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kaybee07
03-13-2007, 04:27 PM
I heard that a team composed of six Harbour Centre players reinforced by other PBL stars will be representing the country in the upcoming SEABA tournament. This is allegedly the reason why the PBL opening has been moved from March 24 to April 10 and now we heard April 15 na raw ulit.

I'm not so sure who these players are but no one from the Cebuana Lhuillier Moneymen was tapped to join this team.

Unrelated: I also heard that the PBL will not be airing on Studio 23 anymore but on Basketball TV (and possibly RPN 9). Another reason daw for the postponement of the PBL opening. How true kaya?

JonarSabilano
03-14-2007, 08:16 AM
I heard that a team composed of six Harbour Centre players reinforced by other PBL stars will be representing the country in the upcoming SEABA tournament. This is allegedly the reason why the PBL opening has been moved from March 24 to April 10 and now we heard April 15 na raw ulit.

I'm not so sure who these players are but no one from the Cebuana Lhuillier Moneymen was tapped to join this team.

Unrelated: I also heard that the PBL will not be airing on Studio 23 anymore but on Basketball TV (and possibly RPN 9). Another reason daw for the postponement of the PBL opening. How true kaya?




Our NT will be playing in the SEABA tournament. Harbour Center, however, will be playing in the FIBA-Asia Champions' Cup. Among the reinforcements being eyed are Ken Bono, Doug Kramer, and Sam Ekwe who will be playing as an import.

full battle gear
03-14-2007, 12:33 PM
PBL readies squad for Seaba Champions Cup

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 01:30am (Mla time) 03/14/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- It will not be just the pro league sending an all-star squad to the international arena.

Eager to play a part in announcing the Philippines’ return to international competition, the PBL has drawn up a pool from which a team will be formed to represent the country in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Champions Cup next month in Jakarta, Indonesia.

A selection made up of the core of back-to-back champion Harbour Centre is being formed to compete in the regional tournament set April 9 to 14. The tournament is different from the Seaba tilt the PBA will send a team to in that it is mostly participated in by reinforced club teams.

The club teams invited to the tournament are usually the champions of their respective home leagues.

According to Philippine Basketball League commissioner Chino Trinidad, the composition of the team still needs the approval of BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan.

“I plan to elevate it to MVP in two days’ time,” said Trinidad.

Harbour Centre, the 2006 Unity Cup and 2007 Silver Cup titleholder, initially offered to send its entire team to the Seaba Champions Cup after the RP squad composed of PBA mainstays decided to skip the tournament.

“We’re hoping to finalize the (proposed) team soon,” said Harbour Centre chief executive officer Mikee Romero.

Assured of slots are Harbour Centre stars JC Intal, Jason Castro, Jojo Duncil, Silver Cup Finals Most Valuable Player Chico Lanete and Finals Pivotal Player Jonathan Fernandez.

Also being eyed are Marvin Cruz and Patrick Cabahug of Toyota Balintawak, JR Quiñahan of Mail and More, Doug Kramer of Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala and 6-foot-8 Nigerian Sam Ekwe of Magnolia.

The tournament permits teams to field in two imports each, thus allowing Ekwe, the reigning NCAA MVP and Rookie of the Year, to possibly suit up for the squad.

Toyota Balintawak head coach Louie Alas and Henkel Sista mentor Caloy Garcia are also being eyed to join the coaching staff.

The Jakarta meet is the qualifier for the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup that will be held in Iran this September.

“Chino and I are doing everything for our country to have a strong chance to get the championship in Jakarta,” said Romero, treasurer in the PBL board.

The RP squad mentored by Chot Reyes has already finalized its training and tournament schedule, which includes a two-week basketball boot camp in the United States, a 10-day cage sojourn in Europe, the Seaba Championship on May 21 to 24 in Thailand, the Qatar Invitational tournament in June and the four-nation Manila Invitational tournament in July.

full battle gear
03-14-2007, 12:38 PM
H Centre beefs up for Champs Cup

The Philippine Star 03/14/2007

Harbour Centre is reinforcing its team with stars from other PBL clubs as BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas treats the SEABA Champions Cup next month as preparation for the SEA Games in December.

Coach Junel Baculi is to invite Marvin Cruz and Patrick Cabahug of Toyota Balintawak, JR Quinahan of Mail and More and Doug Kramer of Cebuana Lhuillier to join the Batang Pier in a tryout starting tomorrow.

Louie Alas and Caloy Garcia were named Baculi’s assistants.

Baculi is looking to finalize his lineup by Monday then start its buildup for the event slated April 9-14 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

"We’re not going there just to play. We’ll size up the opposition and use the tourney as part of our preparation for the SEA Games," said PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad. –Nelson Beltran

full battle gear
03-14-2007, 12:41 PM
SEABA Champions Cup

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PBL team OK’d for Indon tilt?


AN ALL-STAR amateur squad is being eyed to represent the Philippines in the SEABA Champions Cup next month in Jakarta, Indonesia.

A source told the Bulletin that Philippine Basketball League back-to-back champion Harbour Centre could be tapped for the event which will be the first international outing for a national team since the lifting of the FIBA suspension last month.

The team is expected to be reinforced by other stars from the league once the selection committee of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas gives its approval.

The source also said that PBL Commissioner and SBP Selection Committee Chairman Chino Trinidad had already informed SBP President Manny V Pangilinan about Harbour’s offer to form the team for the tournament slated on April 9-14.

Though Trinidad has yet to talk to the other members of the committee, the same source added that Trinidad sees no impediment to the proposal.

Trinidad reportedly had already convinced Lito Alvarez and Wilson Young to allow an all-amateur squad to play in the tournament. The other members of the team are JunJun Capistrano and Christian Tan.

This developed after the all-pro team tasked to bring the country back to the Olympic Games skipped the tournament because it is in conflict with its training abroad.

The Nationals formed by Chot Reyes will take part in the SEABA tournament in Thailand in May with the top two placers advancing to the FIBA-Asia Championship in Japan.

Also, the top two finishers in the Japan tournament will join the host China in the Beijing Olympics next year.

If Pangilinan gives his go-signal, the team will start training on Friday.

Junel Baculi, Harbour Centre’s consultant is likely to be named the head coach being a veteran of many international tournaments.

The team is likely to be bannered by Harbour Centre stars JC Intal, Jason Castro, Jojo Duncil, Silver Cup Finals Most Valuable Player Chico Lanete and Finals Pivotal Player Jonathan Fernandez.

Eyed to beef up the team are Marvin Cruz and Patrick Cabahug of Toyota Balintawak, JR Quiñahan of Mail and More, Doug Kramer of Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala and 6foot-8 Nigerian Sam Ekwe of Magnolia.

The tournament allows team to bring an import, thus allowing Ekwe, the reigning NCAA MVP and Rookie of the Year, to possibly suit up for the national squad.

Toyota Balintawak head coach Louie Alas and Henkel Sista mentor Caloy Garcia are also eyed to join the coaching staff.

The Jakarta meet is the qualifier for the Fiba-Asia Champions Cup that will be held in Iran this September.

AnthonyServinio
03-15-2007, 02:47 AM
I heard that a team composed of six Harbour Centre players reinforced by other PBL stars will be representing the country in the upcoming SEABA tournament. This is allegedly the reason why the PBL opening has been moved from March 24 to April 10 and now we heard April 15 na raw ulit.

I'm not so sure who these players are but no one from the Cebuana Lhuillier Moneymen was tapped to join this team.

Unrelated: I also heard that the PBL will not be airing on Studio 23 anymore but on Basketball TV (and possibly RPN 9). Another reason daw for the postponement of the PBL opening. How true kaya?




Our NT will be playing in the SEABA tournament. Harbour Center, however, will be playing in the FIBA-Asia Champions' Cup. Among the reinforcements being eyed are Ken Bono, Doug Kramer, and Sam Ekwe who will be playing as an import.

While I understand the rationale to quickly nominate the Filipino representative to this year's SEABA Champions Cup, I hope that next time the BAP-SBP will send the true national inter-club champion determined via a tournament among the best clubs from all over the Philippines.

VV3CBL
03-15-2007, 06:44 AM
o absolutely agree!







I heard that a team composed of six Harbour Centre players reinforced by other PBL stars will be representing the country in the upcoming SEABA tournament. This is allegedly the reason why the PBL opening has been moved from March 24 to April 10 and now we heard April 15 na raw ulit.

I'm not so sure who these players are but no one from the Cebuana Lhuillier Moneymen was tapped to join this team.

Unrelated: I also heard that the PBL will not be airing on Studio 23 anymore but on Basketball TV (and possibly RPN 9). Another reason daw for the postponement of the PBL opening. How true kaya?




Our NT will be playing in the SEABA tournament. Harbour Center, however, will be playing in the FIBA-Asia Champions' Cup. Among the reinforcements being eyed are Ken Bono, Doug Kramer, and Sam Ekwe who will be playing as an import.

While I understand the rationale to quickly nominate the Filipino representative to this year's SEABA Champions Cup, I hope that next time the BAP-SBP will send the true national inter-club champion determined via a tournament among the best clubs from all over the Philippines.

Semenelin
03-15-2007, 08:20 AM
hindi ba kaya kung harbour tlaga with 2 real imports(fake na import si sam e. dito lng sya naglaro. kung kukuha na rin ng import, yun well travelled na)?

magkakapaan pa ulit kasi kung maraming bagong muka yun magkakasama e.

full battle gear
03-15-2007, 11:15 AM
Harbour Centre gets PBL green light


Inquirer
Last updated 04:57am (Mla time) 03/15/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Basketball League Wednesday approved the bid of Harbour Centre to send its team -- beefed up by a slew of other league superstars -- to represent the country in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Champions Cup which fires off April 9 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad confirmed that the league has agreed to the request of Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero to field the team to the five-day event, which will also serve as the qualifying for the FIBA-Asia club championships in Iran in September.

The Port Masters will be backed by some of the league’s superstars in the endeavor which marks the first time the country will see action in international basketball competitions after getting reinstated into the FIBA (international basketball federation) following a two-year ban.

Tapped to bolster the squad are Marvin Cruz and Patrick Cabahug of Toyota Balintawak, JR Quiñahan of Mail and More, Doug Kramer of Cebuana Lhuillier and 6-foot-8 Nigerian Sam Ekwe of Magnolia.

Training starts on Friday at the RFM gym in Mandaluyong City with Junel Baculi calling the shots. Toyota Balintawak’s Louie Alas and Henkel Sista’s Caloy Garcia will be the assistant coaches.

Harbour’s Erick Arejola and Hapee’s Bernard Yang have been named as co-team managers.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas selection committee members Junjun Capistrano, Wilson Young, Christian Tan and Lito Alvarez backed the PBL decision, which was elevated to SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan for approval.

Pangilinan has yet to give his thumbs-up although some members of the committee said it would pose no problem because the country has been sending amateur clubs, powered by at least two imports, to the tournament in the past.

Expected to make it to the team are Harbour stalwarts JC Intal, Jason Castro, Jojo Duncil, Silver Cup Final MVP Chico Lanete and Final Pivotal Player Jonathan Fernandez, who helped the Port Masters win their second straight title last February.

full battle gear
03-15-2007, 11:25 AM
It’s official: PBL in SEABA Club tilt

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A HARBOUR Centre-backed PBL Selection will represent the country in the South East Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) Club Championship slated on April 9-13 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

This came after members of the selection committee chaired by Chino Trinidad gave their approval to the request of Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero to form and send the team to the tournament serving as the qualifying for the FIBA-Asian Club Championship in Iran in September.

Trinidad, also the PBL commissioner, said the members of the committee — JunJun Capistrano, Wilson Young, Christian Tan and Lito Alvarez — approved the all-amateur squad in the event which will be the first international outing for a national team since the lifting of the FIBA suspension last month.

He had already notified Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas President and business tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan about the committee’s decision last Tuesday.

Though Pangilinan has yet to give his go-signal, some members of the committee see no problem with the formation of an all-amateur squad to the tournament which permits teams to bring at least two imports.

Romero said other stars of the league will reinforce the team. Harbour Centre is the league’s newest power having notched its second straight title last month.

Training starts tomorrow at the RFM gym in Mandaluyong.

Romero said all members of the team are all excited because the Jakarta tournament is their first international stint. The country was suspended by FIBA for almost two years.

Junel Baculi one of PBL’s most decorated coaches, will call the shots for the team. He will be assisted by Louie Alas of Toyota Balintawak and Caloy Garcia of Henkel-Sista.

Harbour’s Erick Arejola and Hapee’s Bernard Yang have been named as team managers.

The team is likely to be bannered by Harbour Centre stars JC Intal, Jason Castro, Jojo Duncil, Silver Cup Finals Most Valuable Player Chico Lanete and Finals Pivotal Player Jonathan Fernandez.

Eyed to beef up the team are Marvin Cruz and Patrick Cabahug of Toyota Balintawak, JR Quiñahan of Mail and More, Doug Kramer of Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala and 6-foot-8 Nigerian Sam Ekwe of Magnolia.

pachador
03-15-2007, 01:37 PM
The significance of what you said cannot be underemphasized. are you proposing a champions league among the commercial leagues ? top teams from NBC versus MVBA versus PBL ? and eventually versus PBA teams =) Thats an excellent idea !




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Our NT will be playing in the SEABA tournament. Harbour Center, however, will be playing in the FIBA-Asia Champions' Cup. Among the reinforcements being eyed are Ken Bono, Doug Kramer, and Sam Ekwe who will be playing as an import.


* * *While I understand the rationale to quickly nominate the Filipino representative to this year's SEABA Champions Cup, I hope that next time the BAP-SBP will send the true national inter-club champion determined via a tournament among the best clubs from all over the Philippines.

MVBA
03-16-2007, 01:49 AM
The significance of what you said cannot be underemphasized. are you proposing a champions league among the commercial leagues ? top teams from *** versus MVBA versus PBL ? and eventually versus PBA teams =) Thats an excellent idea !

* * *Our teams will definitely be contenders.* Visit the MVBA Forum here in Gameface and see that PBL teams as well as teams from other leagues have had a hard time beating our teams in recent tournaments.

full battle gear
03-16-2007, 01:28 PM
Search on for PBL’s finest 12 for Seaba Champs Cup

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 03:29am (Mla time) 03/16/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- Amateur stars turn into a crop of hopefuls as they vie for slots in the Philippine Basketball League selection that will compete in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Champions Cup next month in Jakarta.

The core of back-to-back champion Harbour Centre leads the 24 PBL standouts invited to join the tryouts starting Friday at the RFM Gym in Mandaluyong City.

“We’ll get 12 players,” said Junel Baculi, the Harbour Centre consultant and coach of the PBL selection.

“We still have tryouts on Saturday and Sunday, and by that time we would have finalized our line-up.”

The PBL selection will represent the country in its bid for a first regional title in two years after the FIBA (international basketball federation) lifted the Philippines’ suspension on Feb. 21 from international competitions.

“In our own little way, we hope we can help recapture the country’s lost glory in basketball and I’m confident that Baculi can form a competitive team,” said PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad. “That’s why we’re sending our best players. I hope this will set everything in motion.”

The PBL adjusted its tournament calendar to make way for the Jakarta tournament, set April 9 to 13. The season-ending Unity Cup conference will fire off on April 14.

Toyota Balintawak coach Louie Alas, Harbour Centre mentor Jorge Gallent and Henkel Sista coach Caloy Garcia will be assisting Baculi.

Players from Harbour Centre, the 2006 Unity Cup and 2007 Silver Cup titleholder, are expected to make up the core of the selection with JC Intal, Silver Cup Finals Most Valuable Player Chico Lanete, Jonathan Fernandez and Chad Alonzo among those tapped to join the tryouts.

Silver Cup MVP Jason Castro, Jojo Duncil and Beau Belga -- Harbour’s three new recruits -- were also invited.

Other top cagers summoned were UAAP MVP Ken Bono and Doug Kramer of Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala; Toyota Balintawak’s Marvin Cruz, Patrick Cabahug and Erick Rodriguez; Hapee’s Reed Juntilla, Larry Rodriguez and Robert Sanz; Henkel Sista’s Samigue Eman; and Mail and More’s JR Quiñahan and Ronjay Buenafe.

Nigerian slotman Sam Ekwe, the 2006 NCAA MVP and Rookie of the Year, leads several Magnolia prospects including Yousif Aljamal, Bonbon Custodio, Jeff Chan, Al Magpayo and Jonas Villanueva.

Harbour Centre CEO Mikee Romero is bankrolling the PBL selection.

“This is one small step in reclaiming our status as one of Asia’s best teams in the sport,” noted Romero.

The Jakarta meet is the qualifier for the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup that will be held in Iran this September.

full battle gear
03-16-2007, 01:52 PM
PBL to hold tryouts for Indon meet today

www.mb.com.ph


The Philippine Basketball League will hold its first tryout today to select the members of the national team which will compete in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association Club Championship to be held in Jakarta next month.

The PBL has issued invitations to 24 players, two of them collegiate league MVPS, to join the tryouts which will be held at the RFM gym in Mandaluyong starting 7 a.m. today.

UAAP MVP Kenneth Bono of Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala and NCAA Rookie of the Year and MVP winner Sam Ekwe of Magnolia will lead the aspirants along with PBL Silver Cup MVP Jason Castro of Harbour Centre.

The PBL selection will be the first national team to see action in an international tournament after the lifting of the FIBA suspension last month.

The tryouts will select the 12 players to comprise the team although at least four from PBL back-to-back champion Harbour Centre are deemed to be shoo-ins for the squad.

Also expected to join the tryouts are JC Intal, Jonathan Fernandez, Chico Lanete and Chad Alonzo, Beau Belga and Jojo Duncil, all of Harbour Centre.

Coach Junel Baculi said the final composition of the team that will be known Monday.

PBL Commissioner Chino Trinidad is confident that Baculi, winner of five PBL titles and two Asian Club championships, can form a team capable of winning the championship.

"In our own little way, we hope can help recapture the country’s lost glory in basketball and I’m confident that Baculi can form a competitive team," said Trinidad. "That’s why we’re sending our best players."

Trinidad said that Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan is in the process of streamlining the country’s basketball program so only the best team is sent to every regional competition.

The country missed several major tournaments, including the 2005 SEA Games and 2006 Doha Asian Games, due to the FIBA order that suspended the country for almost two years.

Pangilinan is expected to give his blessings on the PBL selection which will be chiefly bankrolled by Harbour Centre headed by Mikee Romero.

"This is one small step towards reclaiming our status as one of Asia’s best teams in the sport," said Romero.

Also invited to the three-day tryouts are Doug Kramer of Ateneo and Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala, Toyota Balintawak stars Marvin Cruz, Patrick Cabahug and Eric Rodriguez, Magnolia’s Bonbon Custodio, Yousif Aljamal, Jonas Villanueva, Jeff Chan and Al Magpayo and Hapee’s Reed Juntilla and Larry Rodriguez.

The 6-foot-9 Samigue Eman of Henkel-Sista is also being eyed along with Mail & More’s JR Quinahan and Ronjay Buenafe, and former Hapee starwart Robert Sanz.

Harbour’s Erick Arejola and Hapee’s Bernard Yang are designated as co-team manager while assisting Baculi are Toyota Balintawak’s Louie Alas and Henkel-Sista’s Caloy Garcia.

kaybee07
03-16-2007, 02:42 PM
Hmmm..RP Team tryouts began this morning but some players were only "invited" to try out this afternoon. Parang ang dating tuloy eh out of courtesy lang ang pag-imbita sa ibang players and the Harbour-backed RP team already has guys in mind for its lineup for the SEABA tournament.

full battle gear
03-17-2007, 02:19 PM
Stiff criteria for PBL team to Seaba Champions Cup

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 03:51am (Mla time) 03/17/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- Shooters who can defend, big men who can run the fastbreak—players ready to make great sacrifices.

