the champion of old, becoming the first team to make the PBL Silver Cup title series after clipping Mail & More, 88-75, at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

Second-string pointguard Ronald Bucao scored all of his 11 points in the fourth period and dished out a conference-high 12 feeds in leading the Teethmasters to the win that closed out their semifinals series, 3-1.

"He was our surprise package today," said coach Jun Noel in praising Bucao, an obscure talent he plucked out of the leagues in Cebu. "This is a big achievement for this team, because a semifinals stint would have been decent enough for us."

Hapee will also get a playing day’s rest after Harbour Centre flaunted complete control all game later to scuttle Toyota Otis, 86-83, and set up a you-or-me fifth game tomorrow in their separate series.

Chino Lanete bounced back from a lethargic Game 4 performance to lead Harbour Centre with 17 points. JC Intal was consistent, scoring 16 points for the second straight game while Ron Capati added 15.

This will be the second time that the Harbour Centre-Toyota Otis series went the distance. In last year’s Unity Cup finals, the series was also decided in five games.

The Port Masters led as many as 14 points but the Sparks managed to close in through the sniping of Jonathan Aldave, Marvin Cruz and Abby Santos.

The Port Masters were outrebounded again, 58-38, but they shot pretty well from the field. Harbour converted 27 of 55 tries for 49 percent against 26 of 80 for 33 percent for the Sparks.

Hapee, then under Junel Baculi, lorded it over the league in the 2003-2004 seasons, winning championships in strings before the team was broken up when the likes of Rich Alvarez, Peter June Simon and Larry Fonacier, among others, made the jump to the professional PBA.

After winning the Unity and Platinum Cups in 2004, the Teethmasters actually took a leave from the league after failing to contend well enough.

And it has been a rebuilding process since then, until this coming Finals stint.

"We hope we could win another championship," said team manager Bernard Yang. "The boys are really determined to win another championship."

Actually, four other Hapee players scored in double figures, leaving Mail & More players scratching their heads in utter frustration. Beau Belga and Roel Hugnatan led Hapee with 12 points while Larry Rodriguez and Robert Sanz also matched the output of Bucao.

For the second time in the series, JR Quinahan tallied in double figures with 13 points but most of his points came when Hapee’s lead was already out their reach.

Protecting a slim 65-59 lead, Jayford Rodriquez, another prized find from Cebu, knocked in a triple to spark a telling 10-2 run that all but settled the issue, 75-62, with four minutes left.

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02-10-2007, 10:57 AM
Momentum on Harbour side vs Toyota

The Philippine Star 02/10/2007

Harbour Centre and Toyota Otis dispute the second final berth today in the PBL Silver Cup with the former hoping to sustain the momentum of their big Game Four win in their best-of-five semifinal series at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

The Port Masters forced a deciding game after outlasting the Sparks, 86-83, last Thursday behind the game-long heroics of JC Intal, Chico Lanete and Ron Capati.

Aside from momentum, Harbour Centre is also hoping history will repeat itself.

In their title clash in the Unity Cup last year, the Port Masters also rallied from a 1-2 deficit to snatch the crown – their first since joining the league two years ago.

That’s the reason why Harbour coach Jorge Gallent is confident of scoring another big comeback win over the Sparks.

"The pattern is almost the same as last year, so we have a good chance of completing our mission," said Gallent. "All we have to do is play smart basketball from the start to finish."

But Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas has other things in mind.

"There will be no repeat of what happened to us last year. No deja vu," he declared. "The boys are determined to win this time."

The winner in today’s knockout match will face Hapee-PCU in another best-of-five series for the crown starting Tuesday.

The Teeth Masters clinched the first finals berth after beating Mail & More in their own side of the series, 3-1. They capped their domination of the Comets with an 88-75 rout in Game 4, also Thursday.

This marks the first finals appearance of Hapee since scoring back-to-back championships in the 2003-04 seasons.

Alas blamed their Game 4 defeat to their poor start,. "Nagkanya-kanya sila sa first quarter kaya kinapos kami sa huli," he said.

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02-10-2007, 11:03 AM
Harbour vs Toyota for last finals slot

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CAN HARBOUR Centre repeat its amazing feat last year?

The task is tough but Harbour coach Jorge Gallent believes it’s doable.

Living up to their status as the league’s newest powers, Toyota Otis and Harbour Centre vie for the second and last finals berth when they clash in a do-or-die showdown today in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

The Port Masters forced a deciding Game 5 in their semis series after beating the Toyota Otis Sparks in Game 4, 86-83, last Thursday behind the inspired performances of JC Intal, Chico Lanete and Ron Capati.

Aside from getting back the momentum, history is also on Harbour Centre’s side.

In their epic title encounter in the Unity Cup last year, the Port Masters also rallied from a 1-2 deficit to win the crown - their first since joining the league two years ago.

That’s the reason why Gallent is confident of scoring another big comeback win over the Sparks.

"The pattern is almost the same as last year, so we have a good chance of completing our mission," said Gallent. "All we have to do is play smart basketball from the start to finish."

Toyota Otis coach Louie Alas vowed to defy history this time.

"There will be no repeat of what happened to us last year. No de javu," he declared. "The boys are determined to win this time."

The winner in today’s game will face Hapee Toothpaste-Philippine Christian University in a best-of-five series starting Tuesday.

The Teethmasters earned the first finals berth after beating Mail & More in their own series, 3-1. They capped their dominance over the Comets with an 88-75 win in Game 4 also Thursday.

Alas blamed their Game 4 defeat to a poor start, saying: "Nagkanya-kanya sila sa first quarter kaya kinapos kami sa huli."

The Port Masters posted several 14-points leads but the Sparks rallied mightily behind the forays of Marvin Cruz, Jonathan Aldave and Abby Cruz to give their rivals a big scare.

Gallent admitted they committed end-game booboos again but their red-hot shooting rescued them.

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02-12-2007, 11:49 AM
Harbour Centre gains finals

Games Tuesday (Olivarez Sports Center 2 p.m. — Toyota Otis vs Mail & More 4 p.m. — Hapee-PCU vs Harbour Centre

By Rey C. Lachica
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CHICO LANETE completed what National University standouts Edwin Asoro and Jonathan Fernandez started yesterday as Harbour Centre downed Toyota Otis, 92-81, to claim the second finals berth in the PBL Silver Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center.

After a quiet performance in the first three quarters, the 6-foot Lanete suddenly exploded in the payoff period, tallying 18 points, including two booming triples that finally took the fight out of the Sparks.

He finished with 22 points as he went 12-of-13 from the free throw area and 4-of-10 shooting from the field. He also had six assists, five rebounds and a steal in 30 minutes of action that made up for his six turnovers.

However, it was the sniping of Asoro and Fernandez from the 3-point area that spelled the difference for the Port Masters who barged into the finals for the second straight time.

Harbour Centre wrapped up the semis series, 3-2. They also beat the Sparks by the same score in winning the Unity Cup last year.

"They (Asoro and Fernandez) finally made their presence felt in the series and it was just timely," said coach Jorge Gallent. "But as I said, wherever Chico goes, the team follows. He played well, so everybody also played well."

Down 57-59, Fernandez buried his third triple for the game that enabled him to ease the pressure off the Port Masters.

Then came Asoro’s exploits. The 6-foot-3 Asoro, who is widely known for his aerial acrobatics, hit back-to-back triples for a 73-64 lead with 4:33 remaining.

The Sparks, however, refused to roll over and die as Patrick Cabahug swiftly retaliated with a triple of his own that shoved them to within 67-73. But Lanete ended whatever hopes for a comeback by the Sparks when he buried his first triple 76-67.

Despite the defeat, the Sparks, especially coach Louie Alas, deserved a big pat on the back for advancing to the semis even with a weakened lineup. They lost three key players to the pro league while MVP Joe Devance returned to the USA.

"They played so great in the entire series but only one of us will advance to the finals. This is one of the best semis series in the league," said Gallent.

Asoro finished with 10 points while Fernandez added eight.

Allan Gamboa made ripples in the second quarter when he knocked in two triples, the last one giving the Port Masters a 31-22 lead.

But the Sparks, starring Cruz, Cabahug and Jonathan Aldave, managed to cut Harbour’s lead down to two, 40-38, at halftime.

Gamboa finished the first two quarters with an impressive 7of-8 shooting from the field, including a perfect 2of-2 from the three-point zone.

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02-12-2007, 11:49 AM
Harbour Centre rips Toyota, lands in final
By Joey Villar
Publication Date: [Sunday, February 11, 2007]

Harbour Centre drew strength from unlikely sources as it trounced Toyota Otis, 92-81, yesterday, completing one of the most dramatic comebacks in PBL playoffs.

Shock-troopers Allan Gamboa, Edwin Asoro and Jonathan Fernandez rose to the occasion, helping Chico Lanete complete Harbour Centre’s comeback from 1-2 down in the series and gain the right to challenge Hapee Toothpaste-PCU for the PBL Silver Cup championship.

Before a good weekend crowd at the Olivarez Sports Center, Lanete fired 22 points including 18 in the final quarter while Gamboa, Asoro and Fernandez combined for 51 points.

Gamboa, an eight-year PBL veteran, also made 18 in the payoff period.

"The bench stepped up. The NU boys (Asoro and Fernandez) and Allan did a great job," said Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent, hoping to steer the Mikee Romero-owned franchise to its second straight crown after topping last year’s Unity Cup.

Game 1 of the best-of-five finals is on Tuesday in the same venue with Games 2 and 3 set Thursday and Saturday at the Emilio Aguinaldo College Gym and The Arena in San Juan, respectively.

Game 4 and 5, if necessary, are scheduled Feb. 19 and 21.

Marvin Cruz, a dark horse MVP candidate, logged 15 points, seven assists, three rebounds and a steal but couldn’t shake off his defenders at crunch time.

Still, the Sparks put up a decent fight before bowing out.

"I have to give it to coach Louie Alas for making his team a contender. I have high respect for him," said Gallent.

The Port Masters built momentum on their fourth-quarter surge on three-pointers by Asoro and Fernandez.

Lanete, held to just four points in the first three quarters, then took over, sustaining the Harbour Centre charge at the finish.

"He’s our version of Marvin Cruz. When Chico plays well, the team follows," said Gallent of Lanete.

With Gamboa at the forefront of their attack early on, the Port

Masters led by nine points in the second quarter before the Sparks came roaring back with a big third quarter to knot the count at 55-all.

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02-13-2007, 11:16 AM
Too close to call

The Philippine Star 02/13/2007

Harbour Centre and Hapee Toothpaste-PCU clash today at the start of the best of five series for the PBL Silver Cup crown in what promises to be an interesting duel between two teams with contrasting styles at the Olivarez Sports Center in Sucat.

The Port Masters blasted the Toyota Otis Sparks, 92-81, in the deciding Game 5 of their semifinal semis to arrange a showdown with the Teeth Sparklers, who made it to the final first by downing the Mail and More Comets, 3-1.

Gametime is set at 4 p.m.

"It’s going to be a very interesting series," said Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent, seeking to steer the Mikee Romero-owned franchise to its second straight title since copping the 2005 PBL Unity Cup crown.

"We expect a tough battle because we’ll be facing a really strong team," Hapee-PCU mentor Jun Noel, for his part, said.

Mail and More and Toyota Otis, meanwhile, knock each other out for third place at 2 p.m.

Hapee and Harbour Centre split their two games in the tournament with the former pounding out a 73-68 win last November and the latter evening things up with a 75-67 romp last January.

But Joel Dualan, Noel’s assistant, downplayed the Teethmasters’ chances in the title series, even describing their win over the Port Masters a fluke since the latter was still without the prolific JC Intal. – Joey Villar

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02-13-2007, 11:17 AM
PBL Unity Cup

Hapee, Harbour start title series

By REY C. LACHICA
www.mb.com.ph


HAPEE-PCU began the 2007 Philippine Basketball League season with a stunning upset of Harbour Centre. Three months after, the Teethmasters are hoping to end their campaign looking to do the same thing against the very same team.

The two ballclubs that clashed in the season-opener last November cross paths once again, taking on each other and battling for all the marbles in the best-of-five Silver Cup Finals.

Game 1 of the potentially explosive title series is at 4 p.m. at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque, preceding the battle for third place between Toyota Otis and Mail & More. Both games will be shown live on Studio 23.

Coach Jun Noel and assistant Joel Dualan remembered with fondness that the 73-68 shocker the underdog Teethmasters pulled off at the expense of the heavily-favored Port Masters the very first time the two teams met.

But both men are also the first ones to admit that a lot has changed since the day that Hapee-PCU first served notice of its title aspiration.

"Remember that time, they have just lost some of their key men from their championship team, kaya hindi pa talaga sila cohesive," said Dualan, a part of all seven Finals appearances by Hapee either as a player or member of the coaching staff.

"Tsaka siyempre, wala pa si JC Intal noon." Intal, the hot-shooting forward from Ateneo, has yet to don a Harbour uniform during the Port Masters’ initial meeting with the Teethmasters, but was already around and productive enough to help the team get even with Hapee-PCU in their Jan. 6 rematch, 75-67.

A great deal of the Port Masters actually, have since transformed after that. Veteran Chico Lanete has rediscovered his shooting touch, National University standouts Edwin Asoro and Jonathan Fernandez began taking charge while Ryan Arana has the fire back in his eyes.

The collective result had Harbour topping the eliminations and toppling budding rival Toyota Otis in their tightly fought best-of-five semifinals showdown after trailing 12 early in the series.

Now, the Port Masters are in their second straight finals stint and on track of becoming the first team in three years after Hapee (2003-04) to win two straight championships.

But Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent was also quick to notice how Hapee-PCU had blossomed into a major title contender since their fateful meeting in the conference opener.

"They’ve become more dangerous and have been playing their best basketball since the semis," said Gallent of the Teethmasters, owner of four PBL crowns, including the back-to-back feat under former mentor Junel Baculi.

"This is definitely a lot different than the one we had against Toyota Otis last conference," said

Gallent, referring to the Unity Cup finals his Port Masters won against the Sparks in a bruising title series last season.

Looming as Gallent’s biggest concern at Hapee-PCU is dazzling guard Jayson Castro, a prime candidate for the league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) award whose outside snipping and deadly penetrations aided the Teethmasters to wrap up their own Final Four series with Mail & More in just four games.

"There’s no doubt Jayson is our main man, but there are other players as well who had been delivering for us the entire conference," said Hapee-PCU team manager Bernard Yang.

Deadly shooter Mark Borboran is among them, so with Larry Rodriguez, who leads the league in efficiency rating, Robert Sanz, Beau Belga, Roel Hugnatan and even Cebuprized find Ronald Bucao.

Ironically, the title series will have Baculi, now Harbour Centre consultant, meeting his former team

with which he began his PBL coaching career in 1994.

"Parehas lang naman siguro kami ni coach Junel. Trabaho lang, walang personalan," said Dualan of his former mentor.

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02-14-2007, 10:34 AM
Asoro, starters power big Harbour windup

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 02:26am (Mla time) 02/14/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- Backup forward Edwin Asoro set up the trap and the starters came back for the kill as Harbour Centre edged Hapee-PCU, 84-80, and claimed a 1-0 lead in the PBL Silver Cup Finals Tuesday night at the Olivarez College Sports Center in Parañaque City.

Chico Lanete and Ron Capati knocked in key baskets in the final two minutes as the Port Masters made a rousing start in the best-of-five championship series.

“We started bad, but at least we picked up in the fourth quarter, which is the most important,” said Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent. “Asoro has been playing well, he’s providing quality minutes.”

Coming off a sensational semifinal stint, Lanete buried a crucial jumper that swung the lead back to Harbour Centre, 72-71, time down to 2:33.

Capati, Harbour’s veteran starting center, also converted two crucial baskets in the shaded lane as the Port Masters built a 78-73 buffer heading into the final minute.

Asoro overshadowed an off-form JC Intal for a team-high 17 points.

Earlier, Mail and More capped its impressive maiden campaign with a third-place finish after disposing Toyota Otis, 77-72, in their one-game duel.

JR Quiñahan delivered 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Comets, who bowed to Hapee-PCU in the semifinals.

Harbour Centre also drew strong performances from its bench with Jerwin Gaco providing the hustle underneath and Ryan Araña effectively shackling Hapee-PCU main man Jason Castro.

Although Larry Rodriguez sizzled with 20 points for the Teeth Masters, Castro was held to only eight points.

The Teeth Masters struggled from the line, connecting in only 12 of 21 attempts in the final period.

Philip Butel provided the Port Masters some last-minute scare when he shot four straight points that trimmed the margin to a bucket, 79-77, with 15.5 seconds left.

But the Port Masters stayed afloat with steady shooting at the foul line, nailing five of their last six in the dying seconds.

The scores:

First Game
MAIL AND MORE 77 -- Quiñahan 22, Buenafe 13, Bravo 13, David 11, Te 7, Espiritu 7, Canizares 2, Ballesteros 2, Aquino 0, Del Rosario 0, Viray 0.
TOYOTA OTIS 72 -- Cruz 12, Santos 11, Cabahug 10, Coronel 10, Fajardo 8, Jazul 8, Daa 4, Aldave 3, Dedicatoria 2, Alcaraz 2, Jaime 2, Rodriguez 0, Quinday 0, Guevarra 0, Yabut 0.
Quarters: 16-17, 41-39, 55-51, 77-72

Second Game
HARBOUR CENTRE 84 -- Asoro 17, Lanete 14, Gaco 12, Arana 11, Intal 8, Capati 7, Fernandez 6, Alonzo 5, Gamboa 4, Williams 0, Raymundo 0, Vergara 0, Coching 0, Ortiguerra 0.
HAPEE-PCU 80 -- L. Rodriguez 20, Butel 12, Borboran 10, Castro 8, J. Rodriguez 6, Bucao 6, Moreno 6, Hugnatan 4, Larong 0, Sanz 0.
Quarters: 18-21, 41-39, 59-52, 84-80

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02-14-2007, 10:38 AM
Harbour Centre takes Game 1
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 02/14/2007

Harbour Centre relied on its defense and bench depth to trounce Hapee Toothpaste-PCU, 84-80, yesterday and gain the headstart in their showdown for the PBL Silver Cup crown at the Olivarez Sports Center in Sucat.

Edwin Asoro, a rookie out of National U, paced a hardworking group of shock troopers with 17 points, including seven in the fourth quarter, that helped power the Port Masters to the victory and a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five series.

"I guess our bench was our edge, particularly Edwin Asoro, he stepped up in this game," said Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent, seeking to steer the Mikee Romero-owned franchise to a back-to-back title romp.

The Port Masters gun for win No. 2 tomorrow as action shifts to the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym in Manila. Game 3 is set on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.

To underscore Harbour Centre’s tough defensive job on key Hapee gunners, Ryan Arana held Jason Castro to just two-of-12 shots from the field and four-of-eight from the free throw line.

"I told Ryan (Arana) to just stick to Jason Castro all the time because he (Castro) has the ability to really take charge in the crucial stretch," said Gallent. "He (Arana) did a great job."

Castro finished with only eight points.

Earlier, Mail and More drew strength from JR Quinahan’s 22 points as it downed Toyota Otis, 77-72, to clinch third place.

The Port Masters actually threatened to pull away from the Teethmasters after Asoro’s twinner gave Harbour a 61-52 lead early in the final period. But Hapee fought back and came through with a 15-6 run to tie the count at 67 midway in the quarter.

After collegiate hotshot JC Intal converted on a foul shot, Hapee’s Mark Borboran, another newcomer out of University of the East, hit a charity of his own and a triple from the left baseline to give the Teeth Sparklers a 71-68 advantage with 4:28 remaining.

But Harbour Centre made timely stops while making clutch baskets and foul shots in the stretch to regain the lead and post the win.

Hapee-PCU mentor Jun Noel blamed their loss on three factors – free throw misses, lack of championship experience and Castro’s sub par performance.

"We missed a lot of free throws," said Noel referring to his team’s woeful 24-of-39 stint from the line, including nine misses in 21 attempts in the last period.

"Our lack of championship experience was also a factor, it also did not help that Jason Castro was off in this game," he added.

Watched by team owner Cecilio Pedro, the Teeth Sparklers leaned heavily on Larry Rodriguez, who led all scorers with 20 points on a near perfect 10-of-11 shooting. But the prolific Hapee stalwart failed to sustain his rhythm and draw support from his teammates down the stretch.

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02-14-2007, 10:40 AM
Harbour Centre turns back Hapee

By Rey C. Lachica
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HARBOUR CENTRE made eight of 12 free throws in the final two minutes yesterday to escape with an 84-80 win over Hapee Toothpaste in Game 1 of their title series in the PBL Silver Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

As expected, the game went through some anxious moments but the Port Masters showed great resolve and resilience down the stretch to turn back the spirited challenge of the Teethmasters.

For the second straight game, National University standout Edwin Asoro carried the Port Masters with his all-around performance capped by his gritty seven-point performance in the fourth.

Earlier, Mail & More gained some measure of respect in its maiden stint in the league as the Comets outlasted Toyota Otis, 77-72, to finish third.

Almost forgotten after a so-so performance in their semis series with Hapee Toothpaste, JR Quinahan suddenly exploded, tallying 22 points and eight rebounds as helped the Comets repel the repeated rallies of the Toyota Otis Sparks.

The Port Masters, gunning for their second straight championship after winning the Unity Cup last year, go for a commanding 2-0 lead tomorrow at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym.

"I expected him (Asoro) to provide quality minutes and he again delivered the big baskets for us," said coach Jorge Gallent. "It was a tough win, luckily my players turned out to be the steadier shooters from the free throw area."

Protecting a precarious 74-72 lead, Jerwin Gaco converted two free throws before Jason Castro split his charities. In the ensuing play, Ron Capati scored an easy undergoal stab that gave them a breather 78-73, only 62 ticks left.

Though the Port Masters converted only two of their four gift shots, those were enough to fnally take the fight out of the Teethmasters, who also struggled from the stripes. They hit only 12 of 21 tries in the fourth quarter alone. Overall, they were 21-of-31.

Their lack of experience also told heavily on their cause.

"Our poor free throw shooting hastened to our downfall. Our lack of experience is the factor why we played so tentatively," said Hapee coach Jun Noel. "But it was the first game. We have to make some adjustments in Game 2."

The 6-foot-3 Asoro led Harbour with 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting. He also made five rebounds and two assists while Chico Lanete chipped in 14 points.

Castro, distracted by Ryan Arana’s tough defensive stand, struggled to just eight points on 2-of-12 shooting. He had only two points in the first three quarters.

Taking a cue from Quinahan’s improved performance, three other Mail & More players scored in double figures as they repeatedly punctured Toyota’s defense with their courageous plays.

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02-15-2007, 11:29 AM
Harbour shoots for 2-0 edge

The Philippine Star 02/15/2007

Riding the crest of its big win in the series opener, Harbour Centre tries to move closer to a championship dream as it guns for a 2-0 lead against Hapee Toothpaste-PCU today in Game 2 of the PBL Silver Cup Finals at the Emilio Aguinaldo College Gym.

The Port Masters dished out a solid defensive game and drew big games from its support crew to topple the Teeth Masters, 84-80, and gain the upperhand in their best-of-five showdown for the crown.

"We played superb defense and our bench really played well," said Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent. "Now if we could play like that again, we’ll have a chance of winning again."

Harbour is actually shooting for its second straight title since joining the league three years ago while Hapee-PCU is eyeing a fourth crown in seven final stints. – Joey Villar

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02-15-2007, 11:32 AM
Harbour guns for win No. 2

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IF THE opening game was a thriller, expect more drama and color when Harbour Centre and Hapee Toothpaste clash today in Game 2 of the 2007 PBL Silver Cup Finals at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym in Manila.

The Port Masters took Game 1 of their best-of-five series, 84-80, but had to through some harrowing moments Tuesday as the Teethmasters put up a valiant stand that delighted a huge crowd at the Olivarez Sports Center.

The Port Masters’ steady shooting at the foul line and tough defensive plays proved to be the deciding factors for the close victory.

"Good thing we made our gift shots at the most crucial stage of the game and our championship experience greatly helped us turn the tide," said coach Jorge Gallent referring to the clutch free throws by Chico Lanete and Ryan Araña down the stretch.

Game 2 is set at 3 p.m. with the momentum staying on Harbour’s side. The Port Masters are riding on a three-game winning.

It was the first time in a best-of-five series that Harbour won the opening game, which according to Gallent, augurs well in their bid to win their second straight championship.

Though they lost both Game 1 of their series with Toyota Otis in last year’s Unity Cup finals and in the recent semis series, the Port Masters still went on to win the best-of-five affair.

While the Port Masters displayed great resolve in the last two minutes, the Teethmasters showed the opposite as they melted like an ice cream in the face of Harbour’s defensive pressure.

Hapee coach Jun Noel rued the team’s awful free throw shooting aside from their lack of championship experience. They made only 12 of 21 gift shots in the payoff period. Overall, they were 24 of 39 for 62 percent.

"Our poor foul shooting led to our defeat. We missed so many chances in the final quarter," lamented Noel. "Our lack of championship experience is the other factor. We have six rookies coming from different schools and provinces."

Despite the heart-breaking defeat – their second to Harbour this tournament – Noel remains upbeat of tying the series today.

"We have to shoot well from free throw area and make some adjustments defensively. If we can do that, then we have the good chance of tying the series," said Noel.

Team manager Bernard Yang also added that they have to match the intensity of the Port Masters, saying: "Physical ang game nila so we have to match their intensity and energy."

With Araña hounding Hapee’s Jason Castro, the leading MVP candidate was held to just eight points on 2-of-12 shooting. He was shut out in the first and third quarters.

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02-16-2007, 11:42 AM
Harbour Centre nears PBL title

Port Masters thwart Hapee, take 2-0 lead
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 03:10am (Mla time) 02/16/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- Harbour Centre’s crack shooter struck as Hapee-PCU’s guns went silent Thursday, powering the Port Masters to within a win for their second straight Philippine Basketball League crown.

Chico Lanete, sensational since the semifinal round, scored Harbour Centre’s last five points as the Port Masters completed their arduous climb from a 20-point hole and took a 2-0 edge over the Teeth Masters in their best-of-five Silver Cup Finals Thursday at the Emilio Aguinaldo gym in Manila.

The 6-foot Lanete buried a triple with only a minute left for Harbour Centre’s go-ahead basket and then watched as Hapee-PCU bungled two chances to reverse the outcome, a reflection of their measly 3-point output in the fourth quarter.

Harbour shoots for the title in Game 3 at 3:15 p.m. Saturday at The Arena in San Juan, Metro Manila.

Lanete, who poured in a game-high 20 points, also nailed a jumper that moved Harbour Centre within a point, 60-61, with two minutes left.

“We started bad but finished good,” said Harbour coach Jorge Gallent. “We were just fortunate that (Beau) Belga missed an easy layup.”

The Teeth Masters, in fact, had two chances in the last nine seconds to forge an extra period.

Before Belga missed an open basket underneath, Mark Moreño’s three-pointer from the right corner also rimmed out.

With gunners Jason Castro and Larry Rodriguez leading their offense, the Teeth Masters had all the momentum going in the first three quarters.

But a scoring drought hit the Teeth Masters in the final period and numerous turnovers also compounded their woes.

