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04-25-2007, 10:17 AM
Northward bound
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
The Philippine Star 04/25/2007

The PBA goes north to celebrate its All-Star Week in an unprecedented five-day, two-city extravaganza that promises to stir a frenzy never before witnessed in league history.

The timing for the All-Star break couldn’t be better. Fans are eager to watch once more the players who’ve been exempted from the Fiesta Conference wars to suit up for the national team. And the bandwagon will make two stops, not one, in the northern swing. First stop is San Fernando, La Union, and the second is Baguio City.

Fans from neighboring provinces are expected to join the hometowners in jamming the Ortega Gym and the University of Baguio Gym for the festivities. Even families from Metro Manila are using the All-Star Week as a convenient excuse to escape the summer heat in the lowlands. The word is tickets for the Thursday show in San Fernando and the Sunday bash in Baguio are going like crazy.

The PBA troupe leaves at 6 this morning for the drive to La Union. There’s an 8 a.m. breakfast stop at Coconut Grill in Tarlac then the group arrives in San Fernando in time for lunch at the La Union Botanical Garden.

In the afternoon, a tree-planting activity is planned for the All-Stars. After checking in at the hotel, the PBA entourage will make a courtesy call on San Fernando Mayor Mary Jane Ortega at the City Hall and La Union Governor Victor Ortega at the provincial capitol. Practices are set for the rookies, sophomores and skills players up to early evening. Dinner will be at Max’s Restaurant after which a rousing street party will be held at the City Plaza.

The next morning, the All-Stars will be visiting the Ilocos Regional and Training Hospital for gift-giving to kids and the Lorma Colleges and Union Christian College campuses before lunch at the Mandarin Restaurant. The North and South All-Star players will play Santa Claus to 50 kids at the City Hall after lunch.

That afternoon starting at 5 p.m., the action reels off at the Ortega Gym. The skills events will precede the Rookies and Sophomores Blitz Game. The skills events are the obstacle challenge featuring Topex Robinson, Gary David, Willie Miller, Jay-Jay Helterbrand, Denok Miranda, Jimmy Alapag, L. A. Tenorio, Alex Cabagnot, Jireh Ibanes and Roger Yap, the slam dunk contest featuring Niño Canaleta, Cyrus Baguio, Arwind Santos, Aaron Aban, Kelly Williams, Jay Washington, Gabby Espinas, the three-point shootout featuring Will Antonio, Larry Fonacier, David, Mark Caguioa, Miller, Paolo Mendoza, Renren Ritualo, Dondon Hontiveros, Niño Gelig and Nonoy Simon and the trick shot competition featuring Robinson, Ranidel de Ocampo, Aban, Tubid, Miranda, Mark Cardona, Tenorio, Joseph Yeo, Ibanes and Simon.

An added attraction is the shooting stars duel involving retired cagers and now broadcasters Richard del Rosario, Leo Isaac and Eric Reyes and James Yap, Helterbrand, Fonacier and Mark Macapagal. The players will be split into two teams shooting from six designated spots, including just inside the halfcourt line, in a race against time.

The slamdunk contest should steal the thunder from the other skills events. Cañaleta is out for a third straight title but will be severely challenged by Williams, 2004 titlist Baguio and Washington. Darkhorse contenders Santos, Espinas and Aban plan to upstage the favorites. Cañaleta is threatening to unveil never-before-seen superhuman dunks the likes of which will leave fans shaking their heads in amazement.

The highlight of the San Fernando program is the blitz game where eight rookies and eight sophomores slug it out in four 10-minute quarters with an 18-second shot clock, a six-second timeline, no foul-outs and a three-point dunk.

The rookies are Aban, Santos, Yeo, Tenorio, Espinas, Ibanes, Jay-R Reyes and Mark Andaya with Art de la Cruz as coach. The sophomores are Cañaleta, Paolo Bugia, Miranda, Cabagnot, Washington, Jondan Salvador, Leo Najorda and Macapagal with Jojo Lastimosa as coach.

A farewell dinner is set at the Diego Silang Hall that night. And to cap it all, the All Stars will be feted at the Thunderbird Fiesta Casino in a post-game party. Some of the players will be invited as guest bartenders.

The group takes off for Baguio at 9:30 Friday morning. We’ll talk about that in tomorrow’s column.

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04-25-2007, 10:23 AM
All-Star event goes for three


By Francis Ochoa
Inquirer
Last updated 03:35am (Mla time) 04/25/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- Three’s the name of the game in the coming PBA All-Star festivities.

The top three shooters drafted into the national team head the field trying to unseat William Antonio as the three-point king of the annual midseason classic that will be held in San Fernando, La Union, and in Baguio City from April 25 to 29.

And the three-point dunk will finally also be implemented in the main fare -- the North vs South All-Stars -- in an attempt to test the novelty rule for possible inception into regular play in the Philippine Basketball Association, the pro league said in a statement released to media offices Tuesday.

The other long-range bombers out to challenge Antonio are Air21’s Gary David, Red Bull’s Larry Fonacier, Alaska’s Willie Miller, Sta. Lucia’s Paolo Mendoza, Welcoat’s Denver Lopez and Purefoods’ Peter Jun Simon.

The three-point dunk, which has been -- and will again be -- implemented in the Blitz Game -- will be counted as such if the player making a dunk takes off from outside a specified arc similar to the no-charge zone.

Three-point dunks can also be contested and subject to review using the same rules when reviewing three-point shots.

The three-point shoot-out, the Skills Event, the Blitz Game and the much awaited slam dunk contest will be held on Thursday at the Pacoy Ortega gym in San Fernando, La Union. The All-Star game will be held in Baguio City.

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04-26-2007, 09:46 AM
All-Star bash kicks off


By NELSON BELTRAN

The Philippine Star

SAN FERNANDO, La Union — This bustling Ilocandia city, a surfing paradise and among cycling tour’s favorite pit stops, simmers in basketball fever Thursday as initial action in the 2007 PBA All-Star Week is held at the Pacoy Ortega Gymnasium.

The All-Star Week celebration heats up and the Ortega Gym is likely to rock like never before with the staging of the All-Star skills events then the Blitz Game between the rookies and the sophomores starting at 5 p.m.

The North and South All-Star teams, playing in the main game at the University of Baguio Gym Sunday, will go on a campus tour and hospital visit then will be on the sidelines for the All-Star events.

Niño Canaleta goes for an unprecedented third straight crown in the slam dunk competition which could become the biggest attraction in the activities of the All-Star Week sponsored by Victory Liner, San Miguel Beer, Air21, Casino Alcohol, Pigrolac Premium, Accel, Coca-Cola, Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs and Rain or Shine.

Canaleta, however, could well face a stiff challenge from former winner Cyrus Baguio and Fil-Am slammers Kelly Williams and Jay Washington. Ronald Tubid volunteered himself for the event on the 11th hour, looking to gain another All-Star crown in addition to his three-point shootout victory in 2004 in Cebu.

William Antonio is also faced with top opposition in his three-point shootout title-defense and so do Willie Miller in the obstacle course.

A wild-open battle is seen in the trick shot event among Topex Robinson, Jireh Ibanes, Ranidel de Ocampo, Joseph Yeo, Aaron Aban, Dennis Miranda, Mark Cardona, LA Tenorio and Jun Simon.

The league rookies and sophomores, meanwhile, do their share for the third straight staging of the All-Star extravaganza, fighting for bragging rights in the Blitz Game.

The Sophies seek to keep their winning tradition while the Freshmen hope to finally pull one in the main feature of the All-Star on Thursday.

The Sophomore team is composed of Canaleta, Miranda, Paolo Bugia, Alex Cabagnot, Jay Washington, Mike Holper, Leo Najorda and Mark Macapagal while the Rookies are Aban, Yeo, Tenorio, Ibanes, Arwind Santos, Gabby Espinas, Jay-R Reyes and Mark Andaya.

Ginebra assistant mentor Art dela Cruz coaches the rookies while Alaska assistant coach Jojo Lastimosa calls the shots for the sophomores.

The Sophies may have efficient scorers in Canaleta, Cabagnot, Najorda and Macapagal but the Freshmen appear to have the more balanced lineup with Yeo and Tenorio featured at the back court and Reyes, Santos and Espinas at the front court.

Quickness is the name of the game with the two teams needing to make an attempt inside 22 seconds to beat the shot-clock violation. Teams also need to bring the ball to front court in six seconds.

As an added excitement, the novelty game scores three points for a dunk.

It will be remembered that Sta. Lucias Bitoy Omolon produced six slams and totaled 37 points as the Sophies whipped the Rookies, 122-106, in Laoag.

Incidentally, then rookie Canaleta also had six dunks and finished with 36 points.

The Sophies made it two in a row in Cagayan de Oro City last year.

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04-26-2007, 09:52 AM
All-Star side events kick off today



Inquirer
Last updated 00:04am (Mla time) 04/26/2007


GAMES THURSDAY (Pacoy Ortega Gym)
5 p.m.--Skills Contests
7 p.m.--Blitz Game

SAN FERNANDO, LA UNION--It's now time for the stars to play for flair.

The serious side of the game will be dropped to give way to the fancy and the dramatic as some of the much-awaited side events of the 2007 PBA All-Star Week are held today at the Pacoy Ortega gym here.

William Antonio defends his three-point crown, Willie Miller will try to make it two-in-a-row in the obstacle, while Niño Canaleta will leap for a grand slam in the dunk competition as appetizer to the centerpiece All-Star Game on Sunday.

The league will then spend tomorrow and Saturday reaching out to its fans and some of the less fortunate on the way up to Baguio.

Hostilities start at 5 p.m. with the Obstacle Challenge, the Trick Shot contest, the Shooting Stars event, the 3-point Shootout and the Slam Dunk to precede the Rookies vs Sophomores game.

Undoubtedly, the center of attention will be the Slam Dunk, as Canaleta, the high-flying Express from Air21, tries to win the crown for the third straight year--against possibly his stiffest competition yet.

Anthony Washington of Talk 'N Text and Sta. Lucia's prized rookie Kelly Williams are the chief threats together with Cyrus Baguio of Red Bull.

Canaleta first earned a name as the best dunker in the land before being recognized as a vital part of the Air21 franchise two seasons ago, soaring for so many perfect slams.

And while Canaleta has the grace and the flair, Washington and Williams will come into the contest bringing with them the promise of connecting on rough, powerful jams similar to the Dominique Wilkins fame.

And then there's the three-point shootout where Antonio will face the likes of Ren-Ren Ritualo and two other members of the Philippine team.

Canaleta will also banner the Sophomore team, where he will be joined by Dennis Miranda, Paolo Bugia, Alex Cabagnot, Jay Washington, Mike Holper, Leo Najorda and Mark Macapagal.

Aaron Aban, Joseph Yeo, LA Tenorio, Jireh Ibanes, Arwind Santos, Gabby Espinas, Jay-R Reyes and Mark Andaya, meanwhile, make up the Rookies' core.

Barangay Ginebra assistant coach Art dela Cruz will handle the Rookies, while Alaska assistant mentor Jojo Lastimosa will call the shots for the Sophomores.

Meanwhile Sta. Lucia Realty has replaced import Rock Winston with Jamaal Williams, who will start reinforcing the Realtors after the All-Star break.

With Winston powering the squad, the Realtors have slipped to the bottom of the PBA Fiesta Cup standings with a 3-7 card.

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04-26-2007, 10:01 AM
Baguio welcomes PBA
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
The Philippine Star 04/26/2007

Tomorrow morning, the PBA All-Star bandwagon rolls into Baguio City from San Fernando, La Union, and fans up north are looking forward to an unforgettable invasion.

The PBA group’s first stop is the City Hall for a courtesy call at 11:30 a.m. After driving through Session Road, the visitors gather for lunch at the Baguio Golf and Country Club multi-purpose hall where a press conference is scheduled to introduce the starting lineups of the North and South squads.

The South’s first five is made up of leading vote-getter Danny Seigle, Eric Menk, Dondon Hontiveros, James Yap and Asi Taulava while the North’s starters are Mark Caguioa, Jay-Jay Helterbrand, Kerby Raymundo, Danny Ildefonso and Romel Adducul.

Six of the 10 starters are on the national team that recently arrived from a two-week impact camp in Carson City. They’re exempted from playing in the Fiesta Conference so fans are eager to watch them in action again.

Fans chose the starters via votes polled from text messages, e-mails and ballots in game venues. Seigle compiled 118,260 votes. The only others to amass at least 100,000 votes were Menk with 104,784 and Caguioa with 101,l72. Helterbrand came close to breaching the barrier with 96,204.

Of the 24 All-Stars, five are from Barangay Ginebra, four from San Miguel Beer, three from Talk ’N’ Text, three from Purefoods, three from Red Bull, two from Air21, two from Alaska, one from Sta. Lucia Realty and one from Coca-Cola. Only Welcoat is not represented in the annual classic.

In the afternoon, there’s a tour of the Philippine Military Academy grounds before checking in at the Camp John

Hay Manor Hotel. Dinner will be at Gerry’s Grill and Iggy’s Resto. The kick-off street dance party is scheduled at Rambakan Drive after dinner.

On Saturday morning, the rookies and sophomores pay a visit to 200 kids at the Baguio General Hospital while the North and South players rest up for closed-door practices at the University of Baguio Gym in the afternoon. At 5 p.m., the entire PBA contingent will descend on Session Road for street sweeping and some painting – a fine example of PBA celebrities being conscious of keeping a clean environment and doing something about it.

That night, a formal dinner is in the calendar with government officials and sponsors at Iggy’s Resto. And to end the day’s activities, an eve-of the-game party will be hosted by Caguioa and Helterbrand in "The Fast and the Furious Night" at Gilligan’s Bar.

At 7 Sunday morning, it’s tee-off time for the media golf tournament where PBA bigwigs are expected to torch the greens with the press in friendly competition. Then, a basketball clinic will be held for kids, coaches and referees with the rookies, sophomores and non-starters of the All-Star Game attending.

Lunch will be at the University of Baguio Hall. An exhibition game between the PBA office and the Mayor’s team will get the ball rolling in the afternoon program at the University of Baguio Gym.

Before the All-Star Game, fans will be treated to the Legends 3-Point Challenge where retired cagers go up against active players in a team competition. The top three finishers of the 3-Point Shootout in San Fernando will be the active players while the three retired stars will be Ato Agustin, Pido Jarencio and two-time champion Boyet Fernandez.

The climax of the five-day, two-stop All-Star Week is the North versus South encounter where a dunk will count for three points in an exciting innovation.

The North non-starters are Enrico Villanueva, Ranidel de Ocampo, Larry Fonacier, Gary David, Willie Miller, John Arigo and Mark Cardona with coach Joseph Uichico. The South reserves are Sunday Salvacion, Sonny Thoss, Kelly Williams, Jimmy Alapag, Cyrus Baguio, Ronald Tubid and Roger Yap with coach Tim Cone.

Weighing the North down is the presence of four first-time All-Stars in de Ocampo, Fonacier, David and Cardona whose lack of experience may impact in the chemistry department. But Uichico counts on Ginebra’s explosive backcourt tandem. The problem is the South’s advantage in ceiling will make it difficult for the North to control the boards – and that’s critical to fuel transition.

Taulava, Menk, Thoss and Williams are tough inside operators. Then, Cone has the luxury of spot-up shooters like the Yaps, Hontiveros, Alapag, Tubid and Salvacion who’ll surely get the kickout pass once the post players are doubled.

If the North’s outside snipers like Arigo, David, Fonacier, Caguiao, Helterbrand and Miller are on target, it’ll be a long night for the South. And if the North doesn’t tire running up and down, the South might just wilt in the homestretch.

A farewell dinner will cap the festivities at the Dugout Sports Bar and Dapayan Hall.

No other All-Star Week has been as carefully planned, scheduled and arranged. It’s only fitting that the PBA’s breakthrough season will feature an All-Star event that’s unprecedented. You can be sure this year’s All-Star Week will be a tough act to follow for years to come.

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04-27-2007, 08:46 AM
Dondon outguns ’em all in All-Star


By NELSON BELTRAN

The Philippine Star

SAN FERNANDO, La Union – National stalwart Dondon Hontiveros ruled the PBA All-Star three-point shootout on his third try, beating Willie Miller by the thinnest of margins in a fierce duel cheered on by a sell-out crowd at the Pacoy Ortega Gymnasium last night.

Hontiveros totaled 16 points in a performance in the finals he marked with conversion of three money balls, including the final one capping a four-point production in the fifth and last rack.

The San Miguel hotshot, shooting third to last in the finale, went on to win the contest in stunning fashion as Miller, the last man to shoot, missed his final shot and finished with 15.

Air21’s Gary David, the leader among the locals in scoring in the current PBA Fiesta Cup, came in third with 14 while Ginebra’s Mark Caguioa wound up fourth with 12.