These will be among the criteria in a performance appraisal for the three-day tryouts of the PBL selection to the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Champions Cup next month in Jakarta.

Coach Junel Baculi, the Harbour Centre consultant tapped to mentor the PBL selection, said aspirants will be evaluated by four other coaches in his staff—Toyota Balintawak’s Louie Alas, Harbour Centre’s Jorge Gallent, Henkel Sista’s Caloy Garcia and Magnolia’s Koy Banal.

More than half of the 15 players who showed up on the first day of tryouts yesterday were from back-to-back champion Harbour Centre.

Among the shoo-ins in the 12-man roster is Silver Cup Most Valuable Player Jason Castro, the nifty Hapee guard who recently defected to Harbour Centre.

“It’s going to be tough because of the high expectations of the fans,” said Castro, a member of the RP Youth Team two years ago.

The Jakarta tournament, slated April 9 to 13, will be the Philippines’ first regional stint in two years and comes after the Fiba (international basketball federation) lifted the country’s ban from international competitions last month.

Other players who showed up in the tryout at the RFM gym yesterday were Harbour Centre’s JC Intal, Jojo Duncil, Jonathan Fernandez, Chico Lanete, Beau Belga, Chad Alonzo and Ryan Araña.

Toyota Balintawak’s Marvin Cruz, Patrick Cabahug and Erick Rodriguez, Hapee’s Larry Rodriguez, and Magnolia’s Jeff Chan and Al Magpayo also joined the scrimmage.

Samigue Eman, Henkel Sista’s 6-foot-9 center, attended the tryout but remained at the sidelines due to a strained right calf muscle.

“It’s flattering, I’ve never been part of any national team in the past,” said Cruz, a 5-foot-8 point guard. “I hope I could make it to the RP team. My family will be very happy if I get selected.”

The PBL called 24 players to join the tryouts for the Seaba club tournament that serves as a qualifier for the Fiba-Asia Champions Cup in Iran this September.

Among the no-shows were UAAP MVP Ken Bono and Doug Kramer of Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala, NCAA MVP Sam Ekwe and Yousif Aljamal of Magnolia, and Mail and More’s JR Quiñahan.

full battle gear
03-17-2007, 02:22 PM
Aspirants proud, thrilled to be in the mix

The Philippine Star 03/17/2007

Amateur players seeking berths in the national team to the SEABA Club Champions Cup in Jakarta next month got the thrill of their lives by just taking part in the tryout conducted by the Philippine Basketball League at the RFM gym yesterday.

"It’s flattering," said guard Marvin Cruz. "I’ve never been part of any national team in the past, so being considered to the RP team for the SEABA meet is something I have to be proud of."

"I hope I could make it to the RP team. My family will be happy if I would be selected," added the 5-foot-8 Toyota Balintawak stalwart.

Patrick Cabahug, another rising star from Toyota Balintawak, and Silver Cup MVP winner Jason Castro of Harbour Centre echoed Cruz’s sentiment.

Castro said playing for the country once again is a big challenge.

"It’s going to be tough because of the high expectations of the fans, but if I will be selected again, I’ll do everything because that is a commitment," said Castro, a member of the RP Youth team two years ago.

To be part of the national team has been Cabahug’s aspiration since his high school days in Cebu.

"That’s one of my dreams since playing competitive basketball," said the wiry Cabahug, who blossomed as one of the league’s deadliest 3-point artists.

Only 15 of the 24 players invited by the league showed up at the RFM gym but coach Junel Baculi expects others to attend today’s session.

Among those who attended the first of a three-day tryout are Harbour Centre’s JC Intal, Jonathan Fernandez, Ryan Araña, Jojo Duncil and Chico Lanete, Toyota Balintawak’s Erick Rodriguez, Magnolia’s Jeff Chan and Al Magpayo, Hapee’s Larry Rodriguez and Reed Juntilla.

Eman Samigue, the 6-foot-9 center of Henkel-Sista, showed up but did not practice because of a strained right calf muscle.

Baculi said he’s quite impressed with the performance of his wingmen but he has to consult his fellow coaches – Jorge Gallent, Louie Alas, Caloy Garcia and Koy Banal – before announcing the final composition of the team.

The PBL selection will be the first national team to see action in an international tournament after the lifting of the FIBA suspension last month.

Harbour Center, a proud winner of two straight championships in the league, is bankrolling the training and participation of the team to Jakarta. The meet is slated on April 9-13.

full battle gear
03-17-2007, 02:25 PM
Eager faces show up at tryouts

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"IT’S FLATTERING and exciting."

That was the experience Marvin Cruz learned yesterday after joining the tryout conducted by the Philippine Basketball League in order to pick the members of the national squad that will see action in the SEABA Club Champions Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia next month.

"I’ve never been part of any national team in the past, so being considered to the RP team for the SEABA meet is something I have to be proud of," said the 5-foot-8 Cruz who plays for Toyota Balintawak. "I hope I could make it to the RP team. My family will be happy if I will be selected."

Patrick Cabahug, another rising star from Toyota Balintawak, and Silver Cup MVP winner Jason Castro of Harbour Centre echoed Cruz’s sentiment.

Castro, one of the league’s exciting players for his razzle-dazzle kind of plays, said playing for the country’s colors is indeed a big challenge.

"It’s going to be tough because of the high expectations of the fans, but if I will be selected again, I’ll do everything because that is a commitment," said Castro, a member of the RP Youth team two years ago.

To be part of the national team has been Cabahug’s aspiration since his high school days in Cebu.

"That’s one of my dreams since playing competitive basketball," said the wiry Cabahug who blossomed as one of the league’s deadliest 3-point artist.

Only 15 of the 24 players invited by the league showed up at the RFM gym but coach Junel Baculi expects others to attend today’s session.

Among those who attended the first of a three-day tryout are Harbour Centre’s JC Intal, Jonathan Fernandez, Chico Lanete, Ryan Araña, Jojo Duncil and Chad Alonzo, Toyota Balintawak’s Erick Rodriguez, Magnolia’s Jeff Chan and Al Magpayo, Hapee’s Larry Rodriguez and Reed Juntilla.

Eman Samigue, the 6-foot-9 center of Henkel-Sista, showed up but did not practice because of a strained right calf muscle.

Baculi said he’s quite impressed with the performances of his wingmen but he has to consult his fellow coaches Jorge Gallent, Louie Alas, Caloy Garcia and Koy Banal before announcing the final composition of the team on Tuesday.

The PBL selection will be the first national team to see action in an international tournament after the lifting of the FIBA suspension last month.

Harbour Center, a proud winner of two straight championships in the league, is bankrolling the training and participation of the team to Jakarta. The meet is slated on April 9-13.

full battle gear
03-18-2007, 01:10 PM
SEABA CHAMPIONS CUP
Former PBA import Nwosu eyed to boost PBL selection

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 07:27am (Mla time) 03/18/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- A former NBA back-up center who also had a stint as an import in the PBA is being eyed to beef up the young selection set that will see action in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Champions Cup next month in Jakarta.

Julius Nwosu, who suited up for the San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics, is expected to join the 12-man roster bannered by amateur stars Jason Castro, JC Intal and Marvin Cruz.

PBL selection coach Junel Baculi noted that the 6-foot-10 center is no stranger to local cage action.

“Right now we are negotiating with Nwosu, the burly import formerly of Red Bull. Hopefully we can get him,” said Baculi.

Nwosu, a Nigerian professional basketball player, first played in the PBA as reinforcement for Purefoods in 2000.

Two years later, he helped Red Bull to the 2002 Commissioner’s Cup title.

“I hope he can be with the team early, he needs to jell with our guys,” said Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero, who’s bankrolling the country’s first regional stint in two years.

The Seaba tournament, which is participated mostly by champion club teams, allows each squad to field in two imports.

Baculi kicked off the preparation by inviting 24 PBL players for a three-day tryout that started last Friday at the RFM gym.

Castro, the Silver Cup Most Valuable Player, Intal and Cruz turned up to be the favorites among 15 players who showed up on the first day.

full battle gear
03-18-2007, 01:13 PM
H Centre owner RP 5 godfather
By Nelson Beltran
The Philippine Star 03/18/2007

BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny Pangilinan has approved the appointment of Harbour Centre team owner Mikee Romero as godfather of the Philippine team that will compete in the SEABA Champions Cup next month in Jakarta and the Southeast Asian Games in Thailand in December.

Pangilinan and Romero formalized their deal in a meeting Friday night at the PLDT office in Makati.

Romero was nominated to the post by the SBP selection committee composed of PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad, Air21’s Lito Alvarez, Tanduay’s Wilson Young, UAAP’s Junjun Capistrano and former BAP top official Christian Tan.

After the formal appointment, Romero immediately buckled down to work signing up veteran PBA import Julius Nwosu as reinforcement of the Harbour Centre-RP team to the SEABA Champions Cup.

Romero is eyeing the services of current Purefoods import Jesse King as the team’s other reinforcement in the Jakarta joust which is the qualifier for the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup in Tehran, Iran in September.

Among the things agreed upon by Pangilinan and Romero is that the all-pro team of coach Chot Reyes is to take over in the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup should the Harbour Centre team make the grade in the Jakarta qualifier.

"It’s about cooperation, give and take. We reached an agreement which could be good for Philippine basketball," said Romero in his meeting with Pangilinan.

Pangilinan promised to give all-out support, not to mention his inclusion in the RP team delegation to the SEABA Champions Cup slated April 9-14.

Romero said players likely to have a good shot for a spot in the team are Harbour Centre’s JC Intal, Jason Castro, Chico Lanete, Jojo Duncil and Jonathan Fernandez, Toyota’s Marvin Cruz and Eric Rodriguez, Hapee’s Larry Rodriguez and Magnolia’s Al Magpayo.

The team is lacking in ceiling with Eman Samigue, JR Quinahan and Sam Ekwe all nursing injuries. Kenneth Bono has yet to show up for the tryout.

"That’s why we opted to get a rebounder in Julius Nwosu. We have no problem at guards and wingmen," said Romero.

The tryout concludes today, and coach Junel Baculi is likely to name his lineup tomorrow or Tuesday.

Baculi has two Champions Cup crowns tucked under his belt, having led Andok’s and Hapee Toothpaste to championships in 1995 and 1996, respectively.

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03-18-2007, 01:16 PM
Nwosu eyed for PBL selection

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IF PLANS push through, the Harbour Centre-backed PBL selection may have the hard-working Julius Nwosu as its reinforcement when the national squad sees action in the SEABA Club Champions Cup slated in Jakarta, Indonesia next month.

Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero said yesterday he’s inclined to get the 6-foot-10 Nwosu because of his intimidating presence and vast wealth of experience.

Nwosu is no longer new to the Filipino brand of basketball, having played in the pro league for several tournaments, the last time at Red Bull. He helped the Bulls win a championship.

An NBA veteran, Nwosu also played for Purefoods.

Feared for his inside forays, the Nigerian import is expected to provide stability to a young but battle-ready squad.

Nyosu’s papers, according to Romero, will be processed immediately.

"I hope he can be with the team early, he needs to jell with our guys," said Romero. "He’s a reliable player so we need him in case there are strong imports in the tournament.

Coach Junel Baculi is hoping to form a core that can shoot well from the outside.

The tournament which serves as a qualifying for the SEABA Asian Club Championship is set on April 9-13.

A source in the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas disclosed that in the event the Harbour Centre-backed PBL selection triumphs, a team in the pro league or the national team formed by Chot Reyes will be the one that will represent the country.

Meantime, Ateneo’s Doug Kramer joined the second day of tryouts, jacking up the number of aspirants to 16.

Six members of Harbour squad, winner of two straight PBL titles, including the Silver Cup, are also jockeying for slots in the national team. They are JC Intal, Chico Lanete, Chad Alonzo, Jason Castro, Ryan Araña and Beau Belga.

Other aspirants are Marvin Cruz, Patrick Cabahug and Erick Rodriguez of Toyota Balintawak, Jeff Chan and Al Magpayo of Magnolia Ice Cream, and Hapee’s Larry Rodriguez and Reed Juntilla.

JR Quinahan, the 6-foot-6 from Cebu, and UAAP MVP Kenneth Bono did not show up for the second straight, forcing the board of coaches to drop them in the list.

—Waylon GALVEZ

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03-20-2007, 10:39 AM
Baculi wary of Harbour-RP’s Champions Cup rivals

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 01:55am (Mla time) 03/20/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- The quality of the opposition worries Philippine team coach Junel Baculi as he prepares to name on Tuesday the national selection to the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Champions Cup next month.

“We’re very wary,” Baculi said the other day after concluding the three-day tryout for the Philippine Basketball League selection that will carry the Harbour Centre-RP team banner in the Jakarta club event from April 9 to 13.

“I think our problem right now is we do not have the luxury of scouting their imports. Malaysia has an American coach, so they might get good imports and we’re not sure who they are. Thailand also has an American coach.”

The Seaba tournament, the country’s first regional stint in two years, allows teams to field two imports each.

“We’re really trying our best to send the best possible imports and the best possible PBL players,” said Baculi.

The veteran tactician tabbed host Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand as the top contenders in the tournament that serves as qualifier for the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup in Iran this September.

Baculi will announce the official lineup on Tuesday at the PSA Sports Forum in the company of BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan, team financier and Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero, PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad and chair Gil Angeles.

The Philippine Olympic Committee and the Philippine Sports Commission earlier gave their blessing to the national team’s participation in its first regional competition after the FIBA (international basketball federation) lifted on Feb. 21 the country’s suspension from international tournaments.

“I believe that if we bring our best available amateur players, we have a pretty good chance of winning the tournament,” said PSC chair William “Butch” Ramirez.

POC spokesperson Joey Romasanta also commended the PBL for adjusting its tournament calendar so its top players can join the RP squad.

“It shows that everyone is willing to cooperate and sacrifice to attain one common goal,” said Romasanta.

Expected to lead the RP selection are JC Intal, Jason Castro, Chico Lanete, Jojo Duncil, Marvin Cruz, Patrick Cabahug, Al Magpayo and Larry Rodriguez.

Julius Nwosu, a 6-foot-10 former NBA back-up center who already saw action as a Philippine Basketball Association import, had been tapped to beef up the young roster.

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03-20-2007, 10:46 AM
Intal, Duncil head national five pool
By Nelson Beltran
The Philippine Star 03/20/2007

Collegiate standouts JC Intal and Jojo Duncil head the 15-player roster named to the national team pool for the SEABA Champions Cup in Indonesia slated next month and the Southeast Asian Games in Thailand in December.

After a thorough deliberation with his fellow PBL coaches and in consultation with PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad and Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero, head coach Junel Baculi released the list of the RP pool at the close of the three-day tryouts Sunday.

Joining Intal and Duncil in the pool are Jonathan Fernandez, Jeff Chan, Patrick Cabahug, Ryan Arana, Chad Alonzo, Doug Kramer, Larry Rodriguez, Eric Rodriguez, Al Magpayo, Beau Belga, Jason Castro, Marvin Cruz and Chico Lanete.

They will be presented at the PSA Sports Forum at Pantalan Restaurant in Luneta this morning.

All 15 players will go to Jakarta with the coaching staff to name the final 12 that will compose the Harbour Centre-RP squad after it has assessed the opposition.

The bulk of this roster is likely to remain for consideration for the SEA Games in December.

"For sure, there would be players in the list who will turn pro in September. We would then consider collegiate standouts as their replacement in the pool for the SEA Games," said Baculi.

Ken Bono, JR Quinahan, Yousif Aljamal are among those who snubbed the invitation to join the tryout.

Baculi instead got the two Rodriguezes, Alonzo, Kramer, Magpayo and Belga as his frontliners. Castro, Cruz and Lanete for the backcourt while Intal, Duncil, Fernandez, Chan, Cabahug and Arana in the wings.

With Intal, Kramer and others likely to be tapped in the pros in September, Baculi is looking at the likes of Jervy Cruz, Anthony Espiritu and Marcy Arellano as their replacements in the pool.

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03-20-2007, 10:50 AM
Harbour-RP Team gets POC, PSC nod

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THE PHILIPPINE Olympic Committee and Philippine Sports Commission said yesterday the participation of the Harbour Centre-Philippine team to the SEABA Club Champions Cup is a welcome development for the sport itching to reclaim its old glory.

"Definitely, it’s a happy development as far as the POC is concerned," said POC spokesman Joey Romasanta. "It shows that everyone is willing to cooperate and sacrifice to attain one common goal."

PSC Chairman William "Butch" Ramirez, for his part, is convinced the Harbour Centre-PBL selection is capable of winning the tournament and burying the sad memories experienced by previous national teams in the annual event.

"I believe that if we bring our best available amateur players, then we have pretty good chances of winning the tournament," said Ramirez. "We have all the traits to become a champion team once again, we have the talent and skills, and of course the winning tradition.’

The national team will be made up of six Harbour Centre players and at least 10 other stars from different teams in the Philippine Basketball League, long acknowledged as the country’s premier amateur league.

Inspired by the team’s back-toback championship in the PBL, Mikee Romero, the youthful owner of Harbour Center, is bankrolling the training and participation of the team slated on April 8-13 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Romasanta also lauded the decision of the PBL top brass to reschedule the opening of the 2007 Unity Cup to a later date in order to accommodate the request of Romero to form and send a team to the Jakarta tournament.

The PBL’s season-ending tournament where the Harbour Centre is the defending champion was earlier scheduled to open on Saturday but the league officials decided to reset it so that there will be a representative from the country in the tournament.

"The adjustment made by the PBL is one big sacrifice and I hope this would be the start of basketball renaissance in the country," said Romasanta. "I also hope that other concerned sportsmen will also lend their support not only to basketball but also to other sports in the country."

With the guidance of business tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan, president of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, Romasanta and Ramirez believe the country is treading the right path in regaining its lost glory in the international arena.

"If only we can train our young players long enough, then I’m sure we will become great again," said Ramirez.

The Jakarta tournament will be the first international stint by a national team since FIBA (international basketball federation) lifted its suspension last month.

And that’s why Romero and Commissioner Chino Trinidad are doing everything at their disposal to ensure the success of the Harbour Centre-RP squad.

The Harbour-RP squad, according to Romero and Trinidad, will be beefed up by former PBA import in Julius Nwosu.

Harbour still needs one more import since the league permits a team to bring at least two reinforcements.

The team wanted to tap San Beda’s Sam Ekwe but the NCAA MVP and Rookie of the Year winners is still recovering from a recent knee injury.

Meantime, the Harbour-Philippine team along with Pangilinan, Romero, Trinidad and PBL Chairman Gil Angeles will grace today’s PSA Forum.

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03-21-2007, 10:32 AM
Pangilinan: Defeat not an option for Harbour-RP in Seaba

By Jasmine W. Payo
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Last updated 02:03am (Mla time) 03/21/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- The mission statement hung over them.

Setting a clear team goal, Harbour Centre-Philippines had it printed on a white tarpaulin: “Bring back the glory for our country. Go for the Seaba gold.”

The mandate came from BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan himself.

“Defeat is not an option,” Pangilinan said in Tuesday’s PSA Forum. “We’re quite excited since this is the first time we’re competing again in an international tournament. It’s very important to win the title.”