After an early scoring rampage that saw them up by as many as 20 points, 28-8, the Teeth Masters had only three points to show -- a Ronald Bucao triple at the 6:40 mark -- in the final period.

The scores:
HARBOUR CENTRE 63 -- Lanete 20, Vergara 9, Fernandez 9, Gaco 8, Intal 3, Gamboa 3, Alonzo 2, Williams 2, Asoro 2, Capati 2, Coching 0, Araña 0.
HAPEE-PCU 61 -- Castro 16, Rodriguez 10, Moreño 8, Borboran 5, Sanz 5, Bucao 3, Hugnatan 2, Butel 2, Rodriguez 0, Larong 0, David 0.
Quarters: 12-28, 32-40, 50-58, 63-61

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02-16-2007, 11:49 AM
Harbour clips Hapee, nears title
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 02/16/2007

Harbour Centre moved into the threshold of a second straight PBL championship, overhauling a 20-point deficit to turn back Hapee Toothpaste-PCU, 63-61, in the PBL Silver Cup at the Emilio Aguinaldo College Gym yesterday.

Chico Lanete fired 20 points he highlighted with a tough baseline jumper and an open triple down the stretch as the Port Masters came back behind a tough defense in the last four minutes of the contest which Hapee dominated majority of the way.

"That’s what I keep on saying, if Chico plays well, the team follows," said Harbour coach Jorge Gallent, on the edge of steering the Mikee Romero-owned franchise to a back-to-back title romp as Harbour seized a 2-0 lead.

Harbour, which trounced Hapee in the series opener, 84-80, last Tuesday, guns for the clincher tomorrow at The Arena in San Juan. Games 4 and 5, if necessary, are set on Tuesday and Thursday.

But while Lanete shone in offense, defense proved to be the key to the Port Masters’ stirring fightback as they battled back from as many as 20 points in the first quarter by limiting the Teeth Masters to a season-low three points in the final period.

Jason Castro came away with 16 points this time after being shackled in Game One but Hapee’s top gun failed to get the job done in the final quarter that hastened the Lamoiyan-owned squad’s downfall.

"We started out bad but we came back in the second half, our defense was also great in the fourth quarter," said Gallent.

Bad breaks and injuries also slowed down Hapee-PCU.

After Harbour’s Allan Gamboa muffed a wide-open lay-up that would have sealed it for the Port Masters, Hapee-PCU got 9.6 seconds to send the game into overtime or win it from the three-point range. But Mark Moreno’s triple from the baseline was way off and Beau Belga missed an easy putback as time expired.

"I guess we’re lucky, maybe the game was just really ours," Gallent said.

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02-16-2007, 11:52 AM
Harbour Centre on verge of sweep

By REY C. LACHICA
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WHEN IN trouble, Harbour Centre can always rely on the hot hands of Chico Lanete.

The wily guard knocked in back-to-back baskets in the last three minutes as Harbour Centre scored a pulsating 63-61 win over Hapee Toothpaste in Game 2 that pushed the Port Masters to within a win of sweeping the PBL Silver Cup championship series at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym in Manila.

Showing the never-say-die attitude that made them one the league’s well-loved teams, the Port Masters wiped out a huge 20-point deficit in the first quarter and then pounced on a potential game-tying follow-up by Beau Belga in the dying seconds to complete their amazing comeback win.

Lanete’s last basket — a booming triple — turned out to be the game-winning basket as the Teethmasters failed to buy a single point the rest of the way.

That was only the first time the Port Masters took the lead as the Teethmasters controlled the game most of the way before falling into poor shot selection and turning the ball in succession to the horror of Hapee supporters.

The Teethmasters had four golden chances to turn the game around but they all bungled their shots, including a follow-up by Belga off a three-point attemp by Mark Moreno.

The Port Masters go for the sweep on Saturday in Game 3 of their best-of-five title series at The Arena in San Juan.

"I have to credit the boys for not giving up, especially Chico," said Harbour Centre Coach Jorge Gallent. "I told you, if Chico plays well, everybody plays well also."

Lanete finished with 20 points on an impressive 4-of-5 shooting from the three-point area. He also had two assists, two rebounds and steal in 27 minutes of action as he made up for the lackluster performance of JC Intal.

Intal again struggled for the second time as he was held to just three points on 1-of-7 shooting.

Harbour’s defense also proved lethal as the Port Masters limited the Teethmasters to only three points in the final quarter on a triple by Ronald Bucao.

Given up for dead after a sluggish first quarter performance where they fell behind by 20 points, 8-28, the Port Masters methodically cut Hapee’s lead behind their gritty defensive effort which Gaco, Al Vergara and Jonathan Fernandez best exemplified.

Despite a commanding 2-0 lead, Gallent downplayed their chances of sweeping the series, saying: "It’s really hard to tell but we’ll do our best on Saturday and try to win the series," said Gallent.

MVP candidate Jason Castro led Hapee with 16 points but was shut out in the payoff period — no thanks to the pesky defense of Lanete and Fernandez.

Aside from Harbour’s hard-nosed defense, Hapee Coach Jun Noel blamed his players’ lack of consistency for the team’s downfall.

"We somehow lost our focus in the final half and we made so many errors," said Noel.

The Teethmasters turned the ball 30 times while the Port Masters committed only 22.

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02-17-2007, 09:47 AM
Harbour five guns for title sweep today


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Last updated 05:01am (Mla time) 02/17/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- A 2-0 CUSHION is no guarantee, and Harbour Centre need not look far from the pages of PBL history to confirm this.

Just the same, coach Jorge Gallent is solidly hopeful the Port Masters would be able to sweep Hapee-PCU in Game 3 of the PBL Silver Cup Finals today.

“We want to finish it in Game 3, we don’t want Hapee to come back,” Gallent exclaimed.

The Port Masters, triumphant in the first two matches of the best-of-5 titular series, go for their second straight championship at 3:15 p.m. today at The Arena in San Juan, Metro Manila.

They have the momentum, but the Port Masters are hounded by last year's Heroes Cup Finals series, where Magnolia, down 0-2, rose, from the grave to beat Rain or Shine for the championship.

Hapee-PCU coach Jun Noel believes his wards—led by MVP candidate Jason Castro—have the talent and spirit to pull off a similar feat.

“It’s not yet over, [the Port Masters] have to win three games to win the series,” said Noel.

Moreover, a PBL championship clean-up has yet to be re-established since the formidable crew of Romel Adducul, Eddie Laure and Ronald Tubid powered Welcoat Paints to a sweep of the 2002 Challenge Cup.

Castro may even get some pre-game inspiration during the 2:30 p.m. Achievement Awards where he and Toyota Otis’ Marvin Cruz are the heavy favorites for the top individual plum.

But the Port Masters have found their own hero in Chico Lanete, the veteran guard leading their scoring charge since the semifinal round.

“If Chico plays well, everybody in the team just plays well,” said Gallent, who had steered the Port Masters to four straight wins, including their last two games in the semifinal series versus Toyota Otis.

Last Thursday, the Port Masters clawed their way back from a 20-point deficit with Lanete drilling in 20 markers, including the game-clinching triple in the final minute of Game 2.

Seasoned guard Al Vergara also came to the rescue for the Port Masters as he shot seven of his nine points in the last two minutes.

Last Tuesday, Lanete also stepped up at crunch time to finish with 14 points in the Port Masters’ Game 1 victory, 84-80.

What more, Lanete has ably filled in for struggling star JC Intal, who’s averaging only 5.5 points while shooting only 17 percent from the field.

The Port Masters have also been drawing inspired performances from second-stringers Jerwin Gaco, Ryan Araña, Edwin Asoro and Jonathan Fernandez since the semifinal series.

Hapee-PCU, though will try to brush off its recent meltdown with Castro and the reliable cast of Larry Rodriguez, Mark Boroboran, Philip Butel and Ronald Bucao.

In Game 2, Castro topscored with 16 points, while Rodriguez added 10 before sitting out the last five minutes due to a sprained ankle. -- Jasmine W. Payo

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02-17-2007, 09:48 AM
Harbour goes for sweep, Hapee ending
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 02/17/2007

Two-to-nil up and all-pumped up, Harbour Centre goes for a sweep against a Hapee Toothpaste-PCU side still reeling from a Game 2 heartbreaker and hampered by the likely absence of two of its key players in Game 3 of the PBL Silver Cup final at The Arena in San Juan today.

"We’ll go for it," said Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent, after steering the Port Masters to a stirring come-from-behind 63-61 victory in Game 2 Thursday where they battled back from 20 points down. "But we know they’re capable of bouncing back strong because they wouldn’t have made it this far if they’re not that good."

To bounce back without Larry Rodriguez and Ronald Bucao, however, is another matter.

Rodriguez, an MVP contender, and Bucao, an efficient back-up to Mark Moreno, both sprained an ankle in the fourth quarter of Game 2 and are doubtful starters for Hapee in their 3:15 p.m. encounter.

"It will depend on the therapy, we’ll know tomorrow (today) what happens," said Hapee-PCU manager Bernard Yang.

In contrast, the Port Masters, who took the series opener, 84-80, are not only in the best of health but also in the winning mood and are expected to go all out to finish off the Teeth Masters and deliver the second straight crown to owner Mikee Romero.

Expect the Port Masters to rely anew on combination of Chico Lanete, who fired 20 points in Game 2, and a hardworking duo of National U standouts Edwin Asoro and Jonathan Fernandez.

"If Chico plays well, the team follows, if he plays bad, we have to find a way to win," Gallent said. "But the NU boys are contributing significantly in this series."

Hapee-PCU coach Jun Noel, however, vowed to fight back.

"We’ll just need to play more aggressive from start to finish, if we can do that we’ll have a chance to get back in the series," said Noel.

Meanwhile, the league will honor the best achievers in simple awarding rites starting at 2:30 p.m..

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02-17-2007, 09:55 AM
Harbour Centre goes for a sweep

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LAST YEAR, Harbour Centre needed five grueling games to score its breakthrough championship.

Today, Harbour Centre gets the chance to feel and taste the sweetness and sensation of winning a title series by a sweep.

Buoyed by their remarkable comeback win in Game 2, 63-61, the Port Masters go for all the marbles as they face Hapee Toothpaste in Game 3 of the best-of-five PBL Silver Cup Finals at The Arena in San Juan.

With a commanding 2-0 lead in their best-of-five title series, the Port Masters, owned by businessman Mikee Romero, are just a win away from cementing their status as the league’s newest power.

The Port Masters, who doggedly clawed their way back from a 20-point hole last Thursday, won the Unity Cup last year after wiping out a 1-2 deficit against budding rival Toyota Otis.

Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent is again expected to pull all the stops to annex their second straight championship via the short route.

"I can’t guarantee if we can sweep them (Teethmasters) but we’ll play our very best and do everything in Game 3," said Gallent. "It’s going to be sweet if we end the series in three games so we’ll try."

While Gallent was reticent in his pronouncement, team manager Erick Arejola was bold and daring.

"The opportunity is there so we’ll go for it," declared Arejola. "After our miracle come-from-behind win in Game 2, the boys are now more determined and focused to finish the series. I expect them to play as hard as they did the last time."

The crucial Game 3 is set at 3:15 p.m. with the Port Masters enjoying a big psychological advantage, having won their last four outings, including the last two games of their highly-emotional semis series with Toyota Otis.

Without forward Larry Rodriguez and guard Ronald Bucao, the Teethmasters have to play extra ordinarily to beat the heavy favorites Port Masters. Rodriguez sprained his left foot after a bad ball following a collision with the rugged Jerwin Gaco. Bucao also hurt his knee after colliding with Gaco.

Meantime, the Achievement Awards will be held at 2:30 p.m. with Hapee’s Jayson Castro and Toyota Otis’ Marvin Cruz leading the heated and exciting MVP race. Other individual awards will also handed out by Commissioner Chino Trinidad along with Chairman Gil Angeles of Toyota Otis.

The last team to score a title sweep in the league was Welcoat Paints when the Paint Masters, handled then by Junel Baculi, outclassed Dazz five years ago.

But all is no yet lost for the Cecilio Pedro-owned franchise team.

Though coach Jun Noel rued the team’s collapse, the veteran mentor from the South isn’t about to raise the white flag, saying: "It’s not yet over, they have to win three games to win the series."

"We really have to match their intensity and energy," said Hapee team manager Bernard Yang. "We have to be tough."

The task at hand is quite formidable but the Teethmasters can look up to Magnolia Ice Cream as a great source of inspiration. The Spinners rallied from the same deficit to beat Rain or Shine (formerly Welcoat) in the Heroes Cup Finals last year.

The Teethmasters must also have to stop Chico Lanete and Al Vergara. Lanete hit two straight baskets, including a huge trey to rescue the Port Masters for nth time.

The 5-foot-8 Vergara also woke up from a brief stupor to score 9 points, including a triple early in the fourth that turned to be the spark the Port Masters needed to turn the game around.

Castro did score 16 points but was shut out in the fourth where Hapee scored only basket – a triple from Ronald Bucao - in 12 tries. Castro finished with a horrible 6-of-18 shooting from the field – obviously distracted by the pesky defense of Ryan Arana, Jonathan Fernandez and Lanete.

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02-18-2007, 10:44 AM
Harbour Centre bags crown

Sweeps Hapee to claim Silver Cup
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 06:54am (Mla time) 02/18/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- Tougher in every aspect of the game, Harbour Centre swept Hapee-PCU yesterday to bag its second straight PBL championship.

The victory, though, came not without tension.

Harbour Centre needed to keep its composure in the final canto to hold off a late Hapee-PCU surge and seal an 86-73 victory to capture the PBL’s Silver Cup yesterday at The Arena in San Juan.

Backup swingman Jonathan Fernandez, who pumped in a series-high 23 points, proved to be the key figure this time, quelling Hapee’s run with 10 points in the final period, including back-to-back treys that earned him the praise of his coach—and a bonus trophy at the end of the match.

“He played huge in this game,” said Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent of Fernandez, a fresh recruit from the National University who was aptly awarded with the Pivotal Player trophy.

“We were confident,” said Fernandez. “We beat them twice, so we thought we can beat them three straight times. We were focused and just followed coach’s instructions.”

Finals Most Valuable Player Chico Lanete again displayed his steady form to finish with 14 points, five assists and three rebounds.

“The boys worked so hard, they just didn’t want a Game 4,” said Gallent.

Harbour Centre’s bench also came out strong with Ryan Araña leading the support crew with 14 markers and six boards.

The Port Masters overcame the stellar cast of Hapee-PCU led by Most Valuable Player Jason Castro and Fantastic Freshman awardee Mark Borboran to bag their second straight title.

Hapee-PCU could have made things more interesting but with standout Larry Rodriguez missing the game due to a sprained left ankle incurred in Game 2, the dreaded Teethmasters triumvirate was reduced to a two-pronged threat.

Borboran took the cudgels up for Rodriguez, orchestrating the Teeth Masters’ fourth-quarter surge that the UE star capped with a triple that sliced the deficit to a point, 58-57, eight minutes left in the fourth period.

But that was when Fernandez essayed the fireman’s role to the hilt, highlighting a nine-point cluster that gave the Portmasters a 69-61 cushion, which they stretched to 80-67, two minutes remaining.

The Port Masters jumped to a double-digit lead in the second period, 36-26, behind Fernandez and Lanete.

Fernandez picked up the pace in the first half with 11 points to lead the Port Masters to a 40-31 halftime lead.

The scores:

HARBOUR CENTRE 86—Fernandez 23, Lanete 14, Arana 12, Vergara 11, Ortiguerra 8, Intal 7, Gaco 7, Alonzo 4, Capati 0, Gamboa 0.

HAPEE-PCU 73—Castro 19, Borboran 18, Belga 8, Larong 7, Butel 6, Hugantan 4, Sanz 4, Rodriguez 3, Bucao 2, Moreno 2.

Quarters: 15-16, 40-31, 58-52, 86-73

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02-18-2007, 10:45 AM
Finally, Hapee’s Castro nails MVP trophy

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 06:55am (Mla time) 02/18/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- Fleet-footed guard Jason Castro didn’t mind waiting.

As Hapee-PCU’s top gunner, Castro consistently flashed his scoring flair and his ability to lead his team, but somehow always wound up short in the race for the top individual plum in the last two PBL conferences.

Yesterday, Castro finally copped the Most Valuable Player honors during the Achievement Awards in the PBL Silver Cup at The Arena in San Juan.

“My perseverance and hard work finally paid off,” Castro said in Filipino.

In fact, the 5-foot-10 guard believes that all the time spent waiting pushed his game several notches higher.

A native of Guaugua, Pampanga, he credited Hapee-PCU coach Jun Noel and Junel Baculi, his former mentor in the Philippine Christian University.

“They were instrumental in helping me improve my game,” he said.

The 20-year-old Castro ruled with 579.42 points ,the total score based on statistical points (67 percent) and the player and media votes (33 percent).

Castro edged Mail and More’s burly center JR Quiñahan (569.57 points) and Toyota Otis’ star point guard Marvin Cruz (507.77 points).

Castro, Quiñahan and Cruz were also named in the Mythical First Team along with Hapee-PCU shooter Larry Rodriguez and Toyota Otis’ much-improved big man Dennis Daa.

Fantastic Freshman

Hapee-PCU’s Mark Borboran, the rookie forward from the University of the East, bagged the Fantastic Freshman plum.

The 6-foot-4 Borboran also joined the Mythical Second Team with Toyota Otis’ Patrick Cabahug, Harbour Centre’s Chico Lanete and JC Intal and Henkel Sista’s Kelvin Gregorio.

For consistently carrying the load for Toyota Otis, commissioner Chino Trinidad also bestowed the Heart of a Champion award to Cruz.

High-leaping Elmer Espiritu, who showcased his slam-dunking and shot-blocking skills in his debut with Mail and More, claimed the Defensive Stopper plum.

Cabahug, this conference’s three-point champion, clinched the Quantum Leap award for his vast improvement this conference.

The Instant Impact citation went to flamboyant Bonbon Custodio, who shot a season-high 34 points to lead Magnolia in a triple-overtime win versus Kettle-Korn during the playoffs.

Intal and Mail and More’s Nestor David received the Academic All-Star honors for typifying the ideal student-athlete.

David graduated from the University of the Philippines last year, while Intal will be receiving his Ateneo diploma this March.

The league also honored Kettle Korn-UST’s Jojo Duncil with the Social Work and Awareness award for his “Pencil ni Duncil” project, a charity activity that provided pencils and school supplies to public schools.

Intal won as Fan Favorite after emerging as the league’s most popular player, while Mail and More mentor Lawrence Chongson was named Quotable Coach

Castro finished second to Rain or Shine’s Jojo Tangkay in the 2006 Heroes Cup MVP. Race. A conference earlier, he ranked fourth in the Unity Cup derby won by Toyota Otis’ Fil-Am Joe Devance

Even in last year’s NCAA, Castro finished second to San Beda’s rookie MVP Sam Ekwe.

With the win, Castro became the smallest MVP winner since Paolo Mendoza bagged the top individual award eight years ago.

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02-18-2007, 10:48 AM
Harbour Centre delivers it best
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 02/18/2007

It took a sweet-shooting rookie for Harbour Centre to nail its second straight PBL crown yesterday.

Jonathan Fernandez, a 6-foot-1 mainstay from National University, played the biggest game of his life, giving Harbour Centre an 86-73 win over Hapee Toothpaste-PCU and the PBL Silver Cup at The Arena in San Juan.

Fernandez took charge for his teammates by firing a career-high 23 points. He had five three-pointers, two of them coming at the height of the Port Masters’ decisive breakaway midway through the final period.

Fernandez made everything look easy for the Port Masters in the title-clinching victory. Harbour Centre swept the best-of-five series and nailed its second straight title since capturing the Unity Cup in the middle of last year.

As the final seconds ticked away, the Port Masters started to celebrate on the court and on the bench with team owner Mikee Romero, already in his championship shirt, and head coach George Gallent embracing almost everyone near them.

In a gesture of true sportsmanship, the Hapee Toothpaste coaching staff led by Jun Noel went across the court in the dying seconds to congratulate the Port Masters, easily the most popular and most successful team in the PBL today.

During the centercourt celebration, Romero praised his entire team for its never-say-die attitude, then called Gallent his "lucky charm."

"When we fell down 2-1 against Toyota Otis in the semis, I thought we’d never get to the finals. But the boys never gave up. This championship is theirs, not anyone else’s. We will cherish this victory," said Romero.

It marked the first time that a team won back-to-back crowns in the PBL since Hapee-PCU accomplished the feat in the tournaments bridging the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

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02-18-2007, 10:49 AM
Castro clinches PBL MVP plum

The Philippine Star 02/18/2007

Jason Castro, who failed to give Hapee Toothpaste the PBL title, will have to console himself by winning the MVP award.

Castro, one of the smallest players in the league, earned 579.42 points to beat JR Quiñahan of Mail and More and Marvin Cruz of Toyota Otis, who earned 569.57 and 507.77 points, respectively.

Castro piled up the statistical points throughout the tournament and clinched the award by getting the crucial votes from his fellow players and the media.

He said while it’s an honor winning the MVP award, it was giving his team the title that would have mattered most.

"I’m deeply honored being the league MVP. This is really special," said Castro, who steered the PCU Dolphins to three straight NCAA finals appearance, and the 2004 championship.

"This award is just secondary to me. My main focus was to help the team win the title," said the native of Guagua, Pampanga who idolizes San Miguel point guard Olsen Racela.

Quiñahan, who topped the statistical race, didn’t get enough player and media votes to lose grip on the MVP plum. He and Cruz settled for spots in the Mythical First Team along with Hapee-PCU’s Larry Rodriguez (494.16) and Toyota Otis’ Dennis Daa (428.92), and Castro. – Joey Villar

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02-18-2007, 10:50 AM
Harbour Centre sweeps Silver Cup

By REY C. LACHICA
www.mb.com.ph


HARBOUR CENTRE confirmed its status as the league’s premier squad yesterday as the Port Masters whipped Hapee Toothpaste, 86-73, and captured the PBL Silver Cup via a sweep before thousands of delighted supporters at The Arena in San Juan.

In a fitting coronation to their supremacy, the Port Masters leaned on the red-hot shooting of National University standout Jonathan Fernandez and the steadying factor of Chico Lanete and Al Vergara to annex their second straight championship in just four tournaments in the league.

"It’s so sweet, winning the crown in three games," said coach Jorge Gallent. "The boys are really determined to win the title, everybody contributed to the cause."

Saving his best for last, the 6-foot-1 Fernandez finished with 23 points as he fueled Harbour’s two decisive breakaways — the last one in the final six minutes where he clustered two straight triples that finally took the fight of the Teethmasters, 69-51.

He added four more points in the next three minutes to seal the win — their fifth straight dating back to their gripping semis win over budding rival Toyota Otis.

"He’s simply spectacular today," said Harbour Centre team owner Mikee Romero of his ward who tallied five triples.

Banners and streamers declaring Harbour’s back-to-back championships were unfurled with one minute and 30 minutes as the Port Masters took an 82-69 lead on two charities of Vergara.

Harbour fans, players, the coaching staff and the Romeros then exploded in utter ecstasy as Lanete capped his splendid Final series performance with a short jumper.

As usual, Lanete provided the needed firepower while Vergara was created the plays for the team like a "maestro" in an orchestra.

Lanete and Ryan Arana — two players who made life miserable for MVP Jason Castro in the series — chipped in 14 and 12 points, respectively, while Vergara had 11 points and four assists.

The rest of the players fielded in by Gallent also contributed in their own way with Marvin Ortiguerra grabbing 11 rebounds.

Lanete was later adjudged as the Finals MVP while Fernandez took the Pivotal Player award.

Castro did score 19 points but was held to just three points in the final two quarters. The Teethmasters sorely missed the services of Larry Rodriguez who did not play due a hurting left foot caused by a hard collision with Jerwin Gaco in Game 2.

With the win, the Port Masters joined the elite club of multiple champions that include Welcoat Paints, Tanduay (Stag) and Hapee.

With Fernandez knocking in two triples and Lanete adding one, the Port Masters posted several 10-point leads, the last at 36-26. They made half of the 34 attempts they made, including five triples.

Fernandez was perfect from three-point zone, draining all his three attempts to finish the half with 11 points while Intal had seven.

The scores:

HARBOUR CENTRE 86 — Fernandez 23, Laneta 14, Arana 12, Vergara 11, Ortiguerra 8, Intal 7, Gaco 7, Alonzo 4, Capati 0, Gamboa 0, Asoro 0.

HAPEE-PCU 73 - Castro 19, Borboran 18, Belga 8, Larong 7, Butel 6, Hugnatan 4, Sanz 4, Rodiguez 3, Bucao 2 Moreno 2.

Quarters: 15-16, 40-31, 58-32, 86-73.

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02-19-2007, 11:01 AM
Dynasty in works for H Centre?
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 02/19/2007

After Harbour Centre swept Hapee Toothpaste in their PBL Silver Cup showdown to clinch its second straight crown at The Arena in San Juan Saturday, Mikee Romero was asked if the franchise is on the road to building a dynasty in the league.

The youthful team owner could only hope for the best.

"I hope you’re right," said Romero, basking in glory following his wards’ remarkable romp.

Why not?

The franchise does not only have the owner who has the vision and resources to maintain a championship caliber team but also boasts of a hardworking coaching staff, headed by the duo of Jorge Gallent and Junel Baculi.

"He doesn’t know it, but Jorge is good at finding the right people to play at the right time," said Romero of his childhood friend. "Coach Junel, for his part, provides the championship experience because he’s been there and knows how to get the job done."

Gallent also entertained the thought of Harbour Centre dominating the league and quickly made comparisons to his former teams Stag Pale Pilsen and Tanduay Gold, which scored a pair of three-peat feats in 1995 and 1996.

"Those were the days, I hope I could do that again as a coach of this team," said Gallent, a tough defender gifted with a soft touch from the perimeter in his prime.

Harbour also has a curious mix of veteran and promising players, including former collegiate hotshot JC Intal.

And that makes the Port Masters a lot tougher as Intal, easily one of the most popular amateur cagers today, has yet to jell and adjust to the system after joining the team in the middle of the classification round.

"He’s still adjusting, he hasn’t really practiced with the team because he joined us only early in the conference," said team manager Erick Arejola of his high-leaping forward.

"We expect him to come out strong next conference. That’s for sure," he added.

Aside from Intal, the franchise have rookie sensations in Jonathan Fernandez and Edwin Asoro, who stepped up big in the semifinals and the finals to help the team win two tough, grueling games on their way to the championship.

Their performance did not only elicit praises from Romero and their coaches but also drew comparisons with now PBA stars Danny Ildefonso and Lordy Tugade, who played for the Bulldogs late in the 90s.

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02-19-2007, 11:06 AM
Harbour building dynasty in PBL

By REY C. LACHICA
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WHEN YOUNG and dynamic businessman Mikee Romero decided to join the Philippine Basketball League, his main goal is to make his vastly growing company — Harbour Centre — the No. 1 team.

Two years and four tournaments, Harbour Centre established itself as the league’s premier ball club which it validated last Saturday by winning its second straight championship in a fashion everybody wanted it to be: Swift and convincing.