The top three placers will team up in taking on Ato Agustin, Pido Jarencio and Boyet Fernandez in the Legends Shootout in Baguio on Saturday.

Miller bungled an opportunity to win the three-point shootout but successfully defended his crown in the obstacle challenge.

The trick shot contest, also ruled by Miller last year in Cagayan de Oro, went to Denok Miranda of Sta. Lucia this time.

The trio of Ginebra guard Jayjay Helterbrand, ABC-5’s Dominic Uy and city councilor Manding Nisce also seized the spotlight by beating the team of Mick Pennisi, ABC-5’s Richard del Rosario and councilor Pablo Ortega in the Shooting Stars contest.

In the three-point shootout, falling by the wayside after the elimination round were Larry Fonacier (14), Kerby Raymundo (13), reigning champion William Antonio (11), Renren Ritualo (10) and Niño Gelig (six).

Miller topped the eliminations with 19 followed by Hontiveros with 16 and Caguioa and David with 15 apiece.

In the finals, Miller started the way he did in the elims but tapered off in the last two racks and bungled his crack at the crown by losing the last ball to the collective groan of the crowd.

Thus, Hontiveros escaped with the title and the P20,000 cash prize that went with it. He was third placer in 2005 in Laoag and eighth in 2004 in Cebu.

Miller oozed with confidence before the contest that he was even heard egging his rivals to put on a tough challenge dinner Wednesday night.

"Kundisyon ako, kaya nga pinasali ko sa Renren (Ritualo) para may mabigat akong kalaban," Miller jokingly told the sportswriters within hearing distance of Ritualo who just smiled.

Miller, however, still had something to crow at the close of the skills events. He beat David by a second in topping the obstacle challenge.

The former Letran Knight clocked 30 seconds to David‚s 31 seconds and Miranda‚s and Alex Cabagnot‚s similar 50-second clockings in the obstacle challenge finals.

In the elims, Cabagnot was the fastest at 30 seconds followed by Miller, David and Miranda at 33, Topex Robinson in 35, LA Tenorio in 38, Helterbrand at 39, Jimmy Alapag in 40, Jireh Inanes 48 and Roger Yap 51.

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04-27-2007, 08:50 AM
All-Star is all fun with fans



By WAYLON GALVEZ
mb.com.ph

SAN FERNANDO, La Union — Members of the national team treat the PBA All-Star Week as a welcome respite from rigorous training.


Apart from resting their aching body, the Nationals get a chance to mingle with fans and take part in off-court activities.

"Of course we’re happy that we’ll be playing in the All-Star Game, despite our schedule with the national team," said Dondon Hontiveros, one of six nationals voted to start in the All-Star game.

Starting for the South Team are San Miguel Beer’s Danny Seigle, who received the most votes from fans this year with 118,260, his Hontiveros and Asi Taulava of Talk ‘N Text.

Talk ‘N Text’s Jimmy Alapag was selected as a non-starter for the South.

Barangay Ginebra’s Mark Caguioa and Jay-Jay Helterbrand, and Purefoods’ Kerby Raymundo will start for the North Team.

Air21’s Ranidel de Ocampo has also been selected to play for the North.

National team players were actually pulled out from their mother clubs in the current import-flavored Talk ‘N Text-PBA Fiesta Cup.

However, the league has allowed majority of the nationals to take part in the All-Star festivities, which kicked off Wednesday with various activities.

The side events like the Slam Dunk, three-point shootout, obstacle course, trick shot even and Blitz Game between the rookies and the sophomores were played yesterday at the Pacoy Ortega Gym here.

The All-Star Game, will be played on Sunday at the University of Baguio Gym.

The national team, handled by Coach Chot Reyes, started training last month and spent two weeks in Carson City near Los Angeles in California, United States.

They will play in two crucial events, the Southeast Asian Basketball Championship in May in Rachaburri, Thailand, and the FIBA-Asia Championship in July in Saitama, Japan.

The FIBA-Asia serves as the qualifying meet for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, which is the target of the national team.

"We’re doing okay with our training," said Ritualo, who will also participate in the three-point shootout contest together with Caguioa and Hontiveros.

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04-27-2007, 08:52 AM
Hontiveros wins 3-pt shootout



By WAYLON GALVEZ
mb.com.ph

SAN FERNANDO, La Union – Dondon Hontiveros became the new three-point shootout king while Willie Miller retained his obstacle course championship in yesterday’s PBA All-Star Week at the Pacoy Ortega Gym here.


Hontiveros, the sweet-shooting San Miguel Beer guard, made his first three shots in the finals while nailing 3 of the 5 money balls worth two points on his way to tallying 16 points in the finals.

Feeling the pressure of surpassing Hontiveros’ output, Miller, who also competed in the three-point contest, missed his first four shots before nailing the money ball in the first rack.

Miller, the versatile Alaska guard who topped the eliminations with 19 points, waxed hot between the second and third racks.

But when he needed it most, Miller missed several attempts down the stretch, including the crucial money ball in the final rack that could have given him the championship together with his obstacle title.

He finished with 15 points.

"Expected na talagang magiging dikit ang laban," said Hontiveros, who entered the finals with his 16 points in the eliminations. He received a plaque and the winner’s check of P20, 000.

The other finalists were Gary David of Air21 and Barangay Ginebra’s Mark Caguioa, who scored 14 and 12 points, respectively, in the finals.

Last year’s champion William Antonio of Coca-Cola was booted out after making just 11 points in eliminations, while event favorite Renren Ritualo of Talk ’N Text scored only 10 points.

Miller also received P20, 000.00 for retaining the obstacle course title, where he completed the challenge with the fastest time of 30 seconds, beating David by just a second in the finals.

In the trick shot event, Sta. Lucia Realty playmaker Dennis Miranda bagged the title, making a tough 360-degree, reverse lay-up that was actually the challenge put up by Ronald Tubid of Barangay Ginebra.

Tubid missed the shot, as well as Air21’s Ranidel de Ocampo.

In the Shooting Stars event, Team 2 of Jayjay Helterbrand of Ginebra, Dominic Uy of ABC5 and San Fernando councilor Panding Nisce defeated Team 1 of Mick Pennisi of Red Bull, ABC5’s Richard del Rosario and councilor Pablo Ortega.

Currently being contested at presstime is the Slam Dunk competition where, Air21 forward Nino Canaleta of hopes to become the first player to win a third straight title.

Right after the slam dunk is the Blitz Game between the rookies and sophomore.

Meanwhile, the PBA All-Star festivities head for Baguio City today.

The country’s "Summer Capital" will host the Legends three-point shootout and the main event All-Star Game between the North and South teams on Sunday at the University of Baguio Gym.

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04-28-2007, 10:21 AM
Canaleta skywalks to third crown
By Nelson Beltran
The Philippine Star 04/28/2007

SAN FERNANDO, La Union — Air21 high-flyer KG Canaleta scored an unprecedented three-peat as sultan of slam while the Rookies ended the Sophomores’ winning tradition in the Blitz Game to cap Thursday night’s successful La Union swing of the 2007 PBA All-Star Week at the Pacoy Ortega Gymnasium.

Canaleta reaffirmed his status as the league’s best dunker, beating challengers Jay Washington, Kelly William, Arwind Santos, Ronald Tubid, Aaron Aban and Gabby Espinas as he wowed the local crowd with artistic aerial moves he has perfected since college days.

Having made an All-Star record, the former UE Warrior, however, is no longer interested in competing in the event next year and is now looking forward to playing in the All-Star Game.

"I might be beaten, my clean record would get glitch. Probably, I would try the three-point shootout next time or hopefully I would finally make it to the All-Star Game," said Canaleta.

The Rookies ended the Sophomores’ stranglehold of the Blitz Game, fashioning out a 122-107 rout in the main feature of the All-Star Thursday that lured a mammoth crowd at the seaside gymnasium.

Santos erupted for 31 points with teammates LA Tenorio, JayR Reyes, Mark Andaya, Joseph Yeo, Gabby Espinas and Jireh Ibanes each adding at least 11 as the Freshmen scored a breakthrough triumph over the Sophies in the novelty game introduced in Laoag City in 2005.

Santos, the former FEU star picked No. 2 overall by Air21 in the most recent draft, won the Blitz Game MVP honors.

Coach Art dela Cruz guided the Rookies to a jackrabbit start, and the team never looked back, enjoying a lead as big as 25, 118-93, in the lopsided contest.

Tenorio had eight points and Santos six in a 23-6 start that set the tone of the match early.

Washington scattered 28 points while Canaleta poured in 25, counting four "three-point slams" to pace the losing squad mentored by Jojo Lastimosa.

Curiously, Canaleta and Washington themselves figured in the finale in the slam dunk contest.

The 6-foot-4 Canaleta executed a windmill sidewinder to cap the win. In his first dunk in the finale, he took off just after the free-throw line and soared above a man for a lean-in one-hander.

It turned out another easy win for Canaleta with his chief rivals falling one after another on missed jams.

Williams, looming as a serious threat to Canaleta, failed to make it past the elims as the Sta. Lucia prized Fil-Am failed to convert twice a between-the-legs jam.

"Malaking pressure ang nawala sa akin noong nawala si Kelly," said Canaleta.

"Lack of knowing the rules," said Williams on his sorry defeat.

Washington also had a missed jam and it was practically all over for Canaleta after the first of the two-round finale judged by Samboy Lim, Jojo Lastimosa, Vergel Meneses and Sonny Cabatu.

Canaleta earned a perfect score of 40 points on three of five slams.

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04-28-2007, 10:22 AM
LU thieves a menace on All-Star day

The Philippine Star 04/28/2007

SAN FERNANDO, La Union – Four-time PBA All-Star MVP Vergel Meneses lost cash and valuables amounting to P80,000 to thieves who broke into their room at the Puerto de San Juan resort Thursday at the height of All-Star festivities at the Pacoy Ortega gym.

Meneses found out about the break-in when he returned to the resort hotel at San Juan town some eight kilometers northwest of this La Union capital after he served as one of the judges in the All-Star slam dunk contest.

It was learned that someone asked for Meneses’ hotel room key after he left for the competition. He shared the room with his mother Soledad, children and other relatives and friends.

San Fernando Mayor Mary Jane Ortega and La Union Governor Victor Ortega said they would exhaust all means to apprehend the perpetrators while PNP Region I chief Rodolfo Bataoil deployed a round-the-clock security for the PBA All-Star delegation until their return to Manila Monday. Meneses said he lost around P15,000 in cash, an i-Pod, a digital camera and three cell phones belonging to his kids.

He also planns to file charges against the owner and personnel of the resort hotel. – Nelson Beltran

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04-28-2007, 10:23 AM
Niño takes flight anew Rookies blitz Sophomores


By Musong R. Castillo
Inquirer
Last updated 03:48am (Mla time) 04/28/2007


SAN FERNANDO, La Union—Save for an incident in a hotel here involving a former PBA star, there were so many things that merited applause in the first day of the 2007 All-Star break.

The Rookies upended the Sophomores in the Blitz Game, 122-107, and Niño Canaleta won the Slam Dunk for the third straight time as the PBA superstars left this city situated in the northwestern coast of La Union with many fond memories.

But Vergel Meneses, the league’s “Aerial Voyager” who was MVP in 1995 who came over to help judge the Slam Dunk Contest, will return to Manila a whole lot poorer.

Meneses robbed

Meneses’ room at the Puerto de San Juan resort in San Juan town was ransacked by robbers while festivities were ongoing at the jampacked Pacoy Ortega gym. He lost more than P70,000 after the burglars went away with his wallet, three cellphones, two iPods and portable speaker systems.

“Most of those (gadgets) belong to my kids, who accompanied me here to see the sights,” Meneses, whose room was just next to this reporter’s, said. “The saddest part is that they (hotel management) don’t want to take responsibility for the incident.”

Meneses said that the front desk gave a man, whom they thought to be the ex-cager’s companion, the keys to Meneses’ room.

Arwind shines

The Rookies’ victory was the first time in the last three years after Arwind Santos of Air21 delivered 31 points, with six others adding twin digits.

Santos, picked second overall in the draft behind Kelly Williams of Sta. Lucia, and San Miguel’s LA Tenorio spearheaded a 23-6 start that was never overhauled by the Sophomores, who won the first two editions of this event introduced in Laoag.

But the highlight of the night came in the Slam Dunk Contest held earlier, with the graceful and high-flying Canaleta earning perfect scores in three of his five attempts to handily defeat Talk ‘N Text Fil-Am Jay Washington, 79-54.

The Air21 forward put a little spice of technology in his first dunk in the finals, leaping over a man who was sending a text message and making a call on his mobile phone for a single-handed “Statue of Liberty” jam that got the crowd up on its feet and the judges giving him a 40-point total.

His second dunk was fairly routine by his standards—a two-handed windmill—but one which he barely needed after Washington missed twice on his first attempt for 20 points. Canaleta totaled 118 in the elims, while Washington had 103 and Williams, after scoring 34 and 38 on his first two attempts to occupy second before the miss, had 92 points.

The other contestants in the Slam Dunk were Aaron Aban of Alaska, Santos and Ronald Tubid of Barangay Ginebra.

The eagerly anticipated Williams vs Canaleta faceoff in the contest did not materialize after the Sta. Lucia cornerstone muffed two in-between-the-legs attempts coming from the baseline in his final try in the eliminations.

Appetizer

Like Dennis Miranda, who won the Trick Shot, Willie Miller, who ruled the Obstacle Challenge, Dondon Hontiveros, the new 3-Point Shootout champ, and the trio of Jay-Jay Helterbrand, Dominic Uy and councilor Panding Nisce in the Shooting Stars contest, Canaleta won P20,000 for his efforts.

Meanwhile, as an appetizer to the All-Star Game scheduled tomorrow in scenic Baguio, Hontiveros, Miller and Gary David, the top three placers in the 3-Point Shootout, will team up with Ato Agustin, Pido Jarencio and Boyet Fernandez, respectively, in the Legends Shootout.

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04-28-2007, 10:25 AM
KG is dunk king again



By Waylon Galvez
mb.com.ph

SAN FERNANDO, La Union — The much-anticipated KG Cañaleta vs Kelly Williams face-off turned out to be nothing but hype. A mismatch, if you may.



Cañaleta, Air21’s high-flying forward, cemented his status as the league’s all-time slam dunk king as he won the event for a record third straight time in the PBA All-Star Festival at the Pacoy Ortega gym here.

The 6-foot-5 former University of the East stalwart was near perfect in the finals where he faced Anthony Washington of Talk ‘N Text, and Williams.

The 6-foot-6 Williams emerged as the top overall pick in last year’s annual draft pick and was the overwhelming favorite to win the side event owing to his powerful leaping ability.

But Cañaleta was not to be denied of a record third title.

Combining grace and power, Cañaleta scored two perfect scores of 40 points out of three dunks in the elimination round for a total of 118 points, while Washington submitted 32-34-37 for a total of 103 points as the two emerged the top pointers.

Williams had 34 and 38 points in his first two dunks and had a chance to enter the finals against Cañaleta. He needed 32 points from the four judges that included ex-pro and former two-time champion Vergel Meneses, to make it.

To the horror of the crowd, Williams missed his between-the-legs attempt twice to get only 20 for total of 92 points.

In the finals, Cañaleta brought the house down when he soared over a 5-foot-5 aide standing at the middle of the shaded area and acting like he was unaware of what’s happening as he was texting.

That feat gave Cañaleta a perfect 40 points from the judges.

Washington missed his first attempt in the dunk-off and got a 34 for in his last dunk for a total of 54 points. Cañaleta capped his aerial act with a two-handed windmill for a 39 and finished with a total of 79 points.

"Siyempre may pressure din sa akin, pero it proved na mas mabigat ang pressure sa mga kalaban," said Canaleta, who received a plaque and the winner’s check of R20,000.

Others who competed in the slam dunk contest were Arwind Santos of Air21, Gabby Espinas of San Miguel Beer, Aaron Aban of Alaska and Ronald Tubid of Barangay Ginebra.

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04-28-2007, 10:25 AM
Rookies play like veterans



By Waylon Galvez
mb.com.ph

SAN FERNANDO, La Union — This year’s batch of rookies is better, hotter and deadlier than last year’s group.



The Rookies proved that in the form of 122-107 win over the Sophomores during the PBA All-Stars Blitz Game Thursday at the Pacoy Ortega gym here.

Showing fluid basketball, the rookies dominated the game right from the start and finished the game in a flourish.

For the Rookies, it was a brealkthrough win. The Sophomores have lorded over the event since its inception in the annual mid-season spectacle two years ago in Laoag City.

Arwind Santos, the second overall pick in the previous Rookie Draft, fired a game-high 31 points to lead the Rookies in a game that featured thunderous slam dunks and booming three-point shots.

"Sabi nila bragging rights ang nakataya, so hindi naman kami papayag na matalo kami (rookies)," said Santos, the former two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player from Far Eastern University.