Owning up to the challenge was Harbour Centre-Philippines coach Junel Baculi, who formed a star-studded but young 12-man roster for the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Champions Cup set on April 9 to 13 in Jakarta.

The “small” lineup -- which has an average height of 6-foot-2 -- is bannered by JC Intal, Jason Castro and Marvin Cruz and reinforced by 6-foot-8 former National Basketball Association backup center and Philippine Basketball Association import Julius Nwosu. The team also listed four reserve players.

“When the coaching staff was evaluating the composition of the team, we came to the conclusion that what we lack is height,” said Baculi. “So we’re looking for an import who’s 6-foot-8 or 6-9 and can rebound and defend. I hope we can get another one. If not, we’ll make do with Nwosu.”

Co-captains Al Magpayo and Chico Lanete, Jojo Duncil, Jeffrey Chan, Larry Rodriguez, Jonathan Fernandez, Erick Rodriguez and Beau Belga will also join the country’s bid for its first title in two years.

On the reserve list are Doug Kramer, Ryan Araña, Patrick Cabahug and Chad Alonzo.

“It’s mixed emotions for us,” said team financier and Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero.

“There’s the pressure of coming out for the first time and the whole 80 million Filipinos looking at you, expecting no less than the championship. It is a challenge -- winning for the country, putting back the glory in Philippine basketball in the international arena. But we will take it. We have the best of the best amateurs.”

The Jakarta club tournament, the qualifier for the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup, will be the Philippines’ first regional stint since the FIBA (international basketball federation) lifted on Feb. 21 the country’s suspension from international tournaments.

“We don’t want a repeat of the lessons in the past when we sent a team we’re not proud of,” said Philippine Basketball League commissioner Chino Trinidad. “You won’t be embarrassed with the team we’re going to send.”

Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent was designated as team consultant, while other members of the coaching staff include Hapee’s Jun Noel, Burger King’s Lawrence Chongson, Toyota Balintawak’s Louie Alas, Magnolia’s Koy Banal, Henkel Sista’s Caloy Carcia and Cebuana Lhuillier’s Luigi Trillo.

“We’re very excited and delighted that the Philippines is back in the road map to win again what we had in the past,” said PBL chair Gil Angeles.

Romero underscored the competitive nature that fuels the team’s young players.

“They’re very much motivated because for most of them, it’s their first time (to represent the country),” noted Romero. “They’ll give their all. These guys deserve to be here and they’ll fight for the country.”

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03-21-2007, 10:36 AM
Harbour-RP out to regain cage glory
By Abac Cordero
The Philippine Star 03/21/2007

Let’s bring back the glory.

Behind this battlecry, Harbour Centre team owner Mikee Romero rallied the members of the Philippine team that will see action in the SEABA Champions Cup scheduled April 9 to 14 in Jakarta.

"This is a big challenge for all of us," said Romero in yesterday’s PSA Forum at the Pantalan Restaurant where the members of the RP team were presented to the media.

Romero was tasked by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan as the godfather of the Jakarta-bound team made up of the country’s finest amateurs, and to be reinforced by two imports.

"This is the first Philippine team that will compete internationally after FIBA suspension. And there’s pressure because 70 million Filipinos are expecting no less than the championship," Romero added.

The players are Al Magpayo, Chico Llanete, Jason Castro, JC Intal, Jojo Duncil, Marvin Cruz, Jeffrey Chan, Jonathan Fernandez, Larry Rodriguez, Doug Kramer, Ryan Arana, Patrick Cabahug, Chad Alonso, Gervy Cruz and Beau Belga.

Only Castro has had the experience of playing for the national team as a former member of the RP Youth Team.

But Romero, who has won back-to-back titles with Harbour Centre in the PBL, said he believes that the players will be up to the task and could win the SEABA crown.

The tournament serves as a qualifier for the FIBA Asia Champions Cup in Tehran in September. Granting that the Philippines qualifies, the all-pro team being handled by Chot Reyes will go to Tehran.

Pangilinan also graced the PSA Forum along with PBL chairman Gil Angeles and commissioner Chino Trinidad, and coaches Junel Baculi, George Gallent and Lawrence Cheongson.

The PLDT chairman was just as optimistic.

"I’m quite excited. And it’s very important for us to win the championship if only to signal the return of the Philippines in international competition. There’s no option but to win," he said.

Pangilinan said he doesn’t expect the title to come on a silver platter since all the competing countries are allowed to field as many as two imports, mostly Americans.

"Will the games be a blowout? It will be difficult because each of the other teams are also allowed to field imports, like Thailand and Malaysia. We have to be vigilant with what these teams will be doing," he said.

"So, can we bring home the bacon? Unfortunately, there’s no bacon in Jakarta. It’s a Muslin country," Pangilinan said in jest.

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03-21-2007, 10:37 AM
RP-Harbour team all set for campaign

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CONFIDENCE WAS in the air as the Harbour Centre-Philippine team that will see action in the SEABA Champions Cup on April 9 to 14 in Jakarta, Indonesia was presented to the media yesterday at the Pantalan Restaurant in Manila.

"Let’s bring back the glory," said Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero who was tasked by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan to be the godfather of the young, promising team composed of Harbour players and other stars of Philippine Basketball League (PBL).

"This is the first Philippine team that will compete internationally after FIBA suspension. And there’s pressure because 70 million Filipinos are expecting no less than the championship," he added.

The players are Al Magpayo, Chico Llanete, Jason Castro, JC Intal, Jojo Duncil, Marvin Cruz, Jeffrey Chan, Jonathan Fernandez, Larry Rodriguez, Doug Kramer, Ryan Araña, Patrick Cabahug, Chad Alonso, Gervy Cruz and Beau Belga.

Romero’s Harbour Centre won back-to-back titles in the PBL, but said the new task at hand which is to steer the national team to an international crown had given him some sleepless nights,

"I consider this the biggest challenge of my life – winning for our country," he said of the coming tournament which serves as qualifying for the FIBA Asia Champions Cup in Tehran in September.

However, in the event the Harbour-RP team triumphs, the all-pro team being coached and handled by Chot Reyes will take the place of the PBL selection which is looking at Julius Nwosu, Jessie King or Sam Ekwe as imports.

PBL Commissioner Chino Trinidad said he’s confident of the Harbour-RP team’s chances, saying: "Sa simula pa lang, lalamang na kami kaagad ng malaki."

In a rare appearance at the PSA Forum, Pangilinan rallied the Harbour-RP team to win the championship to kick off the country’s bid to regain its spot in the Olympics, starting with the Beijing Games next year.

Pangilinan, the PLDT chairman was just as optimistic, "I’m quite excited. And it’s very important for us to win the championship if only to signal the return of the Philippines in international competition. There’s no option but to win," he said.

Pangilinan said he doesn’t expect the title to come on a silver platter since all the competing countries are allowed field as many as two imports, mostly Americans.

Most of the players, the finest amateurs in the land today, were there, too, along with members of the coaching staff.

Also present in the session sponsored by PAGCOR, Manila Mayor Lito Atienza and Manila Sports Council (MASCO) chief Arnold ‘Ali’ Atienza were PBL Chairman Gil Angeles and Deputy Commissioner Tommy Ong, Executive Director Butch Maniego and coaches Junel Baculi, George Gallent and Lawrence Cheongson.

"Will the games be a blowout? It will be difficult because each of the other teams are also allowed to field imports, like Thailand and Malaysia. We have to be vigilant with what these teams will be doing," Pangilinan said.

"So, can we bring home the bacon? Unfortunately, there’s no bacon in Jakarta. It’s a Muslim country," joked Pangilinan.

Pangilinan, however, was caught flat-footed when Angeles and Romero asked him to allow San Beda’s Sam Ekwe to play for the Harbour-RP team in tandem with Julius Nwosu.

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03-22-2007, 11:47 AM
Harbour-RP gets Chot invite; Nwosu due

By Jasmine W. Payo
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Last updated 05:39am (Mla time) 03/22/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- Harbour Centre-Philippines is ready to roll up its sleeves and buckle down to serious work with 6-foot-8 import Julius Nwosu expected to arrive late this week and with national coach Chot Reyes extending an invitation to the PBL selection to join the RP squad practices.

Reyes, who handles the country’s preparation for a shot at an Olympic berth, Wednesday opened the all-professional squad’s practice sessions to the amateur team set to see action in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Champions Cup in Jakarta.

“They can join us any time,” said Reyes. “I think we should sit down pretty soon. We don’t have to play just tune-up games. If they want, we can practice together.”

The offer, though, will only stand for a week as Reyes and his 11-man roster leave for a Carson City basketball camp for a two-week training in the United States. The squad will take the 9 p.m. Philippine Airlines flight on March 29 and are expected to arrive in Los Angeles at 6 p.m.

“Everything is open; even (the services of) our conditioning coach (Dennis Anelle), if they need him,” he added.

BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan similarly broached a possible tune-up session with his own Philippine Basketball Association squad Talk ‘N Text.

Reyes’s wards have been laboring daily with 30-minute offensive and defensive patterns, 45-minute weight sessions and shooting drills at the Moro Lorenzo Sports Center inside the Ateneo de Manila University campus in Quezon City.

The veteran tactician noted that outside shooting has been given emphasis as he expects to encounter the zone defense in the FIBA-Asia Men’s Championship in Tokushima, Japan in July.

Before the country’s national team plunges to action, though, Harbour Centre-Philippines will break the ice in the country’s return to international competitions after a two-year FIBA (international basketball federation) suspension.

Coach Junel Baculi, who will call the shots in the Jakarta club tournament, said that Nwosu will provide the balance for his “offensive-minded team” led by collegiate stars JC Intal, Jason Castro, Jojo Duncil and Marvin Cruz.

“The consensus is to get this guy,” said Baculi. “He’s wide-bodied and a proven winner in the PBA. We need big guys to complement our shooters and slashers.”

“Nwosu will fly in either Friday or Saturday morning. He’s coming from LA (Los Angeles),” noted Lawrence Chongson, one of seven Philippine Basketball League mentors tapped to join the coaching staff.

Co-captains Al Magpayo and Chico Lanete, Jeffrey Chan, Larry Rodriguez, Jonathan Fernandez, Erick Rodriguez and Beau Belga complete the 12-man squad set to compete on April 9 to 13.

Doug Kramer, Ryan Araña, Patrick Cabahug and Chad Alonzo were also listed as reserves.

Nwosu, a former NBA backup center and PBA import, has seen action in 14 different countries in Europe, Asia and Middle East. Last year, he also played for the Nigerian national team in the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan.

But among the PBL selection, only Castro has international playing experience as a member of the RP Youth Team.

“We’ll be playing against veteran teams, so we have to double our efforts,” said Castro, the swift 5-foot-9 guard from the Philippine Christian University.

Harbour Centre owner and team financier Mikee Romero said it will be a month of intense training for Harbour Centre-Philippines.

“Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia had years to prepare, while we only have a month,” said Romero.

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03-22-2007, 11:52 AM
Chot opens training camp to PBL

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CHOT REYES, head coach of the RP-San Miguel squad, has offered the national team’s time and that of his personnel to the RP-PBL selection competing in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association Club Championship in Jakarta early next month.

Informed of the appeal made by RP-SEABA team manager Mikee Romero, Harbour Centre team owner, to Manny V. Pangilinan, president of the BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, for possible tune-up games with the all-PBA team practicing Monday to Friday at the Moro Lorenzo Sports Center inside the Ateneo campus, Reyes promptly laid out the welcome mat.

"They can join us anytime," Reyes said yesterday. "I think we should sit down pretty soon. We don’t have to play just tune-up games. If they want, we can practice together."

Multi-titled PBL coach Junel Baculi is coaching the RP-SEABA squad which trains at the Reyes gym in Mandaluyong.

During the Philippine Sportswriters Association forum Tuesday, Pangilinan, owner of the Talk ’N Text Phone Pals, also mentioned the possibility of the Jakarta-bound team scrimmaging with pro ball clubs.

"That can also be arranged," he said.

Reyes, who is set to leave with the all-pro team on March 29 for a two-week basketball camp in Carson City, has also offered the services of the nationals’ strength and conditioning coach Dennis Aenlle.

"Everything is open," he said. "Even our conditioning coach, if they need him."

With a 12-man roster that included reserve Rico Villanueva of Red Bull, Reyes was able to stretch practice to the limit, with 30-minute offensive and defensive patterns, a 45-minute weights session, and shooting drills.

"Maganda ang takbo. We got good defensive work and conditioning," he said. "We’re not putting on too much structure yet, just 4-on-0 and 5-on-0 situations. We’re allowing the players to understand each other first, know their tendencies, not be to focused on plays."

Expecting to encounter lots of zone defenses during the FIBA-Asia Men’s Championship in Tokushima in July, outside shooting is getting heavy emphasis from the coaching staff.

"Yan ang pinupukpok namin," Reyes said. "Walang tigil na shooting."

With Villanueva unable to join the nationals because of his commitment with the Bulls, Reyes and the team are likely to fly to the United States one man short of a complete lineup.

"We’ll go with 11 players unless something comes up. But between now and then, that’s the number we have because you can’t just pull players out of their mother teams."

The nationals will take the 9 p.m. Philippine Airlines flight and are expected to arrive in Los Angeles at 6 p.m.

"Pahinga lang kami ng kaunti, then we’ll go right into it," Reyes said."

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03-23-2007, 09:14 AM
IN HUDDLE
‘I’ll exile myself if we return with nothing’


By Beth Celis
Inquirer
Last updated 06:13am (Mla time) 03/22/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- To my dismay, my blood sugar had plummeted to hypoglycemic levels when I awoke trembling early Tuesday morning. The glucometer flashed: “Danger call doctor.” The reading was 49 mgdl, way below the normal level.

Lest I passed out, I immediately downed a glassful of sweet orange juice and munched on a couple of tasteless crackers to boost my sugar level. Despite my condition, I was determined to keep my appointments that day.

Feeling better by l0 a.m., I started out for the Pantalan Restaurant at the Luneta Park to catch the PSA forum where the RP-Harbour Centre team bound for Jakarta, Indonesia for the Seaba Champions Cup qualifier was going to be presented.

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The guests, led by Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero, came in full force. The entourage included Philippine Basketball League commissioner Chino Trinidad and his executive staff Tommy Ong and Butch Maniego, PBL chairman Gil Angeles of Toyota Otis, team manager Bernard Yang, head coach Junel Baculi and assistants Jorge Gallent, Louie Alas, Lawrence Tiongson and Jun Noel and the players.

Erick Arejola, one of the two appointed team managers, couldn’t make it because his wife was scheduled to give birth that day.

Everyone was thrilled that BAP-SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan had accepted the invitation to join the group, a gesture that he was giving the amateurs his support and blessing. It was the first time the telecommunications magnate appeared in a sports forum.

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The guests were upbeat. Everyone was excited about the country’s very first international competition following two years of suspension by the FIBA.

In no uncertain terms, MVP made it clear that the only option was to win, while Chino expressed full confidence on his players, saying that he expects them to bring home the bacon.

With his reputation at stake, having been tagged as the new godfather of Philippine basketball, Mikee swore he would exile himself to Nigeria with import Julius Nwosu should the Harbour team return empty-handed.

“Let’s bring back the glory,” he said, as he appealed for the full support of media and all concerned.

Because there were so many questions raised, the lively session stretched way past 12 noon.

And because everyone was looking very hungry, Mikee decided to treat all those left behind for lunch at the nearby Emerald Garden.

The invitation was extended to MVP but he begged off because he had a previous commitment. Instead, MVP promised to treat us to lunch at a popular restaurant in Jakarta where gourmet food is served.

***

Had we known that Mikee was celebrating his birthday the following day, we would’ve brought a cake with 36 candles at his luncheon blowout. I think I know exactly what he’s going to wish for when he blows those candles.

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By the time I got home that day, I was tired but my sugar level had shot up for sure.

After the sumptuous lunch at Emerald Garden, we proceeded to the 27th floor of the Diamond Hotel where the official contract signing for the television coverage of the Manny Pacquiao-Jorge Solis fight at the Alamodome between Solar and GMA 7 was going to be held.

There was one question a majority or perhaps all of the media wanted answered, but they were disappointed. They wanted to know how much Pacquiao was going to be paid for the coverage, the pay-per view -- and other related matters.

Solar COO Peter Chanliong said it was a business secret. He made it clear though, that Pacman was “worth every penny of it,” but that Solar’s marketing department will have to work double time to at least break even with that kind of investment.

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03-23-2007, 09:15 AM
Harbour-RP gets Chot invite; Nwosu due


By Jasmine W. Payo
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Last updated 05:39am (Mla time) 03/22/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- Harbour Centre-Philippines is ready to roll up its sleeves and buckle down to serious work with 6-foot-8 import Julius Nwosu expected to arrive late this week and with national coach Chot Reyes extending an invitation to the PBL selection to join the RP squad practices.

Reyes, who handles the country’s preparation for a shot at an Olympic berth, Wednesday opened the all-professional squad’s practice sessions to the amateur team set to see action in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Champions Cup in Jakarta.

“They can join us any time,” said Reyes. “I think we should sit down pretty soon. We don’t have to play just tune-up games. If they want, we can practice together.”

The offer, though, will only stand for a week as Reyes and his 11-man roster leave for a Carson City basketball camp for a two-week training in the United States. The squad will take the 9 p.m. Philippine Airlines flight on March 29 and are expected to arrive in Los Angeles at 6 p.m.

“Everything is open; even (the services of) our conditioning coach (Dennis Anelle), if they need him,” he added.

BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan similarly broached a possible tune-up session with his own Philippine Basketball Association squad Talk ‘N Text.

Reyes’s wards have been laboring daily with 30-minute offensive and defensive patterns, 45-minute weight sessions and shooting drills at the Moro Lorenzo Sports Center inside the Ateneo de Manila University campus in Quezon City.

The veteran tactician noted that outside shooting has been given emphasis as he expects to encounter the zone defense in the FIBA-Asia Men’s Championship in Tokushima, Japan in July.

Before the country’s national team plunges to action, though, Harbour Centre-Philippines will break the ice in the country’s return to international competitions after a two-year FIBA (international basketball federation) suspension.

Coach Junel Baculi, who will call the shots in the Jakarta club tournament, said that Nwosu will provide the balance for his “offensive-minded team” led by collegiate stars JC Intal, Jason Castro, Jojo Duncil and Marvin Cruz.

“The consensus is to get this guy,” said Baculi. “He’s wide-bodied and a proven winner in the PBA. We need big guys to complement our shooters and slashers.”

“Nwosu will fly in either Friday or Saturday morning. He’s coming from LA (Los Angeles),” noted Lawrence Chongson, one of seven Philippine Basketball League mentors tapped to join the coaching staff.

Co-captains Al Magpayo and Chico Lanete, Jeffrey Chan, Larry Rodriguez, Jonathan Fernandez, Erick Rodriguez and Beau Belga complete the 12-man squad set to compete on April 9 to 13.

Doug Kramer, Ryan Araña, Patrick Cabahug and Chad Alonzo were also listed as reserves.

Nwosu, a former NBA backup center and PBA import, has seen action in 14 different countries in Europe, Asia and Middle East. Last year, he also played for the Nigerian national team in the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan.

But among the PBL selection, only Castro has international playing experience as a member of the RP Youth Team.

“We’ll be playing against veteran teams, so we have to double our efforts,” said Castro, the swift 5-foot-9 guard from the Philippine Christian University.