Hardened by their grueling semis showdown with budding rival Toyota Otis, the Port Masters crushed Hapee Toothpaste-Philippine Christian University, 86-73, to cap yet another dominating performance in the Silver Cup.

In sweeping the best-of-five title series, Harbour Centre thus joined the elite club of back-to-back champions that included past great ball clubs like Welcoat Paints, Stag and Hapee.

"When we won Game 2, I knew we had a chance of sweeping the series, so I challenged the boys to aim for that goal. Thankfully, they responded and delivered," enthused Romero. "I did not think that we can achieve our goal this fast. Ang sarap pala ng feeling ng mag back-to-back."

But Romero said their campaign in the season-opening tournament was not without troubles.

Just like in winning the Unity Cup last year, the team went through difficult times.

"We had another shaky start but that made us even much stronger," recalled Romero. "With so many newcomers in the team, medyo nagkakahiyaan pa sila but as the tournament goes on, they played the way we envisioned them to be."

Even team manager Erick Arejola and coach Jorge Gallent spent some sleepless nights during the early stage of the tournament trying to figure out what went wrong with their players. They went 2-3 (win-loss) after dropping their opening game against Hapee and losing two in a row.

"Nakaka-bad trip noong una kasi puro talo kami, mabuti na lang nag-step up ang mga bata, ang maganda non halos sabay-sabay silang nagdeliver," said Arejola.

"Parang diesel talaga kami."

Gallent agreed.

JC Intal, the flamboyant former Ateneo star, started Harbour’s climb to the top by coming up with one wondrous game after another. Then came veteran Chico Lanete who provided the team the steadying factor.

Actually, heroes came aplenty for the Port Masters.

In the semis, Ryan Arana and Jay Coching gave marvelous Marvin Cruz hell with their gritty defensive effort. For the uninitiated, the 5-foot-7 Cruz was the heart and soul of Toyota Otis.

Allan Gamboa, Ron Capati and National University standouts — Jonathan Fernandez and Edwin Asoro — had their own moments of glory, too. Same thing for Al Vergara and Marvin Ortiguerra.

Although everybody contributed to the cause, Romero and Gallent reserved their best praise to Lanete.

"He stood tall in the land of giants, said Romero.

"He created plays but most of the time, he made the big shots for us," said Gallent. "He’s ripe for the pro league."

With his brilliant allaround performance, Lanete was later adjudged the Finals MVP, while Fernandez took the Pivotal Player ward for his deadly sniping in Game 3.

Fernandez knocked in 23 points, including five threes, as he opened the floodgate for the team’s final burst midway in the payoff period. The absence of rising star Larry Rodriguez due to sprained left foot made it easier for Harbour Centre to seal the title.

While their conquest of Hapee appeared easy, Gallent confessed that he had a hard time matching up with the boys of coach Jun Noel, saying: "They played as a team, very persistent just like coach Jun. So saludo talaga ako sa kanila."

With the team’s neversay-die attitude and the passion of Romero to the game, experts are one in saying that Harbour Centre is headed to building its own dynasty in the league.

Why not?

Harbour Centre has almost everything — the resources, character and glamour.

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02-20-2007, 11:37 AM
Eclectic mix does wonders for Harbour Centre

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 02:38am (Mla time) 02/20/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent banked on a cast of young and old from the court to the sidelines.

And it turned out to be the right mix once again as the Portmasters captured their second straight Philippine Basketball League (PBL) championship on Saturday night.

With the departure of team stars LA Tenorio and Joseph Yeo from last year’s title run, Gallent revamped his team by plucking collegiate standouts and amateur journeymen.

“We had six to seven new players and it was back to basics for us,” said Gallent. “But we also got veterans from champion teams and they were a great help.”

New players

Harbour Centre tapped Ateneo hero JC Intal and National University’s Jonathan Fernandez and Edwin Asoro this conference, while dispersed seasoned players Al Vergara, Marvin Ortiguerra, Ron Capati and Allan Gamboa also joined the eclectic crew.

Over at the sidelines, the 37-year-old Gallent drew support from veteran tactician Junel Baculi, who started serving as consultant for the squad late last year.

“When we built the team, we saw the composition -- there were many rookies and there were many veterans -- but it was a good combination,” said team owner Mikee Romero.

Heroes

In Game 3 of the Finals, Fernandez drilled in 15 of his 23 points from beyond the arc to lead the Portmasters to a series-sweep versus Hapee-PCU, 86-73.

Fernandez bagged the Pivotal Player honors, while clutch-shooting guard Chico Lanete captured the Finals Most Valuable Player award.

“He created plays, but most of the time he made the big shots for us,” said Gallent of Lanete, the Portmasters’ top offensive option since the semifinal round versus Toyota Otis.

Mainstays

Gallent also credited the performances of his other mainstays during the Finals series, particularly the defensive plays of second-stringer Ryan Araña and Jerwin Gaco.

“I did not think that we’d achieve our goal this fast,” said Romero after his franchise captured its second title in only its fourth conference.

Harbour Centre, which also plans to enter the pro league Philippine Basketball Association someday, also won the Unity Cup last year, setting the team up for this golden double.

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02-20-2007, 11:42 AM
Never say die
SPORTS FOR ALL By Philip Ella Juico
The Philippine Star 02/20/2007

Harbour Centre Portmasters team owner Mikee Romero has all the reasons to be very happy nowadays. To begin with, his Portmasters captured last Saturday the Silver Cup of the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) at the expense of Hapee-PCU. The Portmasters swept their best-of-five series with Hapee-PCU after narrowly beating Toyota Otis-Letran in the semifinals, 3-2.

The Portmasters had to go through the proverbial needle’s eye after it fell behind Toyoto Otis, 1-2, in the semis. At the start of game four, the deciding game for Toyota, Romero had the gnawing feeling that his boys would not make it. But, because of their never-say-die spirit, the Portsmasters extended the series to eventually earn the right to meet Hapee-PCU in the best-of-five finals.

The Silver Cup is the Portmasters second successive PBL title after winning the Unity Cup last year. Harbour Centre joined the PBL in 2005. It has been in the league for four seasons and the Portmasters’ finest performance before bagging the Unity Cup was a slot in the semis.

The Portmasters captured their latest title in spite of the fact that coach Jorge Gallent and consultant Junel Baculi had to work with a depleted line up minus De La Salle Green Archer Joseph Yeo and Ateneo Blue Eagle LA Tenorio who had moved up to the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Taking over from Yeo and Tenorio were Chico Lanete, 6-0 point guard from the University of Visayas, who was named finals Most Valuable Player. The surprise packages, however, of the Portmasters were hitherto unheralded players from the National University (NU), Jonathan Fernandez and Edwin Asoro.

The two, who were fondly called by ex Harbour Centre cagers Mark Cardona and Yeo, askals (asong kalye), in reference to their being NU Bulldogs, are credited with pulling out Harbour Centre from the grave during its semifinal battle with Toyota Otis-Letran, thus allowing the Portmasters to set up their date with Hapee.

Romero says the Toyota defense was so focused on Lanete and JC Intal that they virtually ignored Fernandez and Asoro who readily took advantage of the situation and spelled the difference in the grueling series.

Fernandez’s saga has a storybook twist to it. Fernandez, who plays off guard and who scored five triples in the championship series, was removed from the line up during the eliminations to give way to another find, the Fil-Am from Hawaii, point guard Ramsey Williams. Williams too has another storybook episode but that’s going ahead of the story.

Harbour Centre team management found Fernandez too timid in the early goings of the season and removed him from the line up in place of Williams. Apparently, the rookie Fernandez was still feeling his way in the team and the league (noted for its rugged play, no doubt due to the no harm, no foul rule) and couldn’t put his act together that early in the season.

As luck would have it, Fernandez recovered his spot in the team when Jenkins Mesina (from the University of the Philippines) was sidelined by an injury.

The Harbour Centre sweep of the finals series was accomplished earlier by only two other teams in the 30-year history of the PBL: Welcoat and Dazz. That makes the Portmasters victory even sweeter, says Romero.

For Romero, the never-say-die spirit of the Portmasters reflects his own philosophy in life, especially in business. Romero says that one has to be resilient and this kind of spirit is most needed especially in the rough and tumble world of business.

Another key factor in Romero’s success is the support he gets not only from his wife, the former Sheila Bermudez, and the couple’s four kids, but also from his mother, the former Lilibeth Lagman. Mom Lilibeth and her five sisters, all alumnae of St. Theresa’s College, led the Portmasters cheering squad throughout the season.

The Lagmans who hail from Pampanga show up in full force to support Romero without fail. Lilibeth’s five sisters are: Nani Reyes, Mitzi Cabral, Vicky Bautista, Luchie Chanco and Peewee Lapid. All were present during the celebration that followed at the Kamay Kainan at the corner of Ortigas and Annapolis.

What’s in store for the Portmasters? They will most certainly defend the Unity Cup when the conference begins on March 24. Expect however some changes to make the Portmasters more competitive.

Looking back at the victory of the Portmasters there is one major lesson that one can learn from it: if anything, be it a relationship or love object, is worth having, preserving, fighting for and nurturing, never-say-die is the only appropriate battlecry. As Winston Churchill said in the shortest ever commencement speech: "Never give up!"

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02-20-2007, 11:42 AM
PBL’s resurgence
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
The Philippine Star 02/20/2007

Harbour Centre ’s inspiring rise to the top of the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) is clear proof that in the game that Filipinos love with a passion, nothing is impossible and impossible is nothing.

At the start of the Silver Cup, it didn’t look like the Portmasters were headed for a second straight crown. They lost their opening game of the conference then dropped to 1-2 before Ateneo star J. C. Intal came on board. Assistant coaches Richard del Rosario and Nel Parado left the team. When consultant Junel Baculi was hired midway the eliminations, he was rudely welcomed by a Harbour loss to Sista.

But Harbour team owner Mikee Romero kept the faith. He knew sooner or later, things would come together as they did in the last conference where the Portmasters rebounded to snatch the title. Hard work, a never-say-die attitude and uncompromising discipline lifted Harbour to the championship in the previous conference. Not surprisingly, those were the same ingredients that brought the Portmasters back on top.

The road to glory in the Silver Cup wasn’t easy. In the semis, Toyota-Otis looked ready to barge into the finals after surging to a 2-1 series lead and a twice-to-beat advantage. Harbour, however, refused to give up, storming back to sweep the last two games and clinching in five.

The 3-0 romp over Hapee in the finals was anticlimactic. Nobody expected a wipeout particularly as coach Jun Noel’s charges were led by MVP Jason Castro. Coach Jorge Gallent wouldn’t take credit for the victory and paid tribute to his boys for their determination. Romero couldn’t be prouder of the Port-masters for their courageous effort.

Harbour team manager Erick Arejola said the Baculi-Gallent combination worked like a charm. "There was no overlapping in their roles," said Arejola. "We went with Jorge’s system from the start. Junel made suggestions in offense and defense, modifying some plays, but in the end, it was up to Jorge what to implement. They worked together well and the team responded positively."

Is it time for Harbour to go to the next level and join the PBA?

"Nothing is final," said Arejola. "It’s being talked about. Right now, we’re focusing on the PBL."

Harbour got the job done behind a cast that counted on Chico Lanete, Jonathan Fernandez, Al Vergara, Ryan Arana, ex-pro Marvin Ortiguerra, Intal, Jerwin Gaco, Chad Alonzo, Ron Capati, Allan Gamboa and Edwin Asoro.

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02-22-2007, 11:54 AM
Lanete deserves a second look

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CHICO LANETE has finally come of age.

The feisty shooting guard of Harbour Centre established himself as one of country’s finest players with his splendid showing in the recent PBL Silver Cup Finals where he led the Port Masters to their second straight championship.

In earning the coveted Finals MVP title, the 27-year-old Lanete proved that he deserves a second chance to play in the pro league after being overlooked in last year’s Rookie Draft.

"I was really disappointed when I was not drafted, I thought I had the chance to fulfill my childhood dream. But when no one drafted me, I decided to stay with Harbour," said Lanete. "I have to thank Mr. Mikee Romero and the coaching staff for trust and confidence they have in me."

Lanete also played great last year, especially in the semis and final stages of the Unity Cup but his exploits were overshadowed by his popular teammates like LA Tenorio and Joseph Yeo. Both Tenorio and Yeo are now playing in the pro league.

But with his sterling performance, Lanete, a product of Lyceum, believes he would finally earn the respect of some PBA coaches.

"Siguro naman, mapagbigyan na ang kahilingan ko ngayon na makalaro sa PBA. I think my performance in the semis and finals would be enough to convince some teams in the pro league."

He’s not really an exciting player, but the 5-foot-11 Lanete is as dangerous as Tenorio, Yeo and Mark Cardona – also a product of Harbour Centre.

He’s quick, courageous and deadly from almost all angles.

"Hinog na hinog na siya para sa PBA, hindi na mapapahiya ang sino man ang kumuha sa kanya," said Harbour Centre team manager Erick Arejola. "May shooting, mabilis at slasher pa."

In their semis duel with budding rival Toyota Otis, Lanete normed 17.6 points a game. He highlighted his performance by scoring a personal-high 31 points in Game 2. In the Finals, he was spectacular in Game 2 where he tallied back-to-back baskets, including a triple which turned out to be the dagger for the Hapee Teethmasters.

He averaged 16 points, 3.7 assists and two rebounds in the finals thus earning the Final MVP with nary a trouble.

Despite being snubbed in last year’s rookie draft, Lanete still dreams, that one day, he would be given the chance to do his stuff in the pro league.

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02-24-2007, 11:47 AM
PBL tackles PBA’s bid to recruit stars

By WAYLON GALVEZ
www.mb.com.ph


THE PHILIPPINE Basketball League Board will convene today to tackle the pro league’s “Apprenticeship Program” aimed at tapping amateur standouts to play in the PBA Fiesta Cup next month.

PBL Board Chairman Gil Angeles will meet with fellow team owners or representatives to discuss the matter, and hopefully come up with a favorable decision.

"The PBL chairman will convene the board to address our position regarding national team and study the rationalization if there’s any of the apprentice program (of the PBA)," said PBL Commissioner Chino Trinidad.

Under the program, the pro league can use the players from the PBL and other commercial/amateur leagues.

The pro league, following its own Board of Governors’ resolution, will implement the program to cushion the impact that may be caused by the absence of star players who will be selected to form the Philippine Team.

But the move of the PBA met stiff resistance from PBL owners, saying they were not consulted properly about program and its implementing guidelines.

"And their statement about giving better compensation to these players which is above what they are making in the PBL forments disinterest and unrest among our players, many of whom will be joining them in due time without objections from us," said the PBL chairman, reflecting on the views he shares with other concerned league members.

Players who will be selected to the national team will not be allowed to play for their mother teams during the import-flavored tournament to give them enough time to jell with their new teammates.

With the lifting of the FIBA suspension, the country can now participate again in various tournaments sanctioned by the world governing body for basketball, starting with the Southeast Asian Basketball Association Championship in May.

The top two teams in the SEABA meet will represent the region in the FIBA-Asia Championship in July, which serves as qualifying tournament for the Beijing Olympics next year.

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02-24-2007, 11:49 AM
Harbour offers team to SEAG

By ED PICSON
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HARDLY HAS the hang-over subsided from their recent masterful win in the PBL Silver Cup, the Harbour Centre Port Masters have again geared themselves up for another hard court challenge.

This time, the relatively "new team" in the Philippine Basketball League is offering itself to represent the Philippines as the national team to the Southeast Asian Games to be held in Bangkok late this year.

Mikee Romero, the youngish but aggressive sportsman who runs the two-year-old PBL franchise, made the offer in light of the fact that the PBA has firmed up its commitment to form the national teams for tournaments leading to the Olympics, while leaving open other tournaments such as the SEA Games.

While not closing the door on any other assistance Harbour Centre may extend in other international tournaments, Romero was of the opinion that his team, which has won back-to-back tournaments in the PBL, can take on the responsibility if tasked by organizations and officials concerned.

"We’re ready and willing for anything that they feel we can be of help with," said the soft-spoken team owner over dinner with some newsmen the other night.

Stressing their deep commitment to the furtherance of unity and competitiveness in Philippine basketball, Romero said his team is willing to do whatever it can to help in the national effort.

Frustrated with a college injury that prevented him from pursuing his dream of playing big time basketball, Romero channeled his efforts into developing a championship basketball team. He decided to join the PBL at a time when the league was shopping around for new members.

Harbour Center shocked skeptics when they won a championship in only its second season under another Young Turk in coach Jorge Gallent.

Not content with the achievement, the team then put together a potent mix of young and experienced players. A reported investment in an established educational institution with a good basketball program – the National University – netted Harbour Center such solid players as Jonathan Fernandez and Edwin Asoro.

With the veteran Chico Lanete and the flamboyant JC Intal dishing out consistent performances backstopped by a core of determined players the likes of Al Vergara, Marvin Ortiguera, et al, the Portmasters set out to conquer.

Romero also brought in veteran coach Junel Baculi as consultant and with close monitoring of their progress and constant tweaking to fine-tune their game, Harbour Centre annexed its second straight PBL crown via a sweep over Hapee Toothpaste. The Port Masters have now set sights on a possible Grand Slam, something which has not happened since Alfrancis Chua piloted the Stag Pale Pilsen team to a hat trick in 1998.

Even as the reigning Silver Cup champions prepare for a possible three-in-a-row, Romero says nothing could be more fulfilling than his team flying the national colors in international competitions.

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02-25-2007, 01:47 PM
Banal also loses Red Lions in PBL
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 02/25/2007

With coach Koy Banal and the Red Lions going separate ways, also gone was the partnership between Magnolia Ice Cream and San Beda in the PBL.

Nigerian behemoth Sam Ekwe, Yousif Aljamal, Pong Escobal and Riego Gamalinda are no longer practicing with the team, and Banal said they will have to make do with what’s left in his lineup as the new PBL season starts March 24.

"We’ll just have to maximize what we have right now," said Banal who has relinquished his coaching job at San Beda to fellow former Lion Frankie Lim.

Left at his disposal at Magnolia are Bon Bon Custodio, Toti Almeda, Jonas Villanueva, Jeff Chan, Alex Angeles, Jeff Bombeo, James Hudencial, Gerard Jones, Rafael Natividad and ex-pro Neil Raneses.

The departure of Ekwe and Aljamal should create a big hole in the middle for the team.

The 6-foot-8 Ekwe, the 2006 NCAA rookie-MVP winner, and Aljamal, the 2006 NCAA Finals MVP, used to play key roles, providing the Spinners intimidating inside presence.

"We’ll miss them but life must go on," said Banal. "We’ll try to plug those holes through the rookie and dispersal draft next month. Maybe we’ll get some big men there."

Banal lost his job at San Beda because of differences on principles with school officials.

San Beda team manager Mukesh Advani, who will assist Lim, said they wanted a coach "who will be there for their young players full-time."

Banal, however, is under contract with San Miguel Corp. as coach of Magnolia in the PBL and assistant at Purefoods in the PBA.

Fr. Paul de Vera, OSB, senior representative of San Beda to the NCAA board, said the school has formed a five-man search committee who will find the right coach. He didn’t name the members of the group.

Reports have it though that Lim would end up getting the assignment, coaching the team he helped win back-to-back NCAA championships in 1977 and 1978.

Lim calls the shots for the Lions as they take on the Santo Tomas Tigers, the reigning UAAP champions, in an exhibition game at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium today.

"I’m excited," said Lim, who played for Tanduay Rhum, Great Taste, Alaska Milk, Shell, Purefoods and San Miguel in the pros.

anghusay
02-25-2007, 10:23 PM
Any news regarding the upcoming PBL draft? who are the blue chip players joining the draft?

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02-26-2007, 12:01 PM
BAP-SBP welcomes Harbour’s offer to back SEAG five
By Nelson Beltran
The Philippine Star 02/26/2007

PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad, who is also a member of the BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas board of trustees, welcomed yesterday Harbour Centre’s offer to back the RP team’s quest in this year’s Southeast Asian Games, saying he’ll raise the matter during the SBP planning session in Tagaytay this weekend.

"This is one good development for Philippine basketball. It’s a big turnaround from the past when we’re having a hard time looking for sources to fund our team. This time, source na ang lumalapit," said Trinidad, chairman of the SBP selection committee.

"Once the offer is formalized, then we’ll surely talk about it. Harbour Centre’s offer came at a good time since the SBP is having a planning session this weekend," Trinidad added.

Fresh from their conquest of a second straight PBL crown, Harbour Centre team owner Mikee Romero offered the services of his ball club or to bankroll the Philippine team for the SEA Games in Thailand late this year.

And with the BAP-SBP selection committee and the pro sector still in a stalemate on who will be sent to the coming SEABA championship, Romero also expressed willingness to help, saying his Portmasters are available for the job.

Romero said they’re even willing to sacrifice a shot at a third straight PBL championship if tapped for the SEABA joust slated in May in Bangkok. The next PBL tourney starts March 24.

"If they decide to send an amateur team, we’re available and ready. We have a formidable team with a solid cast of coaching staff. (Harbour Centre consultant) Junel Baculi has been one of the most successful coaches in the amateur but has yet to be tapped to handle the national team," said Romero.

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02-27-2007, 11:37 AM
PBL nixes apprentice draft for stars in PBA

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 01:58am (Mla time) 02/27/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- The marquee amateur players won’t be making their pro league debut just yet.

The apprentice program got the thumbs down from the Philippine Basketball League on Monday, leaving the Philippine Basketball Association with no big names on the list when it conducts the apprentice draft on March 1.

“It’s not workable and it’s not applicable at this point,” said PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad, citing the pull-out of several collegiate players by their respective schools and the live contracts of other key players.

At press time, 24 players, mostly from the Visayas and Mindanao, have signed up for the apprentice draft, which was originally set for Tuesday at the PBA office.

The PBA wants to lure the likes of JC Intal, Ken Bono, Mark Borboran, Marvin Cruz and Jason Castro to fill the slots vacated by the 12 pro cagers tapped to join the national team recently formed by coach Chot Reyes.

Through the apprentice program, the country’s top amateur players -- most of whom are playing in the PBL -- get a chance to see action in the pro league without passing through the regular rookie draft.

“Our league will already suffer greatly from the proposed pull-out of several college players by their school teams preparing for their upcoming collegiate campaigns,” Trinidad said in a letter sent to PBA commissioner Noli Eala on Monday.

“Losing 10 to 12 more ‘named’ players [in the apprentice program] will greatly cripple our second conference competition and hamper our marketing thrusts.”

Magnolia, for instance, will be left with only nine players as school partner San Beda College nixed its tie-up for the next PBL conference, which will kick off on March 24.

“The San Beda team will be leaving for the States in May,” said Lions interim coach Frankie Lim. “All the players will be attending a training camp.”

Five standouts from the University of the East, including Fantastic Freshman Mark Borboran, won’t be suiting up too in the next conference.

“The school and team officials, and even the players themselves, agreed that it’s best to focus on our UAAP preparation,” said UE coach Dindo Pumaren.

Trinidad said other players like Intal and Bono cannot just disregard their PBL contracts.

“They are under contract with their mother teams, they cannot leave early,” said Trinidad.

Trinidad, though, stressed that the apprentice program is still an “excellent concept.”

“It’s not that we don’t want it,” said Trinidad. “If it’s for a national program, we will never think twice of helping and supporting. But in this situation, we, more than the PBA, will suffer. The shortage of our players is so much that if we release our players, it will throw the entire conference into disarray.”

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02-27-2007, 11:41 AM
PBL turns down PBA offer

By Nick Giongco
www.mb.com.ph


THE PHILIPPINE Basketball League yesterday rejected the the PBA’s "Apprentice Program", saying the league needs its star players for the coming conference.

"After thorough deliberation of the salient points of your proposal in the absence of the necessary accompanying implementing guidelines, the PBL hopes you can respect its position to hold on to our top players for just one more conference," said PBL Commissioner Chino Trinidad in a letter addressed to PBA Commissioner Noli Eala yesterday.

"The league affirms its support for the national team program as espoused by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and will always lend its players for this," Trinidad said.

PBA teams are going to fill up their slots with the impending departure of its top dribblers to the national team. Seven teams are going to look for replacement players for the likes of Asi Taulava,Jimmy Alapag, Jayjay Helterbrand, Mark Caguioa, Ren-Ren Ritualo, Rudy Hatfield, Danny Seigle, Dondon Hontiveros, Kerby Raymundo, Tony dela Cruz, Mick Pennisi and Ranidel de Ocampo.

Talk ‘N Text will take the first pick followed by Ginebra, San Miguel, Alaska, Air21, Purefoods and Red Bull. Coke, Sta. Lucia and Welcoat don’t have players on the 12-man roster.

With the PBL not taking part in the event, which was moved to Thursday, the PBA teams will have to settle from other leagues.

"Our league will already suffer greatly from the proposed pull-out of several college players by their school teams preparing for their upcoming collegiate campaigns. Losing ten to twelve more "name" players will greatly cripple our second conference competition and hamper our marketing thrusts," said Trinidad.

"During our discussions regarding the ‘Apprentice Program,’ we also agreed that the commercial and school sectors must move in consonance, meaning any changes we make to the status quo must involve everyone and as of now, the UAAP and NCAA have yet to move regarding this."

"Thus, we hope you can respect our Board’s wishes and leave these players alone for just the next few months so they can enjoy with us their final days as amateur players preparing to become professionals," added Trinidad.

Without marquee players like Jason Castro, JC Intal and Kenneth Bono, PBA teams will have to contend with Louie Benn Medalla, John Eric Coronado, Jethrone Recustodio, Norberto Farochilen, Donald Melvin Mamaclay, Julito Umandan, Dennis Concha, Jonjon Gonzaga, Nathaniel Cruz, Roel Balgos, Eduardo Allado, Weland Munoz, Roberto Barnzon, Mike Gonzales, Yogi Veranga, Roland Lamocha and walk-ins Mong Magdadaro, Romel Cesar, Kevin Daniel Dalafu, Luis Palaganas, Michael John Calomot, Prince Lord Cayetano and Raphael Fabie.

The PBA admits that there’s almost nobody to choose from.

"Hopefully, the PBL cooperates. Otherwise, the list is shallow," said Talk N’ Text team manager Frankie Lim, who is hoping to get Castro and Intal to replace Alapag and Ritualo.

PBA teams may also opt to take free agents to sub for the Nationals. Ginebra, for one, has on its reserve list Paolo Hubalde, Rodney Santos and Billy Moody. San Miguel, meanwhile, can reactivate Brandon Cablay and Omanzie Rodriguez.

PBA commissioner Noli Eala said players selected in the apprentice program will be getting a maximum P40,000 monthly educational assistance, medical insurance coverage and other perks and bonuses.

"The program will allow amateur players to experience and learn the ropes in the pro league," said Eala. "It’s like an ‘on-the-job-training for them, while at the same time, giving the fans a preview of the possible talent that will join the PBA Rookie Draft in the future."

The Nationals are out from their mother ball clubs in the duration of the Fiesta Cup to concentrate on their preparation for a return stint in the Olympics in Beijing next year.