The rookies, handled Barangay Ginebra assistant coach Art dela Cruz, had six other players scoring in double digits.

San Miguel playmaker LA Tenorio added 18 points, while Welcoat bigman Jay-Arr Reyes and Talk ‘N Text center Mark Andaya chipped in 17 points each. San Miguel forward Gabby Espinas and Coca-Cola guard Joseph Yeo contributed 13 apiece and Welcoat guard Jireh Ibanes had 11.

"Masaya na tinalo namin yung mga kuya namin," said Tenorio.

Tenorio, the former Ateneo star, had eight points while Santos added six in an early 23-6 run that set the tone for a rout in the game where a slam dunk was equivalent to three points.

Air21’s KG Cañaleta and Talk ‘N Text’s Anthony Washington, the top two finishers in the slam dunk competition, came through with monster dunks. But even with that, they had no answer to the quickness of the rookies’ transition offense anchored by former collegiate rivals Tenorio and Santos.

Washington, the top rookie pick in 2005, led the sophomores with 28 points while Cañaleta had 25 markers while Ginebra’s Mark Macapagal added 23.

The Sophomores were able to cut the rookies’ halftime lead of 60-43 to just 11 points, 84-73, entering the final frame. But Santos ignited a 16-0 run to make it 100-73.

Meanwhile, the PBA All-Star Game between the North All-Star and the South All-Star is set tomorrow at the University of Baguio Gym. But prior to the main game, serving as appetizer is the Legend Three-Point Shootout where the top three finishers of the contest the other day, the champion Dondon Hontiveros, Willie Miller and Mark Caguioa will challenge former three-point kings Pido Jarencio, Ato Agustin and Boyet Fernandez.

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04-29-2007, 07:49 AM
North, South see easy victory in All-Star duel
By Nelson Beltran
The Philippine Star 04/29/2007

BAGUIO – Asi Taulava said "it’s a given" they would win. Mark Caguioa answered back with words suggesting the same.

Taulava and Caguioa lead their respective teams as they fight for pride and bragging rights in the 2007 PBA All-Star Game at the University of Baguio gym here tonight.

Members of the contending North and South teams are looking to have fun but promise just the same not to just watch and let the other steal the show in the main feature of the All-Star Week supported by Victory Liner, San Miguel Corp., Air21, Accel, Coke, Pagcor, PCSO and World of Fun.

The Legends Shootout, pitting Dondon Hontiveros, Willie Miller and Gary David against retired players Ato Agustin, Pido Jarencio and Boyet Fernandez, precede the All-Star Game.

PBA commissioner Noli Eala pointed out that the game’s different undertones should make it a real treat for the people of the city of pines. "Our host city has rolled out the red carpet for us and it is only fitting we return the hosts’ warm welcome by giving the fans something to remember for a long, long time," said Eala during a press conference at the Baguio Country Club.

Coaches Jong Uichico of the North team and Tim Cone of the South team said fans would get their money’s worth.

"Siyempre, gusto ng lahat manalo kaya there is still some pressure, notwithstanding the fact that it is supposed to be a fun game," said Uichico. "Sa umpisa, gusto lang ng bawat isang mapasaya ang mga fans. Pero habang nagtatagal na, iyung competitive spirit ng players, lalabas at lalabas."

"It’s a pride thing," Cone agreed. It’s a virtual Game Seven with the two teams having split the first six games under the North vs South format of this annual mid-season spectacle.

Caguioa and his teammates are looking to make a show while playing on home turf, just the way they did in Laoag City in 2005.

Jayjay Helterbrand, who frolicked for 38 points in Laoag, teams up with Caguioa, Danny Ildefonso, Rommel Adducul and Kerby Raymundo as they lead their team’s bid against the South which, on the other hand, has Taulava, Danny Seigle, Kelly Williams, James Yap and Hontiveros as starters.

Eric Menk, voted as a starter for the South, is sitting out the game due to injury.

Red Bull’s Cyrus Baguio was also supposed to come off the bench for the South but a recent heart attack to his father forced him to miss out not only the game but also the Slam Dunk competition last Thursday.

Left as the South reserves are Sunday Salvacion, Sonny Thoss, Jimmy Alapag, Ronald Tubid, Tony dela Cruz and Roger Yap.

The North relievers are Enrico Villanueva, Ranidel de Ocampo, Larry Fonacier, Gary David, John Arigo and Mark Cardona. Villanueva will be the team’s sixth man as he emerged as the top vote-getter here.

The South won the All-Star Game in Cagayan de Oro last year with Taulava emerging as the MVP.

Taulava is confident he can come out with another MVP-like performance and lead the team to back-to-back victories.

"There’s no question, it’s a given," said Taulava.

Caguioa, however, thinks otherwise: "Walang k’wenta ang sinabi ni Asi at kayo na ang mag-translate n’un para sa kanya," the Ginebra stalwart quipped.

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04-29-2007, 07:53 AM
North battles South in All-Star game



By WAYLON GALVEZ
mb.com.ph



BAGUIO CITY — A confident Asi Taulava assured a victory for his team. No doubt, period.



Not bad to give prediction but Taulava’s statement ignited a fire which guarantees a ferocious battle between the North and the South All-Stars teams today at the University of Baguio Gym here.

The mid-season event, they say, is all about having fun, but with the way things are going, expect a close fight when the North and South meet at 6 p.m.

Starting for the South are San Miguel Beer’s Danny Seigle, the top vote getter with 118,260 votes from fans, SMB teammate Dondon Hontiveros, Barangay Ginebra’s Eric Menk, Purefoods’ James Yap and Taulava.

For the North, they are Barangay Ginebra’s Mark Caguioa and Jay-Jay Helterbrand, Purefoods’ Kerby Raymundo and San Miguel bigmen Danny Ildefonso and Romel Adducul.

"We’re going to win. There’s no doubt about it, we’ll beat them (North)," said Taulava, who bagged the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award last year when he powered the South team to a 122-120 win.

The Talk ’N Text center finished with a double-double of 30 points and 16 rebounds although it was Purefoods guard Roger Yap who nailed the game-winning three-pointer in Cagayan de Oro City.

That win evenbed the head-to-head battle between the North All-Stars and the South All-Stars with three wins each.

Caguioa, the Kings’ feisty guard who won the Best Player of the previous Philippine Cup also had something to say.

"Tignan na lang natin sa laro, dun naman magkaka-alamanan eh. We’ll let our game do the talking," said Caguioa, who was fined last year by the PBA Commissioner’s Office when he skipped the All-Star Game.

This will be the seventh time that the All-Star Game will feature the North and South.

Manila hosted the All-Star Game three times. The South won the initial game in 1992 (108-105) with Alvin Teng bagging the MVP, but the North won in 1993 (149-129) and 1994 (133-126) with Allan Caidic and Benjie Paras winning the MVP plums, respectively.

The league went back to its old format of Rookie-Sophomores versus Veterans, which was institutionalized in 1989 when veteran Robert Jaworski and Ramon Fernandez powered their team to a 132-130 win over the Rookies-Sophomores.

It was in 2005 when the PBA brought back the North against South All-Star Game.

The North defeated the South, 131-128, and Helterbrand won the MVP trophy.

"It’s going to be an exciting game. Yes it’s going to be fun, but the competitive nature of the players tend to come out during the game, so I’m expecting a close game," said Barangay Ginebra mentor Jong Uichico, who will coach the North All-Stars.

This will be the third straight All-Star appearance for Uichico, who is hoping to preserve his clean record in the All-Star Game after guiding the South last year.

As for Alaska’s American coach Tim Cone, he will call the shots for the South in his sixth All-Star stint, but first since 1999. He holds a 4-1 win-loss card in the All-Star Game.

Aside from Taulava and Helterbrand, two other players who won MVP honors in the All-Star Game will see action this year — Talk ’N Text’s Jimmy Alapag, who won the award with Taulava in 2004, and Ildefonso (1999).

There are five regular season MVP winners in this year’s All-Star Game — Yap (2005-06), Menk (2004-05), Taulava (2003), Alaska’s Willie Miller (2002) and two-time winner Ildefonso (2000 and 2001).

Named as non-starters are (North) Red Bulls’ Rico Villanueva and Larry Fonacier, Air21’s Ranidel de Ocampo and Gary David, Alaska’s John Arigo, Talk ’N Text’s Mark Cardona and Miller, (South) Ginebra’s Sunday Salvacion and Ronald Tubid, Alaska’s Joachim Thoss, Red Bull’s Cyrus Baguio, Sta. Lucia Realty rookie Kelly Williams, Yap and Alapag.

Meanwhile, the top three finishers in last Thursday Three-point Shootout, Hontiveros (champion), Miller and Garry David will challenge ex-pros Ato Agustin, Pido Jarencio and Boyet Fernandez in the Legend Shootout Competition set at 4 p.m.

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04-30-2007, 10:05 AM
PBA All-Star Weekend: North downs South



By WAYLON GALVEZ
mb.com.ph

BAGUIO CITY — The game started with a spectacular alley-hoop dunk by rookie Kelly Williams.



But the fun and highlight reels were overshadowed by the close encounter which saw the North All-Star Team score a thrilling 145-142 win over the South Team in the PBA All-Star Game last night at the University of Baguio Gym here.

Alaska Milk versatile guard Willie Miller and Barangay Ginebra playmaker Jayjay Helterbrand delivered for the North down the stretch and this propped the team up for a revenge win over the South, which thumped the team last year.

Miller, the Olongapo native playmaker, and Helterbrand, the Quezon City spark plug, were named co-Most Valuable Players of the game.

Miller collected 14 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and issued 10 assists, the last one to an open Helterbrand who drove in with 10.6 seconds remaining to give the North a 145-140 lead.

Helterbrand finished with 25 points, 12 coming in the pivotal fourth quarter.

An MVP of the 2005 All-Star, Helterbrand joined three other players who have won All-Star Game MVP honors more than one.

Vergel Meneses won four while Benjie Paras and Asi Taulava came through with two apiece.

The win put the North All-Stars ahead in their head-to-head anew, 4-3. This marked the fourth straight time that the PBA used the North-South format and seventh overall.

The All-Star Game was institutionalized in 1989.

"As expected, it was a close game, but my (North) team made crucial baskets in the crucial minutes of the game. It was fun, it was a good win for us," said North coach Jong Uichico, who improved his All-Star record to 3-0.

Kerby Raymundo had 18 points and an All-Star record of 18 rebounds, erasing the previous 16 rebounds made by Taulava last year in Laoag City.

The South, ignited by Williams’ dunk off a feed by Dondon Hontiveros, dictated the tempo early in the game.

They led by as many as 22 points, 68-46, after another slam by Williams midway in the second period.

But the North team was able to trim the lead to just five points, 84-79, at halftime. And Rommel Adducul’s lay-up gave them their first taste of the lead, 87-85, with 9:25 to play in the third frame.

The combined scoring output erased the previous mark established during the 1993 All-Star game when North downed the South, 149-129.

Williams, who replaced the injured Eric Menk in the starting five, led the South with 28 points. He made some sort of history by becoming the first rookie to start in the All-Star since Paul Artadi, James Yap and Rich Alvarez.

In the accompanying Legends Shootout, Gary David provided the needed jumpstart, but it was Willie Miller who delivered the dagger against the PBA legends.

Miller and David teamed up with Dondon Hontiveros as they scored a breakthrough win against the one-time pros, 49-35.

It was the first win for the active players against the Legends, which ruled the events’ first three editions, a side show of the All-Star festivities.

"Memorable ito para sa amin kasi kami ‘yung first time na nanalo para sa active players against the legends," said David.

Agustin, the league’s 1992 Most Valuable Player (MVP), started for the Legends as he displayed his old deadly touch from the three-point territory, scoring 13 points including two 2-point money balls.

But David, the Air21 high-scoring guard, answered with 16 points to put the active players ahead.

Jarencio, a member of the San Miguel Beer coaching staff and currently the coach of University of Santo Tomas, however, finished with just six points, missing his first 11 shots.

Then Miller, the 2002 MVP now playing for Alaska, put on a show.

After missing his first attempt on the first rack, the 5-foot-11 guard nailed four straight baskets, including the money ball. He finished with 20 points, highlighted by four of the five money balls to put his team ahead, 36-19.

Fernandez, who won three consecutive three-point shootout titles during his PBA career and now Sta. Lucia Realty coach, tried to keep his team alive, starting strong by draining five straight shots.

But he could only finish with 16 points for a total of 35 points for the Legends, which automatically gave the active players the title.

Hontiveros, who recently bagged the three-point shootout championship by beating Miller, David and Mark Caguioa of Barangay Ginebra, capped the active players’ performance with 13 points.

"Tinanggal nila ‘yung pressure sa akin, maganda ‘yung shooting nila Gary and Willie," said Hontiveros.

In another side event, Team 1 of Mark Macapagal of Ginebra, Dominic Uy of ABC 5 and former University of Baguio stalwart Rocky Nunez won the Shooting Stars challenge.

Team 1 completed the course inside one minute and 29 seconds to defeat Team 2 of Red Bull’s Mick Pennisi, Richard del Rosario of ABC 5 and Baguio City Mayor Rey Bautista.

In an exhibition game, the PBA Commissioner’s Office downed the City Mayor’s Office, 87-76.

Several activities were held during the All-Stars festivities.

They visited and gave gifts to kids at the Ilocos Regional and Training Hospital and at the City Hall, and toured the Philippine Military Academy. There was also a street party near the SM City Baguio and street painting at the Session Road.


NORTH 145 — Helterbrand 28, Raymundo 18, David 17, Ildefonso 14, Miller 14, Caguioa 13, Adducul 13, Villanueva 10, Cardona 8, de Ocampo 6, Arigo 4, Fonacier 3.

SOUTH 142 — Williams 28, Yap J. 17, Seigle 16, Tubid 14, Hontiveros 13, Salvacion 13, Alapag 11, Yap R. 9, Taulava 9, Thoss 6, dela Cruz 6.

Quarters: 31-48, 79-84, 106-109, 145-142.

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04-30-2007, 10:08 AM
North trims South in All-Star game
By Nelson Beltran
The Philippine Star 04/30/2007

BAGUIO – The North team, getting tremendous boost from backcourt players Jayjay Helterbrand and Willie Miller, fashioned out a mind-boggling 145-142 come-from-behind win over the South squad in the 2007 PBA All-Star Game at the jampacked University of Baguio gym here last night.

Helterbrand paced the North with 25 points, including the team’s last eight points, while Miller came through with the first-ever triple-double performance by any player in an All-Star Game with 14 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

They were later adjudged co-Most Valuable Players to the roaring approval of the highly appreciative crowd that filled to the rafters the venue with a sitting capacity of 4,000.

Helterbrand and Miller did put up a class act, standing out from an array of stars that shone brightly in the classic game that provided a climactic ending to the five-day mid-season spectacle.

With a previous All-Star MVP award won in Laoag in 2004, Helterbrand is now the fourth player with at least two All-Star MVP plums after Vergel Meneses, Asi Taulava and Benjie Paras. The Ginebra spitfirish guard erupted for 38 points in Laoag.

Miller, meanwhile, became the seventh player with MVP awards in regular season and in the All-Star Game, joining the ranks of Meneses, Taulava, Paras, Allan Caidic, Danny Ildefonso and Kenneth Duremdes. He was the league’s MVP in 2002.

Kerby Raymundo pulled down an all-time All-Star Game high of 18 rebounds that went with 18 points. Three other North All Stars in Gary David, Danny Ildefonso, Mark Caguioa, Romel Adducul and Rico Villanueva also finished in double figures.

Kelly Williams had a spectacular debut in an All-Star Game with 28 points and 10 points. He had a chance to tie the count in the closing seconds but missed a slam on an alley-oop throw-in by Jimmy Alapag.

Sta. Lucia’s prized Fil-Am also made a record, becoming the first rookie to collect double-double numbers in the All Stars. He was the second rookie to lead an All-Star Game in scoring after Boy Cabahug in 1989.

"We had fun and great satisfaction after winning the game," said coach Jong Uichico, who improved his All-Star Games win-loss record to 3-0.

Curiously, Uichico won his second All-Star Game with the South squad in Cagayan de Oro last year.

The South showed great determination to invade the North’s turf by coming out strong to lead by as many as 20 points right in the opening quarter.

The North team, however, buckled down to work and made giant strides in the two middle-quarters, getting ahead at 114-109 going into the payoff period.

Uichico and his boys worked on a great turnaround that they enjoyed double-digit spread in the final quarter after falling behind by 22 at the start of the second period.

Williams gave the South team its largest lead at 68-46 on a "three-point jam."