Harbour Centre owner and team financier Mikee Romero said it will be a month of intense training for Harbour Centre-Philippines.

“Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia had years to prepare, while we only have a month,” said Romero.

gameface_one
03-23-2007, 09:24 AM
Chan named to RP Team
BY CEDELF TUPAS
visayandailystar.com


Jeffrey Chan, the former University of St. La Salle standout now playing in the Philippine Basketball League, yesterday said he is "happy" over his selection to the Harbour Centre-Philippine Team that will see action in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association Champions Cup from April 9-13 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

One of the finest amateurs in the country today, Chan said he is looking forward to donning the RP colors. "It's an honor (to see action for the country)," Chan said in a text message to the DAILY STAR. Asked what he can contribute to the squad, the left-handed Chan, who stands 6-2, said the team can maximize his outside shooting, which is a critical part of a team's success in the international game.

The SEABA Champions Cup is the first FIBA-sanctioned tournament, where the Philippines is competing, after the basketball body suspended the country from all international tournaments for close to two years until last month. Hapee coach Jun Noel, who once served as Negros Slashers mentor in the now defunct-Metropolitan Basketball Association, is also a member of the RP coaching staff. *CPT

gameface_one
03-25-2007, 07:04 PM
Nwosu arrives, scrimmages right away


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 05:07am (Mla time) 03/25/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- SHRUGGING off jet lag, the new recruit quickly threw himself into the role of a dominant import.

Julius Nwosu, the Nigerian slotman tapped as reinforcement for Harbour Centre-Philippines, reported for practice yesterday just four hours after flying from halfway around the world.

“I’m glad to be back here in Manila. I’m so excited, I’ll do my best to help the Philippines,” said the 6-foot-8 former PBA import.

Nwosu arrived from the United States to beef up the young PBL selection set to compete in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Champions Cup in Jakarta from April 9 to 13.

JC Intal, Jason Castro, Jojo Duncil and Marvin Cruz will be the young guns leading the 12-man roster in the country’s first international stint after a two-year Fiba (international basketball federation) suspension.

“This is a promising team, the guys have a bright future,” said Nwosu, who singled out Intal for his versatility and high-leaping ability.

Flashing imposing moves even at 36, Nwosu looked incapable of putting a bad show and won the praises of the coaching staff on his first day of duty.

“We now have a solid center,” said coach Junel Baculi. “It seemed like he had no jet lag, he kept up with the boys during the scrimmages.”

Nwosu’s new teammates, who are over 10 years his junior, described the former NBA backup center’s game as “tough to defend” and even compared his wide, muscular body to “live steel.”

“He blocked many shots,” assistant team manager Erick Arejola noted after practice. “Our inside operators like Larry (Rodriguez) couldn’t get through.”

Despite the positive first-day impressions, Nwosu claimed he’s not fully in game shape.

“This is a young and athletic team so I need three more days to adjust,” said Nwosu, who suited up for the Nigerian national team in the 2006 Fiba World Championship in Japan.

Harbour Centre-Philippines is still looking for another import to partner with Nwosu. The tournament allows each club to bring in two reinforcements.

Co-captains Al Magpayo and Chico Lanete, Jeffrey Chan, Larry Rodriguez, Jonathan Fernandez, Erick Rodriguez and Beau Belga complete the lineup, while listed as reserves are Doug Kramer, Ryan Araña, Patrick Cabahug and Chad Alonzo.

gameface_one
03-25-2007, 07:08 PM
Harbour-RP team

Nwosu arrives, joins training
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BARELY FOUR hours after arriving from a long-haul flight from the United States, Julius Nwosu excitedly joined the training of the Harbour Centre-Philippines team which is out to win the country’s first international tournament after almost two years of suspension.


After the usual tete-a-tete with the coaching staff, led by coach Junel Baculi and assistant managers Erick Arejola of Harbour and Bernard Yang of Hapee Toothpaste, the 6-foot-9 Nigerian star immediately buckled down to work without complain.

Jet lag and all, the former PBA import did almost everything he was asked for during the team’s workout at the RFM gym in Mandaluyong to the delight of Baculi and the whole staff.

"Akala mo walang jet lag, sumabay pa nga sa scrimmages ng mga bata," said Baculi. "At least may solid na center na tayo."

Even Mikee Romero, the youthful Harbour owner and chief financer of the PBL-backed national team, was amused with the comment of one player – Chad Alonzo -- after trying to stop the 36-year-old Continental Basketball League veteran from scoring inside the paint.

"Parang buhay na bakal, ang hirap bantayan," said Alonzo of the wide-bodied Nwosu who never thought of coming back in the country, much more playing for the Philippines in an international tournament.

"I’m glad to be back here in Manila," said Nwosu. "I’m so excited, I’ll do my best to help the Philippines."

"Ang dami niyang sinupalpal, yong ibang inside operator namin katulad ni Larry (Rodriquez) hindi rin nakalusot," said Arejola.

Nwosu, who first played for Purefoods before suiting for Red Bull five years ago, will be Harbour-PBL selection’s reinforcement in the coming SEABA Club Champions Cup.

Despite the nice words showered on him by his teammates, Nwosu confessed that he’s not yet in top shape and still needs three more days before he could settle down.

gameface_one
03-26-2007, 09:56 AM
Harbour-RP five to focus on zone, running game


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 02:06am (Mla time) 03/26/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- Look beyond the western style of play.

This was the challenge posed by coach Junel Baculi to the young Harbour Centre-Philippines team set to compete in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Champions Cup in Jakarta.

“We have to adjust to the international style of play,” Baculi said Sunday. “We’re used to the Western style of play, the one-on-one games in the NBA.”

The club tournament slated April 9 to 14 will be the first international stint for most of the players in the Philippine Basketball League selection bannered by collegiate stars JC Intal, Jason Castro, Jojo Duncil and Marvin Cruz.

“In international games, they use the zone defense more,” noted Baculi. “The trend in Southeast Asia is a running game. There’s more running because of our size, we have to adjust to that.”

Harbour Centre-Philippines will be shored up by veteran internationalist Julius Nwosu, the 6-foot-8 former Philippine Basketball Association import who had also suited up for the Nigerian national team and other leagues in 14 different countries in Europe, America, Asia and the Middle East.

The 36-year-old Nwosu arrived from the United States last Saturday and quickly joined the team’s training session.

Minus Nwosu in the lineup, Baculi said Habour Centre-Philippines is a “small team” with an average height of 6-foot-2.

“Our weakness is our height and the (short) length of time for training,” he said. “But we have good shooters. We made sure that even if you’re a big man, you must be able to shoot from 10 to 12 feet.”

After Sunday’s one-day break, Baculi said the team is bracing for “hell week” as their practice sessions intensify leading to the country’s first international tournament following a two-year FIBA (international basketball federation) ban.

“The strong point of this team is the players’ attitude,” said Baculi. “For most of them, it’s their first time to compete internationally and they have to sacrifice -- from waking up early, to practicing twice a day. They’re also superstars in their mother teams. But instead of just receiving and shooting the ball, they have to learn to pass more.”

greenarcher
03-28-2007, 07:37 PM
FOR ADDED ceiling, Vidal Massiah, a former import in the pro league, was tapped yesterday as the second import of Harbour Centre-Philippine team which is out to win the country’s first international title after almost two years of suspension.

The addition of the 6-foot-6 Massiah gives Harbour-RP team an imposing looks considering that he will have 6-foot-9 Julius Nwosu as his frontcourt partner.

“This is a big development for the team, the addition of Messiah will certainly boost our title campaign,” said team manager Erick Arejola. “Aside from his experience, we need his athleticism and rebounding.” The Nationals, composed of PBL stars, will leave for Jakarta, Indonesia next week to compete in the SEABA Club Championship Cup.

Massiah was a big disappointment during his two-game stint with San Miguel – he laid a big fat egg in his last game – but coach Junel Baculi believes the former two-time Nike Battleground champion will play a big role in the team.

“Vidal is doing fine in our training, he will play as my No. 4 but he can also play as a wing,” said Baculi. “In case we have a strong opposition in Jakarta, my option is to use both them. That will be a perfect combination.”

The Jakarta trip is the first official tournament by the national team which has the full backing of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas headed by telecommunications magnate Manny V. Pangilinan.

Pangilinan even challenged the members of the team to play tough and win the country’s first international tournament since the lifting of the FIBA suspension last month.

“Losing is not an option,” Pangilinan declared during the presentation of the team members last week at the PSA Forum in Pantalan Restaurant in Manila.

Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero is funding the training and participation of the team in the annual tournament which the Nationals dominated in the past.

Just like what he promised after arriving last Saturday, Nwosu continued to impress the coaching staff with his attitude on and off the court.

“Inside the court , he’s tough but off the court, he’s so cool, always smiling,” said Arejola. “Our team is like one big barkada.”

Aside from Nwosu and Massiah, Baculi is also banking on the hot hands Jonathan Fernandez, Chico Lanete, Jeff Chan, Jason Castro and Jojo Duncil and the creative plays of Marvin Cruz.

Other members of the team are high-flying JC Intal, Al Magpayo, Beau Belga, Erick Rodriguez, Larry Rodriguez, Chad Alonzo, Ryan Arana, Patrick Cabahug and Doug Kramer.

Joescoundrel
03-30-2007, 03:19 PM
Vidal Massiah.

Jesus H Baculi. Couldn't they get anyone else? That guy's got a poor feel for organized ball being a Battleground baller. It showed in his poor stint with San Miguel in the PBA. If I were Mikee Romero I would've just sought out Torraye Bragg, Ginebra's import when they won a PBA reinforced championship. That guy can play the 4 and 5 and doesn't bitch about his minutes. And at 6'8" and 245 pounds he's perfectly suited to bringing some much-needed size to the team.

full battle gear
04-02-2007, 11:59 AM
Outside shooting is main weapon of RP-Harbour

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WITH HIS imposing physique, 6-foot-9 Julius Nwosu is certainly be a cause of worry for the rivals of the Harbour Centre-Philippine team in the SEABA Club Champions Cup slated next week in Jakarta, Indonesia.

But coach Junel Baculi confided that the Harbour-RP team is not just about Nwosu and his wide, strong body.

"We can’t rely all the time on Julius," said Baculi. "Definitely, he’s an asset to the team, especially in the rebounding department. But our three-point shooting will be the team’s main weapon."

Three-point artists abound in the PBL-back national team.

There’s Chico Lanete, Jonathan Fernandez, Jojo Duncil, Ryan Arana – all playing for Harbour – and Magnolia Juice’s Jeff Chan and Al Magpayo to lean on.

Even JC Intal, another player from Harbour, and Marvin Cruz, the court general of Toyota Balintawak, are capable of hitting treys in succession. Both have proven to be clutch players even during their UAAP days.

"Our sniping from the three-point area will be the key to our success," said Baculi. "With Nwosu and Vidal Massiah around, I’m sure the boys will have the confidence of making their shots from long range."

Still, the team, according to Baculi, has yet to reach its peak having formed just barely two weeks ago.

"There are a lot of works to be done," said Baculi. "We have to put premium on our cohesiveness."

Erick Arejola, tasked to handle the operation of the team in the absence of team manager and Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero, is confident the team will be in fighting form when the tournament begins on April 10.

Arejola disclosed that PBL Commissioner Chino Trinidad is making an arrangement with a certain team in the league for a tune-up game before the team departs on April 9.

"Commissioner Trinidad is making an arrangement for a series of tune-up games before the team leaves next week," said Arejola. "We have to test the cohesiveness of the team that’s why we need to have a tune-up game.

Sam Miguel
04-02-2007, 08:53 PM
Marvin Cruz, Chico Lanete and Jojo Duncil all on one team. Heck looks like the only ones missing are Jemal Vizcara and Joseph Yeo. Oh well, at least Julius Nwosu should get some good numbers off the glass.

joelex
04-03-2007, 01:03 AM
Vidal Massiah.

Jesus H Baculi. Couldn't they get anyone else? That guy's got a poor feel for organized ball being a Battleground baller. It showed in his poor stint with San Miguel in the PBA. If I were Mikee Romero I would've just sought out Torraye Bragg, Ginebra's import when they won a PBA reinforced championship. That guy can play the 4 and 5 and doesn't bitch about his minutes. And at 6'8" and 245 pounds he's perfectly suited to bringing some much-needed size to the team.


of course they would prefer someone else, thats if mr romero's budget cooperates, ;) im sure they wont blow up their budget too much for vidal.. ;D heres hoping for a much improved Massiah this time around.

gameface_one
04-08-2007, 01:06 PM
Everyone upbeat on Jakarta bid


By Beth Celis
Inquirer
Last updated 03:29am (Mla time) 04/08/2007


TWO days before their departure for Jakarta, Indonesia, I was expecting RP-Harbour Centre coach Junel Baculi to be feeling a certain amount of pressure and anxiety. After all, the Seaba Champions Cup qualifier is the country’s very first international competition after the Fiba’s two-year suspension and just about everyone is expecting the team to make a big impact in the international scene—from BAP-SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan, to Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero, down to the ordinary Pinoy basketball fan.

Instead, I caught Junel in a relaxed, upbeat mood.

He said he was very excited and at the same time optimistic that things will go our way, according to our expectations.

I took Junel’s word for it. How can I question him when he has two FIBA-Asia Champions Cup titles to show (which he won for Hapee Toothpaste and Andok’s Lechon), while this one in Jakarta is only the qualifier.

“But while I am confident that we can win this one, we can’t afford to throw caution to the wind because other countries have imports too. Inevitably, there will be some amount of pressure,” he said.

Except for Good Friday, the team practiced the entire Holy Week.

***

Meanwhile, thousands of miles away in San Francisco, Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero was very delighted to receive news that his Harbour team that participated in Jack Ruby’s Corporate Cup Basketball tournament finished first, with his right hand man Erick Arejola running off with the MVP title.

Mikee is keeping his fingers crossed that the winning streak would extend all the way to the Seaba champions Cup qualifier, which he admitted was causing him a bit of worry because the team only had three weeks to prepare.

“The team had a very short time to prepare and all that time, the players were also reporting and practicing with their mother teams because the PBL season is about to start,” said Mikee who keeps tab of the squad’s progress by calling Junel and Erick daily from Sanfo.

Despite that, Mikee, like Junel, is confident that we will pull through.

gameface_one
04-08-2007, 01:09 PM
RP-Harbour wary of Seaba opponents


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 03:28am (Mla time) 04/08/2007


HARBOUR Centre-Philippines should remain cautious even if its opponents for the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Champions Cup tilt have been reduced to three.

The reminder came from PBL officials yesterday after the league hosted a send-off party for the young PBL selection set to leave for Jakarta tomorrow.

“We can’t afford to lose this tournament so we have to play tough and smart from start to finish,” said league chair Gil Angeles.

Harbour Centre-Philippines, led by amateur stars JC Intal, Jason Castro, Marvin Cruz and Jojo Duncil, only need to worry about Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam as other neighboring countries opted to skip the club tournament on April 10 to 14.

“I am challenging the boys to make our country proud again,” said PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad. “We’ve been in limbo before so it’s time to regain the respect that we lost.”

Former PBA imports Julius Nwosu and Vidal Massiah will boost the country’s bid for its first regional title after a two-year Fiba (international basketball federation) suspension.

The top two countries in the qualifying round will battle in the finals.
Only the champion team will secure a slot in the Fiba-Asia Champions Cup in Iran.

“They’ve made lots of improvement since the formation of the team, so I’m confident about their chances,” said Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero.

gameface_one
04-09-2007, 10:50 PM
RP-Harbour leaves today for SEABA Cup mission
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WITH RENEWED confidence and vigor, the 14-man Harbour Centre-Philippine team leaves today for Jakarta, Indonesia to see action in the SEABA Club Champions Cup and announce that the country is ready to reclaim its once dominant status in the region.


"We’re now ready," declared Harbour-RP coach Junel Baculi yesterday before the team’s last practice session at the Xavier School gym in San Juan. "We’ll be going there with a mission order and that is to win the tournament."

Knowing very well how important the tournament is, the team, according to Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero, has trained religiously for almost a month in its burning desire to regain the respect of neighboring countries.

"After the lifting of the country’s suspension from FIBA, it’s now time to bring back the old glory. We have to restore our tarnished image and I’m very happy that everyone is helping us in our quest to be No. 1 again," said Romero, who financed the training and participation of the PBL stars.

The four-day tournament, which starts tomorrow, is the first official tournament by a Philippine team under the newly-created Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, headed by Manny V. Pangilinan.

Even the team’s reinforcements — Nigerian Julius Nwosu and American Vidal Massiah — are in high spirit, saying they’re honored to play for the Philippines and play with some exciting talents.

"Julius has played for the pro league for so many years and he’s happy to be back and play for the country," said assistant team manager Erick Arejola. "Vidal is married to a half-Filipina, so he’s also excited."

The presence of 6-foot-9 Nwosu and the 6-foot-6 Massiah is certainly a plus factor for the team since the Harbour-RP team lacks height.

"The addition of Nwosu and Massiah gives the team an imposing look," said Arejola. "With his huge frame, he’s going to be the center of attraction in Jakarta."

That’s why Baculi, a proud owner of two Asian Club Championships, intends to put Nwosu as one of his starting unit along with crafty playmaker Marvin Cruz of Toyota Balintawak and Harbour’s Jason Castro and JC Intal, and Massiah.

"It’s already a pretty good combination, Castro is PBL MVP, Cruz is a member of mythical selection and Intal is an UAAP All-Star player," said Baculi. "They’re blending so well."

The team also boasts of top three-point shooters in Jonathan Fernandez, Chico Lanete, Ryan Arana — all of Harbour — and even the 6-foot-5 Al Magpayo of San Miguel-Magnolia is capable of sinking treys.

Other members of team are rugged Erick Rodriguez also of Toyota Balintawak, Larry Rodriguez of Dazz, Harbour’s Beau Belga, Chad Alonzo and Jojo Duncil.

full battle gear
04-10-2007, 12:49 PM
Harbour-RP five gets going vs Malaysia

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 02:30am (Mla time) 04/10/2007

JAKARTA -- The enemy is unknown but the young Harbour Centre-Philippine team is excited and eager to get going against Malaysia on Tuesday at the start of the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Champions Cup here.

The young Philippine Basketball League selection, beefed up by imports Julius Nwosu and Vidal Massiah, battle the Malaysians at 4 p.m. (5 p.m. in Manila) at the Britama Arena.

“We’re coming into the tournament blind not knowing our rivals, but we’re confident we can handle them,” said coach Junel Baculi. “We’re still not sure who their imports are, that’s why we want to see them during practice.”

Indonesia and Vietnam will tangle at 7 p.m. after the 6 p.m. opening ceremony of the four-nation club meet.

Baculi stressed that Harbour Centre-Philippines will tackle Tuesday’s game with all its might since it will mark the country’s return to the international cage scene.

“The boys are really tired after the long trip, but we have to hit the gym and do some shooting,” he said.

The 12-man roster will try to shake off the effects of what became a tiring seven-hour trip following a stopover in Singapore with a workout Tuesday morning.

JC Intal, Jason Castro, Marvin Cruz, Nwosu and Massiah comprise the team’s starting unit.

Assistant coach Louie Alas, who is tasked to scout the opposition, noted that the tournament means more to the Philippines than to any of the other participating countries.