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02-27-2007, 10:53 PM
Without marquee players like Jason Castro, JC Intal and Kenneth Bono, PBA teams will have to contend with Louie Benn Medalla, John Eric Coronado, Jethrone Recustodio, Norberto Farochilen, Donald Melvin Mamaclay, Julito Umandan, Dennis Concha, Jonjon Gonzaga, Nathaniel Cruz, Roel Balgos, Eduardo Allado, Weland Munoz, Roberto Barnzon, Mike Gonzales, Yogi Veranga, Roland Lamocha and walk-ins Mong Magdadaro, Romel Cesar, Kevin Daniel Dalafu, Luis Palaganas, Michael John Calomot, Prince Lord Cayetano and Raphael Fabie.

* * *Medalla, Coronado, Recustodio, Farochilen and Tadena all saw action in the first season of the Mindanao Visayas Basketball Association for the MP Warriors-GenSan of Manny Pacquiao.* Medalla was the Mindanao MVP of the First Conference.

* * *Balgos and Allado were key players of the Toyota-Iloilo Warriors/Turbos.

* * *Mamaclay, Omandam, Gonzaga, Cruz, Lamocha and Magdadaro have played for guest teams during the league's special preseason and invitational tournaments.

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02-28-2007, 12:45 PM
Apprentice program will bring down PBL

The Philippine Star 02/28/2007

The owner of the hottest team in the Philippine Basketball League is not buying the apprentice program being initiated by the Philippine Basketball Association in support of the national team.

Mikee Romero of back-to-back champion Harbour Centre yesterday said the program, which would allow PBL players to see action in the PBA on an interim basis, might prove detrimental to the amateur league.

Under the program, PBA teams that will lose key players to the national team will be allowed to fill up the vacuum by hiring PBL players even without them going through the draft.

The PBL teams will then be allowed to tap players from the collegiate ranks to fill up their rosters. Romero said while helping the national team is everybody’s concern, the program may not serve its purpose.

"The apprentice program could be detrimental to the league. Baka mamatay ang liga (The league might die)," added the youthful team owner in yesterday’s PSA Forum at the Pantalan Restaurant.

Instead of raiding the PBL of its top players while the country’s best are playing for the national team, the PBA could turn to its deep pool of free agents – rookies or otherwise.

There are more than a hundred free agents in the PBA, those who joined the draft but were never picked, those who were drafted but were never enlisted, or those simply with no team to play for.

"By all means we should have our best players in the RP team. But the PBA has a deep free agent pool," said Romero, echoing a previous sentiment aired by PBL chairman Virgilio Angeles.

Angeles, of Toyota Otis, said taking away JC Intal, Ken Bono, Jason Castro, Marvin Cruz, Mark Borboran or JR Quinahan from their current PBL teams because of the program would only benefit the PBA.

Angeles said the PBL is committed in helping the national team but said he was disappointed that the team owners were not even consulted as the program was drawn up.

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02-28-2007, 12:47 PM
Harbour Centre: A PBL dynasty in the making?

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HARBOUR CENTRE eyes a third straight championship as it aims to solidify its claim as the emerging dynasty in the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) today.

Youthful Mikee Romero, owner of the hottest team in the 25-year old amateur commercial league, said winning another title to complete a sweep of the PBL’s 2006-07 season will be the squad’s biggest motivation once action in the second conference begins on March 24.

The team is coming fresh from a 3-0 romp of Hapee Toothpasteto bag the title in the season-opening Silver Cup, its second championship in a row after the 2006 Unity Cup when it beat Toyota Otis in a thrilling Game 5.

"By next conference, we’ll try to make it three in a row and hopefully, join the elite circle of winners in the 25-year history of the PBL," said Romero in yesterday’s PSA Forum at the Pantalan Restaurant in

Manila, where he was joined by Harbour Centre team manager Eric Arejola.

The 1995-96 Stag team of coach Alfrancis Chua and bannered by the 1-2 combo of Marlou Aquino and Bal David, was the last ballclub to score a PBL Grandslam.

But since the PBL adopted a two-conference format in 2000, Welcoat was the last team to complete a sweep of both tournaments in one season.

Romero also unveiled during the same public sports program sponsored by PAGCOR, Manila Mayor Lito Atienza and Manila Sports Council (MASCO) chief Arnold ‘Ali’ Atienza the new monicker of Harbour Centre, now known as ‘Batang Pier.’

"Medyo palaban kasi ang dating (Batang Pier), and at the same time, para maka-relate sa masa," said the Harbour Centre team owner who once played for the La Salle Green Archers team in the UAAP.

"Nagkaroon na kasi ng fan base ‘yung Harbour Centre. Kaya nga sana kung umakyat kami sa PBA, madala pa rin naming ‘yung ganoong monicker."

Romero did admit that owning a franchise that will eventually play in the PBA remains a passion of him, especially with Harbour Centre beginning to dominate the PBL the way pro squads Tanduay (Stag), Red Bull and Welcoat used to during their respective stints in the amateur.

"We’re still open and talking to the PBA. Kaya nga we’re eyeing a three-peat, dahil coming off a

championship, baka mamaya maganda na ‘yung offer na ibigay nila (PBA) sa amin," he said. "Siyempre,

pag-akyat sa PBA, gusto rin naman namin na competitive ‘yung team."

Harbour will be parading an intact roster next conference, although Romero said the team is still

looking to beef up its No. 2 spot.

"Nawala kasi si (Reed) Juntilla kaya sa tingin ko sa posisyon na ‘yun kailangan naming mag-dagdag," he added.

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03-02-2007, 10:44 AM
After UE and San Beda, PCU pulls out players from PBL

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 01:29am (Mla time) 03/02/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- The number of stars are waning in the Philippine Basketball League as Philippine Christian University pulled out seven Dolphins including Silver Cup Most Valuable Player Jason Castro.

School athletic director Alfredo Olano confirmed that the Dolphins -- a Finals contender in the last two years after winning the NCAA title in 2004 -- will focus on their NCAA campaign.

PCU coach Joel Dualan, who served as an assistant mentor for Hapee, will also be recalled to start the Dolphins’ buildup.

Hapee, runner-up to Harbour Centre in the recent Silver Cup, has decided to hold a tryout on Saturday from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the Manila Bulletin gym in Intramuros, Manila.

The Teeth Masters aim for another championship stint in the Unity Cup, which fires off on March 24, after the Port Masters swept them, 3-0, in the Finals.

Last week, San Beda College pulled out its players from Magnolia including 6-foot-8 Nigerian Sam Ekwe, Yousif Aljamal and Pong Escobal to concentrate on its NCAA title defense.

University of the East also recalled its five standouts -- Mark Borboran of Hapee, Marcy Arellano and Kelvin Gregorio of Henkel Sista, Elmer Espiritu and Jorel Cañizares of Mail and More -- to start the Warriors’ UAAP preparations early.

anghusay
03-03-2007, 09:40 PM
A lot of new faces will then be drafted into the PBL this year. This will give a chance to the players from lesser known leagues to show their stuff. The NCRAA is a league that has a lot of potential to somewhat fill the void. This should give players such as reigning NCRAA MVP Tylon Dar Juan, Gio Ciria Cruz, Nathaniel Estilo, Bonlex Magcawas and Orlando Daroya of Arellano University, Nico Hubalde, Alain Musni and John Valderama of Emilio Aguinaldo College, Welland Munoz, Rey Burgos, Nico Pupos, Lito Casil and Harvey Igtos of the Asian College of Science and Technology, Leo Losentes, Raymund Ilagan, Andee Ticzon, Rex Leynes and Michael John Rabor of Saint Francis a better than average chance of cracking a PBL team lineup.

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03-12-2007, 11:33 AM
Toyota, Harbour have new names

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 02:15am (Mla time) 03/12/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- Toyota Otis Sunday unveiled its new name “Toyota Balintawak Roadkings,” just weeks after Harbour Centre traded its moniker “Port Master” for “Batang Pier.”

Gil Angeles, Philippine Basketball League chair and Board of Governors team representative, said the young squad will carry the franchise’s new name when the 2007 PBL Unity Cup fires off next month.

Save for the name change, Angeles said there will be no team shakeup for Toyota Balintawak.

Coach Louie Alas will still call the shots for the Roadkings, while Baby Oben, brother of team owner Rey Oben will be back as team manager.

Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero, meanwhile, said his team hopes to touch base with the masses through the moniker Batang Pier.

“We want to be identified more with the masses,” noted Romero. “We’re surprised to have a fan base even in Visayas and Mindanao.”

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03-13-2007, 11:19 AM
JRU knocking on PBL door
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
The Philippine Star 03/13/2007

Jose Rizal University (JRU) coach Ariel Vanguardia is convinced the time is right for the varsity to jump into the PBL bandwagon with the NCAA season opening just a few months from now.

"While other schools are pulling out of the PBL to prepare for the NCAA or UAAP, we’re ready to come in," says Vanguardia, a La Salle graduate who credits Louie Alas for giving him the break, Joel Banal the guidance and Bill Bayno the confidence in five years as a Talk ’N’ Text assistant coach in the PBA. "All we’re asking for is a chance to prove ourselves."

Vanguardia, 34, says the Heavy Bombers are well-armed to compete this year after losing only Floyd Dedicatoria to graduation and winding up second in the Homegrown Cup and third in the Champions League.

"We’ve got a strong nucleus," says Vanguardia. "We’re a team that’s on the rise. Two years ago, we finished last in the NCAA. Last year, we moved up from eighth to sixth in my first season as coach. Our 6-5 center James Sena was named to the mythical five of the Homegrown Cup. John Wilson, Jason Nocom, Maui Pradas and Mark Cagoco are some of our other reliables. We’re also bringing in five rookies, including Jose Rizal high school stars Reycon Kabigting and Carlo Lituania who were both in the mythical five of the NCAA juniors Final Four."

Vanguardia says he’s got a good feeling about JRU this season.

"The last time we won the NCAA championship was in 1972, the year I was born," he says. "That was when Philip and David Cezar played for the varsity. JRU is hosting this year’s NCAA season and the school is building a new gym. With our athletic director Paul Supan’s full support, things are really looking up for the team."

In the last two PBL conferences, Vanguardia was an assistant coach for Toyota Otis. But because of Toyota Otis‚ linkup with Letran and his job at JRU,

Vanguardia has opted to go full-time with the Bombers. Trying to negotiate an affiliation with a PBL team for JRU was a natural next step for Vanguardia.

"My ultimate goal is to end JRU’s championship drought but my immediate goal is to put an end to JRU being a farm team for other NCAA or UAAP schools recruiting our best players," says Vanguardia.

"Hopefully, our players and future recruits will stay in our program because we’re offering not only quality education but also proper training. We may not be giving the best perks but we’re assuring the parents of our players that we will guide them all the way as part of our family."

Vanguardia, who once attended a Duke University camp supervised by his idol coach Mike Krzyzewski and often exchanges notes with Australian national coach Brian Goorjian by e-mail, got his first bench job as a St. Benilde assistant coach in 1998. The next year, he was on the MBA champion Manila Metrostars‚ coaching staff. That led to his long stint with the Phone Pals.

"I believe the JRU Heavy Bombers are ready to explode," says Vanguardia. "Our battlecry is Bring Back ’72 in 2K7!"

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03-17-2007, 02:21 PM
Fundador knocking on PBL door
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 03/17/2007

A liquor company – Fundador Exclusivos – hopes to become the eighth member ballclub when the Philippine Basketball League stages its season-opening conference April 14.

"We met last week and we expect at least eight teams in the coming PBL Unity Cup," said PBL chairman Gil Angeles of Toyota Balintawak.

The league is now down to seven members – Toyota-Balintawak, Harbour Centre, Mail and More/Burger King, Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala, Hapee Toothpaste, Henkel-Sista and Magnolia Ice Cream after TeleTech filed an indefinite leave of absence and Kettle Korn cut short its stint after a disappointing performance in the PBL Silver Cup .

"TeleTech and Kettle Korn are not participating this conference but Fundador Exclusivos is waiting in the wings," said Angeles.

The last time a team carrying a brand of liquor joined the league was in the late 90s during the time of the Asia Brewery-owned Tanduay/Stag, which won six titles in seven conferences spanning 1995 to 1997.

Meanwhile, the Super Sealers have acquired four new players to fill the slack left by the prolific duo of Marcy Arellano and Kelvin Gregorio, who were recalled by the University of the East for the coming UAAP cage wars.

Tapped were Dom Javier, Dondon Villamin, Ronnie Mathias and former UE Warrior Robert Labagala.

"We lost both of our top two scorers from last conference and we hope our four new players will help in filling the gap," said Henkel-Sista mentor Caloy Garcia.

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03-21-2007, 10:35 AM
3 PBL teams beef up to thwart H Centre
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 03/21/2007

Three teams – CL Pera Padala, Magnolia Ice Cream and Toyota Balintawak – are firming up their respective rosters to foil Harbour Centre’s three-peat bid in the Philippine Basketball League.

The Moneymen, surprise quarterfinalists in the PBL Silver Cup last conference, have acquired five players including 6-foot-4" Fil-Swiss Mike Bueschler to beef up its already talented lineup led by Ken Bono and Doug Kramer.

The team’s other recruits are Ariel Capus, Erwin Sta. Maria, Mel Latoreno and Mapua standout Kelvin dela Peña, who are expected to boost the Jean Henri Lhuillier-owned franchise’s campaign in the season-opening conference set April 14.

Bueschler, who failed to suit up for San Beda and La Salle in the collegiate leagues, is a shooting forward who can bang it up inside.

"He’s very athletic and very strong inside but still very raw," said CL Pera Padala coach Luigi Trillo. "But I expect him to improve and contribute significantly to the team."

The five plus Bono and Kramer will be joining Macky Escalona, Eric dela Cuesta, Emer Oreta, Mark Yee, Don Dulay and Joel Solis in the CL Pera Padala fold.

The Spinners, for their part, have picked up big men Al Magpayo and Alwyn Espiritu while the Roadkings tapped Eugene Tan and Paul Guerrero.

Magnolia mentor Koy Banal said Magpayo and Espiritu, formerly of TeleTech and the defunct Montaña Pawnshop, respectively, should fill the gap left by Nigerian Sam Ekwe and Yousif Aljamal, who were recalled by San Beda to train for the NCAA cage wars.

"We’re lucky to have these players," said Banal.

Toyota Balintawak coach Louie Alas said Tan and Guerrero should help provide the leadership to his young but talented crew headed by Silver Cup Mythical First Team member Marvin Cruz and Patrick Cabahug.

"We expect them to create a big impact on the team

because of their leadership and experience," said Alas.

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03-23-2007, 09:19 AM
Harbour owner Romero passes up PBA offer


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 03:22am (Mla time) 03/23/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- The offer sounded too good to pass up.

But a reality check has forced Harbour Centre-Philippines to turn down the invitation of national team Chot Reyes to join the practice sessions of the all-pro squad.

Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero said the amateur players set to compete in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Champions Cup in Jakarta still have “no semblance of their roles.”

But Romero noted that Harbour Centre-Philippines may end up dispatching members of its coaching staff to observe the national team’s drills and scrimmages at the Moro Lorenzo Sports Center in the Ateneo de Manila University campus in Quezon City.

“We welcome the invitation of the PBA and we’re very grateful to coach Chot and PBA commissioner (Noli) Eala in extending their help to the all-amateur RP team,” said Romero. “However, the team is basically less than a week old. The players still have no semblance of their roles or even a sense of teamwork.”

Harbour Centre-Philippines had only five days to schedule possible practice sessions with the star-studded national team before Reyes and his 11-man roster leave for a two-week basketball camp in the United States on Thursday.

“The boys are not yet ready this time,” said Romero. “There’s still a lot of work to be done. They came from different teams so they’re still in the process of adjustment.”

JC Intal, Jason Castro, Jojo Duncil and Marvin Cruz will lead the Philippine Basketball League selection that will see action in the Jakarta club tournament on April 9 to 13.

Nigerian center Julius Nwosu, a former NBA backup and PBA import, had been tapped to beef up the fledgling crew.

“The fact is, it’s not yet a full team,” said Romero. “Nwosu will only arrive this Saturday. But I’ll tell our coaching group -- the PBL coaches -- to observe the national team’s practice.”

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04-01-2007, 01:42 PM
PBL opens shop April 17

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AFTER THE blockbuster season-opening tournament, expect another exciting and juicy matches, and perhaps new heroes to emerge as the 2007 PBL Unity Cup opens shop on April 17 with an exciting double header at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

Burger King, formerly Mail & More, and HenkelSista, take the honor of opening the season-ending tournament when they clash in the opening game at 2 p.m. just right after an austere but meaningful opening rites at 1 p.m.

Clashing in the other game at 4 p.m. are Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala and San Miguel’s Magnolia Juice, two teams determined to make up for their disappointing finishes the last time out.

"We hope to sustain the success we gained in our previous conferences, especially the recent Silver Cup," said Commissioner Chino Trinidad. "With the kind of preparations the teams are undergoing right now, I can see another exciting race for the championship."

Defending champion Harbour Centre starts it rare three-peat bid against Burger King on April 19 also at the Olivarez Sports Center.

Other participating teams are Toyota Balintawak and Dazz ‘‘Sang Patak,’’ formerly Hapee Toothpaste.

The core of Harbour Centre plus several other stars of the league, including Toyota Balintawak’s Marvin Cruz, will represent the country in the SEABA Club Champions Cup slated on April 10-14 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

PBL’s Harbour-Philippine team is hoping to win the country’s first international title since the lifting of FIBA suspension almost two months ago.

One clear sign why Trinidad predicts another exciting race for the title was that all six teams — Magnolia, Cebuana Lhuillier, Toyota Balintawak, Dazz, Burger King and Henkel-Sista have beefed up their respective squads for one common goal: Stop the title drive of the Harbour Batang Pier.

"They are raring to challenge the dominance of Harbour so I’m pretty confident the coming tournament will be another blockbuster," said Trinidad. "It’s going to be a wide open race."

The Batang Pier are seeking to duplicate the feat of Stag Beer in the 90s where it won a record three straight championships.

Harbour Centre, however, is not yet ready to rest on its laurels.

To ensure it can successfully defend its title it won at the expense of Toyota Balintawak, it acquired two of the finest guards in the land — Jason Castro and Jojo Duncil.

Both Duncil and Castro are well-loved — but feared by their opposing rivals — for their wide array of moves. Both players are also MVP winners.

Duncil was chosen as UAAP Finals MVP for steering University of Santo Tomas to championship last year, while Castro won the Silver Cup MVP for leading Dazz to the finals.

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04-17-2007, 11:46 AM
Exciting twinbill kicks off PBL Unity Cup


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Last updated 05:03am (Mla time) 04/17/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- Four teams expected to prominently figure in the championship race will take the spotlight when the PBL Unity Cup gets underway at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City Tuesday.

Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala, one of the top favorites in the season-ending conference, tests the mettle of the revamped San Miguel-Magnolia squad in the main game at 4 p.m.

Henkel Sista earlier takes on Burger King, formerly Mail & More, in the 2 p.m. curtain raiser.

A simple opening ceremony where Harbour Centre-Philippines will be honored following its successful title run in the Seaba Champions Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia, over the weekend precedes the inaugural action.

Basketball godfather and Harbour Centre team owner Mikee Romero, the coaching staff led by Junel Baculi and all 12 players bannered by Toyota Balintawak star point guard Marvin Cruz will be presented and honored by the league led by commissioner Chino Trinidad and chair Gil Angeles.

The nationals routed the Indonesians, 85-67, in the championship game last Saturday to clinch for the Philippines its first international title following the lifting of the FIBA suspension last February.

Defending champion Harbour Centre, Toyota Balintawak and Dazz Sang Patak drew opening-day byes.

Keeping the core of the team that reached the quarterfinals of the Silver Cup intact, the Moneymen have been installed among the favorites to spoil Harbour’s bid for a rare season sweep.

Ken Bono, Most Valuable Player of the last UAAP basketball season, will again lead Cebuana Lhuillier’s campaign, with the Ateneo duo of Macky Escalona and Doug Kramer and Erik dela Cuesta expected to provide major support.

But out to challenge them outright are the Beverage Masters, who remain a formidable unit despite the decision of San Beda’s championship core to temporarily cut its ties with the team.

Spearheading San Miguel-Magnolia this time are Far Eastern University stalwarts Jeff Chan and Jonas Villanueva, University of the East star Bonbon Custodio and veteran Al Magpayo.

Samigue Eman will spark Henkel Sista’s campaign after injuries forced the 6-foot-9 center to miss several games last conference. His marquee match up with Burger King franchise player JR Quiñahan is expected to add color to the game.

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04-17-2007, 11:48 AM
PBL honors Harbour-RP in Unity Cup rites

The Philippine Star 04/17/2007

Four teams, led by fancied Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala, kick off their respective bids in the PBL Unity Cup which gets underway at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque today.

Cebuana Lhuillier, one of the top favorites for the season-ending conference, tests the mettle of the revamped San Miguel-Magnolia squad in the main game at 4 p.m. while Henkel Sista takes on Burger King, formerly Mail & More, in the 2 p.m. opener.

The twinbill sets off with a simple opening ceremony honoring Harbour Centre-Philippines following its successful title campaign in the SEABA Champions Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia over the weekend.

Basketball godfather and Harbour Centre team owner Mikee Romero, the coaching staff, led by Junel Baculi, and all 12 players bannered by Toyota Balintawak star point guard Marvin Cruz will be presented and feted by the league, led by commissioner Chino Trinidad and chairman Gil Angeles, for winning the Philippines’ first international crown following the lifting of the FIBA suspension on the country.

Behind the gritty plays of Cruz, theNationals defeated the Indonesians, 85-67, in the championship game.

Defending champion Harbour Centre takes a bye on opening day along with Toyota Balintawak and Dazz Sang Patak.

Keeping the core of the team that reached the quarterfinals of the Silver Cup intact, the Moneymen have been installed among the heavy favorites to foil Harbour Centre’s another title bid.

Ken Bono, Most Valuable Player of the last UAAP men’s basketball season, will be at the helm of Cebuana Lhuillier’s campaign, with the Ateneo duo of Macky Escalona and Doug Kramer and Erik dela Cuesta expected to provide the needed support.

But out to challenge them outright are the Beverage Masters, formerly Magnolia Ice Cream, who remain a formidable unit despite the decision of San Beda’s championship core to temporarily cut its ties with the team.

Out to lead San Miguel-Magnolia this time are Far Eastern U stalwarts Jeff Chan and Jonas Villanueva, University of the East star Bonbon Custodio and veteran Al Magpayo.

Samigue Eman is reportedly playing well in the off-season, a development that augurs well for Henkel Sista’s campaign.

Injuries forced the 6-foot-9 center to miss several games last conference, shoving the Super Sealers out of the picture in the Silver Cup Final Four.

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04-17-2007, 11:49 AM
Harbour chief ponders his next big challenge

By TITO TALAO
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JAKARTA — Mikee Romero, chief bankroller of Harbour Centre-Philippines, reflected on the question during the celebration dinner Saturday for the victorious SEABA Club champions.

What lies next for him that could better this feat?

"Mahirap sagutin ‘yan dahil this tops it all," he said, carefully setting down the middle of the round table the glittering chrome-plated championship trophy. "Even if I were to win a grand slam in the PBL, I won’t feel this way siguro. Dugo sa dugo na ‘to, e."

What about a gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games in December?

Romero inhaled deeply but uttered no word, the euphoria of the moment apparently pushing aside thoughts of a greater challenge eight months away.

Then, ever so subtly, he nodded.

"Do you think the PBA would lend us four big men, say, like Asi Taulava, to augment our PBL players?" he asked. "Alam mo na, pamalit kina Julius (Nwosu) at Vidal (Massiah) dahil mawawala sila."

That is not likely, he was told, although he could discuss the matter with the PBA. Again he nodded.

But what if pro stars are unavailable?

"E di kung ano ang ibigay nila sa’kin, laban na ‘ko," said Romero, his demeanor firm. "That’s my commitment to the national team."

On the other hand, he sees no dearth in talent in the event the PBA insists on an-all amateur team.

"There are still plenty of materials out there in the amateurs," he maintains. "What we need to do is to dig them up, hone them and prime them up into a potent force."

Besides, he added, a grand design has already been drawn up, starting with the choice for a solid anchor.

"We can have coach Junel (Baculi) handle the team. He has the experience and background to prop him as the most likely choice," he noted.

The SBP has the final decision on who will be the SEA Games team coach who will name his staff, which will then all make the final choice on the players.

Young as he is at 36, a deep sense of nationalism wells up within Romero.

"More than its significance for Harbour Centre, this victory belongs to Philippine basketball," he said. "Para sa bayan ‘to."

His awareness of the important role his team was playing as front act for the return of local basketball to the international stage moved Romero to exhort his young, inexperienced players to "put aside your selfish interest" and play unconditionally for flag and country.

The loss to Britama-Indonesia in the elimination Wednesday had rankled and Romero demanded from his team to answer one question a few hours before they were to meet the Indons again for the championship: How do you plan to win this game?

The answer came in torrents, first, during their bull session, and again during the game, with everybody, from Nwosu to the dervish point guard Marvin Cruz, transforming themselves into models of courage, patience, adaptability and teamwork.

"Flawless!" Romero gushed repeatedly after the emphatic 85-67 victory that paved the way for the all-PBA national team’s journey to the Tehran Asian Club Championship next month.

More paeans flowed, like this one.

At the Chinese restaurant later, team owner Romero picked up a large plate of fried rice and served it on a table occupied by his stunned players.

He then said: "Mission accomplished, guys. Now we can have dinner." —With additional report from Rey Lachica

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04-17-2007, 11:51 AM
2 games kick off PBL today

By REY C. LACHICA
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FOUR TEAMS kick off their respective title bids when the PBL Unity Cup formally gets underway at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque today.

Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala, one of the top favorites for the seasonending conference, tests the mettle of the revamped San Miguel-Magnolia squad in the main game at 4 p.m. while Henkel Sista takes on Burger King, formerly Mail & More, in the 2 p.m. curtain raiser.

The twinbill sets off with a simple opening ceremony honoring Harbour Centre-Philippines following its successful title run in the SEABA Champions Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia over the weekend.

Basketball godfather and Harbour Centre team owner Mikee Romero, the coaching staff led by Junel Baculi and all 12 players bannered by Toyota Balintawak star point guard Marvin Cruz will be presented and feted by the league, led by Commissioner Chino Trinidad and chairman Gil Angeles, for winning the Philippines’ first international title following the lifting of the FIBA suspension on the country.

Behind the gritty plays of Cruz, the nationals defeated the Indonesians, 85-67, in the championship game.

Fresh from its week-long stint in Jakarta, defending champion Harbour Centre took a bye on opening day along with Toyota Balintawak and Dazz Sang Patak.

Keeping the core of the team that reached the quarterfinals of the Silver Cup intact, the Moneymen have been installed among the heavy picks to give Harbour Centre a run for its money in its bid for a rare season sweep.

Ken Bono, Most Valuable Player of the last UAAP men’s basketball season, is again at the helm of Cebuana Lhuillier’s campaign, with the Ateneo duo of Macky Escalona and Doug Kramer and Erik dela Cuesta expected to provide major support.

But out to challenge them outright are the Beverage Masters, known before as Magnolia Ice Cream, who remain a formidable unit despite the decision of San Beda’s championship core to temporarily cut its ties with the team.