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04-30-2007, 10:10 AM
PBA ALL-STAR GAME
Miller, Helterbrand sparkle for North


By Musong R. Castillo
Inquirer
Last updated 02:02am (Mla time) 04/30/2007


BAGUIO CITY -- The South team came out dancing, but the North did most of the shooting Sunday night in the PBA All-Star Game.

The South had four three-pointers in the first period, a lot of fancy baskets and dunks by Kelly Williams and Danny Seigle in the first half at the University of Baguio gym here.

But all those came before the Northerners methodically brought down their counterparts from the South, 145-142, in the centerpiece event of the All Star Week that produced a lot of records.

Willie Miller came off the bench and churned out the first triple-double in the annual classic to share MVP honors with Jay-Jay Helterbrand following the North stars’ victory.

The North actually came back from as many as 22 points down early in the second period.

Miller, the 2002 regular season MVP, completed his “T-D” by feeding Helterbrand for a breakaway layup with 10.6 seconds to go that sealed the deal for the North, 145-140.

That basket was the 12th point in the fourth period for Helterbrand, who went on to finish with 25 points to pace the North, which had eight players scoring in twin digits.

Helterbrand, arguably one of the best point guards in Asia, added nine assists and seven rebounds and became just the fourth player in All-Star history -- after Asi Taulava, Vergel Meneses and Benjie Paras -- to win the award twice.

Kelly Williams tossed in 28 points to lead the South. The Sta. Lucia Realty forward became just the second rookie in All-Star history to lead his team in scoring since Elmer Cabahug did it in 1989 to also win the MVP.

Kerby Raymundo contributed 18 points for the North and set a record with 18 rebounds, easily obliterating the old mark of 16 held by Taulava.

It would have been enough that the fans in this scenic, chilly city got a great match during the PBA All-Star Game.

The professional superstars earlier cleaned a long stretch of historic Session road here, planted trees, painted sidewalks, partied with the fans and mingled with their horde of fans.

Baguio laid out the red carpet for the Philippine Basketball Association in much the same way that La Union’s San Fernando City did in hosting the preliminaries before the weekend.

“This is a great place with a whole lot of great and gracious people,” commissioner Noli Eala told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

There was a huge turnaway crowd at the 5,000-capacity UB gym.

The scores:

NORTH 145 -- Helterbrand 25, Raymundo 18, David 17, Ildefonso 14, Miller 14, Caguioa 13, Adducul 13, Villanueva 10, Cardona 8, De Ocampo 6, Arigo 4, Fonacier 3.

SOUTH 142 -- Williams 28, J. Yap 17, Seigle 16, Tubid 14, Hontiveros 13, Salvacion 13, Alapag 11, R. Yap 9, Taulava 9, Thoss 6, Dela Cruz 6.

Quarters: 31-48, 79-84, 116-109, 145-142.

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05-01-2007, 12:02 PM
Next All-Star Week in Boracay?
By Joaquin Henson
The Philippine Star 05/01/2007

BAGUIO – PBA commissioner Noli Eala said the other day the All-Star bandwagon rolls back to the South next year and Boracay could be a destination in tandem with either Capiz or Iloilo.

Since the institutionalization of the All-Star Game format in 2004, the PBA has alternated hosting rights from South in Cebu to North in Laoag to South in Cagayan de Oro and to North in Baguio. The North-South format was also used in 1992, 1993 and 1994. The North has won four of the seven games with the host team still unbeaten in the series.

This year, the PBA staged a five-day, two-city All-Star Week that started in San Fernando, La Union, and ended in Baguio. It was the first-ever All-Star event that went to two cities. The longest-ever All-Star celebration was in Cebu where the league entertained the fans for seven days in 2004.

Eala said this season’s two-city program was one of the most successful All-Star shows ever despite the tedious and difficult logistical preparations. Over 300 from the PBA and ABC-5 motored from Manila. At least 100 cityfolks were mobilized in San Fernando to coordinate the first leg and another 100 in Baguio for the climax. Six hotels in Baguio took in the visitors.

"We’re considering another two-leg event next year," said Eala. "Boracay is a possibility. It’s where the players can unwind, relax, enjoy the break from the regular season and do outreach work. We could play in Iloilo, a five-hour ride away, or Roxas City, about two hours away."

Eala said the receptions in San Fernando and Baguio were overwhelming.

"In San Fernando, Mayor (Mary Jane) Ortega and Gov. (Victor) Ortega were the perfect hosts," said Eala. "They attended to every detail, including providing all the players and even the staff with personalized hand-woven towels. We were even treated to a concert by the Millennium choir. In Baguio, it was hip-hop all the way. Mayor (Peter Rey) Bautista made sure everyone enjoyed the cool weather and the warm hospitality." * * *
In the PBA’s first night in Baguio last Friday, a rock band set the tone for the weekend with Tony de la Cruz and Larry Fonacier singing solo and Eala belting "I Love You More Today Than Yesterday" with Willie Miller in a rousing duet. On Saturday afternoon, Session Road was closed for four hours in the afternoon as the PBA stars won the hometowners’ admiration with serious street cleaning and painting. The street gathering resembled the throng at EDSA II.

Asi Taulava, however, went overboard – all in the spirit of fun – when he painted the bumpers and tires of the police car assigned to Mayor Bautista.

Eala said what touched his heart was the gesture of the rookies and sophomores who asked to turn off the TV cameras as they dug into their pockets to help out indigent patients at the Baguio General Hospital last Saturday morning. * * *
It was mandatory for the players to travel in designated buses. But a few cagers (including Danny Ildefonso, Romel Adducul, Nino Canaleta and Gary David) went on their own and will be fined for it.

James Yap arrived in Baguio last Saturday night and will likely be fined for missing several All-Star activities although he played in the Sunday game. A league source said Yap, the second highest vote-getter behind Danny Seigle, could be fined at least P50,000.

Last year, Mark Caguioa did not attend the All-Star festivities in Cagayan de Oro and was fined heavily. This year, he was a model All-Star, participating in every activity, showing up on time and wholeheartedly sharing his time with the fans.

Caguioa and Jay-Jay Helterbrand hosted a "Fast and Furious" party at Gilligan’s Bar last Saturday night.

"The All-Star Week isn’t just about basketball," said Eala. "It’s also about giving back, spending time with the fans and joining other players in reaching out. It’s about marketing the league and the players and giving recognition to our stars. We don’t want to impose fines but it’s necessary to impress on the players the importance of supporting this big event for the fans." * * *
The three-point dunk was a weapon that South coach Tim Cone turned to in a last-ditch try to send the All-Star Game into overtime. But Williams failed to handle Jimmy Alapag’s inbound alley-oop pass. The South had one final chance to tie it but Sunday Salvacion missed a trey at the buzzer. The North won, 145-142, in the highest-scoring game since 1993 when the North prevailed, 149-129.

According to All-Star rules, a dunk is good for three points only on a breakaway from a turnover, if the take-off is beyond a designated semi-circle inside the shaded area over the no-charge zone, on a put-back from an offensive rebound and on an alley-oop. * * *
Caguioa, Helterbrand and Taulava had never been to Baguio. And South coach Tim Cone, who came with his family, hadn’t visited in 16 years. North coach Joseph Uichico was with wife Kathy and son Johan.

National coach Chot Reyes, a 10-handicapper, topped the 32-man golf tournament at the par-61, 18-hole Baguio Country Club last Sunday morning. He shot a gross of 76 in conquering the tough greens including "cardiac" hole No. 5, a test of resistance and lung power.

Among the golfers who congregated for the 7 a.m. tee-off were Mayor Bautista, Eala (who had played only twice in the last two years), Air21 president Lito Alvarez, Cone, legal counsel Melvin Mendoza, Jojo Lastimosa, Ed Picson, Lito Tacujan, Ding Marcelo, Nelson Beltran, Musong Castillo, Waylon Galvez, Rey Bancod and Albert Garcia. Watching the action were PBA chairman Ricky Vargas and San Miguel Corp. assistant vice president Robert Non. * * *
Eala was honored by an Ifugao canao dance at halftime of the All-Star Game. He was made an honorary tribe chieftain and given a spear, feathered headgear and a shield. Mayor Bautista said the tradition is for an honoree to wear a G-string during the dance but Eala was excused from taking off his pants.

gameface_one
05-02-2007, 09:40 AM
No PBA fine for Yap?
By Joaquin Henson
The Philippine Star 05/02/2007

The possibility of James Yap being excused and not levied a fine for arriving late for the recent PBA All-Star Week loomed yesterday as his wife Kris Aquino explained he had a family crisis to attend to.

Yap missed the All-Star activities in San Fernando, La Union, leading to the Baguio climax but made it on time for the North versus South game last Sunday. He arrived in Baguio the night before the contest.

Yap, the reigning PBA MVP, scored 17 points in a losing effort as the North downed the South, 145-142. He hit seven points in the payoff period as the South made it close down the stretch after squandering a 22-point lead in the third quarter and trailing by 12. Yap was the South’s second leading scorer behind Kelly Williams who shot 28.

Yap was in the initial list of participants for the obstacle contest in San Fernando last Thursday. His spot was taken over by Purefoods teammate Roger Yap.

"People were not made aware until Sunday that both Baby James and I were in critical condition," said Kris to The STAR.

"Had I not had my emergency caesarian last April 19, Baby James would have died in my womb. I suffered severe complications and I needed another surgery last April 23 because I had further bleeding and needed blood transfusions.

"James went up to Baguio last Saturday because it was only Friday that Baby James and I were finally out of the woods. In fact, Baby James and I went home on our own Sunday because James was already in Baguio.

"I know that James had secured permission. My family and I are very grateful to James for really taking care of me and not leaving Baby James and I during our most precarious times. As we’ve both learned, family does take priority over everything else."

The actress said she was up early yesterday morning for breakfast with Yap and to breast-feed their baby son.

"My mom picked up James at 7 a.m. because they were flying to Cebu and Iloilo to campaign for Noy," she said. "They’ll be home after dinner. James got permission to miss practice from (team governor) Mr. (Rene) Pardo and coach Ryan (Gregorio). My mom really asked this favor of James since he speaks fluent Cebuano and Ilonggo.

"They flew by private plane and I told James that since my Mom prays nine rosaries a day, that’s what they’ll do on the flights. I felt the need to explain James’ side to set things straight. Poor James because had he gone to the All-Star early and people became aware of my real health situation, then he’d be criticized by everyone for not being a caring husband and dad. No win situation."

Pardo confirmed yesterday Yap attended to his family during the crisis period.

"James told me he informed the PBA office he had to beg off from the obstacle contest and could only go to Baguio on Saturday because of Kris’ condition," said Pardo. "In fact, he couldn’t even check out Kris and their baby from the hospital last Sunday because of his commitment to the PBA. James had a valid reason why he couldn’t attend the All-Star activities up to the All-Star Game. He’ll be ready to play our next game against Coca-Cola on Friday."

Yap, 25, was the All-Star Game’s second highest vote-getter with 106,004 ballots behind only Danny Seigle’s 118,260. The only others to garner at least 100,000 votes were Eric Menk and Mark Caguioa. He was one of five MVPs named to the All-Star cast. The others were Menk (2004-05), Asi Taulava (2003), Willie Miller (2002) and Danny Ildefonso (2000-01).

Yap is averaging 24.2 points in the Fiesta Conference, up from 16.3 in the Philippine Cup, and his 7.9 increase is the highest increment in the league. He is one of only four players to score in double figures every game in the Fiesta Conference with a low of 10 and a high of 36. The only others in the elite circle are Gary David, Kelly Williams and Sonny Thoss.

amdgc82
02-07-2008, 12:15 AM
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/static/bac/2008/02/06/sports/negrense.ex.pba.standouts.tapped.for.pba.all.star. legends..html

Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Negrense ex-PBA standouts tapped for PBA All-Star 'Legends'

NEGRENSE PBA fans of the 1990s would be glad to know that some of their favorite PBA players from Negros will be seen on the hard court from April 24-27 when the 2008 PBA All-Star Weekend festivities will be held here in Bacolod City.

Former PBA standouts Mike Mustre and Bong Ravena are two of several Negrense ex-PBA campaigners being tapped to join the PBA 'Legends' side event such as the three-point shootout contest, according to PBA officials who were here Monday to discuss preparations for the All-Star Weekend with city officials and local organizers.

The PBA group who came was composed of 2008 PBA All-Star Weekend project director and head of PBA basketball operations Ricky Santos; media bureau chief and special assistant to the commissioner Willie Marcial; marketing director Rico Meneses; and marketing/events officer Rouselle Ighot.

While here the group met with Bacolod Vice-Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson and councilors Al Victor Espino, Homer Bais and Dindo Ramos to discuss the city's involvement in the event.

"The PBA All-Star Weekend is a once a year event which is always being coordinated with the local government unit wherever it goes since it is the league's simple way of giving back to the fans and the public in return for their continued support of the PBA," explained Santos during an interview with Sun.Star Bacolod Monday.

The visiting PBA group was likewise slated to meet with West Negros College sports executive Anthony Carlo Agustin to discuss the possibility of staging a satellite Junior PBA competition for 10-Under cagers with the finals to be made as preliminary game to the highlight PBA All-Star Game on April 27 at the West Negros College gym.

The PBA group also made an ocular inspection of other possible venues for side events such as the BAYS Center, Gaisano City and SM City malls and the new government center, as well as Bacolod Boys Home and Pandanon Valley Resort in Murcia.

Among the possible activities the players are expected to do as part of the socio/civic aspect of the All-Star Weekend here are visits to charity institutions, tree-planting, cleanup of a coastal barangay, street-cleaning and the conduct of a basketball clinic with players from the barangays as participants, among others.

Negrense PBA fans can also vote for an active PBA player from Negros whom they want to be included in the South team lineup. "This is one of the innovations we are doing in this year's All-Star Game," Santos added.

amdgc82
02-24-2008, 06:27 AM
Bacolod to host PBA All-Star extravaganza (http://www.philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=20080223149)
By Joaquin Henson
Sunday, February 24, 2008
www.philstar.com

BACOLOD CITY – Mayor Evelio (Bing) Leonardia confirmed the other day that the PBA All-Star extravaganza will be held at the 3,800-seat West Negros College gym here on April 24-27.

The red carpet is expected to be rolled out for the PBA road show and hometowners are excitedly gearing to welcome back local heroes James Yap, Reynel Hugnatan, John Ferriols and Sta. Lucia Realty coach Boyet Fernandez.

“When the Negros Slashers played in Bacolod during the MBA years, the stadium was always filled to capacity,” said Leonardia. “We’re basketball-crazy in Bacolod and we’re looking forward to the PBA stars coming to town.”

Under PBA rules, the winning Philippine Cup coach will call the shots for the host South team and the loser, the North in the All-Star Game. Fernandez, a Valladolid native who took up nursing at the Colegio de San Agustin-Bacolod, and Purefoods coach Ryan Gregorio are assured of facing off in the annual classic but it’s still unclear which squads they’ll pilot.

Fan voting for the North and South starters started last Feb. 1 with ballots available for casting during gamedays and votes taken on the PBA website.

In the North, the leading vote-getters so far for the three frontline slots are Kerby Raymundo, Marc Pingris, Lordy Tugade, Danny Ildefonso and Arwind Santos and for the two guards, Mark Caguioa, Jay-Jay Helterbrand, Willie Miller, L. A. Tenorio and Ren-Ren Ritualo.

In the South, the leading vote-getters so far for the frontline slots are Danny Seigle, Kelly Williams, Asi Taulava, Eric Menk and Sunday Salvacion and for the guards, James Yap, Jimmy Alapag, Dondon Hontiveros, Cyrus Baguio and Ronald Tubid.

The All-Star Game is the climax of the weekend event which will also feature the Rookies versus Sophomores Blitz, the Slam Dunk competition where Niño Canaleta is the three-time defending champion, the obstacle challenge, the trick shot contest, the three-point shootout and the Legends shootout.

City Councilor Dindo Ramos is coordinating the activity with PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial. Leonardia said no stone will be left unturned in making sure the city is prepared to host the event with a flourish.

Leonardia, 55, is on his second consecutive term as city mayor. A lawyer, the Las Salle Bacolod cum laude graduate broke into politics as the city’s No. 1 councilor in 1988, served as vice mayor and became the city’s youngest-ever mayor at 41 in 1995.

In sports, Leonardia burst into the limelight when Manny Pacquiao personally invited him to carry his championship belt into the ring for his fight against Oscar Larios, the rubber match against Erik Morales and the rematch with Marco Antonio Barrera.

Pacquiao has once more asked Leonardia to carry his belt at the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort before he takes on Juan Manuel Marquez on March 15.

“I never expected this honor,” said Leonardia. “In fact, when Manny first invited me to carry his belt, I didn’t know what he meant. We became good friends after he was made an adopted son of Bacolod City. He invited me to watch his rematch with Morales as a guest. I wasn’t at ringside when he lost to Morales in their first fight so after he won the rematch, he probably thought I brought him some good luck.”