“I think Vietnam didn’t even bother to get an import,” he said. “But we heard Indonesia has good imports

full battle gear
04-10-2007, 12:50 PM
Harbour-RP battles old rival Malaysia
By Nelson Beltran
The Philippine Star 04/10/2007

JAKARTA – The Philippines has old nemesis Malaysia as its first assignment in its return stint in FIBA play.

Harbour Centre-RP team, settling into its hotel here shortly before dusk yesterday after a tiring 10-hour journey from Manila with a brief stopover in Singapore, opens its campaign in the SEABA Champions Cup against Petronas of Malaysia today at the Britama Arena.

Although unfamiliar with their foes’ game, coach Junel Baculi and his troops are hopeful of a swashbuckling performance in the 4 p.m. game (5 p.m. in Manila) marking the Philippines’ return to FIBA-sanctioned events.

"We’re coming into the game not knowing our rivals but we’re confident we can handle them," said Baculi who has two Asian Champions Cup titles under his belt.

"We heard the Malaysians are fielding a Chinese import. If he’s good then our battle plan is to take the ball away from him," Baculi also said.

With the team managers’ meeting yet to be held, the RP squad, at press time, had no other information about the tourney except its schedule of games.

The Nationals, bankrolled by Harbour Centre owner Mikee Cojuangco, play the Vietnamese at 5 p.m. tomorrow then the Indonesians at 4 p.m. Friday. The one-game finale is set Saturday.

However, there were words that the host team has an American and an Australian as reinforcements. The Vietnamese are playing sans an import.

But the Malaysians could well be the team that could give the Philippines the toughest challenge.

Petronas has been a regular fixture in this tourney, boasting of three finishes inside the Magic Four in the Asian level since the Champions Cup, formerly Asian Inter-Club – was first held in Hong Kong in 1981.

The Malaysians were runners-up to the PBL-Andok’s team in Kuala Lumpur in 1995. They were third behind Sagesse (Lebanon) and Liaoning (China) in Beirut in 2000 and fourth behind Hapee Toothpaste (Philippines), Isuzu Lynx (Japan) and Guang Dong Winnerway (China) in Manila in 1996.

Baculi has tasked assistant coach Louie Alas to scout the Malaysians in their scheduled shoot-around session this morning.

Despite the long haul from Manila, Baculi had wanted to hold practice last night but there was no available venue. Instead, the Nationals will walk through their plays and patterns also this morning.

Harbour Centre-RP team must win the SEABA Champions Cup to give the all-pro national team a ticket to the Asian Champions Cup in Tehran next month.

The Philippines has won four championships in the Asian level.

full battle gear
04-10-2007, 12:52 PM
RP plays Malaysia in opener today

By Rey C. Lachica
www.mb.com.ph


JAKARTA, Indonesia — Harbour Centre-Philippine team left the Philippines brimming with confidence but arrived here yesterday perplexed.

"We came here not knowing how strong our rivals are,"said coach Junel Baculi. "We don’t know whether they have imports or not."

It’s like facing blank wall, Baculi said.

All Baculi can assure is that Harbour-RP team will be facing Southeast Asian Games rival Petronas-Malaysia in the opening game of a twinbill at 4 p.m. (5 p.m. in Manila).

Clashing in the other game is the host squad which will be pitted against Vietnam, where basketball has yet to gain a foothold and where football is the national passion.

Baculi probably has a reason to be a bit worried.

"The boys are quite tired," he said, noting that trip from Manila yesterday morning took almost seven hours counting the one-hour stopover in Singapore. Add the two hours spent on the road because of the traffic jam.

Despite their ordeal, the coach ordered the team to do a slight drill after an hour of rest to shake off their weariness.

Unlike Baculi, Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero, who bankrolled the training and participation of the team, expressed confidence about the country’s chances in the four-country tournament.

"I know these players, they will do everything for the country," said Romero, who is still in the United States.

JC Intal and Marvin Cruz, the stars of the team, echoed Romero’s sentiment as they expressed delight playing for the national team for the first time

For the 6-foot-4 Intal, the Jakarta trip is an opportunity to showcase his stuff and help the country win its first international title since the lifting of the FIBA suspension last February.

"I’m really excited because this is my first time to play for the country,"said Intal. "I’ll do everything for the country."

"Naudlot yong pagiging RP team player ko the last time,so ngayon, todo na ako," said Cruz.

Intal and Cruz comprise the starting unit of Baculi along with reigning PBL MVP Jason Castro and imports Nigerian center Julius Nwosu and Vidal Massiah.

Other members of the team are Al Magpayo,Ryan Arana, Jonathan Fernandez, Beau Belga, Larry Rodriguez and Erick Rodriguez.

pachador
04-11-2007, 06:20 AM
ambush tayo : bad trip . ito ang dahilan tinatago ng indonesia ang imports nila:


Kueth Duany 6'6" 190 lbs played for Syracuse university Division I NCAA as team captain 2002-2003

Ian Crosswhite 7 footer 250 lbs Sydney Kings Australia


source: http://www.media-indonesia.com/berita.asp?id=129742

>:( >:( >:(

Kid Cubao
04-11-2007, 09:12 AM
what do you mean ambush tayo, naglaban na ba ang harbour at indonesia? ang alam ko ngayong hapon pa ang laban.

AnthonyServinio
04-11-2007, 10:33 AM
ambush tayo :* bad trip . ito ang dahilan tinatago ng indonesia ang imports nila:


Kueth Duany 6'6" 190 lbs played for Syracuse university Division I NCAA as team captain 2002-2003

Ian Crosswhite 7 footer 250 lbs Sydney Kings Australia


source:* http://www.media-indonesia.com/berita.asp?id=129742
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>:(* *>:(* * *>:(


* * *Kueth Duany is more of 6'4".* He played for Bloomington North High School in Indiana were he had a Filipino teammate named Jay Robles (6'0", G) of Olongapo City who played the 2000 season with the MBA's Pampanga Dragons.

* * *I agree that Indonesia is a real threat.* Aside from their good credentialed imports, they have the benefit of having a solid, organized semi-pro league called the IBL (the former Kobatama).* During the 2003 SEA Games in Vietnam, Indonesia coached by Filipino Bong Ramos gave the PBL All-Stars a big scare before losing steam in the final minutes of the game.* It is very possible that the Indons have picked up a tip or two from Filipino coach David "Alamat" Zamar who handles IBL club Panasia Garuda.

full battle gear
04-11-2007, 10:47 AM
Harbour-RP five wary of ‘hidden’ Indon imports

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 06:26am (Mla time) 04/11/2007

JAKARTA -- On the eve of a tournament the Philippines is supposed to dominate, the host squad gave the RP-Harbour Centre five something to worry about in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association Champions Cup.

It is in the clandestine way the Indonesians are preparing for the event.

“They’re hiding their imports, we don’t have their names and they’re even booked in a different hotel,” coach Junel Baculi said of the hosts on Tuesday, several hours before plunging into action in the four-nation club tournament.

“That’s part of their privilege as host, they can schedule their practices and games in their favor, leaving us little time to scout them,” said assistant coach Louie Alas. “But we heard that one import is Australian and the other American.”

Harbour Centre-Philippines is vying for its first win versus Malaysia as of press time. The Philippine Basketball League selection, beefed up by imports Julius Nwosu and Vidal Massiah, will battle Indonesia at 8 p.m. (9 p.m. in Manila) Wednesday at the Britama Arena.

“We thought we should worry about Malaysia the most, but they have no import in their lineup,” said Baculi, who steered the country’s back-to-back title-run in the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup in 1995 and 1996. “Malaysia is usually the one who takes this tournament seriously, but it seems that it’s Indonesia who really wants to win.”

Just like Malaysia, Vietnam also listed no import in its roster.

“Indonesia might be our stumbling block again,” said Alas, reminding that the Philippines lost to host Indonesia in another Seaba tournament 10 years ago.

The RP five, bannered by Romel Adducul and Danny Ildefonso, brandished an unbeaten elimination round record before bowing to Indonesia in the Finals match of the 1997 Seaba Championship.

“I think that was the last time we lost to them,” said Alas, who also served as an assistant then.

Despite the grim memory, Harbour Centre-Philippines’ amateur crew led by JC Intal, Marvin Cruz and Jason Castro remain upbeat about their chances.

“Coach Junel is a very experienced coach and he’s teaching us all the adjustments that we need to know for this tournament,” said Intal, the versatile 6-foot-4 forward.

The winner-take-all Finals match will pit the the top two countries at the end of the elimination round, with the champion earning a slot in the Asian Champions Cup in Iran.

full battle gear
04-11-2007, 10:51 AM
Harbour-RP five expects worst from host Indons
By Nelson Beltran
The Philippine Star 04/11/2007

JAKARTA – Host Indonesia could well be the threat in the Harbour Centre-Philippine team’s quest in the 2007 SEABA Champions Cup here.

Coach Louie Alas, a member of the coaching staff of the RP team beaten by Indonesia for the regular SEABA championship here in 1997, said he knows for a fact that the Indons would resort to anything not to lose on home turf when they meet tomorrow.

The Nationals were playing the Malaysians at presstime last night.

"Being biased is understatement, they’re super biased," said Alas, among the deputies of head coach Dong Vergeire in the RP team in the 1997 championship in Surabaya.

Danny Ildefonso, Romel Adducul, Chris Cantonjos, Ralph Rivera, Dale Singson, Rensy Bajar and Richard Melencio were among the players of that national squad.

Ildefonso and Co., however, would exact revenge later in the year in the Jakarta SEA Games. They avoided a title clash with the Indons as they lost their last game in the eliminations to the Malaysians.

"They would get everything they could being the host team. You have to maul them right away to avoid their dirty tricks," said Alas.

The Indons, however, have remained a mystery here, making themselves scarce. The only thing Harbour Centre-RP team knows about the hosts is that they’re fielding an American and an Australian as imports.

The two teams play at 8 p.m. today (9 p.m. Manila time) at the Britama Arena.

"They don’t want to be scouted," said Harbour Centre-RP team head coach Junel Baculi. "They don’t want an early clash with the Philippines. Neither do they want a late duel with us. We will not be able to prepare against them since after seeing them play in their first game, we will meet them the following day," Baculi added.

The Malaysians and the Vietnamese could well be easy picking for the Nationals since they opted to play without imports, obviously in preparation for the regular SEABA joust in Thailand next month.

"We might play Julius Nwosu and Vidal Massiah for a few minutes against them," said Baculi.

But the Harbour Centre squad, a PBL selection, can’t avoid to lose here since it will cost the all-pro RP team a slot in the Asian Champions Cup in Tehran, Iran.

NOTES: Julius Nwosu took some time before being allowed entry here. Being a Nigerian, Nwosu was required to secure a visa, but immigration officials here wanted him to get the papers from Manila. Harbour Centre team manager Erick Arejola said they had been told in Manila that there would be no problem at the Jakarta airport. SEABA official helped Nwosu get in…Remember former UST star Udoy Belmonte? He’s followed the footstep of his father, becoming a PAL pilot. He was the first officer of the PAL flight that brought the Harbour Centre-RP team here.

full battle gear
04-11-2007, 10:52 AM
RP considers Indons toughest SEABA rival

By REY C. LACHICA
www.mb.com.ph


Games Today (Britama Arena) 6 p.m. — Vietnam vs Malaysia 8 p.m. — Philippines vs Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Harbour Centre-Philippines has yet to cross paths with Indonesia in the SEABA Champions Cup qualifying tournament here, but the host country has already engaged the highly favored Filipinos in a virtual mind game.

Coach Junel Baculi admitted being puzzled and clueless against the Indons, whom the nationals face next a day after battling Petronas-Malaysia in the opener of the five-day, four-team meet.

The game between the Filipinos and Malaysians are still being played as of presstime at the Britama Arena.

Organizers haven’t given any information about the composition of the Indonesian team, which also boasts of two imports -- an American an Australian – as gathered by assistant team manager Eric Arejola and assistant coach Louie Alas.

"Talagang tinatago nila ang mga players nila, kaya kahit na may tiwala ako sa mga players ko, kailangan ding bantayan ko rin ang mga kalaban," said Baculi.

"We really don’t have any information about their imports, we don’t know how big and athletic they are."

"Although the players of Malaysia are young and tall, I’m more concerned about the Indons."

The RP squad and Indonesia clash at 8 p.m. (9 p.m. Manila time) Thursday in what many billed as a championship preview of the tournament serving as qualifier of the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup in Tehran, Iran later this year.

Bankrolled by Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero, the team has tapped the services of former PBA imports Julius Nwosu and Vidal Messiah to reinforce the Filipinos.

Romero is arriving today in time for the team’s showdown with the Indons.

"It’s going to be an interesting match that's why I advised our coaches to be on guard," Romero said in a long distance call.

Getting added information from former national coach Boyzie Zamar, now working as mentor of one of the best commercial teams here, Alas said nine players of the Indonesian team are currently with the national squad.

The RP coaching staff, however, doesn’t know who they are.

Alas could not even scout them because they trained late in the morning while Harbour-RP team did their shoot-around much earlier.

"Sabi sa akin malakas daw yong American import sa ilalim tapos magaling daw sa perimeter yong Australyano," said Alas.

The starting unit of the Harbour-RP team is comprised of the 6-foot-9 Nwosu at center, Larry Rodriguez (big forward) Massiah (small forward), Jason Castro and Marvin Cruz (guards).

The team also boasts of high-flying JC Intal, Chico Lanete, Ryan Araña, Beau Belga, Al Magpayo, Erick Rodriguez and the sweet-shooting Jonathan Fernandez.

pachador
04-11-2007, 12:05 PM
what i mean is that an ambush was being set-up. i hope Baculi knew along who this 2 imports were but he was just playing possum., and he has got this 2 indonesian imports in his crosshairs. otherwise, its only today that we find out, and we dont even know if baculi already knows what we know. maybe perhaps in the future the national teams should enlist filpino OFWs or philippine embassy staff to read the sports sections of our opponents newspapers specially the newspapers that are not in english at ipa-translate. frankly , i dont believe that Zamar doesnt know the identity of the indonesian imports. thats incredulous. is he trying to pull our eggs?* :D




what do you mean ambush tayo, naglaban na ba ang harbour at indonesia? ang alam ko ngayong hapon pa ang laban.

Kid Cubao
04-11-2007, 01:07 PM
tingin ko press release lang ito ni junel. he knows what he can do as a coach, and he is fully-aware of what his players are capable of doing. sa totoo lang, tuwing may international tournament, dalawa lang naman ang parating kinatatakutan: ang tawagan ng mga refs at ang lakas ng tsamba ng kalaban.

Semenelin
04-11-2007, 02:26 PM
any news on who won between RP and Malaysia?

Kid Cubao
04-11-2007, 02:43 PM
panalo tayo vs petronas-malaysia, 87-72.

JonarSabilano
04-11-2007, 02:45 PM
panalo tayo vs petronas-malaysia, 87-72.


Saan mo nakuha ang score? Thanks.

Kid Cubao
04-11-2007, 02:52 PM
jonar, i heard it on DZSR 918 kahapon on my way home from work.

JonarSabilano
04-11-2007, 02:57 PM
jonar, i heard it on DZSR 918 kahapon on my way home from work.


Salamat, Kid Cubao. I was searching for it on Google this morning. Wala akong makita, kahit sa Indonesian Post at Malaysian papers. These Indons either 1) want to keep us in the dark or 2) simply do not give a D about basketball. All I could find was football news.

true.blue
04-11-2007, 04:01 PM
jonar, i heard it on DZSR 918 kahapon on my way home from work.


Salamat, Kid Cubao. I was searching for it on Google this morning. Wala akong makita, kahit sa Indonesian Post at Malaysian papers. These Indons either 1) want to keep us in the dark or 2) simply do not give a D about basketball. All I could find was football news.


Napakahina rin ng mga sports scribes natin. Considering we are more or less in the same time zone as Jakarta, I wish our sports writers could at least write something on the games in the online breaking news sections of our periodicals. The mypbl.com webmaster is also sleeping on the job on this.

maverick
04-11-2007, 07:21 PM
For updates on SEABA results, checkout Asia-basket.com. There's an article already on the game against malaysia.

Kid Cubao
04-12-2007, 08:15 AM
i got word that harbour centre lost to the heavily-reinforced indonesian squad 79-72. depending on the game results beginning today until friday, i think we are headed to a possible three-way tie for the finals. as usual, they will be using the quotient system to settle the ranking.*

my gut feel, though, is that it'll be a harbour-indonesia championship.

edited to add: aside from the loss, another unfortunate result is the injury to chico lanete.

full battle gear
04-12-2007, 12:01 PM
Harbour-RP rips Malaysia

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 03:13am (Mla time) 04/12/2007

GAMES FRIDAY (Britama Arena)
6 p.m. -- Vietnam vs Philippines
8 p.m. -- Indonesia vs Malaysia

JAKARTA -- After quickly surveying the court, Marvin Cruz wasted no time launching an attack only to dish out a behind-the-back pass to Vidal Massiah, who converted an easy undergoal stab.

The crowd-pleasing play drew cheers from the spectators and set the tone for an easy 87-72 triumph by Harbour Centre-Philippines over Petronas-Malaysia at the start of the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Champions Cup Tuesday.

Massiah went on to finish with a day-high 24 points, while the crafty Cruz added 15 to highlight the nationals’ impressive debut in the four-nation club tournament at the Britama Arena.

The pair -- along with Jason Castro, Larry Rodriguez and Julius Nwosu -- got Harbour Centre-Philippines off to the best possible start, then came back for a second-half rescue after the team’s back-up unit collapsed in the second period.

Coach Junel Baculi duly praised his first five, but wondered why the rest played below par against an import-less Malaysian crew.

“The bottom line is, why did the others perform and why the others did not,” Baculi said.

The 21-year-old Cruz showed he’s ready for the international brand of play.

“There was pressure,” said Cruz, who also had five assists, three rebounds and two steals.

Massiah also proved he’s no flop in the pro league Philippine Basketball Association.

“I had a tough time adjusting in the PBA because everything happened so fast,” said Massiah, recently booted out of San Miguel Beer in the current Fiesta Cup after a two-game stint.

Host Indonesia cruised through a 100-25 victory over a diminutive Vietnam crew in the second match.

The scores:

First Game
PHILIPPINES 87 -- Massiah 24, Cruz 15, Nwosu 11, Castro 8, L. Rodriguez 6, Lanete 6, Fernandez 6, Magpayo 5, Araña 4, E. Rodriguez 2, Intal 0, Belga 0.
MALAYSIA 72 -- Way Tek 17, Hian 11, Loo Hoo Won 11, Satyaseelan 10, Kian Hoong 9, Heng 8, Keen 3, Kin Hoong 3, Ban Sin 0, Chen Jye 0, Yusoff 0, Kee Aik 0.
Quarters: 31-11, 40-32, 67-51, 87-72

Second Game
INDONESIA 100 -- Sumargo 17, Duany 11, Sitepu 10, Gunawan 10, Situmorang 10, Achmad 8, Sunarko 7, Wijaya 6, Jati 6, Crosswhite 6, Prihantono 5, Sondakh 4.
VIETNAM 25 -- Dung 7, Sang 6, Thanh Hung 5, Khoa 4, Canh 2, Sy 1, Quoc Hung 0, Linh 0, Khanh 0, Toi Man 0, Nghia 0.
Quarters: 32-9, 60-15, 79-21, 100-25

full battle gear
04-12-2007, 12:08 PM
Harbour Centre-RP rips Petronas-Malaysia
By Nelson Beltran
The Philippine Star 04/12/2007

JAKARTA – Harbour Centre-Philippines, banking on big starts on both halves, walloped Petronas-Malaysia, 87-72, at the start of the 2007 SEABA Champions Cup at the Britama Arena here Tuesday night.