Out to lead San Miguel-Magnolia this time are Far Eastern U stalwarts Jeff Chan and Jonas Villanueva, University of the East star Bonbon Custodio and veteran Al Magpayo.

Samigue Eman is reportedly playing well in the off-season, a development that augurs well for Henkel Sista’s campaign.

Injuries forced the 6-foot-9 center to miss several games last conference, shoving the Super Sealers out of the picture in the Silver Cup Final Four.

His marquee match up with Burger King franchise player JR Quinahan readily adds color to the opening game kicking off the tournament.

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04-18-2007, 10:43 AM
Whoppers hot; Kramer bails out Moneymen

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 05:02am (Mla time) 04/18/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- New name, same intensity.

Burger King, formerly Mail and More, banked on a 16-2 spurt in the last six minutes to subdue Henkel Sista, 85-72, at the start of the PBL Unity Cup Tuesday at the Olivarez College Sports Center in Parañaque City.

And the Whoppers turned to the same set of stars -- Ronjay Buenafe and JR Quiñahan, who pumped in 21 points apiece -- to clinch the victory and set the team’s morale high going into a big match against a formidable foe.

“Hopefully, this is the shape of things to come,” said coach Lawrence Chongson. “It’s a good take off because we’ll face defending champion Harbour Centre in our next game.”

Buenafe, who played a key role in Mail and More’s third-place finish last conference, fueled the scoring charge that turned the Whoppers’ slim 67-64 lead to a 17-point buffer, 83-66, with only 3:30 remaining.

The six-foot guard teamed up with Rey Mendoza in the fourth-quarter run, while Quiñahan starred with 14 points in the third period to lead the Whoppers to a 58-47 advantage there.

In the second game, Doug Kramer completed a three-point play with 18.1 seconds remaining to lift Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala past San Miguel-Magnolia, 76-74.

The scores:

First Game
BURGER KING 85 -- Buenafe 21, Quiñahan 21, Mendoza 10, Viray 6, Ballesteros 6, Saguindel 5, David 4, Urbiztondo 3, Te 3, Garrido 2, Del Rosario 2, Aquino 2, Dizon 0.
HENKEL SISTA 72 -- Bauzon 16, Bonus 9, Misa 9, Saldua 9, Javier 5, Eman 5, Malabanan 4, Alfad 4, Matias 4, Ebuen 3, Villamin 2, Urra 2, Yambao 0, Orbeta 0, Johnston 0.
Quarters: 15-20, 41-37, 63-58, 85-72

Second Game
CEBUANA LHUILLIER 76 -- Bono 18, Kramer 15, Dulay 12, Dela Cuesta 9, Escalona 4, Dela Peña 4, Sta. Maria 4, Latoreno 4, Capus 2 Grijaldo 2, Yee 2.
SAN MIGUEL-MAGNOLIA 74 -- Villanueva 20, Magpayo 11, Chan 10, Jones 8, Custodio 7, Raneses 6, Almeda 4, Bombeo 2, Doruelo 2, Espiritu 2, Barcellano 2, Angeles 0, Benitez 0.
Quarters: 20-14, 44-27, 58-50, 76-74

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04-18-2007, 10:46 AM
Whoppers whip Sealers in opener
By Nelson Beltran
The Philippine Star 04/18/2007

JR Quiñahan dominated the paint in the third quarter then Ronjay Buenafe and Rolly Viray took over with sterling efforts from the outside in the fourth period as Burger King whipped Henkel-Sista, 85-72, in the opener of the PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Centre yesterday.

Quiñahan, Buenafe and Viray poured in the bulk of their outputs in the final half as the Whoppers overcame a slow start to beat the Super Sealers.

Quiñahan and Buenafe scored 21 points each while Viray added six leading Burger King to the victory that could pump up the team for its match with back-to-back champion Harbour Centre tomorrow.

"We started slow but the boys managed to get their bearing in time to beat Sista. It’s a welcome start and we hope to play better against Harbour Centre," said Burger King coach Lawrence Chiongson.

In the second game, Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala leaned on the heroics of Doug Kramer to edge San Miguel-Magnolia, 76-74.

The Moneymen squandered a 19-point lead early in the third period but the 6-foot-6 Kramer completed a three-point play in the last 18 seconds to save the day for Cebuana Lhuillier.

Protecting a precarious 65-62 lead, Ray Mendoza buried a short jumper before Buenafe connected from way beyond the three-point arc to spark a back-breaking 15-2 run that gave Burger King an 80-64 bubble with a little over four minutes left to play.

Quinahan was at his best in the third canto, scoring 14 points – six of them in succession – and the Whoppers took their first sizable lead at 58-47.

"Quinahan did well in the third as he keyed our breakaway," said Chongson.

With 6-foot-9 Samigue Eman struggling in the face of Burger King’s pesky defense, Fritz Bauzon led the Super Sealers with 16 points.

Eman was held scoreless in the fourth and wound up with just three five points.

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04-18-2007, 10:48 AM
Burger King, Pera Padala win openers

By REY C. LACHICA
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BURGER KING and Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala served notice of their title bids yesterday by scoring contrasting wins at the start of the 2007 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

Ronjay Buenafe starred for Burger King’s 85-72 victory over Henkel-Sista by sinking two triples in the payoff period, while Cebuana leaned on the late-game heroics of Doug Kramer to eke out a pulsating 76-74 win over San Miguel-Magnolia.

The Moneymen threatened to blow away the Beverage Masters in the third quarter after posting a 46-27 but suddenly went cold in the fourth, thus allowing San Miguel to take the lead for the first time, 74-73, with a little over a minute left.

The 6-foot-6 Kramer, however rose to the occasion, completing a three-point with just 18 ticks left to join Burger King in the winners circle.

Actually, the Beverage Masters had three chances to send the game into overtime but they failed flubbed their opportunities as time expired.

"It’s good thing the boys hung tough out there," said coach Luigi Trillo. "It was a scary one, but you have to credit San Miguel’s resolve."

The 5-foot-11 Buenafe tallied four triples to finish with 21 points and share the scoring honors with 6-foot-5 JR Quinahan, who struck hardest in the third where the Whoppers made a decisive run.

"We started slow but the boys managed to recover their form in time to beat Sista," said coach Lawrence Chongson. "It’s a good start, we hope we can play better as a team the next time."

Well, they have to raise their game several notches since they will be facing defending champion Harbour Centre tomorrow.

Protecting a precarious 65-62 lead, Ray Mendoza buried a short jumper before Buenafe connected from way beyond the three-point arc to spark a back-breaking15-2 run for a healthy 80-64 lead with a little over four minutes left.

Another three-pointer by Rolly Viray gave Burger King a commanding 83-66 lead and never looked back despite a faltering finish.

They failed to score in the last three minutes but the Super Sealers failed to exploit the situation as they also shot terribly from the field.

Quinahan was at his best in the third canto, scoring 14 points - six of them in succession — that saw the Whoppers take their first sizable lead at 58-47.

"Quinahan did well in the third as he keyed our breakaway," said Chongson who also drew 10 points from Mendoza.

With 6-foot-9 Samigue Eman struggling in the face of Burger King’s pesky defense, Fritz Bauzon led the Super Sealers with 16 points.

Eman was held scoreless in the fourth and wound up with just three five points.

Meantime, the league, led by Vice Chairman Cecilio Pedro, Raymund Yu and Chito Loyzaga, paid tribute to Harbour Centre-Philippine team for topping the recent SEABA Club Champions Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The scores:

First Game

BURGER KING 85 — Quinahan 21, Buenafe 21, Mendoza 10, Viray 6, Ballesteros 6, Saguindel 5, David 4, Te 3, Urbinztondo 3, Aquino 2, Del Rosario 2, Garrido 2.

HENKEL-SISTA 72 — Bauzon 16, Saldua 9, Misa 9, Bonus 9, Javier 5, Eman 5, Alfad 4, Malabanan 4, Matias 4, Ebuen 3, Urra 2, Villamin 2, Yambao 0, Orbeta 0, Johnston 0.

Quarters: 15-20, 41-37, 63-58, 85-72.

Second Game

PERA PADALA 76 — Bono 18, Kramer 15, Dulay 12, Dela Cuesta 9, Escalona 4, Sta. Maria 4, Latoreno 4, Dela Pena 4, Grijaldo 2, Yee 2, Capus 2.

SAN MIGUEL 74 — Villanueva 20, Magpayo 11, Chan 10, Jones 8, Custodio 7, Raneses 6, Almeda 4, Bombeo 2, Doruelo 2, Barcellano 2,Espiritu 2, Angeles 0, Benitez 0.

Quarters: 20-14, 44-27, 58-50, 76-74.

5FootCarrot
04-18-2007, 01:30 PM
The Moneymen, surprise quarterfinalists in the PBL Silver Cup last conference, have acquired five players including 6-foot-4" Fil-Swiss Mike Bueschler to beef up its already talented lineup led by Ken Bono and Doug Kramer.
Yan na ba ang final spelling ng apelyido niya? ;D Now I know why the Bedans just kept referring to him as "Mike B."

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04-19-2007, 11:24 AM
Harbour tackles Burger King


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Last updated 04:08am (Mla time) 04/19/2007

GAMES THURSDAY (Olivarez Sports Center)
2 p.m. -- Toyota Balintawak vs Dazz ’Sang Patak
4 p.m. -- Harbour Centre vs Burger King

MANILA, Philippines -- Harbour Centre opens its bid for a third straight Philippine Basketball League title when it gets going in the Unity Cup against Burger King at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

Led by eight mainstays of the Harbour-RP five that captured the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Champions Cup title last week in Indonesia, the Batang Pier squad is favored over the Whoppers in their 4 p.m. encounter.

Toyota Balintawak, starring Harbour-RP crack reinforcement Marvin Cruz, tangles with Dazz Sang Patak in the opener at 2 p.m.

Both games will be aired on a delayed basis over Basketball TV (Channel 34, Sky/Home in Metro Manila).

The high-flying JC Intal, Jonathan Fernandez, Chico Lanete, Ryan Araña, Chad Alonzo, Beau Belga, UAAP finals MVP Jojo Duncil and Silver Cup MVP Jason Castro made it to the Harbour-RP five and will be expected to lead the Batang Pier as they test the Whoppers.

Burger King trounced Henkel Sista, 85-72, in its debut Tuesday.

Dazz, formerly Hapee Toothpaste, will parade a tall lineup featuring 6-foot-5 Larry Rodriguez, Angelus Raymundo, Philip Butel and Francis Mercado.

While Cruz is a doubtful starter because he has mumps, the Road Kings will rely on Patrick Cabahug, Erick Rodriguez and Dennis Daa.

Harbour coach Jorge Gallent’s concern this early is whether his boys would connect right away since seven of his players were away for more than a week.

But Gallent is unfazed.

“Subok na sa tatag ang mga batang iyan (They have proven their worth), so I’m confident they will deliver the goods,” Gallent.

Also playing for Harbour are veterans JA Coching, Jerwin Gaco, Marvin Ortiguerra, Al Vergara, Ron Capati, Edwin Asoro and Allan Gamboa. Marc Anthony Reyes

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04-20-2007, 12:25 PM
Dazz stuns Road Kings in overtime

Butel seals win with putback

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Last updated 02:10am (Mla time) 04/20/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- Philip Butel finished what Reed Juntilla started Thursday as Dazz ‘Sang Patak repulsed Toyota Balintawak in overtime, 86-81, in the 2007 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

The scrappy 6-foot-6 center was in the right place at the right time, putting back a Juntilla miss with 33 seconds left to help preserve the win and jumpstart the Kitchen Specialists’ title bid.

Dazz, which finished a surprise second in the Silver Cup, outscored Toyota Balintawak in the extra five minutes, 8-3, to join opening-day winners Burger King and Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala.

Juntilla made an explosive comeback to the team that nurtured him as he tallied 27 points in 26 minutes of action. He highlighted his brilliant performance with a perfect 5-of-5 from the three-point arc.

“Juntilla made great baskets in the fourth but I have to credit Butel for a job well done. Talagang kinalabaw niya ang (He made a great effort against) Toyota Balintawak,” said coach Jun Noel. “It’s a good win although nangangapa pa kami (we’re still groping).”

Butel, who played for University of the East, finished with 9 rebounds and eight points.

Dazz lost two keys players -- Jason Castro and Beau Belga -- in a trade to Harbour Centre but this hardly mattered as Juntilla came off the bench to deliver the big baskets for a 56-46 lead in the third period.

The fourth quarter was highlighted by the shooting contest between Juntilla and Patrick Cabahug, who hit three triples for the Toyota Balintawak while the former had two.

Cabahug, who also hails from Cebu like Juntilla, sent the game into overtime with two gift shots in the last 12 seconds.

The Kitchen Specialists had a chance to win the game outright but the Road Kings shackled Juntilla, forcing Mark Moreno to make a hurried shot as time expired.

The Road Kings sorely missed the services of the wily Marvin Cruz who contracted mumps during the Seaba Club Champions Cup.

The scores:
DAZZ 86 -- Juntilla 27, Moreno 13, J. Rodriguez 12, Butel 8, Sanz 6, L. Rodriguez 4, Hugnatan 4, Bucao 4, Mercado 3, Almacin 3, Cenita 2, Larong 1, Raymundo 0, Omandang 0.
TOYOTA BALINTAWAK 81 -- Cabahug 18, Daa 15, Rodriguez 14, Jaime 11, Fajado 7, Guerrero 6, Coronel 4, Baluyot 4, Dedicatoria 2, Tan, 0, Cagoco 0.
Quarters: 19-22; 39-34; 58-57; 78-78; 86-81 OT

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04-20-2007, 12:29 PM
Burger King humbles Harbour; Dazz gains

The Philippine Star 04/20/2007

Josh Urbiztondo and JR Quinahan came through with clutch baskets at endgame and Burger King stunned reigning champion Harbour Centre, 81-77, for a second straight win in the 2007 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center yesterday.

Urbiztondo hit a three-pointer to tie the count at 77-all then Quinahan eluded defender Allan Gamboa for the go-ahead basket in the last 15 seconds.

The loss came as a shock for Harbour Centre which formed a star-studded lineup in a bid for a third straight championship in this tourney.

Reed Juntilla made a grand return to Dazz ‘Sang Patak team, going 5-of-5 from the three-point area and finishing with 27 points as the Kitchen Specialists beat the Toyota Balintawak side, 86-81, in overtime earlier.

Philip Butel scored eight points, including a follow-up on a miss by Juntilla with time down to 33 seconds, helping clinch the win for the Kitchen Specialists.

Dazz, which finished a surprise second in the Silver Cup, outscored Toyota Balintawak, 8-3, in the extra five minutes.

"Juntilla made great baskets in the fourth but I have to credit to Butel for a job well done," said coach Jun Noel. "It’s a good win although nangangapa pa kami."

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04-20-2007, 12:31 PM
Burger King sinks Harbour Centre

By REY C. LACHICA
www.mb.com.ph


WHO’S AFRAID of Harbour Centre? Certainly, not the Burger King Whoppers.

Burger King exposed all the weaknesses in defending champion Harbour Centre’s game and pounded out an 81-77 victory last night that proved that the PBL Unity Cup is still a wide open race after all.

JR Quinahan nailed the go-head jumper from the left side of the keyhole with 15 seconds left, shattering the game’s last tie at 77 before Jim Viray iced Burger King’s second straight win with two charities with two seconds remaining.

The loss came as a shock as the Batang Pier were expected to beat the Whoppers easily with their starstudded line-up. Batang Pier showed great individual skills but in the end, it was Burger King’s cohesiveness that made the difference.

Earlier, Dazz ’Sang Patak, leaned on the late game heroics of Philip Butel to repulse Toyota Balintawak in overtime, 86-81.

The scrappy 6-foot-6 center was in the right place at the right time, putting back a Juntilla miss with 33 seconds remaining to help preserve the victory and jumpstart the title bid of the Kitchen Specialists.

Josh Urbiztondo tied the count at 77-77 with a long trey with 50 ticks left and then the Whoppers held the Batang Pier scoreless the rest of the way.

Coach Lawrence Chongson also credited the team’s pesky defense that saw Batang Pier turn the ball twice, the last one — a passing error — by Allan Gamboa with barely five ticks left.

Nestor David led the Whoppers with 16 points and 11 rebounds while Quinahan and Mike Bravo combined for 23 points.

Batang Pier took a 13-point lead twice, the last at 41-28, but the Whoppers rallied behind the hot hands of Bravo and Ronjay Buenafe.

New recruit Jason Castro drilled in 13 points for Batang Pier, but overall, his performance was not so impressive.

JC Intal and UAAP Finals MVP Jojo Duncil were held to just eight and four points, respectively.

Dazz, which finished a surprise second in the Silver Cup, outscored Toyota Balintawak in the extra five minutes, 8-3, to join opening day winner Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala at second spot with a similar 1-0 card.

Juntilla made an explosive comeback to the team that nurtured him as he tallied 27 points in 26 minutes of action. He highlighted his brilliant performance by making a perfect 5-of-5 from way beyond the three-point arc.

"Juntilla made great baskets in the fourth but I have to credit Butel for a job well done. Talagang kinalabaw niya ang Toyota Balintawak," said coach Jun Noel. "It’s a good win although nangangapa pa kami."

Butel, who played for University of the East in the UAAP, finished with 9 rebounds and eight points.

The scores:

First Game

DAZZ 86 — Juntilla 27, Moreno 13, J. Rodriguez 12, Butel 8, Sanz 6, L. Rodriguez 4, Hugnatan 4, Bucao 4, Mercado 3, Almacin 3, Cenita 2, Larong 1, Raymundo 0, Omandang 0.

TOYOTA BALINTAWAK 81 — Cabahug 18, Daa 15, Rodriguez 14, Jaime 11, Fajado 7, Guerrero 6, Coronel 4, Baluyot 4, Dedicatoria 2, Tan, 0, Cagoco 0.

Quarters: 19-22, 39-34, 58-57, 78-78 (Reg.), 86-81 (OT).

Second Game

BURGER KING 81 — David 16, Bravo 13, Viray 11, Quinahan 10, Buenafe 8, Urbiztondo 5, Ballesteros 5, Te 3, Dizon 3, Del Rosario 3, Mendoza 2, Aquino 2, Garrido 0, Saguindel 0.

Harbour centre 77 — Coching 15, Castro 13, Arana 9, Ortiguerra 9, Intal 8, Vergara 6, Belga 5, Alonzo 4, Duncil 4, Gamboa 2, Gaco 2, Capati 0.

Quarters: 17-22, 33-41, 61-62, 81-77.

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04-22-2007, 01:27 PM
Harbour triumphs

C. Lhuillier trips Henkel
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 06:31am (Mla time) 04/22/2007

GAMES TUESDAY (Olivarez College Sports Center)
2 p.m.—Cebuana Lhuillier vs Burger King
4 p.m.—San Miguel-Magnolia vs Dazz

MANILA, Philippines -- It only took two games for the new recruit to find his comfort zone. And he even chose his former team to prove that he’s back to his dominant ways.

After a mediocre debut with Harbour Centre, Jason Castro fired 22 points to lift the defending champion past Dazz’ Sang Patak, 81-78, for its first victory in the PBL Unity Cup yesterday at The Arena in San Juan.

But the crafty guard did more than just run Batang Pier’s offense.

Castro, who bagged the Most Valuable Player plum with Dazz (formerly Hapee) last conference, also amassed 10 assists, seven rebounds, four steals and two blocks.

“Jason is now attacking the basket,” said coach Jorge Gallent. “He did his role. In the first game, he was hesitant.”

Bruiser Chad Alonzo contributed 13 points, including a three-point play in the final minute that foiled the Kitchen Specialists’ bid for a share of the top spot.

It was Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala which succeeded in posting a second straight victory by banking on Ken Bono in an 80-67 decision over winless Henkel Sista in the first game.

Harbour Centre and Dazz now share second place with 1-1 records.

Coach Luigi Trillo commended the Moneymen, who joined Burger King on top at 2-0, for keeping their poise in the closing quarters.

“This time, we set the tone in the second half to keep that lead,” said Trillo.

The Moneymen posted their first back-to-back wins with Bono collecting 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists.

Alonzo completed a three-point play at the 1:07 mark for an 80-76 Harbour advantage, following split free throws by Al Vergara that gave Batang Pier a 77-76 lead.

Jonathan Fernandez earlier keyed a Harbour rally with two treys in a 10-2 run in the fourth that turned a 62-67 deficit into a 72-69 edge.

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04-22-2007, 01:28 PM
Lhuillier trips Sista, shares lead

The Philippine Star 04/22/2007

Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala demolished Henkel-Sista, 80-67, and gained a share of the lead in the 2007 PBL Unity Cup at The Arena in San Juan.

Kenneth Bono starred for the Moneymen for the second straight game, scoring 17 points and pulling down nine rebounds as Cebuana Lhuillier tied idle Burger King at 2-0.

The 6-foot-5 UAAP MVP also had four assists to highlight the team’s fluid game that saw the Moneymen get off to a hot start and end a two-game losing run to the Super Sealers dating back to the Silver Cup.

In the second game, Jason Castro came through with a performance worthy of his MVP status as defending champion Harbour Centre downed Dazz ‘Sang Patak, 81-78.

The 5-foot-9 Castro topscored for the Batang Pier with 22 points on top of 10 assists, including one that led to Chad Alonzo’s three-point play for an 80-76 lead, barely 67 ticks left.

"Hindi na shy si Jason ngayon unlike in our first game. He attacked as often as he can," said coach Jorge Gallent.

Castro even outshone Reed Juntilla who was held tojust 14 points, a far cry from his 27-point performance in the team victory over Toyota Balintawak.

"It was a collective team effort that’s why I’m happy with this win. Even Kenneth shared the ball each time he found an open man," said coach Luigi Trillo.

"Still, we have to work more on our killer’s instinct."

Actually, it was the first back-to-back wins for the Moneymen since joining the league last conference but Trillo refused to comment whether it was a sign of some good things to come for the team.

"It’s still too early to tell how far we can go in this tournament," said Trillo who also got 11 points from veteran Eric dela Cuesta.

Two harmless gift shots by Dela Cuesta with still 3:58 left in the first quarter turned out to be what the Moneymen needed as they exploded for 15 straight points for a commanding 29-10 advantage.

The Moneymen posted their biggest lead at 53-29 at halftime as Dela Cuesta beat the buzzer with a huge trey. They were never threatened from there on as the team’s shock troopers also delivered.

So impressive was Cebuana’s offensive plays that it posted 23 assists compared to Sista’s 11. They also outrebounded the Super Sealers, 42-33, and shot better from the field, making 27-of-67 tries for 40 percent.

Comebacking Noy Javier paced the Super Sealers with 22 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the three-point zone.

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04-25-2007, 10:16 AM
Whoppers storm to solo lead

The Philippine Star 04/25/2007

Ronjay Buenafe and JR Quinahan combined in a big Burger King breakaway in the fourth quarter as the Whoppers repulsed the Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala side, 80-69, yesterday to grab the solo lead in the PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center.

The 6-foot Buenafe came through with a triple and scored on a tough drive while Quinahan knocked in two pressure-packed charities in a telling 9-0 run to power the Burger Whoppers to their third straight victory.

Buenafe finished with 24 points in an impressive 5-of-8 shooting and had five rebounds, three assists and two steals in 22 minutes of action.

Quinahan also did well offensively while shackling Cebuana’s Kenneth Bono in the other end.

For the second straight game, Quinahan produced a double-double performance with 17 points and 13 rebounds. He also had four assists and three shotblocks.

Allan Gregorio, who called the shots for Burger King in the absence of head coach Lawrence Chongson, credited the team’s rock solid defense for the win, saying: "What we did the whole day the other day was we practiced our defense. Good thing, it paid off."

In the second game, San Miguel-Magnolia finally snapped a two-game losing skid by downing Dazz ’Sang Patak, 82-77.

With Al Magpayo scoring 12 of his game-high 16 points in the third, the Beverage Masters exploded for 30 points while holding the Kitchen Specialists to just 16 points to take a 63-53 lead going into the final 10 minutes.

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04-26-2007, 09:48 AM
Moneymen seek 3rd win vs Roadkings


The Philippine Star

Harbour Centre, out to keep the momentum of its hard-earned win over Dazz the last time out, takes on winless Henkel-Sista Thursday even as Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala seeks its third victory in four games against Toyota Balintawak in the PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.

The Batang Pier had to go through a wringer before notching an 81-78 win over Dazz last week in a victory which coach Jorge Gallent described as a big boost to his wards’ confidence following their 77-81 setback to league-leading and unbeaten Burger King, also last week.

"It was a hard win but I expected that because some of my players were not able to practice for various injuries," said Gallent. "But it’s a good sign. We just have to make some adjustments on our defense."

Gametime is at 2 p.m. with the Super Sealers also out to end a two-game losing run.

The 4 p.m. showdown between Toyota Balintawak and Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala is also expected to go down-to-the-wire.

While the Toyota Roadkings are coming off an impressive 66-51 drubbing of San Miguel-Magnolia, the Moneymen are reeling from a 69-80 defeat to the Burger Whoppers that snapped their two-game win run.

Still, coach Luigi Trillo believes his wards will come back strong and get back into the winning groove again.

After averaging 17 points in their first two games, Kenneth Bono was held by the Whoppers to just eight points as he struggled in the face of a sticky defense put on by JR Quinahan.

Since the Roadkings are known for their tough defensive stance, Bono and Doug Kramer, another 6-foot-5 scoring threat, are again expected to encounter tough challenge from their rivals.

Though the Super Sealers boast of the tallest player in the league in the 6-foot-9 Samigue Eman, the team has yet to dish out the kind of performance they played the last conference.

Mentored by Kaloy Garcia, the Super Sealers surprised everybody when they racked up four straight wins, including against the Batang Pier. But this time, they have to play real smart from start to finish for them to beat the Batang Pier.

Aside from JC Intal, Jonathan Fernandez, Jay-A Coching, Al Vergara and Ryan Arana, the Super Sealers must limit the production of last conference MVP Jason Castro.

The small but terrible guard, who was traded by Dazz in exchange for Reed Juntilla and Bogs Raymundo, exploded for 23 points the last time aside from making two clutch plays in the last two minutes that helped seal the win for the Batang Pier.

"In his first game for the team, he was hesitant to shoot, but judging his performance the last time, it seems he’s now feeling at home with the team," said Gallent. "But others must also step up. We have other players who can deliver at any given of time."

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04-26-2007, 09:51 AM
Harbour tests Henkel; Cebuana faces Toyota



Inquirer
Last updated 00:02am (Mla time) 04/26/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- DEFENDING champion Harbour Centre had to go through the wringer before notching its first win in the 2007 PBL Unity Cup, an 81-78 decision over Dazz 'Sang Patak.

Difficult as it was, coach Jorge Gallent said the win was a big boost as the Batang Pier prime up for another tough assignment against Henkel-Sista today at the Olivarez Sports Center.

"It was a hard win but I expected that because some of my players were not able to practice for various reasons," said Gallent. "But it's a good sign. We just have to make some adjustments in our defense."

Harbour, which lost to league-leading Burger King also last week, 81-77, and Henkel-Sista clash at 2 p.m. with the Super Sealers determined to end a two-game losing run.