Leonardia said he could never turn down Pacquiao.

“I have a lot of respect for Manny and I know what he goes through in preparing for a fight,” he continued. “He fights for our country, for all of us. It’s an honor to be asked by Manny to carry his belt. Some of my political opponents criticize me for joining his entourage in entering the ring but I never asked for it. If I can bring even a small amount of luck for Manny, I will do what it takes because his fight is a fight for our country.”

Leonardia said when Pacquiao was in a car on his way to the airport to leave for Los Angeles last month, they spoke on the phone.

“Manny told me he’d like me to carry the belt again for the Marquez fight,” said Leonardia. “I hope I’m his lucky charm. I wasn’t around for the (Jorge) Solis fight and Buboy (Fernandez) told me that’s why he took a little more time to knock him out. I know Buboy’s only joking but if there’s anything I can do for Manny, I will do because he fights for all of us.”

Leonardia said it has become a tradition for him to attend Pacquiao’s last day of training and recite the first reading of the Mass in the fighter’s hotel suite on the morning of his fight.

Leonardia was one of four guests who hit the ceremonial drive opening the PAL interclub tournament at the Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club here last Wednesday. The others were PAL president Jaime Bautista, NOGCC president Panio Torre and pro Frankie Miñoza.

“I don’t play golf,” said Leonardia. “I prayed that I could at least hit the ball on my swing. Luckily, I did.” If that’s the luck that Leonardia brings to whatever he does, no wonder Pacquiao wants him to carry his belt.

amdgc82
03-08-2008, 12:52 AM
Canaleta marked man in slam dunk contest (http://www.malaya.com.ph/mar08/spor2.htm)
SATURDAY |MARCH 08, 2008
www.malaya.com.ph

KELLY Williams’ crowd-pleasing, last second power slam in Game 2 of the semifinals series between Sta. Lucia and Alaska created quite a stir in the last PBA Philippine Cup.

With the game already in the bag for the Realtors, Williams rose for a powerful slam that Alaska coach Tim Cone said constituted some form of an insult. The Realtors, however, shrugged off Cone’s sentiments, insisting Williams did it for the crowd.

Come the All-Star weekend, the 6-foot-3 high-leaping Realtor gets all the chance to display his dunking ability before national television.

The Philippine Cup Best Player of the Conference is among the handful expected to add color and flavor to a slam dunk contest predicted to be as exciting as the All-Star game main fare between the North and South teams.

Bacolod will host the mid-season spectacle on April 24-27.

Other possible highly flyer entries into the contest serving as one of the side events of the PBA’s annual classic are Air21’s Arwind Santos, former champion Cyrus Baguio of Red Bull, Welcoat rookie Joe Devance and three-time defending titlist KG Canaleta, also of Air21.

Canaleta won an unprecedented third straight title last year in Baguio City, routing Talk N Text’s Jay Washington in the final 79-54 behind a windmill side-winder and a thunderous one-hander, with the free throw line as his take-off point.

No player in pro league history has won the slam dunk title four straight times.

Williams also competed last year, but failed to get past the eliminations when he failed to convert twice on his between-the-legs attempt.

Canaleta admitted Williams’ early ouster somewhat made it easier for him, making this year’s slam competition easily one of the most highly anticipated in years.

Aside from the slam dunk, other side events to be played in the All-Star festivities are the three-point shootout, trick shot and the obstacle challenge.

San Miguel’s sweet shooting guard, Dondon Hontiveros, is the reigning three-point shootout king, Willie Miller of Alaska holds the title in the obstacle challenge while Denok Miranda is the defending champion in the trick shot event.

Also expected to make the All-Star week memorable is the Blitz Game between the Rookies and Sophomores. Last year, behind the 31 points of Santos, the freshmen scored a breakthrough 122-107 rout of the Sophomores.

cub
03-08-2008, 07:05 PM
no Intal in the dunk contest?

gameface_one
03-09-2008, 04:41 PM
Canaleta faces against Williams in slam dunk competition



Cebu Daily News
First Posted 07:52:00 03/08/2008


STA. LUCIA’S Kelly Williams will be a big thorn for Nino Canaleta when the high-flying cagers face-off in the slam dunk contest of the 33rd PBA All-Star Weekend slated April 24-27 in Bacolod City.

Canaleta of the Air21 Express completed an unprecedented third straight title last year in Baguio City when he defeated Talk `N Text's Jay Washington in the championship round, 79-54.

Canaleta sealed the title with a windmill side-winder and a thunderous one-hander above a man, with the free throw line as his take-off point.

To defend his crown, Canaleta has to overcome a tough field led by the 6-foot-3 Williams.

Williams made several impressive dunks in the recent Philippine Cup, which was won by the Realtors via a grueling 4-3 win over the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants in their best-of-seven titular series.

Williams at the same was named the Best Player of the Conference in that title run by the Realtors.

Last year, Williams joined the slam dunk contest but never got past the eliminations when he failed to convert twice his between-the-legs jam.

Canaleta admitted that Williams’ elimination aided him in winning the title.

Aside from Williams, also capable of stealing the crown from Canaleta are Arwind Santos also from Air21, former champion Cyrus Baguio of Red Bull and Welcoat rookie Joe Devance .

Aside from the slam dunk competition, other side events to be played in the All-Star festivities are the three-point shootout, trick shot and the obstacle challenge.

San Miguel's sweet shooting guard Dondon Hontiveros is the reigning three-point shootout king, Willie Miller of Alaska holds the title in the obstacle challenge while Denok Miranda is the defending champion in the trick shot.

Also part of the All-Star week is the Blitz Game between the Rookies and Sophomore.

The main attraction of the festivities is the most-awaited match between the South All-Stars and the North All-Stars. Correspondent Calvin D. Cordova with PBA Media Bureau

amdgc82
03-10-2008, 06:06 AM
Kelly, KG to light up dunk contest (http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/03102008/sports03.html)
By Dave Coros
Correspondent
www.businessmirror.com.ph
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Last year in San Fernando, La Union, fans came in droves anticipating a slam-bang showdown between Kelly Williams and Niño Canaleta in the finals of PBA All-Star Slam-Dunk Contest.

Too bad Williams spoiled their expectations. The Sta. Lucia star, a rookie at the time, never got past the eliminations when he failed to convert twice on his between-the-legs jam.

And so Canaleta, the high-flying Air21 forward, won an unprecedented third-straight dunk title at the expense of Talk ’N Text forward Jay Washington in the final behind a windmill side-winder and a thunderous one-hander over a volunteer spectator after taking off from the free-throw line.

Canaleta admitted Williams’s early ouster eased the pressure off him, thus making the 2008 slam competition easily one of the most highly anticipated in years.

Canaleta, who seems to find joy every time he dunks, is expected to be back again this summer and provide a game challenge to those who wish to take his crown. No player in the history of the contest has won the slam-dunk title four consecutive times.

But he could encounter tough challenge this time with Williams also expected to make a return as the recently named Best Player of the Conference hopes to redeem himself.

Bacolod is hosting this year’s midseason spectacle from April 24 to 27.

Other possible high flyers who will join the jam session are Air21’s Arwind Santos, former champion Cyrus Baguio of Red Bull, Welcoat rookie Joe Devance and Sonny Thoss of Alaska.

Besides the dunk contest, other side events to be played in the All-Star festivities are the three-point shootout, the trick-shot event and the obstacle challenge.

San Miguel’s sweet-shooting guard Dondon Hontiveros is the reigning three-point king, Willie Miller of Alaska holds the title in the obstacle challenge, while Denok Miranda is the defending champion in the trick event.

Also part of the All-Star week is the Blitz Game between the Rookies and the Sophomores. Last year the freshmen scored a breakthrough 122-107 rout of the Sophomores.

amdgc82
03-26-2008, 05:52 AM
Yap, Williams lead All-Star '08 voting (http://www.sunstar.com.ph/static/ceb/2008/03/26/sports/yap.williams.lead.all.star.08.voting.html)
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
www.sunstar.com.ph

MANILA—Two of the key players who figured prominently in the last Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup Finals emerged as the leading vote getters in the balloting for the coming All-Star game in Bacolod City.

Hotshot Purefoods guard James Yap and exciting Sta. Lucia forward Kelly Williams currently show the way in the race for the two starting units that will comprise the North and South teams, respectively.

Yap, the former league Most Valuable Player (MVP) already amassed a total of 37,776 votes—tops among the players—gathered from the period covering February 1 to March 23.

Adjudged the Best Player of the Conference (BPC) in the 2008 All-Filipino meet, the slam-dunking Williams had 28,176 votes to trail Yap at second place as the player considered a hit among PBA fans today.

Ironically, both are listed as part of the South All-Star team seeing action in the annual mid-season spectacle, with Williams earning the top spot in the forward-center position and Yap as the runaway choice in the position reserve among the guards.

Major roles

The two also played major roles with their respective teams in the Philippine Cup title series won by Williams and the rest of the Realtors in a thrilling, do-or-die Game 7 played last March 2.

Joining Yap and Williams in the provisional status are Magnolia’s Danny Seigle (27,768), Coke’s Asi Taulava (26,250) and Talk N Text playmaker Jimmy Alapag (16,203).

Yap’s Purefoods teammates Mark Pingris, Kerby Raymundo and Romel Adducul also amassed considerable votes to show the way among the big men in the North All-Star team. (PBA Media Bureau)

amdgc82
04-09-2008, 05:58 AM
PBA All Star games set on April 27 (http://www.sunstar.com.ph/static/bac/2008/04/09/sports/pba.all.star.games.set.on.april.27.html)
By Jerome S. Galunan Jr.
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
www.sunstar.com.ph

IT'S all systems go for the staging of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) All Star games at the West Negros University gym on April 27.

PBA-All Star organizers said they would showcase the best in the Philippine basketball, bannering the country's top hoopers, lead by Negrense hotshot James Yap of Escalante City.

Yap, who banners the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants, will again meet his close rival Sta. Lucia Realtor's Kelly Williams. But this time, they will be on the same team.

The two players, who figured prominently in the last Smart PBA Philippine Cup championship, will play for the South team.

Yap is again expected to draw the fans at the WNU gym when the All Star Weekend unfolds its activities for the first time in the City of Smiles following a successful staging in Baguio City and La Union last year.

But before the April 27 scheduled duel, skills event elimination and rookies versus sophomores tilt are calendared on the April 25.

Tickets are now available at the RBank of Hinigaran, McDonalds, West Negros Sports Office, Munsterrific, Grand Regal Hotel and Sugarland Hotel.

Game proceeds would go to the PBA players' educational trust fund.

amdgc82
04-10-2008, 05:48 AM
Purefoods superstar James Yap*leads ‘em in All-Star balloting (http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/04102008/sports04.html)
By Dave Coros
Correspondent
www.businessmirror.com.ph
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PUREFOODS superstar James Yap underscored his soaring popularity in the just-concluded balloting for starters of the North and South teams of this year’s All-Stars Game (ASG).

The former Most Valuable Player (MVP) from Escalante, Negros Occidental, received 50,763 votes, the highest among candidates for both teams, and earned his fifth start in the league’s annual spectacle.*

Interestingly, Yap, a starter in each of the last four years of the ASG dating back to his rookie year in 2004, was the only player voted by fans, either through actual voting at the game venue or the league’s official web site, www.pba.ph., to breach the 50,000 mark.

Two other consistent starters—Coca-Cola big man Asi Taulava (36,312) and Talk ’N Text playmaker Jimmy Alapag (22,752)—will join Yap in the South team that also includes Sta. Lucia’s Kelly Williams (38,832) and Magnolia’s Danny Seigle (38,448) in the frontcourt rotation.

Do-it-all Magnolia forward Mark Pingris was the top vote-getter among the North All-Stars with 35,578 votes.

With Pingris on the team are Purefoods slotman Kerby Raymundo (32,274), Magnolia hotshots Lordy Tugade (19,374) and the Ginebra backcourt duo of Mark Caguioa (29,775) and Jayjay Helterbrand (26,244).

A starter in the ASG for the first time in his eight-year career, Tugade earned the spot by taking over the slot of Purefoods’s Romel Adducul (21,903). The former San Sebastian King Stag is out of commission after being diagnosed with cancer. Tugade finished fourth behind Adducul in the balloting.

The remaining slots on both teams will be filled by the votes of all 10 PBA coaches before the All-Star weekend in Bacolod City, slated from April 24 to 27. A coach, however, could not vote for his own players.

Helterbrand and Alaska’s Willie Miller sparked a big endgame comeback by the North All-Stars last year to prevail, 145-142. The two emerged co-MVP of the annual spectacle.

Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia and West Negros College president Suzette Agustin are making the staging of the All-Star festivities in the “City of Smiles” possible.

gameface_one
04-11-2008, 10:20 AM
Yap, Pingris lead PBA balloting for All-Stars
abs-cbnnews.com

Purefoods superstars James Yap and Marc Pingris led the recently concluded balloting for starters of the North and South teams of this year's Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) All-Star Game.

A report on www.pba.ph said Yap received 50,763 votes, the highest among candidates from both teams. This has given him his fifth start for the South team at the PBA All-Star.

Joining Yap in the South team are Coca-Cola center Asi Taulava (36,312) and Talk ‘N Text point guard Jimmy Alapag (22,752), Sta. Lucia's Kelly Williams (38,832) and Magnolia's Danny Seigle (38,448).

Meanwhile, Magnolia forward Marc Pingris received the highest votes among the North All-Stars with 35,578.

Pingris will be playing with Purefoods’ Kerby Raymundo (32,274), Magnolia’s Lordy Tugade (19,374) and the Barangay Ginebra backcourt duo of Mark Caguioa (29,775) and Jayjay Helterbrand (26,244).

The remaining slots in both teams will be filled by the votes of all 10 PBA coaches prior to the All-Star Weekend in Bacolod City from April 24-27.

amdgc82
04-16-2008, 05:04 AM
Bacolod All-Star Weekend will be a fiesta (http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/04162008/sports04.html)
By Dave Coros
Correspondent
www.businessmirror.com.ph
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IT’S not exactly the biggest event of the year. But a fiesta-like atmosphere awaits the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) delegation when it sets foot in Bacolod City next week for the annual All-Star Weekend.

Bacolod City hosts the league’s midseason spectacle that will serve as centerpiece event of the annual Panaad Festival.

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said the people of the city and the province of Negros Occidental are eagerly looking forward to the double celebration, a first in the history of the 238-year-old city.

The Smart-PBA All-Star Weekend is set from April 24 to 27 at the West Negros College, while the Panaad Festival will be celebrating its 15th year from April 26 to May 3.

“It is with great pride and honor for the City of Bacolod to be this year’s host of the PBA All-Star Weekend,” said Leonardia, whose effort to bring the yearly cage spectacle to the province was held in coordination with West Negros College president Suzette Agustin.

The PBA’s ambassadors of goodwill, led by Purefoods deadshot James Yap, will be exhibiting basketball at its finest during their four-day visit to the city, while the 10-day festival will feature an array of theme booths showcasing the history, arts, culture, trade, investments and tourism of the 32 towns and cities of Negros Occidental.

Leonardia added the PBA All-Star Weekend, also supported by Pigrolac, Mighty Bond, Coke and Yakult, will also stir enthusiasm among the local folks. Besides providing entertainment, the league’s stars are also scheduled to hold charity activities, do some tree-planting and promote the importance of ecological system in the environment.

The All-Star Weekend caps its Bacolod swing with the staging of the All-Star game between the North and the South teams.

Yap leads the cast of the South All-Star squad, which also has for starters Kelly Williams, Danny Seigle, Asi Taulava and Jimmy Alapag.

The South All-Stars is also composed of Cyrus Baguio, Dondon Hontiveros, Reynel Hugnatan, Peter Simon, Sonny Thoss and Junthy Valenzuela.

The entire North team, meanwhile, is made up of Mark Caguioa, Jayjay Helterbrand, Mark Pingris, Kerby Raymundo and Lordy Tugade, with the reserves made up of Nic Belasco, Mac Cardona, Ranidel de Ocampo, Willie Miller, Ryan Reyes, Arwind Santos and Rico Villanueva.

full battle gear
04-16-2008, 09:00 AM
PBA All-Stars: Merry mix of sports, culture


Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:31:00 04/16/2008

MANILA, Philippines—It’s going to be a perfect mix of sports and culture when Bacolod City hosts the Smart-PBA All-Star Weekend.

The three-day basketball spectacle will coincide with the city’s annual celebration of the Panaad Festival, and Mayor Evelio Leonardia said his constituents will go full-blast with the celebrations that go with the two events.

The Smart-All Star weekend is set on April 24 to 27 at the West Negros College gym while the Panaad Festival will be celebrating its 15th year from April 26 to May 3.

“It is with great pride and honor for the City of Bacolod to be this year’s host of the PBA All-Star weekend,” said Leonardia, who reeled the All-Star event into Bacolod with the help of WNC president Suzette Agustin.