Starters Vidal Massiah, Julius Nwosu, Marvin Cruz and Jason Castro dished out solid performances, carrying much of the fight for the team with their reserves playing tentatively coming off the bench.

Massiah, bringing out the stuff he failed to show with San Miguel Beer in the PBA, came through with 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting in just 27 minutes of action.

Nwosu dominated the paint for 16 rebounds, 11 points and five blocks while Cruz and Castro manned the backcourt efficiently, combining for 23 points, 10 assists, six rebounds and four steals.

The Nationals started the game with a 24-5 run, led by as many as 22 at 60-38 and 65-43 but couldn’t sustain a steady pace on the erratic showing of their second group.

Injuries to Massiah and Chico Lanete also slowed down the team facing a fierce-fighting Malaysian side which is in the final phase of its buildup for the SEABA championship in Thailand next month.

Massiah and Lanete both suffered ankle sprain. Lanete’s, however, looked severe that he may miss their game against host SM Britama-Indonesia Wednesday.

"Our bench was tentative, but I can’t blame them. Most of them are in their first international stint," said coach Junel Baculi. "But somehow it could work to our advantage. My idea really was to keep some of my players so as not to expose them to the scouts of the other teams."

Baculi made special mention of Jonathan Fernandez who played for only six minutes but responded with two triples.

JC Intal was notably tentative, attempting just once in 16 minutes of action. He later apologized to the coaching staff and promised to do better in the next game.

"Yung attitude ng ibang players natin typical na aasa na lang kapag may imports. They tend to forget that they’re also good players," said assistant coach Louie Alas.

But not Cruz, who was remarkable in his first international game, bucking dirty tactics of his Malaysian counterparts as he churned out 15 points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals.

The former UP Maroon kept his poise and composure though hit a number of times by Malaysia’s rugged defenders.

full battle gear
04-12-2007, 12:10 PM
RP cagers dump Malaysia

By REY C. LACHICA
www.mb.com.ph


JAKARTA, Indonesia — Marvin Cruz put on a razzle-dazzle performance and Vidal Massiah delivered his promise Tuesday as Harbour Centre-Philippine team clobbered Malaysia, 87-72, in a win that sent chilling warning to its rivals at the start of the SEABA Club Champions Cup a the Britama Arena here.

The 6-foot-6 Massiah, the same import dumped by San Miguel Beer following his scoreless performance in his second game in the pro league, played true to form as he topscored for Harbour-RP team with 24 points.

But the day simply belonged to the 5-foot-8 Cruz.

Widely acclaimed as the country’s finest amateur guard today, Cruz was a joy to watch as he awed and baffled his taller Malaysian defenders with his court wizardry and deadly sniping in leading the country to its first international win in almost two years.

"I was not surprised with what Marvin did to the team today, he’s really tough and a very good player," said coach Junel Baculi. "Talagang buo ang loob, pang-international talaga."

Showing steely resolve, Cruz, despite the foul tactics of Koo Chen Jye, repeatedly broke Malaysians’ defense with his lightning speed and steady shooting from afar, a performance that earned him raves from amateur basketball godfather Mikee Romero and rival countries as well.

Cruz started the team’s onslaught with a tough drive that saw the Nationals take an early 11-0 lead, and then capped his15-point performance with two critical free throws that stopped Malaysia’s searing rally late in the fourth, 82-72, with less than two minutes left.

The Nationals were held to just 9 points in the second quarter after turning the ball 9 times but they regained their bearing in third after knocking in four triples, including two from the sweet-shooting Jonathan Fernandez.

With their win, the Nationals need only to win against lowly Vietnam on Friday to advance to the finals. The two teams after the elims will advance to the finals with the winner gaining a berth in the Asian Club Championship next month.

The Nationals, out to win their fifth title in the annual event which the country dominated in the 90s, are playing against host Indonesia at press time.

"It was a good start, I hope we can sustain our hot start despite the bad calls," said Romero in a long distance call from the United States. "But we have to play as hard as we can against the Indons."

In the second game, Indonesia, backstopped by US NCAA veteran Kueth Duany, served notice of its title desire by blowing past Vietnam, 100-25.

But the win proved too costly for Harbour-RP as Chico Lanete twisted his foot after stepping onto the foot of Malaysia’s Satyaseelan, who deliberately stuck out his while the Silver Cup MVP was attempting to shoot from three-point zone.

Lanete successfully made his shot but he grimaced in pain after his fall and had to be bodily carried out by his teammates. His foot swelled late at night and was declared out of the rest of the tournament which is a bad news for the team.

gameface_one
04-13-2007, 12:05 PM
Indons give RP rude awakening


By NELSON BELTRAN

The Philippine Star

JAKARTA — Harbour Centre-Philippines came to realize Wednesday night what SM Britama-Indonesia could offer in a preview of their title clash in the SEABA Champions Cup Saturday.

The Nationals got a rude awakening after being beaten by the host team, 74-79, before a good crowd at the Britama Arena here.

Harbour Centre-RP lost the battle but not the war, with the team still a cinch to make it to the final with an expected rout of Vietnam Friday. The Vietnamese lost their first two games in the tourney by a whopping average losing margin of 80 points.

SM-Britama, meanwhile, still has a tough assignment in Petronas-Malaysia on the final day of the elimination round. A loss by 11 points or more would ease the Indons out of the title match.

"We lost the game alright but there’s a silver lining in this defeat. It’s better that we’re beaten by the Indons now. At least, we now know what they’re capable of doing," said coach Junel Baculi.

"They can’t beat us twice," said import Julius Nwosu, confident they can get back at the hosts in the finale.

Nwosu and Vidal Massiah were outplayed by Ian Crosswhite and Kueth Duany, and the entire Harbour Center-RP team was outfought by Indonesia with a resolute zone defense and a fluid motion offense.

The Nationals actually took control at the start but faltered in the second quarter and couldn’t get the momentum for a full-blown rally in the final half.

After falling behind by 12, 38-50, the best the Nationals could do was get within one, 52-53.

Still within striking distance at 69-72 with 2:41 left to play, Harbour Center-RP faded for good as it went without a basket in the next 1:30 of play.

Guard Faisal Julius Achmad rifled in back-to-back triples just as the Philippines threatened at 52-53.

But Crosswhite and Duany proved to be the biggest thorns on Harbour Center-RP’s bid with the former scattering a game-high 23 points that went with 16 rebounds and four assists and the latter adding 19 points and seven rebounds.

Nwosu was good for only 18 points and 17 rebounds with Massiah, a PBA discard, chipping in only 11 points and later complaining of a bruised knee.

Still, the Nationals put up a good fight, except that they couldn’t break the Indons’ zone defense.

gameface_one
04-13-2007, 12:11 PM
Indonesia trims Harbour-RP five


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 02:44am (Mla time) 04/13/2007


JAKARTA -- Showing up with good imports and backing this up with red-hot shooting, Satria Muda Britama-Indonesia slipped past Harbour Centre-Philippines, 79-74, Wednesday night in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Champions Cup here.

Ian Crosswhite, a 6-foot-11 Australian, and Kueth Duany, a 6-6 from Sudan who played for Syracuse in the US NCAA, combined for 42 points, powering the Indonesians to a 12-point lead, 50-38, in the third period and to a second straight win in the competition.

The Filipinos dropped to 1-1 but they can still take a crack at the Indonesians for the title by finishing second at the end of the eliminations with an expected win over Vietnam on Friday.

Although the Indonesians are expected to sweep the eliminations with a victory over the import-less Malaysians also on Friday, they still have to beat the No. 2 team in the eliminations in a playoff for the title.

The winning team qualifies to the FIBA-Asian Cup championship in Iran.

“They have good imports, that’s the truth,” Harbour-RP coach Junel Baculi said. “Our problem was our three-point shooting.”

Indonesia scored 30 points from beyond the arc while the Filipinos had a poor 4-of-25 shooting.

All four triples came from National University standout Jonathan Fernandez, who emerged as the best local with 14 points.

“Before the game, we believed we had a chance,” said Fictor Roring, head coach of the defending champion team from the Indonesian Basketball League.

Roring, a self-confessed protégé of Filipino coach Nat Canson in the 1980s, also drew excellent clutch-shooting performances from national team members Faisal Julius Achmad and Ronny Gunawan.

Marvin Cruz also came to fore with 12 markers, three assists and two steals, but Vidal Massiah, who shot 24 points versus Malaysia, contributed only 11 before leaving the game late in the fourth period due to a sprained ankle.

Petronas-Malaysia recovered from an opening-day loss to the Philippines with a 122-37 rout of Vietnam in the second game.

The scores:
INDONESIA 79 -- Crosswhite 23, Duany 19, Achmad 10, Gunawan 10, Sumargo 8, Situmorang 0, Wijaya 3, Sondakh 2, Sunarko 2, Sitepu 0, Prihantono 0.
PHILIPPINES 74 -- Nwosu 18, Fernandez 14, Cruz 12, Massiah 11, Castro 10, Intal 3, Magpayo 2, Belga 2, E. Rodriguez 2, L. Rodriguez 0, Arana 0.
Quarters: 16-22, 43-36, 61-57, 79-74

pachador
04-14-2007, 08:52 AM
That indonesian Ferdinand is a trojan horse in our midst. Let's just hope he does not become too good as he gets older. According to Asia-basket he is on the roster of Satria Muda Britama, the indonesian team that defeated Harbour master. It also looks like the players on this team are older than the Harbor master players:

SATRIA MUDA BRITAMA JAKARTA (IDN-IBL) MEN ***

# Name CM (INCH) Pos Bo NAT Fr To Last Playing Team
5
Achmad Faisal 180 (5'11'') G 81 IDN 03 06 SM Britama (IDN)
12
Affandi Syahrizal 181 (5'11'') G 74 IDN 00 03 SM Britama (IDN)
17
Ariwibowo Ponco 194 (6'5'') C 78 IDN 03 05 Kalila (IDN)
7
Eriano Dwui 189 (6'3'') G/F 78 IDN 00 05 SM Britama (IDN)
15
Ferdinand* 194 (6'5'') C 88 IDN 03 03 SM Britama (IDN)
32
Gunawan Ronny 194 (6'5'') F/C 80 IDN 06 06 SM Britama (IDN)
10
Jati Wahyu 189 (6'3'') F 77 IDN 00 06 SM Britama (IDN)
24
Merdiansyah Yudi 194 (6'5'') C 83 IDN 03 03 SM Britama (IDN)
53
Orquillas B. 188 (6'2'') F 72 PHI 06 06 SM Britama (IDN)
8
Pratama Oktovianu 188 (6'2'') F 83 IDN 03 06 SM Britama (IDN)
17
Prihantono Amin 188 (6'2'') F 82 IDN 03 06 SM Britama (IDN)

Purnama Rony 195 (6'5'') C 81 IDN 06 06 Kalila (IDN)
19
Rachmat Gagan 187 (6'2'') F 78 IDN 03 06 SM Britama (IDN)

Roring Fictor 195 (6'5'') C 72 IDN 00 00 SM Britama (IDN)
4
Saputro Ratreza 196 (6'5'') C 84 IDN 03 03 SM Britama (IDN)
6
Setiawan Bugi 183 (6'0'') F 80 IDN 06 06 IM Panasonic (IDN)
11
Sigar Augustin 178 (5'10'') G 78 IDN 03 05 SM Britama (IDN)

Sinta Arman Andi* * IDN 00 00 SM Britama (IDN)
14
Situmorang W. 188 (6'2'') F 82 IDN 03 06 SM Britama (IDN)
9
Sondakh Youbel 188 (6'2'') F 84 IDN 06 06 SM Britama (IDN)
22
Sumargo Denny 183 (6'0'') G 81 IDN 05 06 SM Britama (IDN)
23
Sunarko Agung* G* IDN 03 06 SM Britama (IDN)
23
Wignyo* 194 (6'5'') C 84 IDN 03 03 SM Britama (IDN)
20
Wijaya Wendha 182 (6'0'') G 82 IDN 03 06 SM Britama (IDN)
23
Winar Johannis 180 (5'11'') G 70 IDN 06 06 Panasia (IDN)





http://www.asia-basket.com/team.asp?Cntry=IDN&team=4284&option=Satria%20Muda%20Britama%20Jakarta%20%20(IDN-IBL)&Cntr=IDN&logo=mahaka.gif

full battle gear
04-14-2007, 11:08 AM
Humbled Harbour-RP vows to confuse Indonesia

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 05:32am (Mla time) 04/14/2007

JAKARTA—It did not take long for coach Junel Baculi to put a finger on what went wrong. And it did not take time either for Baculi to find a solution.

“We have devised an offensive plan to break their zone; and for our defense, we also have a surprise for them—we’ll confuse them,” Baculi said a day after Harbour Centre-Philippines absorbed a stunning 79-74 loss to Satria Muda Britama-Indonesia in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Champions Cup.

“I also told the boys you’re not in your own country, they’ll do everything to beat us, so we have to be above that.”

Baculi said his crew will be ready in the likely chance that the Philippines battles Indonesia again in the championship match.

“We’re confident we can beat Indonesia,” said Baculi. “The players responded well.”

Indonesia remained unbeaten in two games, while the Philippines and Malaysia shared second spot with 1-1 slates.

Only the top two teams at the end of the elimination round will advance to the Finals of the four-nation club tournament. But the Philippines currently has the upper hand in the quotient system. The nationals drubbed the Malaysians, 87-72, on opening day.

Indonesia, too, is anticipating a championship match versus the Philippines.

“If we meet them in the Finals, we expect it to be very tough,” said Indonesian coach Fictor Roring.

The Harbour-RP players, though, received a lot of reprimanding from Baculi and his coaching staff during their two-hour practice last Thursday.

“They were too lazy,” Baculi said of imports Julius Nwosu and Vidal Massiah.

“The imports admitted it, they were playing with heavy legs especially in the fourth quarter,” said assistant coach Louie Alas.

Indonesia’s reinforcements—6-foot-11 Ian Crosswhite and 6-foot-6 wingman Kueth Duany—overpowered the Philippine imports with a combined 42 points.

Nwosu and Massiah combined for 29 before fumbling in crucial moments late in the fourth quarter.

Indonesia’s big men, however, said that the former PBA imports could offer a lot more.

“Their big guys are very good,” said Crosswhite, the Australian center who logged in 23 points, 16 rebounds and four assists versus the Philippines. “In the first quarter, they beat me a lot. They’re both very tough players. If we play them in the championship, we better be ready.”

“Those are tough guys, even their locals are tough too,” added Duany, a Sudani who played for Syracuse in the US NCAA.

For Baculi, the PBL selection bannered by Marvin Cruz, Jason Castro, JC Intal and Larry Rodriguez need to be mentally tougher.

“For the locals, the sense of urgency hasn’t sunk in,” said Baculi.

And he hopes the presence at the sidelines of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan, who arrived here yesterday, would underscore his point.

“For most of them, it’s their first time to compete internationally,” added Baculi. “I reminded them that there’s a reason their names are not on the back of their jerseys—they’re playing for the country. I’m hoping it hit them this time.”

full battle gear
04-14-2007, 11:10 AM
RP-Harbour faces Indons for crown
By Nelson Beltran
The Philippine Star 04/14/2007

JAKARTA – Despite injuries to three key players and up against a team playing on home turf, coach Junel Baculi is confident Harbour Centre-Philippines can defy the odds and win the 2007 SEABA Champions Cup here today.

Baculi said they had devised new plays and strategies to break the Indons’ zone defense and transition game that spelled the difference in their first meeting Wednesday.

It’s all or nothing for the two teams as they’re expected to meet in a rematch today, deciding who will win the title and advance to the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup in Tehran, Iran next month.

The final game is set at 6 p.m. (7 p.m. in Manila) at the Britama Arena.

Harbour Centre-Philippines and SM Britama-Indonesia were fancied to whip Vietnam and Petronas-Malaysia, respectively, last night at the close of the one round robin eliminations.

The Nationals came out in high spirits after practice and meeting with the coaching staff Thursday. Their morale was also boosted by the arrival of Harbour Centre owner and amateur basketball godfather Mikee Romero here Thursday night.

"I’m confident we can get back at Indonesia. We hardly knew anything about them in our first meeting. But now we know how to play them," said Baculi.

"But playing the host team, we have to play beyond and above adversities. But I think the boys are ready to respond to the challenge," added Baculi. "In our first two games, it appeared that it had yet to sink into them what we’re here for. I have reminded them what is our mission and they must now come out with a sense of urgency."

With the championship at stake, the Nationals are coming out in full force with imports Julius Nwosu and Vidal Massiah and guard Chico Lanete nursing injuries. Nwosu is suffering a jammed hand, Massiah a bruised knee and Lanete a sprained ankle. Massiah and Lanete were still limping yesterday.

"I’m suiting up but if I can’t jump and I can’t run, I can’t play," said Massiah.

Harbour Centre-Philippines is up against the SM Britama squad whipped up to championship form by Filipino coach Nat Canson.

AnthonyServinio
04-14-2007, 12:41 PM
That indonesian Ferdinand is a trojan horse in our midst. Let's just hope he does not become too good as he gets older. According to Asia-basket he is on the roster of Satria Muda Britama, the indonesian team that defeated Harbour master. It also looks like the players on this team are older than the Harbor master players:
* * *Here is the edited list of Satria Muda players actually entered in the ongoing SEABA Champions Cup.* The Asia-Basket Database is not updated:

SATRIA MUDA BRITAMA JAKARTA (IDN-IBL) MEN ***

# Name CM (INCH) Pos Bo NAT Fr To Last Playing Team
5
Achmad Faisal Julius 180 (5'11'') G 81 IDN 03 06 SM Britama (IDN)

Crosswhite Ian 210 (7'0") C AUS 82 Sydney Kings (AUS)

Duany Kueth 194 (6'4") G 80 SUD
32
Gunawan Ronny 194 (6'5'') F/C 80 IDN 06 06 SM Britama (IDN)
10
Jati Wahyu Widayat 189 (6'3'') F 77 IDN 00 06 SM Britama (IDN)
17
Prihantono Amin 188 (6'2'') F 82 IDN 03 06 SM Britama (IDN)

Sitepu Christian Ronaldo 198 (6'6) C/F 87 IDN
14
Situmorang Wellyanson 188 (6'2'') F 82 IDN 03 06 SM Britama (IDN)
9
Sondakh Youbel 188 (6'2'') F 84 IDN 06 06 SM Britama (IDN)
22
Sumargo Denny 183 (6'0'') G 81 IDN 05 06 SM Britama (IDN)
23
Sunarko Agung* G* IDN 03 06 SM Britama (IDN)
20
Wijaya Wendha 182 (6'0'') G 82 IDN 03 06 SM Britama (IDN)

pachador
04-14-2007, 03:05 PM
do you guys feel that an older NBC or MVBA selection would do a better job than the younger harbor master selection? or not really ? Perhaps next time an honest to goodness open tryouts be held for the amateur team that will represent the philippines in the Seaba or SEABA Club. Such a National team tryout for the SEABA should invite all amateur players not only from the PBL but also from NBC , MVBA, CESAFI, UAAP, NCAA, etc






That indonesian Ferdinand is a trojan horse in our midst. Let's just hope he does not become too good as he gets older. According to Asia-basket he is on the roster of Satria Muda Britama, the indonesian team that defeated Harbour master. It also looks like the players on this team are older than the Harbor master players:
* * *Here is the edited list of Satria Muda players actually entered in the ongoing SEABA Champions Cup.* The Asia-Basket Database is not updated:

SATRIA MUDA BRITAMA JAKARTA (IDN-IBL) MEN ***

# Name CM (INCH) Pos Bo NAT Fr To Last Playing Team
5
Achmad Faisal Julius 180 (5'11'') G 81 IDN 03 06 SM Britama (IDN)

Crosswhite Ian 210 (7'0") C AUS 82 Sydney Kings (AUS)

Duany Kueth 194 (6'4") G 80 SUD
32
Gunawan Ronny 194 (6'5'') F/C 80 IDN 06 06 SM Britama (IDN)
10
Jati Wahyu Widayat 189 (6'3'') F 77 IDN 00 06 SM Britama (IDN)
17
Prihantono Amin 188 (6'2'') F 82 IDN 03 06 SM Britama (IDN)

Sitepu Christian Ronaldo 198 (6'6) C/F 87 IDN
14
Situmorang Wellyanson 188 (6'2'') F 82 IDN 03 06 SM Britama (IDN)
9
Sondakh Youbel 188 (6'2'') F 84 IDN 06 06 SM Britama (IDN)
22
Sumargo Denny 183 (6'0'') G 81 IDN 05 06 SM Britama (IDN)
23
Sunarko Agung* G* IDN 03 06 SM Britama (IDN)
20
Wijaya Wendha 182 (6'0'') G 82 IDN 03 06 SM Britama (IDN)

leon.guinto
04-14-2007, 05:03 PM
I don't want to be prophetic or something but what will be the implications if we loose to the indons for the SEABA Champ Crown? Thanks

canmaker
04-14-2007, 06:25 PM
The RP team sponsored by harbour center reportedly massacred the Vietnamese last night, 156-34. JC Intal scored 37 points, more than the whole Vietnamese team ...