Toyota Balintawak (1-1) and Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala tangle at 4 p.m.

While the Toyota Road Kings are coming off an impressive 66-51 drubbing of San Miguel-Magnolia, the Cebuana Lhuillier Moneymen hope to bounce back from an 80-69 defeat to the Burger Whoppers that ended their two-game winning run.

Still, Cebuana coach Luigi Trillo is confident that his boys have what it takes to come back strong.

After averaging 17 points in the first two games, Kenneth Bono was held by the Whoppers to just eight points with a pesky defense anchored on JR Quiñahan.

Since the Road Kings are similarly known for their tough defense, Bono and Doug Kramer, another 6-foot-5 frontliner, are again expected to encounter rough sailing.

While the Super Sealers take pride in having the league's tallest player, the 6-foot-9 Samigue Eman, the team has yet to approximate its tough stand in the last conference.

Mentored by Kaloy Garcia, the Super Sealers surprised everybody when they racked up four straight wins last year, including one against the Batang Pier.

Aside from JC Intal, Jonathan Fernandez, Jay-Ar Coching, Al Vergara and Ryan Arana, the Super Sealers must limit the production of last conference MVP Jason Castro.

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04-27-2007, 08:49 AM
Rookies shine as Harbour tops Henkel



By REY C. LACHICA
mb.com.ph

AFTER JASON Castro, it was Jojo Duncil’s time to shine for Harbour Centre.


Though it was Castro who topscored for the defending champions for the second straight game, it was Duncil who provided the lethal baskets that powered the Batang Pier to a thrilling 76-72 win over the gritty Henkel-Sista squad in the PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center.

Interestingly, both Castro and Duncil are Harbour’s new recruits.

"Both Jason and Jojo played well but it was Jojo who made the game’s decisive baskets," said coach Jorge Gallent. "He was fantastic in the fourth."

In the second game, Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala leaned on a fourth quarter onslaught to beat Toyota Balintawak, 71-65, and grab solo second with a 3-1 card.

Macky Esclona and Ken Bono scattered 10 points each in the payoff period to hand the Roadkings their second setback in three games.

Escalona finished with 22 points and dished out three assists while the beefy 6-foot-5 Bono had 19 points and 12 rebounds to redeem himself from a seven-point performance in the team’s defeat to Burger King.

The Roadkings, who sorely missed the services of star guard Marvin Cruz slipped to 1-2 in a tie with Dazz and San Miguel-Magnolia. Cruz is still recuperating from mumps.

In the opening game, Duncil fired all his 10 points in the fourth — his best showing so far for Harbour which is gunning for its third straight championship.

After an eerie silence in the first three quarters where he missed his first five baskets, the 6-foot-1 Duncil scattered seven points in a bristling 16-5 salvo which he capped with a booming trey to tie the count at 67-all.

The Super Sealers, however, quickly retaliated, scoring two straight baskets for a 71-67 lead with a little over two minutes left.

But the defending champions Batang Pier refused to die as Castro and Edwin Asoro came through with tough baskets before Ronnie Matias gave Sista its last taste of the lead by splitting his charities, 72-71, barely 35 ticks left.

Then came the game’s decisive play.

Given the green light to shoot, Duncil pumped and faked before launching a three-point shot that saw the crowd hold their collective breath.

Harbour fans then hissed when Duncil missed his target badly but luckily for the Batang Pier, Duncil drew a foul from Gester Ebuen.

The scores:

First Game

HARBOUR CENTRE 76 — Castro 18, Asoro 11, Duncil 10, Alonzo 9, Lanete 9, Belga 7, Arana 4, Vergara 3, Fernandez 3, Gamboa 2, Intal 0, Ortiguerra 0.

HENKEL-SISTA 72 — Bonus 14, Bauzon 14, Malabanan 11, Javier 8, Yambao 8, Villamin 7, Alfad 4, Ebuen 3, Matias 3, Eman 0, Misa 0.

Quarters: 11-13, 33-30, 51-56, 76-72.

Second Game

CL PERA PADALA 71 — Escalona 22, Bono 19, Capus 14, Kramer 7, Dela Cuesta 4, Oreta 3, Grijaldo 2, Yee 0, Sta. Maria 0, Dela Pena 0, Dulay, Solis 0, Burscher 0.

TOYOTA BALINTAWAK 65 — Coronel 16, Cabahug 14, Daa 8, Dedicatoria 7, Jaime 6, Rodriguez 6, Guerrero 3, Fajardo 3, Alcaraz 2, Nocom 0, Pradas 0, Tan 0, Baluyot 0.

Quarters: 16-12, 28-25, 44-44, 71-65.

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04-28-2007, 10:27 AM
Burger King shoots for 4th straight win
mb.com.ph





EXPECT ANOTHER explosive show from Ronjay Buenafe as Burger King goes for a fourth straight win against Dazz ‘Sang Patak today in the 2007 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center.


The Burger King Whoppers and Dazz Kitchen Specialists collide at 4 p.m. with Buenafe expected to join forces with JR Quinahan as they go up against the Reed Juntilla-led squad.

Clashing in the opening game at 12 noon are defending Harbour Centre and San Miguel-Magnolia, while Henkel Sista shoots for its first win in four starts against Toyota Balintawak at 2 p.m. The first two games will be aired on Basketball TV starting at 5 p.m. while the third game will be telecast on Sunday beginning at 7 p.m.

Juntilla is leading the league in scoring after averaging 18.33 points in three games but he will have to work doubly hard for his points as coach Rene Baena is like to put Buenafe on him.

Baena will be calling the shots for the Whoppers in the absence of coaches Lawrence Chongson and Allan Gregorio.

The high-leaping Buenafe is tied for second to third places with Harbour Centre’s Jason Castro in scoring as both players normed 17.67 points. The 6-foot-5 Quinahan is also doing a great job after averaging 16 points and eight rebounds a game.

For Dazz to snap a two-game losing run, Juntilla, Robert Sanz and Larry Rodriguez must step up big on the offensive end and contribute a big amount of effort to limit scoring output of Buenafe and Quinahan.

The Batang Pier have won their last two games after dropping their opening game assignment against Burger King but coach Jorge Gallent was hardly satisfied.

"Super struggle pa rin talaga kami ngayon, I just hope we can play better defensively the next time," said Gallent.

The Batang Pier, who are gunning for their third straight championship, had to walk through a tight rope before scoring a 76-72 win over Henkel Sista two days ago. Last Saturday, they needed the heroics of Castro to beat Dazz, 81-78.

Castro is again expected to lead the team along with Chico Lanete, Ryan Arana, Chad Alonzo, Beau Belga and Jojo Duncil, who emerged hero in the team’s win over the Super Sealers.

San Miguel-Magnolia coach Koy Banal will lean again veteran Al Magpayo, Jeff Chan, Bonbon Custodio and Jonas Villanueva in the hope of notching their second straight win. They beat Dazz, 88-77, last Tuesday.

Without Marvin Cruz, Toyota Balintawak’s fiery court general, odds are just about even between the Roadkings and Super Sealers. Cruz has been put in the injured list due to mumps.

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04-29-2007, 07:51 AM
Harbour Centre streaks to 3rd win

The Philippine Star 04/29/2007

Defending champion Harbour Centre kept its win streak going yesterday when it drove past San Miguel-Magnolia, 79-72, in the PBL Unity Cup at The Arena in San Juan.

The Batang Pier, which lost its opening game this conference, turned to JC Intal who had 15 points, five rebounds, three steals and an assist in his best performance in four games so far.

Three other players from Harbour Centre, including playmaker Jason Castro, finished in double figures.

Castro had 10 points, eight rebounds and four assists in 24 minutes of action, while the hard-working Ryan Arana and Chico Lanete combined for 25 points.

In the second game, reigning three-point king Patrick Cabahug hit a trey with 26.3 seconds left as Toyota Balintawak scored a 78-71 win over a heartbreak team Henkel Sista.

After Erick Rodriguez failed to give the Toyota Roadkings the upper hand when he split his charities for a 71-71 count, Cabahug knocked in his third and last triple for the go-ahead basket.

"It was a hard win but I have to give credit to the boys for not giving up. They really persevered despite our poor start," said coach Ariel Vanguardia. "I told Patrick to be patient, and luckily he made the biggest shot of the game."

Making all his shots from the three-point area and hitting all his nine gift shots, Cabahug finished with 28 points as the Roadkings completed a remarkable comeback from a 20-point deficit in the second quarter.

Rodriguez gave Cabahug ample support as he banged in 17 points while Dennis Daa, who started Toyota Balintawak’s uprising, tallied 13 points.

The Roadkings outscored the Super Sealers 29-9 in the fourth quarter.

Though the final score suggested a tight contest, the game was totally dominated by the Batang Pier with their nifty shooting and rock-solid defense.

But the win failed to satisfy coach Jorge Gallent’s craving.

"It could be sweeter if they did not relax in the final three minutes. We have to correct that before it’s too late," said Gallent. "We are strong if we play as a team but if we play individually we will not go far in this tournament."

Still, the victory enabled the Batang Pier to tie idle Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala for second to third at 3-1. The Beverage Masters dropped to 1-3.

With Intal and Arana leading Harbour’s telling third-quarter breakaway, the Batang Pier made the Beverage Masters look like a second rate squad as they posted a 20-point lead, 64-44.

Feeling they had already sealed the win, the Batang Pier suddenly went cold, and worse, turned the ball many times, allowing the Beverage Masters to close in at 63-72 on two straight baskets by Allan Evangelista.

But a triple by Chico Lanete restored order for Harbour, 75-63, only 87 ticks left. The Batang Pier failed to buy a single basket in the last 60 seconds but there was no way the Beverage Masters could turn the game around.

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04-29-2007, 07:54 AM
Harbour Centre sinks Magnolia, 79-72



By REY C. LACHICA
mb.com.ph


AFTER TWO hard wins, Harbour Centre finally scored an easy one. Looking every bit the champions of the past two conferences, the Batang Pier clobbered San Miguel-Magnolia, 79-72, for their third straight win in the PBL Unity Cup yesterday at The Arena in San Juan.


High-flying JC Intal led the defending champions with 15 points, a performance that enabled him to redeem himself after a nightmarish showing the last time out. He was scoreless in the team’s 76-72 win over Henkel-Sista.

In the second game, reigning three-point king Patrick Cabahug banked a trey with 26.3 seconds left as Toyota Balintawak scored a pulsating 78-71 win over a hard luck Henkel Sista.

Although Erick Rodriguez failed to give the Toyota Roadkings the upper hand when he managed only a split of his charities for a 71-71 count, Cabahug rose to the occasion as he knocked in his third and last triple which turned out to be the go-ahead basket.

"It was a hard win but I have to give credit to the boys for not giving up. They really persevered despite our poor start," said coach Ariel Vanguardia. "I told Patrick to be patient, luckily he made the biggest shot of the game."

For making all his shots from the three-point area and hitting all his 9 gift shots, Cabahug finished with 28 points as the Roadkings completed a remarkable comeback from a 20-point deficit in the second quarter. The win was the second in four starts for the Roadkings while the loss was the fourth for the Super Sealers.

Rodriguez gave Cabahug ample support as he banged in 17 points while Dennis Daa, who started Toyota Balintawak’s uprising, tallied 13 points.

With Cabahug scattering 10 points, the Roadkings outscored the Super Sealers 29-9 in the pivotal fourth quarter.

The 6-foot-4 Intal also had five rebounds, three steals and an assist in his best game so far in the season-ending tournament.

Three other Harbour players, led by the exciting Jason Castro, posted in double figures as they gave their supporters the idea how potent they are if they only play as one fighting unit.

Castro had 10 points, eight rebounds and four assists in 24 minutes of action, while the hard-working Ryan Arana and Chico Lanete combined for 25 points.

Though the final score appeared to be a tight contest, the game was totally dominated by the Batang Pier with their nifty shooting and rock-solid defense.

But the win failed to satisfy coach Jorge Gallent’s craving.

"It could be sweeter if they did not relax in the final three minutes, we have to correct that before it’s too late," said Gallent. "We are strong if we play as a team but if we play individually, we will not go far in this tournament."

Still, the victory enabled the Batang Pier to tie idle Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala for second spot at 3-1.

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04-29-2007, 07:55 AM
Contrasting escapes for Batang Pier, Road Kings


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 05:51am (Mla time) 04/29/2007


GAMES TUESDAY (Olivarez College Sports Center)
2 p.m.—Toyota Balintawak vs Burger King
4 p.m.—Harbour Centre vs Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala

MANILA, Philippines -- Coach Jorge Gallent had mixed feelings after Harbour Centre clinched its third straight triumph in the PBL Unity Cup.

Easing up too early, Harbour Centre blew a 20-point lead before holding on to a 79-72 victory over San Miguel-Magnolia to grab a share of second place yesterday at The Arena in San Juan.

But Henkel Sista failed to halt its own meltdown, allowing Toyota Balintawak to rise from a 20-point deficit and pull off a 78-71 triumph in the second game.

Patrick Cabahug buried a triple with 26.3 seconds left to lift the Road Kings on top for good at 74-71 and cap a sensational 28-point production.

Harbour Centre improved to 3-1, joining idle Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala at second place. Toyota Balintawak moved up to third with a 2-2 slate.

“I’m not satisfied if you’d look at our end game,” said Gallent of the scrambling Harbour win. “We were up by 20, then they even had a 7-0 blast in the final minute.”

JC Intal’s production proved a major key for Batang Pier. Recovering from mediocre stints, Intal drained nine of his 15 points in a third-quarter run that shoved Harbour Centre on top by 20 points, 64-44, with three minutes left in the period.

The former Ateneo stalwart came out with his best performance in the young conference by adding five rebounds, three steals and two blocks.

Ryan Araña also contributed seven of his 13 markers in the second-half surge, while Chico Lanete fired 12, including a three-pointer in the final two minutes that put Batang Pier up at 75-63 after the Beverage Masters sliced the gap to a single figure, 72-63.

“I kept my faith in him,” said coach Ariel Vanguardia of Cabahug.

Cabahug, a streaky shooter from Adamson, nailed all his three attempts from beyond the arc and all his nine free throws.

Erick Rodriguez also highlighted his 17-point performance by burying two free throws that gave the Road Kings their first lead, 70-69, with 1:39 minutes left.

Dennis Daa delivered all of his 13 markers in the second half to help lift the Road Kings from a 19-point hole, 60-41, late in the third period.

Noy Javier gave Henkel Sista its last taste of the lead with a fadeaway jumper for a 71-70 edge. But the Henkel’s shooting guard couldn’t replicate Cabahug’s heroics as he missed two three-point attempts in the closing seconds.

Toyota Balintawak trailed by as many as 20 points, 43-23, with Javier and Gilbert Malabanan firing hot in the first three quarters.

The Super Sealers, who skidded to their fourth straight loss, similarly blew a double-digit advantage against Harbour Centre in their last outing. The Beverage Masters also settled near-bottom at 1-3.

The scores:

First Game

HARBOUR CENTRE 79—Intal 15, Arana 13, Lanete 12, Castro 10, Belga 6, Capati 6, Alonzo 5, Asoro 4, Vergara 4, Gamboa 2, Duncil 2, Lingao-Lingao 0, Fernandez 0.

SAN MIGUEL-MAGNOLIA 72—Custodio 11, Benitez 9, Evangelista 9, Rañeses 8, Villanueva 7, Magpayo 5, Jones 4, Espiritu 4, Bombeo 4, Sorongon 3, Angeles 3, Chan 2, Doruelo 2, Natividad 1, Almeda 0.
Quarters: 23-16, 40-33, 64-47, 79-72

Second Game

TOYOTA BALINTAWAK 78—Cabahug 28, Rodriguez 17, Daa 13, Fajardo 8, Baluyot 5, Coronel 4, Tan 3, Alcaraz 0, Pradas 0, Dedicatoria 0, Jaime 0, Guerrero 0, Yabut 0.

HENKEL SISTA 71—Javier 19, Malabanan 18, Matias 7, Saldua 6, Eman 4, Bonus 4, Misa 4, Bauzon 3, Ebuen 2, Alfad 2, Villamin 2, Yambao 0.

Quarters: 15-20, 29-45, 49-62, 78-71

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04-30-2007, 10:06 AM
Burger King downs Dazz in 2 OTs, keeps solo lead
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FOR THE second straight game, Burger King played without head coach Lawrence Chongson. And for the second straight time, the Burger Whoppers proved they can handle the business even without him.


Drawing another inspired performance from Mike Bravo, Wynsjohn and Ronjay Buenafe, the Whoppers defeated Dazz ‘Sang Patak in double overtime, 101-98, to stay unbeaten in the 2007 PBL Unity Cup last Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.

Given up for the dead after a lackluster performance in the first two quarters and the disqualification of JR Quinahan on fouls early in the first overtime, the Whoppers clawed their way back into the contest behind the hot hands of Buenafe and Bravo to notch their fourth straight win.

"I survived the intense pressure," said the overjoyed Rene Baena who called the shots this time in the absence of Chongson and assistant coach Allan Gregorio. "This is all about heart. I thought we can’t recover after our poor performance in the first half."

"Naghahanap na nga ako ng puso ng baboy o baka kanina dahil masama ang laro nila sa umpisa. But the boys proved me wrong," added Baena. "They showed great resolve down the stretch."

After falling behind 97-98, the fleet-footed Te, who scored only a charity in the regulation, came to the rescue of the Whoppers as he completed a threepoint that gave them a 100-98 lead with still 42 seconds.

A big break came in the ensuing play when Dazz’s Reed Juntilla missed a short jumper. Te sealed the win by splitting his charities with barely six seconds left.

Buenafe led Burger King with 22 points, including a triple with only a second left that forced the second overtime. Bravo had 21, including a triple and a tough jumper in the second overtime.

Despite his disqualification, Quinahan still produced a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. His last basket with 11.1 seconds sent the game into first overtime.

The loss was a heartbreaking one for the Dazz Kitchen Specialists who took a 65-49 advantage going into the finals 10 minutes.

For averaging 23 points a game in the team’s last two games, the 6-foot Buenafe was named Player of the Week by the PBL Press Corps

"You have to give it to Ronjay, he was terrific today," said Baena of his ward who also grabbed five rebounds, dished out two assists and a block in 37 minutes of action.

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05-01-2007, 11:25 AM
Whoppers seek win No. 5



Inquirer
Last updated 03:41am (Mla time) 05/01/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- Burger King attempts to keep its unbeaten slate while defending champion Harbour Centre guns for a second straight win as they take on separate tough rivals on Tuesday in the PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

The Burger Whoppers shoot for victory No. 5 against the Toyota Balintawak Road Kings at 2 p.m. while Harbour Centre’s Batang Pier tackle the Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala Moneymen at 4 p.m.

The Whoppers needed two extra periods to turn back a stubborn Dazz ’Sang Patak, 101-98, on Saturday in a game where Ronjay Buenafe reinforced his status as the league’s newest star.

After averaging 23 points in Burger King’s last two matches, Buenafe clinched the league’s first Player of the Week award, although he’s up against an equally hot Patrick Cabahug this time.

Cabahug hit a three-pointer to spark a third-quarter rally that allowed the Road Kings (2-2) to overhaul a 20-point deficit and beat Henkel Sista, 78-71, last week.

The Batang Pier and Moneymen tote similar 3-1 slates and odds are even with both teams coming off big wins.

Harbour trounced San Miguel-Magnolia, 79-72, while the Moneymen subdued Dazz ’Sang Patak, 101-98, in overtime.

For Cebuana coach Luigi Trillo, playing against a star-studded team like Harbour Centre is every team’s biggest challenge in the league.

Harbour Centre’s coaching staff has several offensive options, among them last conference MVP Jason Castro, Chico Lanete, JC Intal, Ryan Arana, Jojo Duncil and a slew of veteran big men.

“If you stop Jason, then they still have Chico, JC and other Jojo,” said Trillo. “Harbour is the barometer in the league. If you beat them, then you have good chances in this tournament.”

But Harbour coach Jorge Gallent does not buy Trillo’s argument.

“We have pretty good materials in the team but if we don’t play as a team we’re nothing,” Gallent said. Marc Anthony Reyes

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05-01-2007, 11:58 AM
PBL heavies square off in blockbuster tiffs

The Philippine Star 05/01/2007

A pair of explosive matches awaits PBL fans today as the league’s top four teams, led by unbeaten Burger King and defending champion Harbour Centre, clash at resumption of action in the PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center.

The Burger Whoppers, riding high on a 4-0 (win-loss) mark, collide with the Toyota Balintawak Roadkings at 2 p.m. while the Batang Pier take on Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala Moneymen at 4 p.m. in what many considered as a preview of the Final Four.

All four teams are coming off impressive victories but it was Burger King, which had to pass through the proverbial eye of the needle to remain unscathed.

The Whoppers needed two overtimes before subduing a stubborn Dazz ‘Sang Patak side, 101-98, last Saturday in a game where Ronjay Buenafe staked his claim as the league’s newest star.

Hardly noticed before the start of the season-ending tournament, the 6-foot-1 Buenafe has blossomed into a topnotch player, averaging 23 points in the last two games to clinch his first Player of the Week award from the Press Corps.

With both the Batang Pier and Moneymen toting similar 3-1 slates, expect a rugged and exciting encounter.

Harbour trounced San Miguel-Magnolia, 79-72, while the Moneymen, banking heavily on Ken Bono, Macky Escalona and Doug Kramer, beat Toyota Balintawak last Thursday.

For Cebuana Pera Padala coach Luigi Trillo, playing against a star-studded team like Harbour Centre is the biggest challenge for every team in the league.

Harbour Centre has so many weapons in its arsenal,among them last conference MVP Jason Castro, Chico Lanete, JC Intal, Ryan Arana, Jojo Duncil and a slew of veteran big men.

"If you stop Jason, then they still have Chico, JC and other Jojo," said Trillo. "Harbour is the barometer in the league, if you beat them, then you have good chances in this tournament."

But Harbour coach Jorge Gallent won’t buy Trillo’s impression, saying: "We have pretty good materials in the team but if we don’t play as a team we’re nothing."

The Toyota Roadkings razed a 20-point deficit early and then leaned on a banked three-point shot by Patrick Cabahug late in the game to frustrate Henkel Sista, 78-71.

The Cabahug-Buenafe showdown is expected to provide additional color to the game also expected to be tight and exciting.

It’s not yet certain whether Toyota Balintawak’s ace point guard is ready to play today. He missed the team’s first four games due to mumps.

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05-02-2007, 09:41 AM
Toyota sears Burger King; H Centre wins

The Philippine Star 05/02/2007

Toyota Balintawak, expecting a tough outing against unbeaten Burger King, encountered an easy sailing instead as the Roadkings dealt the Whoppers their first setback with a crushing 82-66 victory in the PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center yesterday.

Working on a tough defense and banking on game-long heroics of Dennis Daa, the Roadkings broke away from a tight game in the first half with a sleek running attack in the third period, then sustained the momentum in the fourth to cruise to their third win in five starts.

Daa came away with 28 big points, grabbed 13 rebounds, made three assists and one shot block in 28 minutes of play, keying a decisive third quarter Toyota run that enabled the Roadkings to pull away from a 45-40 game en route to the runaway victory.

But while Toyota Balintawak had a virtual easy time in disposing of Burger King, defending champion Harbour Centre had to work overtime before subduing a stubborn Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala side, 84-81, in the other game.

Jason Castro, whose muffed three-point play in the last 20 seconds, set the stage for the extra period, 72-all, and Chico Lanete scored five points each in the extra period as the Batang

Pier outscored the Moneymen, 10-1, in the first three minutes to build an 82-73 lead with 1:40 left in the contest.

With its fourth straight win, Harbour Centre caught up with Burger King at the helm while Cebuana Lhuillier fell to 3-2.

Daa also held his own against Burger King’s highly touted big man JR Quinahan, whom he limited to an 8-of-19 shooting from the field, while allowing only five rebounds. Quinahan finished with 18 points.

The Roadkings also flourished on the defensive end as they shackled Whopper hotshot Ronjay Buenafe, who was held to just 10 points after averaging 23 points in Burger Kings’ last two games.

"Our main focus was to stop Buenafe. That’s why my instruction was to let Quinahan have the ball but limit Buenafe. We know JR would tire out and that paid off in the end," said Toyota Balintawak coach Ariel Vanguardia.

The loss snapped Burger King’s streak at four.

gameface_one
05-02-2007, 09:44 AM
Toyota stops Burger King

Harbour Centre gains share of lead
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TOYOTA BALINTAWAK hardly worked out a sweat on Labor Day.


Leaning behind a daunting defense and the all-around brilliance of Dennis Daa, the Road Kings brought down Burger King back to earth with an emphatic 82-66 win yesterday as they dealt the Whoppers their first loss in the PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

In contrast, defending champion Harbour Centre had to work overtime in the second game before ekeing out an 84-81 decision over Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala.

Jason Castro and Chico Lanete scored five points each in the extra period as the Batang Pier outscored the Moneymen, 10-1, in the first three minutes of overtime for a safe 82-73 lead with 1:40 to play.

The win was the fourth straight for Harbour Centre, tying the team with Burger King at 4-1 for a share of the top spot.

Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala fell at 3-2 for second place alongside Toyota Balintawak.

Regulation play ended at 74-all after Castro, who led Harbour with 17 points, hit a driving lay up with a foul to boot from Doug Kramer, but missed the bonus free throw with 20 seconds left to open the door for a possible Cebuana Lhuillier win.

But Ken Bono, whose 30-point performance went for naught following the loss, missed the potential game-winner at the buzzer.

In the first game, Daa finished with 28 big points, grabbed 13 rebounds, had three assists and a block shot in 28 minutes of play, while sparking a decisive third quarter run that allowed the Roadkings to pull away for good in a game they dominated from start to finish.

Daa also held his own against Burger King’s highly-touted big man JR Quinahan, whom he limited to an 8-of-19 shooting from the field, while allowing only five rebounds off the boards. The burly center from Cebu finished with a team-high 18 points.

Toyota Balintawak’s third win in five matches wouldn’t be possible too, if not for its stifling defense on Whopper hotshot Ronjay Buenafe. Averaging 23 points in Burger Kings’ last two games, the streak shooting guard was held down to just 10 points on a paltry 2-of-11 shooting from the floor.

"Our main focus was to stop Buenafe. Kaya ang instruction ko is to let Quinahan have the ball and limit the touches of Buenafe. We know mapapagod din si JR and that paid off in the end," said Toyota Balintawak coach Ariel Vanguardia.

With Daa taking charge, the Roadkings went on a decisive run and finished the quarter ahead, 53-66.

The lead would later balloon to its biggest at 72-55 midway in the fourth as Daa connected on a jumper to cap a 6-0 Toyota run.

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05-03-2007, 10:22 AM
Burger King aims to get back on track
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BURGER KING tries to bounce back from a crushing setback when it battles San Miguel-Magnolia today in the 2007 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.


The Burger Whoppers, who suffered a 66-82 loss to Toyota Balintawak the other day that saw their four-game winning run snapped, collide with the Beverage Masters at 4 p.m. with the erstwhile solo leader determined to get back on the winning track.