The city is putting its best foot forward with an array of theme booths showing the history, arts, culture, trade, investments and tourism of the 32 towns and cities of Negros Occidental province.

Several firms have thrown their support to the All-Star weekend, including Pigrolac, Mighty Bond, Coca-Cola and Yakult. A bulk of the financial support from these sponsors will go to charity and civic programs in Negros.

On the basketball side, Purefoods superstar James Yap, who hails from nearby Escalante, will be at the helm of the South All-Star squad.

The rest of the South All-Stars: Kelly Williams, Danny Seigle, Asi Taulava, Jimmy Alapag, Cyrus Baguio, Dondon Hontiveros, Reynel Hugnatan, Peter Simon, Sonny Thoss, Junthy Valenzuela.

The North All-Stars include Mark Caguioa, Jayjay Helterbrand, Mark Pingris, Kerby Raymundo, Lordy Tugade, Nic Belasco, Mac Cardona, Ranidel de Ocampo, Willie Miller, Ryan Reyes, Arwind Santos, Enrico Villanueva.

amdgc82
04-18-2008, 02:54 AM
Kelly makes slam king Canaleta change his mind (http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/0418&192008/sports04.html)
By Dave Coros
Correspondent
www.businessmirror.com.ph
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Niño Canaleta has no intention to defend his title in the 2008 Smart-Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) All-Stars slam-dunk contest.

Yes, you heard it right. The high-leaping, slam-jamming Air21 forward doesn’t wish to do another air show.

Apparently, Canaleta, who idolizes Kevin Garnet of the Boston Celtics (which is why he loves to be referred to as KG), has lost the motivation and the enthusiasm to compete in the event—the most exciting program of the league’s annual spectacle next to the All-Star game.

And nobody could blame him. He has dominated the slam-dunk competition the last three years and he feels he has nothing more to prove.

Instead, he is looking forward to challenging defending champion Dondon Hontiveros in the three-point shootout competition, where James Yap, Renren Ritualo, Joe Devance and Willie Miller are among the tough challengers.

Supposedly, that was his frame mind.

But word reached Caneleta that Kelly Williams was begging for a rematch. Never to run away from challenges, KG had a change of heart.

“Ayaw ko na sana, pero gusto daw akong i-challenge ni Kelly [Williams], eh di laban,” said Canaleta, 26, a champion slum-dunker way back to his college days at the University of the East.

Williams, an athletic, all-around rim-rattler, was predicted to challenge Canaleta for the crown in La Union last year, but he took an early exit on two failed executions right in the first round.

That disappointing stunt apparently still haunts the Sta. Lucia star, who has vowed to redeem himself.

The All-Star slam-dunk contest, which is scheduled on April 25, will highlight the annual classic’s Friday Extravaganza that includes the three-point Shootout contest, Obstacle Competition and the Blitz Game and the Rookies vs. Sophomores at the West Negros College Gym in Bacolod City.

With former champion Joey Mente, Reynel Hugnatan, Arwind Santos and Ronad Tubid included in the cast, this year’s slam-dunk contest promises to be electrifying and exciting.

The All-Star game, supported by Pigrolac, Mighty Bond, Coke and Yakult, is organized by Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia, in coordination with the province’s local government unit and West Negros College president Suzette Agustin.

The All-Star game is set on April 27, with the North team seeking a repeat of its 145-142 conquest of the South squad last year in Baguio City.

Jayjay Herlterbrand, who shared the MVP honor with Willie Miller last year in Baguio, was voted along with Ginebra teammate Mark Caguioa, Purefoods’ Kerby Raymundo, Magnolia’s Mark Pingris and Lordy Tugade as starter of the North team. Also in the team are Nic Belasco, Mac Cardona, Ranidel de Ocampo, Miller, Ryan Reyes, Arwind Santos and Rico Villanueva.
Making up the starting unit of the South team are top vote-getter James Yap of Purefoods, Coca-Cola’s Asi Taulava, Magnolia’s Danny Seigle, Talk n Text’s Jimmy Alapag and Sta. Lucia’s Kelly Williams.

Joining them in the squad are Cyrus Baguio, John Ferriols, Dondon Hontiveros, Reynel Hugnatan, Peter Jun Simon, Sonny Thoss and Junthy Valenzuela.

amdgc82
04-19-2008, 06:41 AM
PBA Stars extend aid to Boys Home (http://www.sunstar.com.ph/static/ceb/2008/04/19/sports/pba.stars.extend.aid.to.boys.home.html)
Saturday, April 19, 2008
www.sunstar.com.ph

MANILA -The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is again doing its share for a cause, incorporating a two-day outreach program as part of the 2008 All-Star weekend calendar in Bacolod City.

Beneficiaries of this year’s mid-season spectacle are the Bacolod Boy’s Home orphanage and the Gawad Kalinga Village.

“The PBA is also concerned with the social issues around us that we always make it a point to do outreach programs whenever and wherever the All-Star festivities will be held,” said league commis-sioner Sonny Barrios. “This is one concrete proof that the PBA is not just all about basketball.”

The All-Star weekend is scheduled April 24-27 at the West Negros College.

In between, members of the North and South All-Star teams will visit the Bacolod Boy’s Home on April 25 and interact with the orphans. The players will play basketball with the kids, eat together with them and give away gifts.

On April 26, players and the rest of the All-Star delegation will go to Gawad Kalinga Village and collectively, build two houses.

Last year in Baguio City, the All-Stars interacted and mingled with the fans as they spearheaded the cleaning and painting of the Session Road.

Purefoods star player James Yap leads the South squad eyeing to make a repeat of its 145-142 over the North a year ago. With him in the starting unit are Kelly Williams, Asi Taulava , Danny Seigle and Jimmy Alapag.

On the North side, comprising the starting five are the backcourt duo of Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand, the Magnolia tandem of Mark Pingris and Lordy Tugade and Kerby Raymundo of Purefoods.

Like in previous editions, side events such as the Blitz Game between the Rookies and Sophomores, the three-point shootout, slam dunk contest, the trick shot and the obstacle course are again spicing up the annual classic. (PBA Media Bureau)

amdgc82
04-22-2008, 04:07 AM
KG and Dondon show? (http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/04222008/sports04.html)
By Dave Coros
Correspondent
www.businessmirror.com.ph
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Electrifying jam artist KG Canaleta and deadshot Dondon Hontiveros are returning to the 2008 Smart-Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) All-Star Weekend to defend their respective individual titles before an expected banner crowd at the West Negros College (now University) in Bacolod City.

Canaleta, the exciting and graceful forward of Air21, is aspiring for a place in the league’s history book as he goes for a fourth-straight Slam Dunk crown, while Hontiveros, Magnolia’s ever-reliable clutch scorer, attempts for a back-to-back three-point shooting championship.

The two events, along with the Obstacle Course contest with charismatic Alaska guard Willie Miller as defending champion, are part of the skills-challenge competitions featured in the midseason spectacle also supported by Pigrolac, Mighty Bond, Coke and Yakult and set from April 24 to 27.

The high-flying Canaleta has already etched his name in the history book of the annual classic by claiming an unprecedented third-straight slam title last year in San Fernando, La Union, by outclassing Talk ’N Text’s Jay Washington in the final.

Not to be outdone, Hontiveros reigned from downtown by beating Miller in a thrilling shootout.

A former dunk champion and the player many considered one of the best aerial artists in the league today will challenge Canaleta in his bid for All-Star history.

Welcoat guard Joey Mente, the 2002 slam king, and Sta. Lucia’s Kelly Williams lead the cast of leapers who will showcase their abilities in the slam-dunk competition. Completing the list are Alaska’s Reynel Hugnatan, Air21’s Arwind Santos and Barangay Ginebra’s Ronald Tubid, the three-point shootout king in 2003.

Just as remarkable are the roster for the three-point Shootout that has the likes of James Yap (Purefoods), RenRen Ritualo (Talk ’N Text) John Arigo (Coca-Cola), rookie Joe de Vance (Welcoat), Michael Hrabak (Red Bull), Nelbert Omolon (Sta. Lucia), Junthy Valenzuela (Ginebra) and Miller.

Out to dethrone Miller for the Obstacle Challenge title are Red Bull’s Topex Robinson, Alaska teammate LA Tenorio, Mike Cortez of Magnolia, Coca-Cola’s Ronjay Buenafe, Purefoods’ Chico Llanete, Marvin Cruz of Air21, Sta. Lucia’s Ryan Reyes and Tubid.

Meanwhile, the complete lineup for the Blitz Game featuring the Rookies vs. Sophomores has also been announced, with de Vance leading the freshmen and JR Reyes showing the way for second-year players.

Joining de Vance—the year’s top overall pick—in the Rookie squad are Buenafe, Cruz, Llanete, No. 2 pick Samigue Eman (San Miguel), Doug Kramer (Air21), Yousif Aljamal (Talk ’N Text) and Ken Bono (San Miguel).

Tenorio, JunJun Cabatu (Alaska), Jireh Ibañez (Welcoat), Chris Pacana (Ginebra), Mark Isip (Welcoat), Magnum Membrere (Red Bull) and crowd favorite Mark Andaya (Red Bull) make up Reyes’s supporting cast with the sophomore squad.

The annual classic is organized by the “City of Smiles,” through the effort of Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia and West Negros College president Suzette Agustin.

The PBA entourage leaves for Bacolod on Thursday via Cebu Pacific.

gameface_one
04-22-2008, 08:59 AM
SMART-PBA All-Star Weekend
mb.com.ph

KG, Hontiveros take on all comers



KG Canaleta and Dondon Hontiveros will try to defend their respective individual titles in the 2008 SMART-PBA All-Star Weekend before an expected banner crowd at the West Negros College in Bacolod City.



Canaleta, the Air21 forward, is gunning for a piece of history when he goes for a fourth straight Slam Dunk crown while Hontiveros, Magnolia’s reliable clutch scorer, attempts for a back-to-back 3-point shooting championship.

Along with the obstacle course that has Alaska guard Willie Miller for defending champion, the two events are part of the skills challenge featured in the midseason spectacle also supported by Pigrolac, Mighty Bond, Coke and Yakult.

The event is slated on April 24-27.

The Express stalwart scored an unprecedented third straight slam title last year in San Fernando, La Union by outclassing Talk ‘N Text’s Jay Washington in the final.

Not to be outdone, Hontiveros beat Miller in a thrilling shootout.

A former dunk champion and the player many considered as one of the best aerial artists in the league today crowd out Canaleta in his bid for All-Star history.

Welcoat guard Joey Mente, the 2002 slam king, and Sta. Lucia’s Kelly Williams lead the cast of players seeing action in the slam dunk competition. The rest include Alaska’s Reynel Hugnatan, Air21’s Arwind Santos and Barangay Ginebra’s Ronald Tubid, the 3-point shootout king in 2003.

Just as remarkable are the roster for the 3-point shootout that has the likes of James Yap (Purefoods), RenRen Ritualo (Talk ‘N Text), John Arigo (Coca-Cola), rookie Joe Devance (Welcoat), Michael Hrabak (Red Bull), Nelbert Omolon (Sta. Lucia), Junthy Valenzuela (Ginebra) and Miller.

On the other hand, waiting to ambush Miller for the obstacle challenge are Red Bull’s Topex Robinson, Alaska teammate L.A. Tenorio, Mike Cortez of Magnolia, Coca-Cola’s Ronjay Buenafe, Purefoods’ Chico Lanete, Marvin Cruz of Air21, Sta. Lucia’s Ryan Reyes and Tubid.

Meanwhile, the complete line-up for the Blitz Game featuring the Rookies vs Sophomores had also been announced, with De Vance leading the freshmen and JR Reyes showing the way for second year players.

Joining De Vance – the year’s top overall pick – in the Rookie squad are Buenafe, Cruz, Lanete, No.2 pick Samigue Eman (San Miguel), Doug Kramer (Air21), Yousif Aljamal (Talk ‘N Text) and Ken Bono (San Miguel).

Tenorio, JunJun Cabatu (Alaska), Jireh Ibanez (Welcoat), Chris Pacana (Ginebra), Mark Isip (Welcoat), Magnum Membrere (Red Bull) and crowd favorite Mark Andaya (Red Bull) make up Reyes’ supporting cast with the sophomore squad.

Behind the 31-point explosion of Santos last year, the Rookies triumphed over the Sophomores, 122-107, for their breakthrough win in the event first introduced three years ago.

Making the hosting of the annual classic possible in the ‘City of Smiles’ are Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia and West Negros College President Suzette Agustin.

gameface_one
04-23-2008, 09:16 AM
KG eyes 'greatness' and 4th dunk crown in All-Star weekend
abs-cbnnews.com

Air21's high-flying KG Canaleta will try to etch his name in stone as he seeks greatness and his fourth straight slam dunk championship during the 2008 Smart-PBA All-Star festival slated this weekend in Bacolod City.

The 6'5" forward, however, will have to first successfully defend the crown against former dunk champ Joey Mente of Welcoat, Reynel Hugnatan of Alaska (runner-up in 2005), Kelly Williams of Sta. Lucia, Arwind Santos of Air21 and Ronald Tubid of Barangay Ginebra.

Aside from Canaleta, twice three-point shootout champ Dondon Hontiveros of Magnolia and obstacle course titleholder Willie Miller of Alaska are also out to defend their crowns.

Purefoods' James Yap, the 2006 MVP, is among the men who will try to dislodge Hontiveros from his seat.

Also in the list are RenRen Ritualo (Talk `N Text), John Arigo (Coca-Cola), rookie Joe Devance (Welcoat), Michael Hrabak (Red Bull), Nelbert Omolon (Sta. Lucia), Junthy Valenzuela (Ginebra) and Miller.

Miller's foes, meanwhile, will be Red Bull's Topex Robinson, Alaska teammate L.A. Tenorio, Mike Cortez of Magnolia, Coca-Cola's Ronjay Buenafe, Purefoods' Chico Llanete, Marvin Cruz of Air21, Sta. Lucia's Ryan Reyes and Tubid.

Meanwhile, the complete line-up for the Blitz Game featuring the Rookies vs. Sophomores had also been announced, with de Vance leading the freshmen and JR Reyes showing the way for second-year players.

Joining de Vance – the year's top overall pick – in the squad are Buenafe, Cruz, Llanete, no.2 pick Samigue Eman (San Miguel), Doug Kramer (Air21), Yousif Aljamal (Talk `N Text) and Ken Bono (San Miguel). Tenorio, JunJun Cabatu (Alaska), Jireh Ibanez (Welcoat), Chris Pacana (Ginebra), Mark Isip (Welcoat), Magnum Membrere (Red Bull) and crowd favorite Mark Andaya (Red Bull) make up Reyes' supporting cast with the sophomore squad.

Behind the 31-point explosion of Santos last year, the Rookies triumphed over the Sophomores, 122-107, for their breakthrough win in the event first introduced in the All-Star three years ago.

gameface_one
04-23-2008, 09:36 AM
PBA wacky tributes
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Philstar.com


With the PBA set to celebrate All-Star Weekend in Bacolod City, we thought of paying tribute to some of the players, too – in a wacky sort of way.

Here goes.

Bricklayers (those who shot less than .400 from the free throw line in the last conference) – Kalani Ferreria (.300), Mark Andaya (.333), Magnum Membrere (.333), Paul Artadi (.387).

Passing Fancy (those who averaged at least five assists a game) – Jay-Jay Helterbrand (6.8), Jimmy Alapag (6.2), Wynne Arboleda (5.4), Alex Cabagnot (5.3), Denok Miranda (5.0).

Ironmen (the only players to average at least 40 minutes a game) – Nic Belasco (40.8) and Kelly Williams (40).

Headband Kids – Nic Belasco, Cyrus Baguio, Jay-Jay Helterbrand, Mark Caguioa, Arwind Santos, Harvey Carey.

Volatile Gang (those with at least five technicals) – Romel Aducul (7), Ronald Tubid (5), Marc Pingris (5).

Can’t Miss Shooters (those who didn’t miss a single free throw) – Estong Ballesteros (4-4), Mark Magsumbol (4-4), Jason Misolas (3-3), Melvin Mamaclay (2-2).

Sharpshooters Club (those who shot at least .800 from the line with 50 or more conversions) – Mark Macapagal (.828), Lordy Tugade (.817), Danny Seigle (.806), Mark Cardona (.800).

Bomb Squad (those who hit at least .400 from three-point distance) – Mike Hrabak (.458), Mick Pennisi (.400).

Lilliputians – Topex Robinson and Froilan Baguion (both 5-7), 5-7 3/8 Don Dulay, 5-7 1/2 Marvin Cruz, 5-8 L. A. Tenorio, 5-8 1/8 Christian Coronel.