Let's hope they get the championship tonight vs the INDOYS !!!

gameface_one
04-14-2007, 09:49 PM
Humbled Harbour-RP vows to confuse Indonesia


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 05:32am (Mla time) 04/14/2007


JAKARTA—It did not take long for coach Junel Baculi to put a finger on what went wrong. And it did not take time either for Baculi to find a solution.

“We have devised an offensive plan to break their zone; and for our defense, we also have a surprise for them—we’ll confuse them,” Baculi said a day after Harbour Centre-Philippines absorbed a stunning 79-74 loss to Satria Muda Britama-Indonesia in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Champions Cup.

“I also told the boys you’re not in your own country, they’ll do everything to beat us, so we have to be above that.”

Baculi said his crew will be ready in the likely chance that the Philippines battles Indonesia again in the championship match.

“We’re confident we can beat Indonesia,” said Baculi. “The players responded well.”

Indonesia remained unbeaten in two games, while the Philippines and Malaysia shared second spot with 1-1 slates.

Only the top two teams at the end of the elimination round will advance to the Finals of the four-nation club tournament. But the Philippines currently has the upper hand in the quotient system. The nationals drubbed the Malaysians, 87-72, on opening day.

Indonesia, too, is anticipating a championship match versus the Philippines.

“If we meet them in the Finals, we expect it to be very tough,” said Indonesian coach Fictor Roring.

The Harbour-RP players, though, received a lot of reprimanding from Baculi and his coaching staff during their two-hour practice last Thursday.

“They were too lazy,” Baculi said of imports Julius Nwosu and Vidal Massiah.

“The imports admitted it, they were playing with heavy legs especially in the fourth quarter,” said assistant coach Louie Alas.

Indonesia’s reinforcements—6-foot-11 Ian Crosswhite and 6-foot-6 wingman Kueth Duany—overpowered the Philippine imports with a combined 42 points.

Nwosu and Massiah combined for 29 before fumbling in crucial moments late in the fourth quarter.

Indonesia’s big men, however, said that the former PBA imports could offer a lot more.

“Their big guys are very good,” said Crosswhite, the Australian center who logged in 23 points, 16 rebounds and four assists versus the Philippines. “In the first quarter, they beat me a lot. They’re both very tough players. If we play them in the championship, we better be ready.”

“Those are tough guys, even their locals are tough too,” added Duany, a Sudani who played for Syracuse in the US NCAA.

For Baculi, the PBL selection bannered by Marvin Cruz, Jason Castro, JC Intal and Larry Rodriguez need to be mentally tougher.

“For the locals, the sense of urgency hasn’t sunk in,” said Baculi.

And he hopes the presence at the sidelines of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan, who arrived here yesterday, would underscore his point.

“For most of them, it’s their first time to compete internationally,” added Baculi. “I reminded them that there’s a reason their names are not on the back of their jerseys—they’re playing for the country. I’m hoping it hit them this time.”

coachav
04-14-2007, 09:58 PM
Any latest news

pachador
04-14-2007, 10:40 PM
according to a poster sa pinoy exchange , Philippines won the championship beating indonesia 85-67

Bennie Bangag
04-15-2007, 05:11 AM
yes harbour won despite losing vidal massiah and julius nwosu to injury in that very game. harbour bucked the tall odds and leaned on the outstanding performances by ryan araña, marvin cruz, JC intal, and jason castro. mukhang nautakan na naman ni junel ang mga indonesian coaches by not showing his hand when they met in the elims.

CONGRATS!!!

5FootCarrot
04-15-2007, 07:30 AM
Woohoo! Congratulations to the team for beating the odds and the Indonesians! :)



do you guys feel that an older NBC or MVBA selection would do a better job than the younger harbor master selection? or not really ?
I choose "not really." At least, in this case, the team that was fielded got the job done and won the championship. The loss to Indonesia during the elimination round was reportedly questionable because the hosts did all they could to influence the outcome of the game. Story of our lives ::)


Perhaps next time an honest to goodness open tryouts be held for the amateur team that will represent the philippines in the Seaba or SEABA Club. Such a National team tryout for the SEABA should invite all amateur players not only from the PBL but also from NBC , MVBA, CESAFI, UAAP, NCAA, etc
I agree that it would be nice to pick the best of the best from all over the country to represent the Philippines in these tournaments, but it may not be feasible because of time, money and personnel constraints on the part of the team decision-makers - and that's just for starters. If the invitation arrives on short notice, or the decision-makers didn't act on it fast enough, or they can't hold as many regional tryouts as they want, or the players in the provinces can't make it to the tryouts for one reason or another, someone's still going to get overlooked.

Semenelin
04-15-2007, 09:44 AM
do you guys feel that an older NBC or MVBA selection would do a better job than the younger harbor master selection? or not really ? Perhaps next time an honest to goodness open tryouts be held for the amateur team that will represent the philippines in the Seaba or SEABA Club.* Such a National team tryout for the SEABA should invite all amateur players not only from the PBL but also from NBC , MVBA, CESAFI, UAAP, NCAA, etc

for this tournament? no. This is suppose to be a tournament for top amateur teams from different ASEAN countries with 2 imports. what the countries did is to get an all-star type and send it here. Sa tingin ko, an open try out is not needed simply because you would want your core intact tapos dagdag nlng ng magaling from other teams. atleast yun majority ng tao magkakakilala na ng laro. so kung ganun nlng din, maginvite ka nlng ng idadagdag mo, cheaper yun ganun.

would an NBC or MVBA selection do better? sa tingin ko halos parehas lng. kasi kukuha pa rin ng malalaking import tapos yun magbababad na mga pinoy e yun mga magagaling na 1-2-3 and positions. the big pinoys will have limited playing time.

i would love to see an amateur national team and a junior national team as well. yun kailangan tlaga ng tunay na open try out. at kailangan humanap ng sponsor dahil sabi ni carrot ay magastos ito sa oras at pera. but then, dito tayo nalulugi sa tingin ko. other countries send some of their players to international tournaments early in their careers with U18-U20 competitions, tapos ganitong mga interclub tournaments. pag dating nila ng mga major tournaments hindi na sila naninibago sa rules, sa laro ng ibang bansa, etc.

pachador
04-15-2007, 10:06 AM
for this edition of the seaba-club, it was understandable* that no open tryouts were made simply because the notice was very very short. in fact 2 weeks lang yata practice ng harbor diba?

but in the future, by hook or by crook, open tryouts for amateurs must be held for non-bearing or minor international tournaments otherwise this is* 10 steps backwards for grassroots development.

at the very least, in the case of the seaba-club tournament, the there should should be a battle of champions between the PBL, MVBA and NBC and maybe 3 other wildcard amateur teams. The winner will be the true amateur champion to represent the philippines with hugots from the losing amateur teams plus the usual imports.

To automatically just pick a PBL team to send to the SEABA-clubs is not fair and smacks of protection of vested interests.

Bennie Bangag
04-15-2007, 01:06 PM
honestly, do you really think the NBC and MVBA clubs stand a chance against the PBL ballclubs? as much as i wish to keep an open mind about this, let's get real, man. i've seen the NBC and MVBA ballclubs in basketballTV, and they are far below the competition here in manila. i mean, maui huelar was already past his prime back in his MBA days, and yet he's still playing for some MVBA club as well as many others who've seen better days 10 years ago. ang dami nila roon, i can't believe my eyes.

the PBL stands to gain nothing from this proposed set-up. kelangan munang magpahinog ang MVBA at NBC, lest they commit the same mistake again of overreaching and posing a threat to more established leagues--first the PBA, now the PBL.

leon.guinto
04-15-2007, 06:02 PM
*** Taken from PEX ***

JAKARTA, Indonesia – The cornerstone of Philippine
basketball’s future has been laid down here Saturday
night, buried beneath the rubbles of this Indonesian
capital, collectively dug up by a bunch of gritty
individuals led by an inspiring mentor and a spunky
point guard.
Harbour Centre-RP team restored back
basketball pride and glory to the country by walloping
SM Britama-Indonesia in the finals, 85-67, to top the
SEABA Champions Cup and claim its first international
title in two years.
Playmaker Marvin Cruz erased the stigma of
the two-year suspension on the country FIBA lifted
recently, as he delivered for a team-high 20 points,
most of them coming like daggers struck deep into the
throats of the highly-physical Indonesians.
Import Julius Nwosu also had a defining
game for the nationals, finishing with a double-double
of 18 points and 16 rebounds, while Jonathan Fernandez
and John Christopher Intal bombed from the outside to
add 16 and 12, respectively.
Together, their efforts opened the
floodgates for the country to represent the region in
the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup in Tehran, Iran.
Now the RP five under coach Chot Reyes
takes over as the all-pro unit is the one bound to see
action in the tournament set next month.
Reyes is currently in the thick of
preparing the nationals in their ultimate bid of
earning a berth in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, with the
FIBA-Asia Champions Cup, won by the country twice in
the past, included as part of the team’s calendar of
events.
Coach Junel Baculi, architect of RP’s
championship runs in the 1996 and 97 Champions Cup,
considered his latest conquest the sweetest of all his
international feats.
“Kahit na SEABA lang, ito pa rin ang
pinakamasarap sa lahat since this is the country’s
first international title following the FIBA
suspension. At the same time, we paved the way for
coach Chot’s team to compete in the FIBA-Asia
Champions Cup and there’s no more gratifying other
than that,” said the bemoustached veteran coach.
Basketball godfather Mikee Romero, whose
Harbour Centre bankrolled the team’s stint in the
five-day, four-nation tournament, was just as
ecstatic, putting the nationals’ accomplishment way
beyond the back-to-back titles his ballclub won in the
Philippine Basketball League (PBL).
“Wala itong kaparis. It personally made me
proud to be a Filipino. Ang sarap maging Filipino,”
said the youthful team owner, obviously overwhelmed by
the support extended by the Filipino community here,
which came in full force to cheer the nationals at the
Britama Arena.
Congratulatory messages were immediately sent
by PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad, Philippine
Basketball Association (PBA) counterpart Noli Eala,
BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V.
Pangilinan and Toyota Balintawak team owner Rey Oben
through team manager Eric Arejola and assistant
Bernard Yang the moment the nationals clinched the
title.
Going in the championship game, doubts were
raised against the inexperienced RP squad in the wake
of its disappointing 74-79 loss against the same
Indonesian five during the preliminary round.
But come the final, the nationals proved that
they are still the better team.
An offensive foul on Indonesian import Kueth
Duany off Ryan Arana on the game’s first possession
set the tone of the match.
Taking the cue, the nationals took command
from there, 16-4, as Cruz, the 5-foot-8 star point
guard of Toyota Balintawak adjudged as the best player
by the Filipino media covering here, rattled off eight
straight points.
Fernandez then pumped back-to-back
three-pointers to end the first quarter for a 22-8 RP
lead.
The Indonesians fought back behind Duany and
fellow import Ian Crosswhite, but they never came
close to breaking that double digit Harbour Centre
lead that stood at its biggest at 45-25 on a
three-pointer by Arana early in the third period.
Twice the host country razed the deficit to
13, only for the Nationals to have a ready answer.
The last time the Indonesians threatened,
51-65, Cruz came back with six points, sandwiched
between a Vidal Messiah basket, to restore back the
lead to 18 with under six minutes to go.
And just when victory was within reach, the
Nationals saved their best for last. Off an inbound
play, Massiah issued a perfect alley oop pass to Nwosu
for a two-handed slam that brought the crowd down.

The scores
Harbour Centre-RP (85) – Cruz 20, Nwosu 18, Fernandez
16, Intal 12, Arana 7, Massiah 6, Castro 4, F.
Rodriguez 2, Magpayo 0, Lanete 0, L. Rodriguez 0.
SM Britana-Indonesia (67) – Duany 23, Crosswhite 17,
Achmad 11, Gunawan 6, Sumargo 5, Prihantono 3, Wijaya
2, Sitepu 0, Sondakh 0, Jati 0, Situmorang 0.
Quarterscores: 22-8; 40-25; 63-45; 85-67.

full battle gear
04-16-2007, 11:17 AM
Harbour-RP bags Champs Cup

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 02:36am (Mla time) 04/16/2007

JAKARTA -- As the team went into a huddle during a timeout, a fan waved a giant Philippine flag from the stands. Players looked up and smiled, clearly overwhelmed by the support of more than a hundred of their compatriots.

The Filipinos then took little time to show their appreciation as Harbour Centre-Philippines easily dispatched Satria Muda Britama-Indonesia, 85-67, Saturday night to bag the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Champions Cup.

Point guard Marvin Cruz and import Julius Nwosu delivered outstanding games as the Nationals avenged a 79-75 loss to the Indonesians in the eliminations and secured a slot for the country in the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup in Tehran, Iran, in May.

Coach Chot Reyes and a separate national crew made up of Philippine Basketball Association stars will represent the country in the regional meet as part of its preparation for the Olympic qualifying tournament in Saitama, Japan in late July.

Cruz unloaded 20 points on top of six rebounds and three assists while the 6-foot-9 Nigerian Nwosu neutralized the Indons’ 6-11 Australian reinforcement, Ian Crosswhite, in the second half while adding 18 points and 16 boards.

Nwosu, a former PBA import, went on to clinch the Finals’ Most Valuable Player plum while Cruz emerged as top man in assists with 5.215 feeds a game.

“I had reservations and apprehensions,” admitted coach Junel Baculi after the game. “The Indonesians have potential and they have better imports than us. I only had two hours of sleep because I kept thinking about our game.”

“I knew my role and I told the team he (Crosswhite) wasn’t going to do anything,” said Nwosu, who was also cited as best rebounder for averaging a tournament-best 15.3 boards per game.

“Our problem before was communication,” said Baculi. “The locals and the imports didn’t understand each other. We settled that.”

Streak-shooter Jonathan Fernandez and JC Intal also provided huge contributions as Harbour-RP opened a 40-25 halftime lead while 6-1 swingman Ryan Araña effectively harassed Indonesia’s other import, Kueth Duany.

Duany, the 6-6 American-Sudani guard, hit only 1-of-7 three-pointers and 6-of-15 free throws.

“Our imports didn’t play too well,” said Fictor Roring, head coach of the defending champion squad of the Indonesian Basketball League.

“Our local players stepped up, but the Filipinos played very, very good. We expected them -- numbers 7 (Intal), 4 (Araña), 9 (Cruz), 12 (Fernandez). We know that Filipino players are one level higher than Indonesians on skills.”

“The game made me personally proud to be a Filipino,” said Harbour Centre owner and team financier Mikee Romero. “I was touched when the FIBA officials handed over the FIBA-Asia entry form and said this is a historical moment. After a two-year (FIBA) suspension, we’re back.”

All five starters -- Nwosu, import Vidal Massiah, Intal, Arana and Cruz -- scored as the Philippine squad took a 10-2 lead. Back-to-back triples by Fernandez stretched the lead to 22-8.

Indonesia moved within seven, 26-19, behind Crosswhite and Duany in the second quarter, but Intal and Fernandez quickly responded with back-to-back treys for a 40-25 halftime RP lead.

Nwosu provided the exclamation point by scoring on a dunk and then drawing a foul after an alley-oop pass from Massiah with only two seconds left in the shot clock. Nwosu completed the three-point play for an 83-64 RP lead.

The scores:
PHILIPPINES 85 -- Cruz 20, Nwosu 18, Fernandez 16, Intal 12, Arana 7, Massiah 6, Castro 4, E. Rodriguez 2, Lanete 0, Magpayo 0 Belga 0, L. Rodriguez 0.
INDONESIA 67 -- Duany 23, Crosswhite 17, Achmad 11, Gunawan 6, Sumargo 5, Prihantono 3, Wijaya 2, Sunarko 2, Situmorang 0, Sondakh 0, Sitepu 0, Jati 0.
Quarters: 22-8, 40-25, 63-45, 85-67

full battle gear
04-16-2007, 11:19 AM
RP-Harbour: Mission accomplished
By Nelson Beltran
The Philippine Star 04/16/2007

JAKARTA – For two years, the Philippines helplessly stood by while serving out the FIBA suspension that barred the country from participating in international competitions.

Harbour Centre-Team Philippines washed those bitter memories away by claiming the 2007 SEABA Champions Cup at the expense of host team SM Britama Indonesia here Saturday.

Coach Junel Baculi and his troops walloped the Indons, 85-67, giving the Philippines the title in its grand return to international play.

The emphatic victory, cheered on by a good size of Filipinos based here, also became the country’s ticket to the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup in Tehran, Iran next month. Harbour Centre is turning the baton to the all-pro SMC-Team Pilipinas in the Tehran competition.

"It’s mission accomplished," said Harbour Centre team owner and RP amateur basketball godfather Mikee Romero after his squad paved the way for the Philippines’ trip to Tehran.

SBP president Manny Pangilinan, PBA commissioner Noli Eala, PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad and Toyota-Balintawak team owner Rey Oben have sent messages lauding the Nationals for a job well done.

Toyota-Balintawak 5-foot-7 guard Marvin Cruz played like a giant in the final game and was named the tourney’s Most Valuable Player.

Import Julius Nwosu stamped his class against Indon counterpart Ian Crosswhite, coming through with double-double numbers with 18 points and 16 rebounds. The former Boston Celtic and San Antonio Spur was named Final MVP.

But the tense final match produced not just one or two brand-new heroes for Philippine basketball. For the coaching staff, also made up of Louie Alas, George Gallent and Jun Noel, mapped up a game plan perfectly executed by the players for a sweet revenge on their five-point defeat to the Indons during the elims.

"It was a near flawless game for us. It made me proud as a Filipino. I’m proud of the boys," said Romero.