Burger King’s anemic performance against the Roadkings could be the result of their exhausting 101-98 win over Dazz ‘ Sang Patak last Saturday where they needed extra 10 minutes to stretch their winning run to four.

Their loss enabled Harbour Center to tie them for the lead at 4-1.

After losing their opening game, the Batang Pier streaked to their fourth straight win by downing Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala in overtime, 84-81, last Tuesday.

Henkel Sista tangles with Dazz at 2 p.m. with the Super Sealers hoping to finally notch their first win after dropping their first four assignments.

But for them to barge into the win-column, the Caloy Garcia-mentored Sista squad must show great resolve, especially in the end game, to beat the Kitchen Specialists.

After losing their first two games by wide margins, the Super Sealers came out hot in their last two games against Harbour Centre and Toyota Balintawak — only to lose steam at the most crucial stage of the game.

Against the Roadkings last Saturday, the Super Sealers led as much as 20 points but still absorbed a 71-78 defeat.

One of the reasons why Super Sealers have yet to win a game is because of the mediocre performance of Samigue Eman.

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05-04-2007, 11:40 AM
Beverage Masters clip Whoppers in overtime


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 02:50am (Mla time) 05/04/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- Jeff Chan and Jonas Villanueva buried key baskets in overtime as San Miguel-Magnolia slapped a second straight loss on Burger King with a 95-92 decision Thursday in the PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez College Sports Center in Parañaque City.

Chan topscored with 18 points while Villanueva chipped in 16, including two free throws in the last 33.3 seconds that gave the Beverage Masters a 94-89 advantage.

Burger King forced the extra period at 82-all as Ronjay Buenafe sank two free throws with no time left in regulation off a foul by Gerard Jones.

Alwyn Espiritu could have given San Miguel-Magnolia a three-point cushion earlier but failed to complete a three-point play.

“Everybody accepted their responsibility; there’s accountability, so we can now move on to the next level,” said coach Koy Banal after the Beverage Masters improved to 2-3.

Earlier, Henkel Sista snapped out of a four-game losing spell with a 78-73 victory over Dazz ’Sang Patak.

Fritz Bauzon and Gilbert Malabanan nailed four free throws with only a minute remaining as the Super Sealers dealt the Kitchen Specialists their fourth straight defeat.

Both squads remained at the cellar with 1-4 slates, but Sista coach Caloy Garcia said his squad’s first win could serve as a springboard in the next round.

“I hope this is the start of a good run for us,” said Garcia.

The scores:

First Game
HENKEL SISTA 78 -- Misa 15, Bauzon 13, Malabanan 11, Bonus 11, Javier 11, Eman 6, Saldua 4, yambao 4, Alfad 3, Matias 0, Villamin 0, Robles 0, Ebuen 0.
DAZZ 73 -- Juntilla 15, J. Rodriguez 10, Larong 9, Sanz 8, Butel 6, Cenita 5, Moreño 4, Raymundo 4, Hugnatan 4, Mercado 2, Bucao 2, L. Rodriguez 2, Labagala 2, Omandam 0.
Quarters: 16-21, 34-37, 60-56, 78-73

Second Game
MAGNOLIA 95 -- Chan 18, Villanueva 16, Magpayo 13, Espiritu 12, Bombeo 11, Custodio 8, Jones 6, Angeles 5, Benitez 2, Rañeses 2, Doruelo 2.
BURGER KING 92 -- Buenafe 19, Bravo 17, Quiñahan 13, Urbiztondo 12, David 11, Mendoza 10, Te 5, Viray 3, Saguindel 2, Ballesteros 0, Aquino 0, Del Rosario 0, Garrido 0.
Quarters: 21-13, 42-35, 59-60, 82-82 (reg), 95-92

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05-05-2007, 06:56 PM
Harbour eyes PBL solo lead



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Last updated 04:32am (Mla time) 05/05/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- Most coaches would be glad to have his team on a four-game roll. Not Harbour Centre mentor Jorge Gallent.

Gallent remains unsatisfied with his wards as defending champion Harbour Centre shoot for the solo lead versus a surging Toyota Balintawak at the end of the first round of the PBL Unity Cup today at The Arena in San Juan.

“We tend to relax when we have a big lead, we have to fix that,” noted Gallent.

Road Kings coach Ariel Vanguardia, on the other hand, has been trying to figure out how to shackle Batang Pier stars Jason Castro, JC Intal, Chico Lanete and Ryan Araña.

“It’s always tough playing Harbour,” said Vanguardia. “They’re fully loaded so we just have to continue striving harder in practice.”

San Miguel-Magnolia tries to cap its first-round campaign with a second straight victory against Henkel Sista at 2 p.m.

Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala and Dazz ‘Sang Patak close out the triple-header at 4 p.m.

Harbour Centre secured the solo lead at 4-1 after San Miguel-Magnolia stunned Burger King, 95-92, in overtime last Thursday.

The Whoppers slipped to second at 4-2, while Toyota Balintawak and Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala shared third spot at 3-2.

Interestingly, Harbour Centre and Toyota Balintawak have emerged as bitter rivals in the last two conferences.

Last year, Batang Pier rose from a 1-2 deficit in their best-of-five Finals against the Road Kings to bag the championship in the Unity Cup.

The following conference, Batang Pier pulled off another come-from-behind victory versus the Road Kings in the semifinals and marched on to clinch the Silver Cup title.

“I expect another thrilling encounter,” said Gallent.

Magnolia coach Koy Banal also expects better performances from the Super Sealers, who ended a skid with a 78-73 win against Dazz’ Sang Patak. Jasmine W. Payo and Marc Reyes

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05-06-2007, 11:32 AM
Harbour Centre picks 5th win from the brink
By Abac Cordero
The Philippine Star 05/06/2007

Jason Castro threw up a prayer as time ran out yesterday to give Harbour Centre a sweet 73-70 victory over Toyota Otis and a scorching five-game winning streak in the PBL Unity Cup at The Arena in San Juan.

Patrick Cabahug hit an open three-pointer to tie the game with only 5.6 seconds left. But as his Toyota teammates whooped it up, Castro took a quick inbounds pass and zig-zagged through three defenders for his game-winning triple.

The ball was already up in the air when the final buzzer sounded. It did not take long for game officials to count the basket and award Harbour Centre, the hottest team in the PBL today, a pacesetting 5-1 card.

"I didn’t expect the shot to get in. I just threw it up. I’m so happy,"said Castro after the game which he almost single-handedly won by scoring nine of Harbour Centre’s 11 points in the final four minutes.

Toyota was in control most of the way and seemed headed to a victory when it took a 67-63 lead inside the last two minutes. But the Roadkings ran out of gas, going scoreless until Cabahug hit the tying triple.

"I think they celebrated too early after Cabahug’s shot. That’s why Jason found the basket,"said Batang Pier coach George Gallent, seeking his third straight championship for the three-year-old team.

Castro was mobbed by his teammates after he nailed the game-winner – a scene very typical of Harbour Centre’s string of victories following an opening loss to Burger King a few weeks back.

In the second game, Henkel Sista drew firepower from Fil-American rookie Ryan Reyes who scored 18 points in his first PBL game and helped his team beat Magnolia, 71-62, for a 2-4 record.

Reyes, who arrived from Los Angeles last Tuesday, went 6-of-9 from the field and 5-of-5 from the stripe in only 16 minutes of action. He vowed to play hard each game and help his team recover from a 0-4 start.

"I’m glad that my coach (Caloy Garcia) has confidence in me. There’s some pressure but I’ll always go out there and help get wins for this team,"said the 23-year-old guard after his debut.

"He came in just fine. And the rest of the players are upbeat with his entry. He’s still adjusting to the system and I don’t want to make it hard on him,"said Garcia.

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05-07-2007, 06:06 PM
Pera Padala rains down on ’Sang Patak

The Philippine Star 05/07/2007

Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala bounced back from a stinging setback and trounced Dazz ’Sang Patak, 74-59, to gain a share of second place at the close of the first round elims of the PBL Unity Cup at The Arena in San Juan late Saturday.

With Kenneth Bono and Doug Kramer on the firing end, the Moneymen dominated the contest and cruised to the trouble-free victory in a big rebound to their heart-breaking 81-84 overtime setback to Harbour Centre last Tuesday.

With the win, the Moneymen tied Burger King for second at 4-2 even as Harbour Centre firmed up its lead with a 73-70 win over Toyota Balintawak for a 5-1 mark. The Roadkings slipped to fourth at 3-3 followed by San Miguel-Magnolia (2-4), Henkel-Sista (2-4) and Dazz (1-6).

Meantime, Harbour’s Jason Castro was named best player for the week for his end-game brilliance in the team’s last two wins. Castro beat the buzzer with a triple to lift Harbour to a pulsating 73-70 win over Toyota Balintawak last Saturday.

He also scored 17 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out six assists in their win over the Moneymen.

The 6-foot-5 Bono came away with 15 points, including two triples in a decisive breakaway in the third quarter that also saw Emerson Oreta knock in two treys.

"I’m very satisfied with this kind of win," said coach Luigi Trillo. "We worked hard in the second quarter and then doubled our effort in the final half."

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05-08-2007, 08:15 AM
Moneymen aim for solo 2nd vs Dazz



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Last updated 04:30am (Mla time) 05/08/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- Inspired by a strong first round, Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala shoots for solo second place against cellar-dweller Dazz ’Sang Patak at the start of the second elimination round of the PBL Unity Cup Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan.

The Moneymen routed the Kitchen Specialists, 74-59, at the end of their first round campaign Saturday and are favored in their 4 p.m. date with their erstwhile victims anew.

“I’m very satisfied with this kind of win,” said coach Luigi Trillo after the victory that gave the Moneymen a share of second place with Burger King at 4-2. “We worked hard in the second quarter then doubled our efforts in the final half.”

Henkel Sista will also try to duplicate its convincing triumph over San Miguel-Magnolia at 4 p.m.

After opening the conference with four straight losses, the Super Sealers recovered with back-to-back victories, including a 71-62 decision versus San Miguel-Magnolia last Saturday.

And coach Caloy Garcia hopes the Super Sealers’ winning streak will extend in the second round with new Fil-Am recruit Ryan Reyes.

The 6-foot-1 point guard debuted against the Beverage Masters with 18 points on a 6-of-9 shooting in just 16 minutes of action.

“We have to beat Magnolia again to have a better position,” said Garcia. “(Reyes) is an excellent guard, a big boost to us. But we still have to play harder in our next game so that we can stand on solid ground.”

Henkel Sista wrapped up the first round tied with San Miguel-Magnolia at 2-4.

Reyes, though, will have to measure up against Magnolia’s veteran backcourt led by Jonas Villanueva, Jeff Chan and Bonbon Custodio.

The Kitchen Specialists, meanwhile, will try to halt their alarming skid with Reed Juntilla, Larry Rodriguez and Robert Sanz.

After an opening-day victory against Toyota Balintawak, the Kitchen Specialists went on a five-game slump. Jasmine W. Payo

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05-08-2007, 08:18 AM
Henkel-Sista shoots for 3rd straight win
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HENKEL-SISTA GUNS for its third straight win against San Miguel-Magnolia while Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala hopes to reaffirm its mastery over Dazz ‘Sang Patak at the start of the second elimination round of the PBL Unity Cup today at The Arena in San Juan.


The Moneymen and Super Sealers are installed heavy favorites over their rivals following their impressive wins over the same opponents last Saturday.

Drawing an explosive debut from Fil-Am Ryan Reyes, the Super Sealers shocked San Miguel-Magnolia, 71-62, and finished the first round with a 2-4 slate – the same record of the Beverage Masters.

Reyes sizzled with 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field and 5-of-5 from the free throw area in just 16 minutes of action.

The Moneymen, on the other hand, leaned on a torrid third quarter performance of Kenneth Bono and Emerson Oreta to waylay Dazz Kitchen Specialists, 74-59.

Despite their big wins the last time out, coaches Caloy Garcia (Henkel-Sista) and Luigi Trillo (Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala) don’t intend to relax as they expect both Magnolia and Dazz to bounce back strong.

"We have to beat Magnolia again to have a better position," said Garcia, who is pinning his hopes again on Reyes.

Saying he has high respect for Dazz coach Jun Noel, Trillo said they’re going to prepare hard for today’s battle.

"You can’t relax against them, they made it to the finals last conference so I’m sure they’re going to go all-out against us," said Trillo.

Another victory by CL Pera Padala over Dazz will enable the Moneymen to grab solo second behind league-leading Harbour Centre.

The Moneymen are currently tied with Burger Whoppers at 4-2 while the Batang Pier are toting a 5-1 card, having won their last five games.

Reed Juntilla, Robert Sanz and Larry Rodriguez must step up big to end the team’s five-game losing run.

VV3CBL
05-09-2007, 04:37 AM
Is Ryan Reyes the same Reyes who played for Brent High school in the early 90's and migrated to the USA?




Henkel-Sista shoots for 3rd straight win
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HENKEL-SISTA GUNS for its third straight win against San Miguel-Magnolia while Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala hopes to reaffirm its mastery over Dazz ‘Sang Patak at the start of the second elimination round of the PBL Unity Cup today at The Arena in San Juan.


The Moneymen and Super Sealers are installed heavy favorites over their rivals following their impressive wins over the same opponents last Saturday.

Drawing an explosive debut from Fil-Am Ryan Reyes, the Super Sealers shocked San Miguel-Magnolia, 71-62, and finished the first round with a 2-4 slate – the same record of the Beverage Masters.

Reyes sizzled with 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field and 5-of-5 from the free throw area in just 16 minutes of action.

The Moneymen, on the other hand, leaned on a torrid third quarter performance of Kenneth Bono and Emerson Oreta to waylay Dazz Kitchen Specialists, 74-59.

Despite their big wins the last time out, coaches Caloy Garcia (Henkel-Sista) and Luigi Trillo (Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala) don’t intend to relax as they expect both Magnolia and Dazz to bounce back strong.

"We have to beat Magnolia again to have a better position," said Garcia, who is pinning his hopes again on Reyes.

Saying he has high respect for Dazz coach Jun Noel, Trillo said they’re going to prepare hard for today’s battle.

"You can’t relax against them, they made it to the finals last conference so I’m sure they’re going to go all-out against us," said Trillo.

Another victory by CL Pera Padala over Dazz will enable the Moneymen to grab solo second behind league-leading Harbour Centre.

The Moneymen are currently tied with Burger Whoppers at 4-2 while the Batang Pier are toting a 5-1 card, having won their last five games.

Reed Juntilla, Robert Sanz and Larry Rodriguez must step up big to end the team’s five-game losing run.

gameface_one
05-09-2007, 07:55 AM
Reyes heroics power Henkel over Magnolia
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 05/09/2007

Fil-Am Ryan Reyes dished out another gem of a game yesterday, firing 20 points and powering Henkel-Sista to a come-from-behind 67-61 victory over San Miguel-Magnolia for its third straight victory in the PBL Unity Cup at the Arena in San Juan.

Reyes, who debuted for the team with 18 points in steering the Super Sealers over the same team, 71-62, at the close of the first round elims last Saturday, also had five assists and the same number of steals while pulling down four rebounds as Henkel-Sista remained unbeaten after dropping its first four games.

In the other game, Cebuana Lhuillier downed Dazz ‘Sang Patak, 72-65, to notch its fifth win in seven matches for solo second place behind pacesetting Harbour Centre, which totes a 5-1 (win-loss) record.

It was the Sink Whiteners’ sixth defeat against a win.

"This one’s for our boss," said CL coach Luigi Trillo referring to team owner Jean Henri Lhuillier, who is leaving for Harvard today for a three-week study.

"He’s heaven-sent," said Garcia referring to his 23-year-old 6-foot-1 prized recruit, a former high school teammate of reigning NBA three-point shooting champion Jason Kapono of the Miami Heat at Artesia in Los Angeles, California from 1999-2000.

"He’s the future of Philippine basketball, he can shoot, drive, pass, defend and he has no weakness," said PBL chief Chino Trinidad. "He should be in the national team right now."

Reyes teamed up with Eder Saldua in a big third quarter run that saw the Super Sealers turn a 22-34 halftime deficit into a 50-44 lead going into the final period.

He then came through with a nine-point splurge in the last period to take the starch out of the Beverage Masters, who fell to their second straight setback and fifth overall against two wins.

"I just want to be a leader of this team," said Reyes, who speaks fluent Filipino.

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05-09-2007, 07:58 AM
Cebuana Lhuillier cleans up Dazz



By REY C. LACHICA
mb.com.ph



CEBUANA LHUILLIER Pera Padala found a way to get out of trouble in the closing minutes as the Moneymen scraped past Dazz ’Sang Patak, 72-65, and grabbed solo second in the PBL Unity Cup at The Arena in San Juan.


For a change, it was not top gunner Ken Bono who starred for the Moneymen’s fifth win in seven games but little known Mark Yee and Alfie Grijaldo.

The two spunky players came through with key baskets and helped the Moneymen stave off Dazz’s repeated rallies. Defending champion Harbour Centre remains on top with a 5-1 card.

Grijaldo tallied six of his 12 points in the fourth quarter while the rugged Yee added four clutch baskets in the payoff period to hand the Kitchen Specialists their sixth straight defeat.

Despite Cebuana’s win, the day belonged to Henkel-Sista’s Ryan Reyes.

Reyes, whose claim to fame is being the high school teammate of NBA 3-point champion Jason Kapono of the Miami Heat, put on another dazzling performance as Sista repeated over San Miguel-Magnolia, 67-61, for its third straight win.

The 6-foot-1 Reyes, who played along with Kapono at Artesia High School in California, scattered 20 points, including four in a third quarter show that saw the Super Sealers outscore the Beverage Masters, 28-10.

With the win, the Super Sealers improved to 3-4 while the Beverage Masters, champions of this tournament two years ago, slipped to 2-5.

"I love playing here although I’m still having a hard time adjusting to the weather. But overall, I like the kind of play here," said Reyes. "It’s quite physical but I don’t mind it.’

With Reyes joining hands with Eder Sadua, the Super Sealers erased a 22-34 half time deficit and took a 50-44 lead going into the final quarter as Saldua and Don Villamin buried back-to-back triples.

The Super Sealers never trailed after that as Reyes’ brilliance somehow rubbed off on his teammates.

Even Sista coach Caloy Garcia had glowing words for his prized recruit.

"Talagang hulog siya ng langit sa amin," enthused Garcia. "I hope he can play better the next time around but we can’t rely on him all the time. We have to work as a team."

The 6-foot-1 Reyes, who arrived only last week, finished with a 7-of-8 shooting from the field and was again perfect from the stripes making all his five gift shots.

The scores:

First Game

HENKEL-SISTA 67 — Reyes 20, Javier 10, Saldua 10, Matias 6, Villamin 6, Bonus 5, Yambao3, Malabanan 2, Misa 2, Alfad 2, Eman 1, Ebuen 0, Bauzo 0.

MAGNOLIA 61 — Custodio 17, Chan 12, Villanueva 12, Raneses 1, Benetiz 5, Alemda 4, Barcellano 0, Jones 0, Evangelista 0, Bombeo 0, Angeles 0, Doruelo 0.

Quarters: 14-21, 22-34, 50-44, 67-61

Second Game

CEBUANA 72 — Bono 15, Grijaldo 12, Escalona 10, Yee 6, Dela Cuesta, 6, Capus 5, Sta. Maria 4, Oreta 4, Kramer 4, Burtscher 2, Dela Pena 0, Solis 0, Dulay 0.

DAZZ 65 — Mercado 14, Butel 12, Juntilla 10, Hugnatan 8, Larong 7, Sanz 5, Almacin 4, Rodriguez L. 3, Labagala 2, Moreno 0.

Quarters: 14-16, 36-30, 55-46, 72-65.

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05-10-2007, 09:36 AM
Harbour shoots for 6th straight

The Philippine Star 05/10/2007

Harbour Centre takes on Burger King today, raring not only to stretch its win run to six but also avenge its lone setback to the Whoppers even as Henkel Sista tries to sustain its own streak in the 2007 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center.

With majority of the Batang Pier unable to practice with the team due to their stint in the recent SEABA Club Champions Cup in Jakarta, Harbour Centre succumbed to Burger King, 81-77, the first time they met this conference.

But with Harbour playing with a full roster this time, the Whoppers will have to double their effort if they are to repeat over the defending champions in their 2 p.m. encounter.

Harbour Centre, for one, is coming off a five-game run, including a 73-70 squeaker over arch-rival Toyota Balintawak last Saturday.

Jason Castro, fancied to win the coveted MVP plum for the second straight time, will be the player to watch for the Batang Pier along with Chico Lanete, Al Vergara, JC Intal and Jojo Duncil.

The Whoppers, on the other hand, will be spearheaded by the troika of Ronjay Buenafe, Mike Bravo and JR Quinahan.

Henkel Sista, meanwhile, guns for its fourth straight victory after dropping their first four games as it plays Toyota Balintawak at 4 p.m.

Fil-Am Ryan Reyes, who had 20 points, five assists and five steals in powering Henkel-Sista past San Miguel-Magnolia, 67-61, Tuesday, is again expected to carry the cudgels for the Super Sealers.

Although they beat the Super Sealers, 78-71, in their first meeting, the Roadkings must be able to limit the production of the 6-foot-1 Reyes.

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05-11-2007, 08:59 AM
H Centre thwarts Burger King
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 05/11/2007

Harbour Centre squandered a six-point lead in the fourth quarter but recovered in time on the free throw line to pound out an 83-79 victory over Burger King for its sixth straight victory in the PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center yesterday.

Beau Belga, one of the new recruits by the Mikee Romero-owned franchise, fired 15 points, including five charities in the final three minutes of the contest as the Batang Pier repulsed the Whoppers to avenge their 77-81 opening day setback to their victim.

Belga’s foul shooting exploits underscored Harbour’s marked improvement from the line where they missed 31 shots in its last two games against Cebuana Lhuillier and Toyota Balintawak.

In the other game, Henkel-Sista held Toyota Balintawak to just two points in overtime as it notched its fourth straight win, 82-70, after dropping four in row.

Toyota dropped to 3-4.

against three wins.

JR Quinahan had 14 points, eight boards, two shot blocks, one assist and a steal before he sat out the rest of the game while the high-leaping Ronjay Buenafe, a standout at Emilio Aguinaldo College, struggled for only four points for Burger King.

Led by Jim Viray’s 14 points, the Whoppers dictated the pace in the first half, 40-35, but failed to sustain the pace as the Batang Pier wrested control at 68-62 early in the fourth period.

Burger King, which once held the solo lead after streaking to four straight wins, then countered a 12-2 run to regain a 74-70 lead before Belga took over for the Batang Pier down the stretch.

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05-11-2007, 09:04 AM
Harbour avenges loss to BK



By REY C. LACHICA
mb.com.ph


FOR A change, the big men of Harbour Centre finally played big yesterday.


Chad Alonzo came through with a clutch basket and Beau Belga made 4-of-4 from the stripes in the last 76 seconds as the defending champion got back at first round tormentor Burger King, 83-79, for its sixth straight win in the PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center.

Alonzo, known for his defensive prowess, surprised everybody when he led all scorers with 18 points — the bulk of them coming on inside plays or putbacks.

Jason Castro, Harbour’s leading scorer, was out of sync as he made only two charities after missing all his six field goals. He also turned the ball over five times.

More than extending their winning streak, the Batang Pier avenged their 77-81defeat to the Burger Whoppers in the first round.

The loss was the third straight for the Whoppers after winning their first four games.

In the second game, Henkel-Sista held Toyota Balintawak to just two points in the extra five minutes to roar to its fourth straight via an 82-70 win.

Sista rookie sensation Ryan Reyes fouled out late in the fourth quarter but this hardly mattered as Ronnie Matias and veteran Gilbert Malabanan took scoring cudgels.

Still, the 6-foot-1 Reyes finished with a game-high 16 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the field.

Malabanan tallied 14 points and grabbed 11 boards as the Super Sealers evened their record to 4-4.

The loss was the second straight for the Roadkings who dropped to 3-4. They had two chances to win the game in regulation but Christian Coronel missed both his attempts.

"We did not get enough firepower from Jason but good thing my big men stepped up big today," said Harbour coach Jorge Gallent. "This is a big, big win for us because we’re going to face Toyota Balintawak on Saturday."

JC Intal put Harbour back into the driver’s seat by scoring on a spectacular drive, 77-76, with 1:35 left. Belga made it 79-76 by sinking his two gift shots.

Burger King’s Mike Bravo retaliated swiftly that gave Burger King a ray of hope. But that did not push through as Castro made his charities and Bravo lost the ball after being harassed by Castro.

After Burger’s Earn Saguindel split his charities, 79-81, Belga sealed the win with two more free throws in the last 9 seconds.

Meantime, former MVP Joe Devance will be back in the country to suit up once again with former team Toyota Balintawak.

The 6-foot-7 Devance helped Toyota Balintawak (formerly Toyota Otis) reach the finals of the Unity Cup last year.

JR Quinahan was not fielded back after scoring 14 points in the third because according to coach Lawrence Chongson he was not "focused."

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05-12-2007, 09:40 AM
Harbour aims to extend streak

The Philippine Star 05/12/2007

Harbour Centre tries to repeat over Toyota Balintawak and extend its winning streak to seven even as Burger King tries to recover lost ground against Dazz ’Sang Patak today in PBL Unity Cup at The Arena in San Juan.

The Batang Pier and Roadkings clash in the featured match of another triple bill beginning at 4 p.m. with the defending champions out to stamp their class over the Roadkings, whom they subdued, 73-70, in the first round.

Harbour, led by MVP frontrunner Jason Castro, is actually eyeing a fourth straight win over Toyota, counting the two other victories in their semis series in the Silver Cup last February.

The Whoppers, meanwhile, try to regain their winning ways as they take on the skidding Kitchen Specialists at 2 p.m. Dazz is coming off a six-game losing skein.

Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala tackles San Miguel-Magnolia at 12 noon.

Burger King outlasted Dazz in double overtime the last time out, 101-98, but Dazz coach Jun Noel and team manager Bernard Yang remain confident of their chances.

"Our problem is that we tend to relax in the second half after a good start," said Yang. "We have to play smart basketball from start to end."

Meantime, the Extreme Magic Sing Karaoke Challenge will be held among the fans in between games of each PBL playdate.

The first two games of the day will be aired over Basketball TV (Channel 34) from 5-9 p.m. while the game between Toyota Balintawak and Harbour Centre will be shown tomorrow over the same channel at 7 p.m.

The Cebuana Moneymen (5-2) are likewise favored over the Beverage Masters, having won their last two games, including a 76-74 squeaker over Magnolia in the first round.

Expected to lead the Moneymen are Kenneth Bono, Doug Kramer, Alfie Grijaldo and Macky Escalona while JonasVillanueva, Bonbon Custodio and Jeff Chan are tipped to carry the cudgels for the Beverage Masters (2-5).

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05-13-2007, 12:46 PM
Cebuana whips Magnolia by 40


By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
Last updated 03:49am (Mla time) 05/13/2007


MANILA, Philippines – Cebuana Lhullier-Pera Padala was unstoppable against a San Miguel-Magnolia team that played awful.

The result was a 103-63 massacre that gave the Moneymen their sixth win yesterday and boosted their stock for the next round of the PBL Unity Cup at the Arena in San Juan.