Initial Campaign – Jay-R Reyes, L. A. Tenorio, J. C. Intal, J. R. Aquino, K. G. Canaleta, J. R. Quinahan, R. J. Rizada.

Mr. Double-Double – Jay-Jay Helterbrand, Dondon Hontiveros, Jun-Jun Cabatu, RenRen Ritualo, Mac-Mac Cardona.

Tokayo Teammates – Ronjay Buenafe and Enrile, Dennis Espino, Daa and Miranda, Michael Hrabak, Robinson and Pennisi, Danny Seigle and Ildefonso.

Marked Men – Mark Caguioa, Mark Macapagal, Mark Isip, Mark Telan, Mark Cardona, Marc Pingris, Mark Andaya, Mark Magsumbol.

Pet Shop Boys – Mike (The Cool Cat) Cortez, Felix (The Cat) Belano, Doug Kramer.

Biblical Characters – Jonas Villanueva, Adam Parada, Aaron Aban and McGhee, Joachim Thoss.

Most Edible Players – Darius Rice, Aaron McGhee (as in Maggi), Chico Lanete, Dorian Peña, Gabby Espinas.

Crossover Operators – Celino Cruz, Marvin Cruz, Tony de la Cruz.

Most Religious – Christian Coronel and Calaguio, Arwind Santos, Adonis Sta. Maria, Sunday Salvacion, Rodney Santos, Lordy Tugade, Rickie Santos.

Stormiest – Cyrus Baguio.

Brainiest – Mark Isip.

Three Kings – Ryan Reyes, Jay-R Reyes, Chot Reyes.

Mythological Heroes – Aris Dimaunahan, Jercules Tangkay, Jason Misolas, Adonis Sta. Maria.

Speaker of the League – Joe de V(ance)

Presidents Parade – Corree Santee, Marlou Aquino, Wesley and Willy Wilson, Fidel Mangonon.

Big J’s Fans – Sonny Barrios, Sonny Thoss.

Junior Brigade – Florendo Ritualo, Jr., George Gervin, Jr., Alex Cabagnot, Jr., Santiago (Jun-Jun) Cabatu, Jr.

Barber’s Delight (skinheads) – Mark Caguioa, Jay-Jay Helterbrand, Homer Se, Kelly Williams, Mike Cortez, Rich Alvarez, Mark Isip, Paolo Bugia, Mick Pennisi, Dorian Peña, Harvey Carey, Gabby Espinas, Allan Salangsang, Don Dulay, Marquise Gainous, Jameel Watkins, Alex Crisano, Nic Belasco, Ali Peek, Jimmy Alapag, Joey Mente, Yeng Guiao.

Monosyllabic Stars – James and Roger Yap, Homer Se, Celino and Marvin Cruz, Ali Peek, Gilbert Lao, Richard Yee, Joseph Yeo, Robert Sanz, Darius Rice.

Military Corps – Christian Coronel, Romel Adducul.

Most Intriguing First Names – Cyrus Baguio, Omanzie Rodriguez, Leomar Najorda, Reynel Hugnatan, Samigue Eman, Olsen Racela, Bethune Tanquingcen, Rensy Bajar, Magnum Membrere.

If you think of any more “tributes,” email us at sports@philstar.net.ph. Special thanks to PBA chief statistician Fidel Mangonon who provided inputs for our tributes

jeffjan
04-23-2008, 11:26 AM
lol @pet shop boys

tigerman
04-23-2008, 11:44 AM
Can't wait to see who between Mente and Canaleta can better pull of that boring "jump over somoeone sitting" dunk...

I'm not a fan of Canaleta's dunks. He can't even throw the ball on the floor and dunk the ball in.


USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

amdgc82
04-24-2008, 06:18 AM
Pros get busy in Bacolod All-Stars (http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/04242008/sports04.html)
By Dave Coros
Correspondent
www.businessmirror.com.ph

A BUSY schedule awaits the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) ambassadors of goodwill when they set foot in Bacolod City for the 2008 Smart-PBA All-Star Weekend.

The delegation, which leaves in two batches early Thursday morning, will be preoccupied with an array of activities from basketball, charity work, autograph-signing and mall and school tours during their four-day stay in the “City of Smiles.”

A campus tour at De La Salle and West Negros College, a tree-planting session, radio tour (Yes FM and Campus Radio), plant visit (Bong Bongs) and mall tour (Robinson’s) are just a few of the activities lined up for the PBA All-Stars on the first day of annual spectacle also sponsored by Pigrolac, Mighty Bond, Coke and Yakult.

The following day, they will grace the ribbon-cutting ceremony of Jam Ball at the Gaisano Mall, then visit the Bacolod Boys’ Home for some outreach program before paying a courtesy call to Mayor Evelio Leonardia and other city officials before lunchtime.

Later in the afternoon the North and South teams will take a short stop at the West Negros University Gym to watch the eliminations of the Batang PBA league before taking a much-needed rest.

In the meantime, the rest of their peers plunge into action before dusk for the skills competitions (slam dunk, three-point shootout and obstacle course) and the Blitz Game between the Rookies and Sophomores.

“It’s going to be a busy weekend for the players and the PBA in general, but this is a commitment we are doing for the basketball fans and the friendly people of Bacolod City,” said league commissioner Renauld “Sonny” Barrios.

On Saturday members of both the North and Star teams will attend the two-hour basketball clinics, one for kids at Bay Center to be handled by coach Norman Black, and the other for coaches at the West Negros University headed by Sta. Lucia’s Boyet Fernandez and Purefoods’s Ryan Gregorio.

Technical officials Romy Guevarra and Ramil Cruz are also conducting the last of their three-day referees’ basketball clinic at the same university venue early in the morning.

The North and South teams will be holding an autograph-signing session at the Panaad Stadium before proceeding at the Bahay Kalinga Village where they will build and paint two houses for the homeless. The PBA stars cap the third of the annual festivities by mingling with the fans during the PBA Kalinga sa Kalikasan Party.

On D-day, the Rookies, Sophomores and skills players lead the coastal cleanup at Pahanocoy in the morning and then pregame events featuring the Shooting Stars and the Legends Shootout precede the main match pitting the North versus South.

Superstar guard James Yap heads the South All-Stars looking to avenge their 145-142 loss to the North a year ago. Joining him in the team are Asi Taulava, Danny Seigle, Jimmy Alapag, Kelly Williams, Cyrus Baguio, John Ferriols, Dondon Hontiveros, Reynel Hugnatan, Peter June Simon, Sonny Thoss and Junthy Valenzuela.

The Ginebra duo of Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand, meanwhile, banner the North squad which has for players Mark Pingris, Lordy Tugade, Kerby Raymundo, Nic Belasco, Mac Cardona, Ranidel de Ocampo, Willie Miller, Arwind Santos, Rico Villanueva and rookie Ryan Reyes.

Fernandez will call the shots for the South All-Stars, while Gregorio will coach the North All-Stars.

amdgc82
04-24-2008, 06:22 AM
PBA to KG: Play or face fines (http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php?issue=2008-04-24&sec=7&aid=57133)
By: Zean Macamay
www.journal.com.ph
April 24, 2008 03:24 PM Thursday

HE’S been once called as ‘The Da Vinci of Dunk.’ But Nino ‘KG’ Canaleta thinks that it’s time to stay away from the challenge, for the meantime.
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The first-ever three-time PBA All-Stars Slam Dunk champion is seriously contemplating on not defending his title this weekend in Bacolod City, saying that he has in part lost the motivation to go for a fourth consecutive crown.
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“Pahinga muna sana,” said the 27-year Tarlac pride. “At isa pa, hindi ko napaghandaan. Kailangan kasi diyan eh dapat bago mga moves mo, hindi na yung paulit-ulit.”
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But the Air21 Express guard-forward will really have to reconsider his option after receiving a letter from no less than PBA Commissioner Renauld ‘Sonny’ Barrios early this week requiring him to defend his title or face possible fines.
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Still, Canaleta sounded very firm.
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“Nuon pa napag-isipan ko na na huwag muna sumali. Kaso nga may sulat akong natanggap sa PBA na dapat sumali. Pero hindi ko parin talaga sigurado kung sasali ako.”
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Canaleta, who has a vertical leap of 42 inches, has been one of the top draws in every All-Star event for the past three years. His athletic ability to throw down the ball into the hoop has put a new dimension into the skills challenge no one came close to matching.
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He glides towards the basket with grace, but slams the ball with so much power and authority. The best-remembered dunk he had ever done was the one where he took off from just below the free-throw line, a somewhat common move in the NBA but definitely rarely witnessed here.
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Not only fans, but even players want to watch him. Now, it’s up to him whether he would answer his personal wish or bow to the demands of those who admire him.
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“Okay lang naman siguro kung pahinga muna ako this year,” he said. “Tapos, sasali na lang ako uli next year para kalabanin yung magcha-champion ngayong taon. Yun sana ang balak ko.”
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If ever Canaleta indeed decides to face the consequences of his decision, one of All-Stars’ awaited match-ups will have to wait, at least for one year.
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Kelly Williams, another Slam Dunk contender and undoubtedly the man who could put an end to Canaleta’s domination of the event, has been entered in the competition and reportedly is aching to get back at the high-flying former University of the East star.
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Williams was a flop last year when the All-Stars was staged in La Union and Baguio, dropping out of the competition after two missed attempts in the first round. As a result, it was Talk ‘N Text forward Jay Washington who challenged Canaleta in the Finals and ended up second best.
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This year’s All-Star Slam Dunk will bring two former champions in Cyrus Baguio of Red Bull and Welcoat’s Joey Mente. The others competing are Reynel Hugnatan of Alaska, Air21’s Arwind Santos and Ginebra’s Ronald Tubid of Ginebra, the former 3-point Shootout King.
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The bulk of the All-Stars cast leaves today in time or tomorrow’s busy schedule capped by the Rookies-Sophomores Blitz Game.
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Another event that is expected to draw fans is the 3-Point Shootout where Dondon Hontiveros will seek to score back-to-back triumphs. Those standing in the way are James Yap, Ren-Ren Ritualo, John Arigo, Joe De Vance, Mike Hrabak, Nelbert Omolon, Junthy Valenzuela and Willie Miller, the reigning champion in the Obstacles Challenge.*

gameface_one
04-24-2008, 08:23 AM
Busy sked ahead for PBA stars



Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:49:00 04/24/2008


MANILA, Philippines—A busy timetable mixed with charity work and a bit of rest and recreation awaits the PBA All-Star delegation later this week in Bacolod City, site of the 2008 Smart-PBA All-Star event.

Officials and players comprising the North and South teams, the Rookies and Sophomore squads, and participants to the various side events will be leaving in two batches for the “City of Smiles” beginning Thursday for the April 24-27 mid-season spectacle also backed by Pigrolac, Mighty Bond.Coke and Yakult.

A campus tour at De La Salle and West Negros College will set off the All-Stars’ activities after their arrival. The players will also join a tree planting session, radio tour (Yes FM and Campus Radio), plant visit (Bong Bongs) and mall tour (Robinson’s) later in the day.

The PBA stars will grace the ribbon-cutting ceremony of Jam Ball at the Gaisano Mall on Friday, then visit the Bacolod Boys’ Home for an outreach program before paying a courtesy call on Mayor Evelio Leonardia.

They are also scheduled to watch the eliminations of the Batang PBA league in the afternoon, and after a brief break, compete in the skills competitions (slam dunk, three-point shootout and obstacle course) and the Blitz Game between the Rookies and Sophomores at the West Negros College gym.

“It’s going to be a busy weekend for the players and the PBA in general, but this is a commitment we are doing for the basketball fans and the friendly people of Bacolod City,” said league commissioner Renauld “Sonny” Barrios.

On Saturday, members of the North and South All-Star teams will attend the two-hour basketball clinics, one for kids at Bay Center to be handled by coach Norman Black and the other for coaches at the West Negros headed by Sta. Lucia Realty’s Boyet Fernandez and Purefoods’ Ryan Gregorio.

Technical officials Romy Guevarra and Ramil Cruz will also conduct the last of their three-day referees’ basketball clinic at the same university venue early in the morning.

An autograph signing for the fans at the Panaad stadium, an outreach activity at Gawad Kalinga and the PBA Kalinga sa Kalikasan Party cap the third day of festivities.

The Rookies, Sophomores and skills players lead the coastal clean up at Pahanocoy Sunday morning.

James Yap heads the South All-Stars looking to avenge their 145-142 loss to the North a year ago. Joining him in the team are Asi Taulava, Danny Seigle, Jimmy Alapag, Kelly Williams, Cyrus Baguio, John Ferriols, Dondon Hontiveros, Reynel Hugnatan, Peter June Simon, Sonny Thoss and Junthy Valenzuela.

Ginebra’s Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand will banner the North squad which also features Mark Pingris, Lordy Tugade, Kerby Raymundo, Nic Belasco, Mac Cardona, Ranidel de Ocampo, Willie Miller, Arwind Santos, Rico Villanueva and rookie Ryan Reyes.

amdgc82
04-25-2008, 05:03 AM
South favored over North in All-Star game (http://manilatimes.net/national/2008/apr/25/yehey/sports/20080425spo4.html)
By Eddie G. Alinea Contributor
Friday, April 25, 2008
http://manilatimes.net

WITH two of the region’s favorite sons in the lineup, the South Selection seems to enjoy the odds when it takes on the North, highlighting the 2008 PBA All-Star weekend Sunday in Bacolod City.

James Yap of Purefoods, the league’s MVP in 2005 and the top vote getter for this year’s All-Star Game as he garnered 50,763 votes from PBA fans, will be leading the Southerners in their campaign to even up matters with the Northerners.

Ever since the PBA All-Star Game was instituted in 1989, this will be the eighth time that the classic will be a North vs. South affair, with the Northerners enjoying a 4-3 win-loss edge.

The prolific-shooting Yap hails from the nearby Escalante City. He’s expected to be cheered on by what is expected to be a pro-Ilonggo crowd along with South teammate Reynel Hugnatan. Hugnatan, an Alaska Aces power-forward, was born in Bacolod City.

Another Escalante boy, Joe de Vance of Welcoat, is playing for the Rookie Five in the Rookie-Sophomore encounter on Saturday.

The South also has two of the most veteran All-Star campaigners in Asi Taulava of Coca-Cola and Dondon Hontiveros of Magnolia.

Both Taulava, a two-time All-Star MVP, and Hontiveros, the defending three-point shootout titlist, will be playing in their eighth All-Star Game, the most by any players seeing action.

Taulava was co-MVP with South teammate Jimmy Alapag in 2004 in Cebu City and was MVP again two years later in Cagayan de Oro City.

gameface_one
04-25-2008, 10:07 AM
All-Star extravaganza on in Bacolod
By Nelson Beltran
Friday, April 25, 2008
Philstar.com


BACOLOD – It’s showtime.

The 2008 PBA All-Star Extravaganza reels off today with the league’s best aerial artists, finest three-point shooters, speedsters and upcoming stars showing their stuff before an expected sellout crowd at the West Negros gym.

To be decided in the All-Star Friday are the year’s sultan of slams, the three-point king, the rajah of the obstacle course and the battle for bragging rights between the rookies and the sophomores.

The North and South All-Star teams will spend most of the day touring the city for an outreach program and interaction with Negrense basketball fans but they will be on the sidelines during the staging of the All-Star skills events and the Rookies vs Sophomores Blitz Game.

It’s an action-packed All-Star Friday with KG Canaleta (slam dunk), Dondon Hontiveros (three-point shootout) and Willie Miller (obstacle course) defending their respective titles in the skills events which usher in the Blitz Game in this All-Star festivities sponsored by Pigrolac, Mighty Bond, Coke and Yakult.

Jay-R Reyes, LA Tenorio, Mark Andaya and Jireh Ibanes, who had significant contributions in the Freshmen’s 122-107 victory in the Blitz Game last year, look to win with the Sophomore team this time.

Koy Banal calls the shots for the Sophies who include Junjun Cabatu, Mark Isip, Magnum Membrere and Chris Pacana. They will be up against coach Adonis Tierra and rookies Joe Devance, Ronjay Buenafe, Chico Lanete, Samigue Eman, Doug Kramer, Ken Bono, Yousif Aljamal and Marvin Cruz.

Arwind Santos, the Blitz Game MVP last year, will no longer play for the Sophomore team as he has been voted to play in the All-Star Game.

This is the fourth staging of the Blitz Game introduced in the league in 2005 in Laoag City. The Sophies emerged victorious in 2005 and 2006 (Cagayan de Oro) before the Freshmen finally pulled one in 2007 (San Fernando, La Union).

The novel game counts three points for a dunk and allows a team only six seconds to bring the ball to the frontcourt and 18 seconds to beat the shot clock in a 10-minute-per-quarter duel. There’s no ejection but an automatic free throw is awarded for every foul over the regular six.

During the Blitz Game initial staging in 2005 in Laoag City, Bitoy Omolon scored six three-point dunks and totaled 35 points that went with seven rebounds and two assists.