Riding the momentum of their 122-point conquest of the Vietnamese Friday, the Nationals established control early, sat on a 15-point cushion at the half and kept leads of no less than 13 the rest of the way.

Vidal Massiah endured a bruised left knee and flexed his muscles on the defensive end. Jonathan Fernandez fired three triples and finished with 16 while JC Intal and Ryan Arana combined for

19 points while alternately taking on high-flying Indon import Kueth Duany defensively.

It was a bitter-sweet night for Massiah as he later got a message that his grandmother has passed away back home in Canada.

Massiah and Nwosu teamed up for the game’s highlight play as they beat the shot-clock buzzer on an alley-oop pass by Massiah setting up Nwosu for a two-hand jam off Crosswhite.

making it 83-64 with time down to 59.9 seconds.

Intal also sent the cheering, singing and dancing Filipino crowd up on their feet on a breakaway two-handed slam giving the Nationals a 76-57 advantage with 4:40 to go.

full battle gear
04-16-2007, 11:21 AM
Redemption as RP wins SEABA title

By REY LACHICA
www.mb.com.ph


JAKARTA, Indonesia — Harbour Centre-Philippines team captured the country’s first international title since its return from FIBA suspension by humbling Britama-Indonesia, 85-67, Saturday night in the final of the SEABA Club Champions Cup.

The Filipinos raised their game when it mattered most to exact revenge against the home team and pave the way for the country’s participation in the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup next month in Tehran, Iran.

Marvin Cruz, the 5-8 dynamo described by import Julius Nwosu as the next Johnny Abarrientos, masterfully directed the team’s offensive plays aside from coming up with big baskets that repeatedly foiled the Indons’ rallies.

"I’m proud of the boys," said Harbour Centre owner and amateur basketball godfather Mikee Romero. "The game made me proud to be a Filipino."

One group of Filipino migrant workers cancelled its bowling tournament to root for the Nationals.

Cruz, the star guard of Toyota Balintawak in the PBL, top scoring for the Nationals with 20 points aside from five rebounds and three assists.

"He’s (Cruz) very tough, one of the smartest players I handled," said coach Junel Baculi.

"Before the start of the game, kita mo na ka agad sa mata nila ang resolve at will nila to win," added Baculi. "We emphasized to them that we’re playing for flag and country."

Fresh from their impressive 158-36 demolition of lowly Vietnam Friday, the Filipinos also drew superb performances from Jonathan Fernandez and JC Intal.

Fernandez tallied 16 points, including three triples, while Intal added 12, including two treys.

Nwosu, the Nigerian behemoth, also shone for the Nationals by posting a double- double of 18 points and 16 rebounds. He also put the clamp on 6-foot-11 Australian Ian Crosswhite.

The Filipinos avenged their 79-74 loss to the host squad last Wednesday.

Baculi considered his latest win as the sweetest of all the titles he won, that included the 1996 and 97 Champions Cup.

"Kahit na SEABA lang, ito pa rin ang pinakamasarap sa lahat since this is the country’s first international title following the FIBA suspension. At the same time, we paved the way for coach Chot’s team to compete in the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup and there’s no more gratifying other than that," said the bemoustached veteran coach who was assisted by Louie Alas.

Romero and PBL Chairman Gil Angeles echoed Baculi’s sentiment.

"Wala itong kaparis, kahit pa sa dalawang PBL titles ko," said Romero.

Congratulatory messages were immediately sent by PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad, Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) counterpart Noli Eala, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas President Manny V. Pangilinan and Toyota Balintawak team owner Rey Oben through team manager Eric Arejola and assistant Bernard Yang the moment the nationals clinched the title.

Ryan Arana and Jason Castro also came through in the defensive end.

Arana made life hard for 6-7 Kueth Duany who was slapped two offensive fouls in the first quarter.

With Fernandez burying back-to-back treys, the Nationals raced to a commanding 22-8 advantage and never looked back. They led as many as 45-25 on a three- pointer by Arana early in the third.

The Nationals saved their best play in the dying seconds with Vidal Massiah issuing a perfect alley oop pass to Nwosu for a two-handed slam that brought the crowd down.

HARBOUR CENTRE-RP 85 — Cruz 20, Nwosu 18, Fernandez 16, Intal 12, Arana 7, Massiah 6, Castro 4, F. Rodriguez 2, Magpayo 0, Lanete 0, L. Rodriguez 0.

SM BRITANA-INDONESIA 67 — Duany 23, Crosswhite 17, Achmad 11, Gunawan 6, Sumargo 5, Prihantono 3, Wijaya 2, Sitepu 0, Sondakh 0, Jati 0, Situmorang 0.

Quarters: 22-8, 40-25, 63-45, 85-67.

MVBA
04-16-2007, 01:36 PM
honestly, do you really think the NBC and MVBA clubs stand a chance against the PBL ballclubs? as much as i wish to keep an open mind about this, let's get real, man. i've seen the NBC and MVBA ballclubs in basketballTV, and they are far below the competition here in manila. i mean, maui huelar was already past his prime back in his MBA days, and yet he's still playing for some MVBA club as well as many others who've seen better days 10 years ago. ang dami nila roon, i can't believe my eyes.

the PBL stands to gain nothing from this proposed set-up. kelangan munang magpahinog ang MVBA at NBC, lest they commit the same mistake again of overreaching and posing a threat to more established leagues--first the PBA, now the PBL.


* * *Check out these Gameface threads to see how your our teams fared against your PBL teams -- TeleTech (http://www.gameface.ph/forums/index.php?topic=1078.0) and Henkel-Sista (http://www.gameface.ph/forums/index.php?topic=993.0).* The PBL teams did not even make the championship game.

Kid Cubao
04-17-2007, 07:30 AM
yeah, right, like teletech and henkel are the cream of the PBL crop ;D

pachador
04-17-2007, 07:50 AM
kaya nga dapat merong battle of the amateur leagues. paano natin malalaman kung hindi maglalaban ang NBC versus PBL versus MVBA ? para naman masaya diba? nothing for PBL to be afraid of . We just need to find out yearly who is the top dog of amateur basketball from Appari to Jolo.* *:D

Similarly, we* need to find out who is the true collegiate champion with an expanded champions league . see this article:
http://www.gameface.ph/columns/coachtcolumn.htm

By having a battle of Philippine-wide amateur clubs and a battle of Philippine-wide college teams, the goal of grassroots development is one step closer since more talents specially from the provinces will be discovered and developed. eventually dapat meron din battle of high school and elementary teams.





yeah, right, like teletech and henkel are the cream of the PBL crop ;D

Kid Cubao
04-17-2007, 07:56 AM
i suggest an all NBC-MVBA selection against the PBL champs. one game, sudden death, winner-take-all.

pachador
04-17-2007, 08:00 AM
dehado ang NBC-MVBA selection kasi its just an all-star selection. its not a team. a team of players playing as a unit such as harbor masters has a good chance against an all-star team playing as individuals . why not the NBC champion versus the MVBA champion versus PBL champion tapos sali mo ang last finisher ng PBA . my point is not to favor any league but just an academic and practical exercise in finding out sino ba talaga ang magaling yearly. if PBL wins against MVBA and NBC this year then good ! so next year na naman uli to find out and so forth. medyo ganito ang style sa football(soccer) sa europe. meron chance ang mga hinding kilala na teams.









i suggest an all NBC-MVBA selection against the PBL champs. one game, sudden death, winner-take-all.

Kid Cubao
04-17-2007, 08:29 AM
ewan ko kung bakit isinama mo pa ang kulelat sa PBA samantalang ang pinag-uusapan natin ay kung sino ang pinakamagagaling sa mga kampeon ng PBL, NBC, at MVBA ;D

let me tell you this--a single round-robin tournament format involving three teams is a waste of time and effort. tama si bennie: get real. NBC and MVBA are fledgling leagues. nobody can say if they will survive the next five years. the teams are lousy, but there are many promising individual talents, which is why i suggest pooling these players to form an all-star selection to go up against the PBL champs. mas may laban yan, maniwala ka.

pachador
04-17-2007, 08:34 AM
e kasi eventually, ang masarap mangyari ay PBA versus, PBL, versus NBC versus MVBA to find out the true-blue all-Filipino aparri to jolo champion. its a fantasy right now, but its well worth chanelling future activities to meet that ultimate goal ;D



ewan ko kung bakit isinama mo pa ang kulelat sa PBA samantalang ang pinag-uusapan natin ay kung sino ang pinakamagagaling sa mga kampeon ng PBL, NBC, at MVBA ;D

let me tell you this--a single round-robin tournament format involving three teams is a waste of time and effort. tama si bennie: get real. NBC and MVBA are fledgling leagues. nobody can say if they will survive the next five years. the teams are lousy, but there are many promising individual talents, which is why i suggest pooling these players to form an all-star selection to go up against the PBL champs. mas may laban yan, maniwala ka.

the_blast_master
04-17-2007, 10:33 AM
does anyone know if basketballtv will be showing footage of the seaba tourney?

full battle gear
04-17-2007, 11:45 AM
Harbour-RP five proves worth

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 05:03am (Mla time) 04/17/2007

JAKARTA -- Coach Junel Baculi hardly relished his team’s role as an underdog.

“I was nervous but I didn’t show it because it might rub off on them,” he said. “I slept at 4 a.m. I only had two hours of sleep. I kept thinking about the game.”

All the tension, though, was gone hours before Harbour Centre-Philippines played Satria Muda Britama-Indonesia in the championship match of the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Champions Cup.

“During the warm-ups, I saw the heart and desire of the players,” said Baculi. “You could see it in their eyes. Nobody was joking; nobody was talking in the dugout.”

Harbour Centre owner and team financier Mikee Romero also took time to discuss the task at hand with his crew.

“We had a bull session before the game,” said Romero. “My only question was, ‘how will we win it for the country?’ Everyone was given a chance to speak and they all gave their commitment to play their best so we can bring home the trophy.”

Baculi also felt little need to review the game plan.

“No more X and Os,” said Baculi. “I only gave them a pep talk, then after that I just told them to enjoy the game.”

With crafty point guard Marvin Cruz and import Julius Nwosu leading the way, the nationals roared to an 85-67 title victory over the stunned Indonesian crew Saturday night.

JC Intal, Jonathan Fernandez and Ryan Araña also played key roles as Harbour Centre-Philippines wiped out the stigma of its 79-74 loss to the host team in the eliminations.

“Our scouting was a very big factor,” said Baculi. “In the first game, we knew little about them. But we were able to make the adjustments after that. We took one step backward, but made two steps forward.”

Baculi added that the coaching staff’s confidence in the young Philippine Basketball League selection did not waver.

With the victory, the Philippines earned a ticket to the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup in Tehran, Iran, in May, where the country will be represented by the PBA-backed national crew under coach Chot Reyes.

Tigercub
04-17-2007, 01:32 PM
hopefully we'll get to see at least the championship game on TV

full battle gear
04-18-2007, 10:46 AM
Harbour-RP gears up for SEA Games

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 05:02am (Mla time) 04/18/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- The mission’s not yet over as far as Harbour Centre is concerned.

After topping the recent Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Champions Cup, Harbour Centre-Philippines is setting its sights on a new target: the Southeast Asian Games.

Harbour Centre owner and chief backer Mikee Romero is eyeing more overseas stints and possible reinforcements from the Philippine Basketball Association as the team prepares for a fitting follow-up to the country’s successful initial foray into international competitions post-FIBA ban.

“In the next six months, we must have at least one competition outside the Philippines,” Romero said at the PSA Forum Tuesday. “We’re looking to train with commercial teams in Taiwan, South Korea or China.”

According to Romero, an open tryout will also be conducted in June. A 20-man lineup will be bared in August, which will be trimmed down in the succeeding months.

“We’re hoping to include the four players who showed exceptional ability in Seaba,” said Romero, citing Marvin Cruz, JC Intal, Jonathan Fernandez and Ryan Araña. “But we also plan to request four or five PBA players to join the amateurs. [At the] top of [my] mind is Asi (Taulava) and Yancy (de Ocampo). Just having the two will be a big help.”

The coaching staff will also be tasked to scout the other Southeast Asian countries.

“We’ve been absent from international basketball for two years so we cannot take any country for granted,” noted Romero, who graced the weekly sports forum with assistant coach Lawrence Chongson, assistant team manager Erick Arejola and liaison officer Albert Tirona.

Harbour Centre-RP bagged the Champions Cup crown after routing Satria Muda Britama-Indonesia, 85-67, in Jakarta on Saturday night.

“The dark ages of Philippine basketball are finally over,” said Romero.

The Philippine Basketball League, led by vice chair Cecilio Pedro, also honored the players, coaching staff and officials of Harbour Centre-RP during the league’s opening rites Tuesday at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City.

full battle gear
04-18-2007, 10:47 AM
Romero sees longer buildup for SEAG bid

The Philippine Star 04/18/2007

A longer preparation and a sound training program are needed if the country is to win again the Southeast Asian Games basketball championship.

The usual threat posed by host Thailand and the fast emergence of Malaysia and Indonesia as growing cage powers in the region have the country hard-pressed to claim back the gold medal that mattered most to 80 million Filipinos.

The 24th edition of the biennial meet is set Dec. 6-15 in Nakhonratchasima in Thailand, with Harbour Centre team owner Mikee Romero tasked to bankroll the campaign of the national squad.

A Harbour Centre-backed RP five is fresh from bagging the South East Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) Champions Cup title in Jakarta, Indonesia.

For their feat, the Nationals were honored yesterday in simple rite during the opening of the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center.

League officials led by PBL vice chairman Cecilio de Pedro and former chairmen Chito Loyzaga of San Miguel-Magnolia and Raymund Yu of Welcoat were present to award the medals to members and officials of the RP squad.

Romero later on presented the certificate and official entry form allowing the country to represent the region to the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup in Tehran, Iran to Patrick Gregorio, reportedly set to be named as executive secretary of the BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, who represented association president Manny V. Pangilinan.

Harbour Centre-Philippine team ruled the Champions Cup qualifier at the expense of Indonesia, 85-67, despite training for a period of four weeks.

Romero stressed that should not be the case when the SEA Games come.

"We need four or five months to train dahil hindi ito katulad ng Champions Cup," said the youthful basketball godfather earlier in the PSA Forum at the Pantalan Restaurant in Manila, where he personally presented the shiny Champions Cup trophy won by the Nationals.

pachador
04-19-2007, 03:30 AM
I do not agree at all with getting pro PBA tall reinforcements for the amateur PBL national team that will play in the ASEAN games in bangkok because ang kalaban diyan ay indonesia,malaysia at thailand lang at saka its a non-bearing minor tournament..

PBL and harbor has 5 months to prepare, they should get the best tall amateurs for the center position so they can get experience and exposure at huwag na humugot sa PBA. kung matalo tayo then thats good because it will be a wake-up call na nakahabol na ang thailand, malaysia, etc sa amateur players natin which means we should move our as_ pronto and get the grassroots program into higher gear.

Sa tingin ko kasi ang may-ari ng harbor gusto niya ng hugot galing PBA para surebol na hindi matalo pero for me its a setback for grassroots program kasi hindi na expose ang tall amateurs sa center/forward position. if they need 4 tall men , then just get eman samigue and 3 other amateur giants and padala sila sa big man's camp sa US for 1 to 2 months bago sila sumabak sa RP amateur team training. anyway, no-bearing naman ang tournament na yan.

yungha
04-19-2007, 10:31 AM
yes, the SEA Games is a minor tournament. this tournament will best serve our country's purposes as a training ground for our young, promising players. let's just send our 18-and-under (or is it 19-and-under) team to the SEA Games. win or lose, they'll get the much needed big-game exposure and experience in playing in hostile partisan arenas.

gameface_one
04-26-2007, 09:51 AM
IN HUDDLE
Romero thanks MVP, Tan for Seaba campaign


By Beth Celis
Inquirer
Last updated 00:07am (Mla time) 04/26/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- I WAS surprised to get a visit at high noon from Reli de Leon, former shoe man who's now highly connected in the sporting world, owning race horses and hobnobbing with the likes of world boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, multimillionaire fellow horse owner Hermie Esguerra and basketball legend Sonny Jaworski.

Handing over several pieces of Party-list Bayaning Atleta (PBA) t-shirts with images of congressional candidates Jerry Codiñera and Manny Pacquiao printed on them, Reli said he was helping Jerry with his campaign.

But that was not the only reason he dropped by, he was quick to add. He also wanted to talk about the 5th Kalikasan Bikefest which he organized, his idol Jawo's latest projects and a recent anomaly in horseracing, which had so disturbed him.

Reli was referring to the recent Stakes race at the Santa Ana race track where, he claimed, Empire King and Fairy Queen played the role of spoiler by alternately blocking the path of Hermie Esguerra's champion horse Real Spicy to pave the way for the victory of long shot Stop Talking.

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"That was foul!" Reli said. "And what is most frustrating is the utter disregard of the racing officials who did nothing about the blatant connivance against Real Spicy, the PSA's "Horse of the Year" last year.

"Sa ginagawa nila, nawawala ang credibility ng karera. Sayang, ang dami pa namang nanood dahil maganda talaga ang laban. Bibihira nang tauhin ngayon ang race track dahil sa mga OTB."

According to Reli, he could not get a reaction from horseowner Hermie Esguerra who was in China during the race.

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For aspiring cagers who can't afford to buy basketball shoes, Reli said the Big J has a roomful to give away.

"These are in sizes 13, 14 and 15, and they all belong to Sonny's collection na hindi na niya magagamit. Kung may nangangailangan diyan, call or text me at tel no. 09266912812.

At 61, Reli said Jaworski remains as fit as any man half his age. "He plays two hours of tennis regularly, swims daily. He can do a hundred pushups non-stop if challenged," he bragged.

Jawo, he said, is currently doing a Darlington commercial, taking over Pacquiao's product endorsement.

As a senior citizen, Reli said basketball's Living Legend plans to stay very active. Among his myriad plans is to put up a school for players and coaches and do a sports talk show for television.

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Ex-PBA cager Abe King and Ignacio Rufino, Rudy Distrito's former team manager at Country Fair, are setting up another benefit game in Seattle, Washington, to raise money to pay his victim's family.

This Distrito update came from Elmer Yanga who had touched base with Rudy's wife Jo while in Los Angeles. Elmer said Rudy has been transferred from Las Vegas to the High Desert State Prison in Indian Spring, Nevada, where he will be detained for a short period and then transferred again to another state penitentiary.

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First of two stops in Mikee Romero's "Thank You" itinerary last Saturday afternoon was the PLDT offices in Makati.

Before returning to San Francisco to continue his interrupted annual vacation with his family, Mikee visited the people who helped his successful Seaba Club Championship campaign. I was requested to tag along.

Presenting the trophies to BAP-SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan, Mikee also thanked him for the $10,000 assistance he extended to defray the cost for the services of imports Julius Nwosu and Massiah, who were paid $20,000 combined.

From the office of MVP, Mikee proceeded to a Japanese restaurant in Greenbelt to meet and thank friend and business associate Bong Tan, son of business titan Lucio Tan, who shouldered the airfare of half the delegation to the Seaba in Jakarta, Indonesia. Of course the group flew via Philippine Airlines.

Bong, who has grown rippling muscles since Tanduay's PBA days, continues to be involved with basketball, but mostly behind the scenes.

Mikee has formally accepted MVP's offer for him to form the National team that will represent the country in the Southeast Asian Games scheduled this December in Bangkok, Thailand.