Five CL Pera Padala mainstays scored in double figures as they exploited San Miguel-Magnolia’s spotty defense and lifted the Moneymen close behind idle league-leader Harbour Centre at 6-2.

Cebuana’s winning margin was the biggest since Red Bull pulverized Montana Pawnshop, 89-44, eight years ago.

Dazz ‘Sang Patak finally ended its six-game losing streak by tripping Burger King, 81-69, in the second game.

Ardy Larong topscored for Dazz with 22 points, 13 of them in the third quarter, as the Kitchen Specialists tied San Miguel-Magnolia at 2-6.

Burger King absorbed its fourth straight setback for a 4-4 record.

“We can’t take all the credit for this because there are players from Magnolia who didn’t play, but we will take this win anytime,” said CL coach Luigi Trillo.

Veteran Erwin Sta. Maria shook off his scoring drought, scattering 19 points, including two three-pointers, to lead CL Pera Padala.

He also came up with three rebounds, two assists and a steal in just 18 minutes of action.

The Whoppers missed burly slotman JR Quinahan, who was suspended for hitting Harbour Centre’s Beau Belga during their game early this week.

In posting one of the PBL’s widest winning margins in a long time, the Moneymen shot an impressive 58 percent from the field, making 40 of 69 attempts. The Beverage Masters hit only 25 of 75 attempts for a 33-percent clip.

CL-Pera Padala outrebound San Miguel-Magnolia, 51-32, and issued more assists, 29-15.

The scores:
First Game
CL PERA PADALA 103—Sta. Maria 19, Capus 13, Escalona 13, Bono 13, Grijaldo 11, Dela Cuesta 9, Kramer 8, Burtscher 6, Yee 5, Solis 4, Dela Pena 2, Gonzales 0, Oreta 0, Co 0.
SMC-MAGNOLIA 63—Chan 15, Villanueva 12, Custodio 10, Almeda 8, Raneses 6, Evangelista 4, Orongon 2, Barcellano 2, Natividad 2, Bombeo 2, Benitez 0, Jones 0, Angeles 0, Doruelo 0.
Quarters: 22-18, 51-32, 77-53, 103-63
Second Game
DAZZ 81—Larong 22, Juntilla 9, Bucao 6, Moreno 6, Hugnatan 6, Mercado 6, Cenita 6, Sanz 5, Rodriguez 4, Butel 4, Raymundo 3, Labagala 2, Almacin 2, Omandan 1.
BURGER KING 69—Buenafe 20, David 9, Bravo 9, Vitay 8, Ballesteros 6, Saguindel 5, Del Rosario 4, Mendoza 2, Garrido 2, Dizon 2, Aquino 2, Te 0, Urbiztondo 0.
Quarters: 25-9, 39-27, 63-46, 81-69

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05-14-2007, 08:01 AM
Cruz steps up as Road Kings sink Batang Pier


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 03:24am (Mla time) 05/14/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- Marvin Cruz came into the game looking far from ready to break out of his slump.

The 5-foot-8 point guard finally rewarded the confidence given him in the second half, leading the Toyota Balintawak Road Kings past Harbour Centre, 69-63, in the 2007 PBL Unity Cup Saturday night at the Arena in San Juan.

The Road Kings, who ended a two-game skid, halted Harbour Centre’s six-game winning run and pushed the Batang Pier to a tie for first with Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala at 6-2.

Toyota Balintawak forged a three-way tie for third place with Henkel Sista and Burger King at 4-4 as Cruz overcame a poor start in only his third game in the conference after a bout with mumps.

“I have high respect for Marvin, that’s why despite his eight turnovers in the first half, I did not pull him out,” said said coach Ariel Vanguardia.

“Maybe I’ve been putting him in and out of the court in the last two games, that’s why he’s struggling. So I decided to give him full minutes, whatever happens.”

Cruz scattered 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals after averaging only 6.5 markers in his first two outings.

The turning point came in the third period when Cruz buried five free throws to lift the Road Kings up, 44-42, after trailing 22-30 at halftime.

The Road Kings went on to surge ahead by 66-54 in the fourth canto, before Batang Pier orchestrated a last-ditch 9-0 run in the final two minutes that cut the margin to 66-63.

Marco Fajardo and Chris Baluyot sealed the Road Kings’ victory by nailing three of their four foul shots with only 15.4 seconds remaining.

The scores:
TOYOTA BALINTAWAK 69 -- Cruz 18, Daa 16, Cabahug 16, Baluyot 10, Coronel 6, Jaime 2, Fajardo 1, Coching 0, Alcaraz 0, Cagoco 0, Dedicatoria 0, Guerrero 0, Rodriguez 0.
HARBOUR CENTRE 63 -- Asoro 12, Castro 12, Belga 11, Araña 9, Intal 4, Vergara 3, Fernandez 3, Lanete 3, Capati 2, Alonzo 2, Ortiguerra 2, Duncil 0.
Quarters: 8-13, 22-30, 47-44, 69-63

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05-15-2007, 07:54 AM
Harbour, Cebuana eye 7th wins
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DEFENDING CHAMPION Harbour Centre and Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala try to boost their bids for outright semis berths when they collide against separate rivals today in the PBL Unity Cup at The Arena in San Juan.



The Batang Pier, gunning for a three-peat, tangle with Dazz ’Sang Patak in a battle between last conference’s (Silver Cup) finalists at 4 p.m., while the Moneymen battle the streaking Henkel-Sista at 2 p.m.

Both the Batang Pier and Moneymen are tied for first to second places at 6-2 while the Super Sealers are locked in a three-way tie for third to fifth places with Toyota Balintawak and Burger King at 4-4.

Harbour Centre and CL Pera Padala just need to win two of their remaining four games to assure themselves of at least a playoff for one of two automatic semis slots.

Stung by Toyota Balintawak, 69-63, last Saturday, the Batang Pier are expected to pull out all the stops in the hope of getting back into the winning track. Their loss to the Roadkings ended their six-game winning streak.

The Batang Pier have beaten the Kitchen Specialists four in row dating back to their lopsided finals series.

The Kitchen Specialists are coming off an impressive 81-69 win over Burger King, a victory that snapped their six-game losing run.

Ardy Larong is again expected to lead the assault for the Kitchen Specialists while Harbour can always count on Jason Castro, Chad Alonzo, JC Intal, Chico Lanete and Ryan Arana.

Back into the thick of fight after winning their last four games, the Super Sealers will again rely on the hot hands of rookie sensation Ryan Reyes when they face the taller and heftier Moneymen.

The 6-foot-1 Reyes, who arrived in the country just two weeks ago, averaged 18 points in his first three games with the Super Sealers. Coach Caloy Garcia, however, insists that everybody must do their share to keep their winning run, saying: "If we want to go far, we have to play as team. We can’t rely on Ryan all the time."

The Moneymen are also on a roll, having won their last three games, the latest was a 103-63 demolition of San Miguel-Magnolia.

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05-15-2007, 07:57 AM
Moneymen shoot for 7th win vs Sealers



Inquirer
Last updated 02:15am (Mla time) 05/15/2007


MANILA, Philippines – Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala and Henkel Sista, both on a roll, collide today in the PBL Unity Cup at The Arena in San Juan.

The Moneymen try to keep a piece of the lead when they shoot for a fourth straight win at 2 p.m. against the Super Sealers, who have four consecutive wins after a 0-4 start.

The Cebu-based squad shows the way with Harbour Centre at 6-2 and coach Luigi Trillo said the surge started when the team started to put premium on defense.

“Our offense came because of our defense,” noted Cebuana coach Luigi Trillo of the Moneymen, who are coming off a 40-point demolition of San Miguel-Magnolia.

The defending champion Harbour five will also try to improve its semifinal bid in a 4 p.m. tussle versus Dazz ‘Sang Patak.

While their six-game winning streak is gone, the Batang Pier are slightly favored over the Kitchen Specialists, who share the cellar with San Miguel-Magnolia at 2-6.

As things stand, the Moneymen and Batang Pier only need to win two of their last four games to clinch a playoff for an outright semifinal slot.

The top two teams at the end of the elimination round will secure automatic slots in the Final Four, while the rest slug it out in the quarterfinals.

Although two games behind the leaders, Henkel Sista looks poise to gain more ground with new Fil-Am recruit Ryan Reyes towing the Super Sealers into a tie with idle Toyota Balintawak and Burger King at 4-4.

But coach Caloy Garcia made it clear that the Super Sealers cannot pin their semifinal hopes on Reyes .

“If we want to go far, we have to play as a team,” said Garcia. “We can’t rely on Ryan all the time.”

The hot-shooting Reyes, who arrived from California two weeks ago, averaged 18 points after missing only one shot in 14 attempts from the field in two games.

The Moneymen were unstoppable last Saturday, crushing San Miguel-Magnolia, 103-63, behind the combined efforts of Ken Bono, Macky Escalona, Erwin Sta. Maria and Ariel Capus.

Meanwhile, Harbour Centre and Dazz saw their respective streaks come to an end over the weekend.

A six-game winning spree that stretched for three weeks ground to a halt when Batang Pier bowed to Toyota Balintawak with a 69-63 decision last Saturday.

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05-16-2007, 07:19 AM
PBL leaders in firm control

By JOEY VILLAR
The Philippine Star

Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala outplayed Henkel-Sista in a duel of streaking teams and pulled off a 78-69 victory to share the lead with Harbour Centre in the PBL Unity Cup at The Arena in San Juan on Tuesday.

Eric dela Cuesta fired 15 points while Macky Escalona, Ariel Capus and Doug Kramer tossed in 13, 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Moneymen, which seized control early then dominated the second half en route to clinching their fourth straight win and seventh overall against two setbacks.

The Jean Henri Lhuillier-owned franchise also played as a team, finishing with 23 assists topped by Capus’ eight doleouts that helped snap the Super Sealers’ four straight victories. It was Henkel-Sista’s fifth loss.

Three-peat seeking Harbour Centre held Dazz ‘Sang Patak to just a basket in the final five minutes as it carved out a 78-72 win to remain in joint lead.

Harbour and CL Pera Padala thus moved within one win away each from booking outright semifinal berths.

Jason Castro, last conference’s MVP, shot 18 points while Beau Belga added 15, including seven fourth quarter points to power the Batang Pier to victory.

The Sink Cleaners, who trailed, 13-26, in the opening canto, actually wrested the lead, 69-68, when Ardy Larong and Ronald Bucao combined in a big run midway in the final period.

But Harbour Centre toughened up its defense and leaned on Belga’s inside game to deal the Lamoiyan-owned club its seventh defeat against two wins.

Escalona, a former Ateneo de Manila standout, also had five assists for the Moneymen.

“What’s good about this team is that our main guys have sacrificed their numbers, they’re getting other guys involved,” said CL Pera Padala coach Luigi Trillo, who also took notice of his wards’ solid defense.

While holding down Fil-Am sensation Ryan Reyes to just nine points, the Moneymen also shackled other Henkel-Sista’s starters like Khiel Misa and Fritz Bauzon, who were limited to a combined six points.

Reyes, a former high teammate of NBA three-point shootout king Jason Kapono of the Miami Heat at Artesia in Los Angeles, started for Henkel coach Caloy Garcia for the first time but he finished below 10 after averaging 17 points in his first three outings.

“Maybe coach Caloy wants a different look, he wants to attack our point guards,” said Trillo. “I’m just happy my guards held their ground.”

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05-17-2007, 09:48 AM
C. Lhuillier seeks semis



Inquirer
Last updated 03:48am (Mla time) 05/17/2007


GAMES THURDAY (Olivarez Sports Center)
2 p.m. -- Toyota Balintawak vs. San Miguel-Magnolia
4 p.m. -- Cebuana Lhuillier vs. Burger King

MANILA, Philippines -- Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala guns for at least a playoff for a semifinal slot when it tackles skidding Burger King Thursday in the PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

With four straight victories, the Moneymen tangle with the Whoppers at 4 p.m. seeking to grab the solo lead with an 8-2 win-loss record.

Toyota Balintawak, fresh from a 69-63 upset of defending champion Harbour Centre, collides with lowly San Miguel-Magnolia earlier at 2 p.m.

The Road Kings are heavily favored to raise their record to 5-4 with the return of guard Marvin Cruz from sick bay.

The Moneymen, who ended the four-game run of Henkel Sista, 78-69, in their last outing, are visibly inspired although coach Luigi Trillo refused to get carried away.

“We’re taking it one game at a time since there are other teams still in contention,” he said. “I hope the players will maintain their intensity and continue to play hard.”

The Whoppers actually own an 80-69 win over the Moneymen in the first round, but they are in the midst of a slump with four straight losses after a 4-0 start.

Ken Bono, Cebuana’s main man, will have his hands full against archrival JR Quiñahan, who will return to action after a one-game suspension for rough play. Marc Anthony Reyes

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05-18-2007, 10:04 AM
Moneymen silence Whoppers, grab lead


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 05:11am (Mla time) 05/18/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- Unheralded Don Dulay struck hardest when it counted most as Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala turned back Burger King, 95-84, Thursday and moved a win away from an outright semifinal stint in the PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez College Sports Center in Parañaque City.

Dulay, a 5-foot-10 guard, nailed back-to-back triples that sparked a 14-5 Moneymen run for an 88-77 spread heading into the final two minutes.

It was the fifth straight victory for the Moneymen, who grabbed the solo lead with an 8-2 card.

“Dulay made big plays down the stretch,” said Moneymen coach Luigi Trillo.

Toyota Balintawak, with bruiser Erick Rodriguez unloading a game-high 26 points, clobbered San Miguel-Magnolia, 79-68.

Rodriguez buried all his three attempts from beyond the arc while adding 11 rebounds.

Patrick Cabahug also shone with 18 points for the Road Kings, who clinched their fifth victory in nine outings.

Coach Neil Vanguardia said the Road Kings have an even stronger chance of clinching one of two automatic semifinal berths with the return of Fil-Am Joe Devance. Devance, last year’s MVP, arrived from the United States Wednesday and will suit up for the Road Kings on Saturday.

The Beverage Masters joined Dazz at 2-7 even as the Whoppers took their fifth straight loss after a 4-0 start.

The scores:
First Game
TOYOTA BALINTAWAK 79 -- Rodriguez 26, Cabahug 18, Daa 15, Cruz 8, Coronel 5, Jaime 4, Guerrero 2, Cagoco 1, Coching 0, Alcaraz 0, Dedicatoria 0, Baluyot 0, Fajardo 0.
SAN MIGUEL-MAGNOLIA 68 -- Custodio 15, Jones 12, Magpayo 11, Chan 10, Barcellano 6, Evangelista 6, Villanueva 6, Natividad 2, Benitez 0, Raneses 0, Almeda 0, Angeles 0.
Quarters: 18, 19, 41-38, 59-53, 79-68

Second Game
CEBUANA LHUILLIER 95 -- Grijaldo 15, Dulay 12, Kramer 12, Escalona 11, Capus 11, Bono 10, Dela Cuesta 8, Sta. Maria 5, Dela Peña 5, Oreta 4, Burtscher 2.
BURGER KING 84 -- Buenafe 14, Te 12, Quiñahan 11, Urbiztondo 11, Mendoza 10, Bravo 7, Viray 7, David 6, Ballesteros 6, Del Rosario 0, Saguindel 0, Aquinio 0, Garrido 0.
Quarters: 25-27, 43-45, 66-62, 95-84

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05-18-2007, 10:08 AM
Toyota, Lhuillier near semis
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CEBUANA Lhuillier stretched Burger King’s woes with a 95-84 win yesterday, and moved within reach of clinching one of two automatic semifinals berth in the PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque.


Trailing for most of the first two quarters, the Moneymen finally got going in the second half before enduring one final charge from the Whoppers on their way to regaining the solo lead in the season-ending conference.

The Moneymen won for the fifth straight game and at 8-2, are now half a game ahead of defending champion Harbour Centre in the race for the first semifinal slot.

Unheralded players Don Dulay and Ariel Capus starred in a closing 14-5 run as Cebuana Lhuillier coasted to an 88-77 lead with 2:40 left. Dulay had six of his 12 points and Capus four of his 11 during the scoring binge.

The two exploded just as Burger King came to within 72-74 on a Rey Mendoza triple.

The Whoppers, an 80-69 winner over the Moneymen in their first meeting, dropped to their fifth straight loss for a 4-5 slate.

Earlier, Toyota Balintawak nipped San Miguel-Magnolia, 79-68, as it made a last-minute push in its own bid for an outright semifinals berth.

National team member Erick Rodriguez scored a conference high 26 points for the Roadkings while Patrick Cabahug had 18, including key baskets down the stretch that kept the rallying Beverage Masters at bay.

The rejuvenated Roadkings improved to 5-4 for solo third place, but more importantly, kept in the thick of the fight for the two outright semifinals berth with three more games left in their schedule.

They will meet Dazz ‘Sang Patak tomorrow, followed by Cebuana Lhuillier and Burger King.

"May chance pa for the semis slot since we have three more games to go," said an ecstatic Toyota Balintawak coach Ariel Vanguardia, whose wards are fresh from a 69-63 conquest of league-leading Harbour Centre going into yesterday’s game.

With a two-game winning streak going for them, things are even bound to get better for the Roadkings as Vanguardia confirmed that Fil-Am big man Joe Devance, the Most Valuable Player of the same conference a year ago, will be playing for the team in its next game.

"Joe Devance will play for us this Saturday, so hopefully we’ll be able to win all of our remaining games," added the Toyota Balintawak mentor.

The 6-foot-4 Rodriguez punctuated his breakout game by grabbing 11 rebounds and was a perfect 3-of-3 from the free throw line.

A three-pointer by Rodriguez gave the Roadkings a 50-43 lead while his short jumper later on sparked a 6-0 Toyota run, giving the team its biggest lead of the game, 56-45, late in the third period.

After the Beverage Masters cut down the deficit to four, Cabahug took the cudgels for the Roadkings, nailing down back-to-back treys to make it 72-62 early in the fourth.

Gerald Jones and Jeff then scored four straight free throws as San Miguel-Magnolia closed in at 72-66, only to be stymied again by Cabahug, who pulled down an offensive rebound before hitting a step back jumper that stopped cold the Beverage Masters’ late rally.

"Erick played very well while Patrick found his range when the team was struggling in the fourth period. I gave them a two-day rest last Sunday and Monday and it benefited Erick, as we all know he played for the national team (in the SEABA Champions Cup)," said Vanguardia of the his prized power forward.

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05-19-2007, 10:43 AM
Harbour five set to run all the way vs Henkel



Inquirer
Last updated 03:06am (Mla time) 05/19/2007


MANILA, Philippines—Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent expects an intense, fast-paced game when his defending champions clash with Henkel Sista starting at 12 noon in the PBL Unity Cup today.

“We have to win to be safe in the semis,” said Gallent, noting that his Batang Pier must win two of their remaining three elimination games for an outright semifinal berth.

“We know (Fil-Am Ryan) Reyes provides the tempo of their team. Sista’s asset is their running game and their three-point shooting. Our transition defense must be in tip-top shape.”

Holding a 7-2 slate, Harbour Centre remains just half a game behind league-leading Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala.

Toyota Balintawak, ranked third at 5-4, must also triumph over Dazz ‘Sang Patak at 4 p.m. to stay in the running for the two automatic slots in the Final Four.

Meanwhile, San Miguel-Magnolia and Burger King will try to end their losing skids at 2 p.m. at The Arena in San Juan.

Toyota Balintawak will seek to avenge its first-round loss to Dazz, 86-81, with the return of Fil-Am Joe Devance.

“We still have a chance to be in the top two with Joe playing in our next game,” said Vanguardia. “(Dazz guard Reed) Juntilla killed us with 28 points the last time.”

Devance, the Most Valuable Player in the same tournament last year, left for the United States last year to attend to his ailing mother Mae, who hails from Escalante, Negros Occidental.

With his mom fully recovered, the 6-foot-7 center returned to the country last Wednesday.

Devance watched from the sideline two days ago as teammate Erick Rodriguez exploded with 26 points to lead the Road Kings to a 79-68 decision over Magnolia.

The Road Kings will shoot for their third straight win against the Kitchen Specialists, who are trying to climb from the cellar to avoid early elimination.

Batang Pier will shoot for back-to-back wins after a 78-72 decision over Dazz, a victory that drew strong performances from Jason Castro, Chico Lanete, Beau Belga and Chad Alonzo.

But Reyes is expected to be back in form after the Super Sealers’ 79-68 setback against Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala

The Moneymen held the Fil-Am point guard to only nine points after averaging 17 in his first three outings. Jasmine W. Payo

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05-20-2007, 05:32 PM
Batang Pier nip Sista, move up


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 06:13am (Mla time) 05/20/2007


MANILA, Philippines—Harbour Centre struggled for three quarters before pulling out a 93-87 victory over Henkel Sista to regain a piece of the PBL Unity Cup lead yesterday at The Arena in San Juan.

A 12-0 rally fueled by Ryan Araña, Jason Castro and Chico Lanete propelled Batang Pier to an 89-81 advantage with 1:35 minutes left after trailing at 77-81.

“We were a step slow for three and a half quarters, but in the end they realized they have to play much better than that,” said Batang Pier coach Jorge Gallent.

Araña poured in 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter as Harbour Centre tied idle Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala at 8-2. Both squads are a win away from an automatic Final Four slot.

Meanwhile, San Miguel-Magnolia climbed out of the cellar with a 71-68 triumph over a skidding Burger King in the second game.

Jonas Villanueva exploded for 27 points built on a conference-high six triples as the Beverage Masters clinched their third win in 10 games.

The scores:

First Game

HARBOUR CENTRE 93—Araña 20, Lanete 17, Castro 13, Fernandez 11, Belga 8, Vergara 8, Alonzo 6, Intal 5, Gamboa 3, Gaco 3, Capati 0, Asoro 0.

HENKEL SISTA 87—Misa 15, Reyes 13, Matias 11, Eman 11, Malabanan 11, Villamin 10, Javier 5, Yambao 4, Bonus 2, Bauzon 0.

Quarters: 18-17, 37-35, 63-65, 93-87

Second Game

SAN MIGUEL-MAGNOLIA 71—Villanueva 27, Custodio 15, Raneses 9, Chan 9, Benitez 6, Jones 3, Evangelista 2, Barcellano 0, Angeles 0.

BURGER KING 68—Quiñahan 22, Buenafe 11, Saguindel 11, Urbiztondo 7, Mendoza 6, Viray 6, Bravo 5, Te 0, Dizon 0, Ballesteros 0, David 0.

Quarters: 19-16, 40-30, 57-51, 71-68

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05-21-2007, 12:57 PM
Dazz stunner puts Harbour, CL in final 4


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 03:00am (Mla time) 05/21/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- Dazz ‘Sang Patak pulled off a shocker Saturday that propelled two other teams to the semifinals.

The cellar-dwelling Kitchen Specialists did the league-leaders a huge favor by spoiling Toyota Balintawak’s early semifinal bid with an 86-73 decision in the PBL Unity Cup at The Arena in San Juan.

With the Road Kings’ upset loss, Harbour Centre and Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala’s similar 8-2 records proved good enough for an automatic entry in the Final Four.

The Kitchen Specialists overcame the intimidating return of Fil-Am Joe Devance by banking on the stellar shooting of Reed Juntilla, who unloaded a game-high 22 points.

Devance, the Most Valuable Player of the same tournament last year, came off the bench late in the first quarter and debuted with 15 markers and four boards in only 15 minutes of action.

“I think I played pretty well, we just have to work on our defense as a team,” said Devance, the 6-foot-7 center who returned from the United States last Wednesday.

The Road Kings found consolation by keeping solo third place at 5-5, a record that still kept them a game ahead of other teams vying for the twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals.

Under the league format, the top two teams at the end of the eliminations will earn outright semifinal slots, while the third- and fourth-ranked squads will clinch the twice-to-beat bonus in the quarterfinals. The team with the lowest record will be eliminated.

Dazz remained in the cellar with San Miguel-Magnolia at 3-7, yet coach Jun Noel believes the Kitchen Specialists are capable of reaching the next round after their improved form versus the Road Kings.

“We were not sure if Devance would play, but the win showed our preparation in our defense and offense,” said Noel.

Juntilla fired seven straight points in the final period to widen the gap at 78-65, with 2:44 left.

Meanwhile, Doug Kramer earned the Player of the Week citation for his role in Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala’s five-game winning run.

Kramer averaged 11 points and 12.5 rebounds in his last two outings, but coach Luigi Trillo said his 6-foot-4 frontliner has been providing more than just numbers.

The scores:
DAZZ 86 -- Juntilla 22, Moreño 11, Larong 11, Mercado 8, Bucao 8, Rodriguez 8, Sanz 7, Hugnatan 5, Butel 4, Omandam 2, Almacin 0, Cenita 0, Labagala 0.
TOYOTA BALINTAWAK 73 -- Devance 15, Daa 15, Coronel 10, Cabahug 10, Rodriguez 5, Fajardo 5, Guerrero 4, Cruz 4, Alcaraz 3, Baluyot 2, Coching 0, Tan 0, Dedicatoria 0.
Quarters: 29-24, 51-42, 64-61, 86-73

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05-22-2007, 01:43 PM
Toyota seeks twice-to-beat edge vs Cebuana


The Philippine Star

With the two outright semis berths already clinched, focus now shifts to the battle for two twice-to-beat incentives in the quarterfinal round with Toyota Balintawak gunning for one of them against joint leader Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala on Tuesday in the PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center.

The Moneymen and the defending champion Harbour Centre Batang Pier have already secured the two automatic semis berths following Dazz ‘Sang Patak’s stunning 86-73 win over the Roadkings over the weekend.

Dazz’s victory sent the Batang Pier and Moneymen into the Final Four this early since no team is capable of at least matching their current 8-2 (win-loss) marks going into their last two games.

But with an even 5-5 record, the Roadkings can avail themselves of one of two twice-to-beat privileges although they have to beat the Moneymen in their 4 p.m. encounter.

Clashing in the opening game at 2 p.m. are Henkel Sista and Burger King with the Whoppers out to arrest a six-game skid. Both squads tote identical 4-6 slates.

"We have to win at all costs this time if we want to advance into the next round," said Burger King coach Lawrence Chongson. "Everybody must step up."

The Whoppers swept their first four games only to lose the next six.

Just like the Whoppers, the Super Sealers are also in a must win to stay in the hunt for a twice-to-beat advantage in the next round.

The Super Sealers appeared to have recovered from a slow start after winning four straight games since the arrival of Fil-Am Ryan Reyes. But Henkel Sista failed to sustain that run as it dropped its last two games.

Expected to carry the scoring cudgels for the Whoppers are JR Quinahan, Mike Bravo, Ronjay Buenave and Nestor David.

Toyota Balintawak’s setback also spoiled the return of last year’s MVP Joe Calvin Devance. The 6-foot-7 Fil-Am tallied 15 points but his effort went down the drain as the rest, including Patrick Cabahug, Marvin Cruz and Erick Rodriguez struggled offensively.

Despite advancing into the semis, the Moneymen don’t intend to relax since they are eager to finish the elims at No. 1. In their debut last conference, the Moneymen were beaten by the Batang Pier in the quarterfinal round.