Omolon again emerged the best performer in 2006, piling up 38 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Then, Santos took his turn to shine last year, coming through with 31 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and two steals.

The All-Star Friday will be aired on ABC-5 at 7 p.m. while the All-Star Sunday will be telecast starting 4:30 p.m.

Willie Miller and Jayjay Helterbrand, the co-MVP winners in the Baguio game, banner the North team including Mark Caguioa, Mark Pingris, Lordy Tugade, Kerby Raymundo, Nic Belasco, Mac Cardona, Ranidel de Ocampo, Arwind Santos, Rico Villanueva and rookie Ryan Reyes.

They’re up against hometown boy James Yap and teammates Asi Taulava, Danny Seigle, Jimmy Alapag, Kelly Williams, Cyrus Baguio, John Ferriols, Dondon Hontiveros, Reynel Hugnatan, Peter June Simon, Sonny Thoss and Junthy Valenzuela.

gameface_one
04-25-2008, 10:10 AM
To dunk or not to dunk
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
Friday, April 25, 2008
philstar.com


As I wrote this column, it still wasn’t certain if Air21’s high-flying Niño (KG as in Kevin Garnett) would join the Slam Dunk contest at the West Negros Gym in Bacolod City today. He’s listed in the battle order but the latest scuttlebutt is the Tarlac leaper is trying to wiggle out of it.

Canaleta initially thought of skipping the joust because after three straight crowns, it didn’t seem like there was anything left to prove. Canaleta intimated he would let the pretenders vie for the title without him but vowed to come back next year.

Then, someone said Sta. Lucia Realty’s Kelly Williams dared him to show up for a face-off. When asked if he really issued the challenge, Williams denied it. Apparently irked by the intrigue, Canaleta later decided to join the party after all and go for a record fourth trophy.

But has KG had a change of heart? If he backs out, the PBA will impose a hefty fine. Canaleta probably wouldn’t mind the fine if Air21 picks up the bill.

Canaleta is entered in the 3-Point Shootout, also in today’s calendar, so he might just focus on draining treys and leave the slamming to Williams.

If Canaleta doesn’t withdraw, it’ll be harder for Williams, Joey Mente, Arwind Santos and Ronald Tubid to impress the judges. Original entry Reynel Hugnatan opted out of the competition, complaining of pain in his knees. So did Cyrus Baguio for the same reason. Hugnatan and Baguio said their lift has been severely hampered by gimpy knees.

Baguio would’ve been a worthy contender. Skyrus won the crown in Cebu four years ago with Hugnatan the runner-up. What makes Baguio a sight to behold is he’s shorter than Canaleta or Williams yet he soars just as high or maybe even higher. Canaleta, however, can do a lot more in the air because of his long arms and spindly legs. Neither lacks for creativity.

Mente, the 2001 champion, is back for another try to regain the title. But he, Tubid and Santos won’t be able to match Williams’ power. So it’ll likely come down to a showdown between Williams and if he reports for duty, Canaleta.

There will be three rounds in the eliminations with the top three finishers advancing to the double-round finals.

Other events lined up tonight are the Obstacle Challenge featuring Jimmy Alapag, Ronjay Buenafe, Lordy Tugade, Marvin Cruz, Chico Lanete, Mente, Ryan Reyes, Topex Robinson, L. A. Tenorio and Tubid in a race against time, the 3-Point Shootout with Canaleta, John Arigo, Joe DeVance, Dondon Hontiveros, Mike Hrabak, Willie Miller, Bitoy Omolon, RenRen Ritualo, Junthy Valenzuela and James Yap and the Rookies vs Sophomores Blitz.

In the Shootout, each player has 60 seconds to convert from five areas around the three-point arc. The top three scorers after the first round will move on to the single-round finals. The finalists automatically qualify to play legends Boy Cabahug, Roel Gomez and Boyet Fernandez in one of two events (the other is the Shooting Stars) leading to the All-Star Game on Sunday.

Miller is the two-time defending Obstacle Challenge champion but he’s up against a formidable foe in former titlist Robinson who clocked 30 seconds in 2005. Mente timed 30.4 seconds in 2004 and Alapag, 32.9 in 2003 so they, too, will threaten Miller whose best clocking was 30 ticks last year.

Hontiveros is out to win a second straight Shootout trophy. But three-time runner-up Ritualo and last year’s second placer Miller are ready for dethronement proceedings. Hrabak, who led the league in three-point shooting last conference, is a darkhorse. First-timers in the contest are Canaleta, Hrabak, DeVance, Omolon, Valenzuela and Arigo. Yap was fourth in 2005 and third in 2006. He’ll draw inspiration from the hometown crowd.

In the Rookies vs Sophomores Blitz, the rules will include three points for a dunk, six seconds to cross the timeline, an 18-second shot clock, 10-minute quarters, no fouling out but an automatic free throw for every personal over six and no ejections for two technicals.

This year’s freshmen are Yousif Aljamal, Ken Bono, Buenafe, Cruz, DeVance, Samigue Eman, Doug Kramer and Lanete while the Sophs are Mark Andaya, JunJun Cabatu, Jireh Ibanes, Mark Isip, Magnum Membrere, Chris Pacana, Jay-R Reyes and Tenorio.

Obviously, the accent will be on quickness in the contest. Rebounding is essential in triggering the break if there is no turnover. Offense, not defense, will make the difference so the key is to pile up points in a hurry. The Rookies appear to have the edge in height (DeVance, Eman, Kramer, Bono, Aljamal) and quickness (Cruz, Lanete, Buenafe). It’ll be an upset if the Sophs prevail.

The All-Star extravaganza couldn’t be more exciting in Bacolod City.

amdgc82
04-25-2008, 07:07 PM
PBA All-Star weekend starts, Hugnatan in slam dunk contest (http://visayandailystar.com/2008/April/25/sportnews2.htm)
http://visayandailystar.com

Homegrown basketball talent Reynel Hugnatan will be among the PBA stars who will challenge Nino Canaleta’s reign in slam dunk contest when the 2008 Smart PBA All-Star Weekend opens this afternoon at the West Negros University.

Joining Hugnatan and Canaleta in the competition are Arwind Santos of Air21 Express, Ronald Tubid of Brgy. Ginebra Kings, Kelly Williams of Sta. Lucia Realtors, and Joey Mente of Welcoat Dragons.

Aside from basketball, the PBA stars will also be doing charity work for Gawad Kalinga and the Bacolod Boys’ Home, will attend the opening of the Panaad Festival, and will join a street party outside the Casino Filipino.

Jeffrey Sy of West Negros University said the players will turn over in Brgy. Banago gallons of paint donated by Welcoat to be used for exterior and interior painting of 10 GK houses.

The event in Bacolod City hopes to raise funds for the PBA Educational Trust Fund, an account opened by the league to help retired players with their educational needs, Sy said.

To heighten excitement at WNU, Vladimir Cebu of the schools’ information office said referees clinic and `Batang PBA’ fun games were held yesterday at the gym.

Negrenses love the PBA and we expect people to troop to the gym this weekend for the All-Star extravaganza, Cebu said.

The fun begins this afternoon at the WNU with obstacle challenge, three-point shootout, slam dunk competition and blitz game.

On the list for the obstacle challenge are Marvin Cruz, Willie Miller, who will also join the three-point shoot-out, Ronald Tubid, Ronjay Buenafe, Mike Cortez, Chico Lanete, Topex Robinson, Ryan Reyes, Jimmy Alapag, and Joey Mente.

Eyeing the three-point king title this year are Nino Canaleta, Junthy Valenzuela, John Arigo, Dondon Hontiveros, James Yap Purefoods, Mike Hrabak, Bitoy Omolon, Renren Ritualo, and Joe Devance.*NAB

cub
04-25-2008, 07:07 PM
^there are news that KG wont defend his title this year.

Willie Miller wins the Obstacle challenge for the third consecutive year. he holds the record of 25.5 seconds in this event.

jeffjan
04-25-2008, 09:27 PM
Ren-Ren Ritualo - new 3-point king
Kelly Williams - new Slam Dunk champ

sa_pula
04-25-2008, 11:00 PM
magaling kung sa magaling si williams pero dapat hindi sya yung champ kung hindi lang binago yung rule.si tubid at santos lang dapat yung maglalaban sa finals.talo na nanalo pa.ONLY in the Philippines ;D

joelex
04-26-2008, 12:10 AM
magaling kung sa magaling si williams pero dapat hindi sya yung champ kung hindi lang binago yung rule.si tubid at santos lang dapat yung maglalaban sa finals.talo na nanalo pa.ONLY in the Philippines* ;D


anong rule ho yung nabago..?

Rafiboy_05
04-26-2008, 12:36 AM
magaling kung sa magaling si williams pero dapat hindi sya yung champ kung hindi lang binago yung rule.si tubid at santos lang dapat yung maglalaban sa finals.talo na nanalo pa.ONLY in the Philippines ;D


anong rule yung binago? yung napanood ko kasi finals na

amdgc82
04-26-2008, 05:59 AM
Miller obstacle challenge champ anew (http://www.malaya.com.ph/apr26/spor5.htm)
BY NOLI CORTEZ
www.malaya.com.ph

BACOLOD — A ‘jumper’s knee’ injury prevented Nino Canaleta from going for greater glory in the Slam Dunk competitions Friday of the Smart PBA All-Star Weekend at the West Negros University gym here.

Canaleta said he felt a slight pain on his left knee while practicing his high-flying antics back in Manila and, fearing of aggravating it, was forced to withdraw from the competitions that serves as part of the Skills Events.

"Sa patella ang sakit," said the 27-year-old Tarlac native, pointing to the front of his knee which looked otherwise unmarked. "Mahirap na kasing lumala pa."

Without such troubles was Willie Miller, who stretched his reign in the Obstacle Challenge to three straight with a little help from his own co-competitors.

The only guard to win the MVP award twice (2002 and 2007) finished tied for second in the elimination round with a 32-second clocking and then topped the three-man finals with a best-ever 25.5 seconds.

Canaleta was gunning to extend his record of slam dunk titles to four but had to settle for his remaining event, the Three-Point Shootout, where he wound up with 13 points and failed to get past the elimination round.

The 6-foot-5 Air21 forward promised to return for his favorite event and realize what may be an unbreakable jam record next year, however.

amdgc82
04-26-2008, 06:02 AM
South Stars out to protect turf (http://www.malaya.com.ph/apr26/spor4.htm)
BY NOLI CORTEZ
www.malaya.com.ph

BACOLOD — Being upstaged on what they consider as their hometown is the farthest thing on the minds of the South All-Stars when they tangle with their North counterparts Sunday in the Smart PBA All-Star Weekend at the West Negros University gym here.

"Siyempre, ayaw mong mapahiya sa mga kababayan at ka-probinsiya mo kaya we will do everything possible to win this for them," said South Star James Yap, who was born in Escalante, Negros Occidental, and played high school ball here.

"Ang mind-set kasi namin, matalo na siguro nila (North) ang South sa ibang lugar, pero huwag lang dito sa lugar namin," added the Purefoods star during a press conference Friday.

Not even Mark Caguioa’s half-joking plea for the Southerners to be the gracious hosts could dissuade the South members.

Aside from Yap, also with Negros Occidental roots or affiliations are Bacolod native Reynel Hugnatan, John Ferriols and South coach Boyet Fernandez, who is from from Villadolid town, some 30 kilometers away.

Even their teammates, including Yap’s co-starters Kelly Williams, Danny Seigle, Asi Taulava and Jimmy Alapag, as well as Joachim Thoss, Dondon Hontiveros and Junthy Valenzuela have Visayan roots. Peter June Simon and Cyrus Baguio are from Davao.

For Fernandez, the proliferation of Visayan players in his team gives them the homecourt advantage which should serve them in good stead, coupling as it does with pride.

"Ayaw na ayaw naming mapahiya, lalo na sa harap ng mga kababayan namin," Fernandez explained.

For Marc Pingris, the South indeed has some built-in advantages, but the North has some strengths of its own in the game that caps the last day of the annual spectacle also sponsored by Pigrolac, Mighty Bond, Coke, Accel, Air21 and Yakult.

"Wala na kasing mas masarap pa kundi dumayo at manalo," he said. "Kaya siyempre, parang driven din kami na manalo, para naman nakataas ang noo namin pagbalik sa Maynila."

North coach Ryan Gregorio said the reasons may vary, but the collective aim remains basically the same.

"It’s about giving something back to the fans and all of us just hope to give all the fans here something to enjoy and remember," he said.

amdgc82
04-26-2008, 06:08 AM
Three former MVPs see action in PBA All-Star game (http://manilatimes.net/national/2008/apr/26/yehey/sports/20080426spo5.html)
Saturday, April 26, 2008
http://manilatimes.net

BACOLOD CITY: The PBA All-Star Weekend currently being held in this basketball-crazy city is, indeed, an occasion where the brightest players of the country’s only professional league are strutting their wares.

Three Most Valuable Player winners, including a two-time honoree, will see action on Sunday when the North and South teams meet in a classic showdown in terms individual talents and showmanship.

Reigning MVP Willie Miller of Alaska Milk, who is also the PBA’s best player in 2002, spearheads the Northerners’ bid to reaffirm their supremacy over the Southerners, who incidentally, are beefed up by former MVPs Asi Taulava of Coca-Cola (2003) and James Yap of Purefoods (2005).

The North enjoys the edge, 4-3, (win-loss) over the South in the past seven times that the North-South format was adopted although odds look at the side of the team representing the Visayas and Mindanao.

Not only because the All-Star game will be held in the Visayas, but also due to the fact that the Southerners boast of the presence of three local boys—Yap who is from Escalante City and Reynel Hugnatan of Alaska, who was born here.

The South’s coach, of course, is Boyet Fernandez of the Philippine Cup champion Sta. Lucia Realty.

The starting five of the warring squads were jointly presented by PBA commissioner Sonny Barrios and City Mayor Bing Leonardia during a press conference held at the Imay’s Restaurant.

Completing the South lineup, aside from Yap, Hugnatan and Taulava, are Jimmy Alapag of Talk ‘N Text and Kelly Williams of Sta. Lucia, voted as the Philippine Cup Best Player of the Conference.

The North’s starting five, coached by Purefoods’ Ryan Gregorio, is made up Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand of Barangay Ginebra, Kirby Raymundo of Purefoods, Lordy Tugade of Magnolia and Marc Pingris, also of the Beverage Masters. -- Eddie G. Alinea

jeffjan
04-26-2008, 07:39 AM
magaling kung sa magaling si williams pero dapat hindi sya yung champ kung hindi lang binago yung rule.si tubid at santos lang dapat yung maglalaban sa finals.talo na nanalo pa.ONLY in the Philippines* ;D


anong rule yung binago? yung napanood ko kasi finals na


dapat 2 finalists lang. ginawang tatlo para ma-entertain ang fans. :D

The_Big_Cat
04-26-2008, 10:30 AM
What was Dondon Hontiveros doing in the skills challenge? I think Magnolia should be represented by either Cortez or Racela. Willie Miller looked like Dwayne Wade in that obstacle challenge.

James Yap was fabulous with those grips in the 3-point shootout while Ritualo had those funny moments which he thought he had still a ball on his racks. He did that three times. Fortunately for him, he won. Its about time for Ritualo.

Kelly Williams was obviously nervous again in his first dunk. Luckily for him he bounced back with a slam! Joey Mente still has the hops for his age.

And what was Nino Canaleta doing in the end with an exhibition slam. He said he had tendinitis and will not participate. I guess he cannot resist the competition. ;D

:) :)

nastrans
04-26-2008, 11:11 AM
Binago ang rule I guess to appease K-Will but anyway I would rather have Kelly in the finals than seeing those boring Arwind Santos dunks (yawns!). At least Ronald Tubid had some showmanship with that dunk kasama ang bag, akala mo grade three na nagbasketbol pagkatapos ng math class. :D

gameface_one
04-26-2008, 11:25 AM
PBA All-Stars plant trees in Bacolod

By YASMIN PASCUAL-DORMIDO

ABS-CBN Bacolod

Members of the PBA All-Stars did their duties for the environment as they planted trees at the P400-M government center in Bacolod City Thursday afternoon.

The basketball stars, who arrived in the City of Smiles Wednesday, joined local government officials led by Mayor Evelio Leonardia in planting mahogany trees in the premises of the government center.

Meanwhile, Negrense player James Yap of Purefoods was warmly-welcomed by fellow Negrenses in the autograph signing session. Yap was overwhelmed by the warm reception of fans and fellow Negrenses during the mall tour and autograph signing.

He is excited to bring his one-year-old son, James Jr., to his hometown Escalante City.

"Yes, they are arriving. Baby James and Josh. Kris can't join us because she has work. This is Baby James' first visit to his relatives in Escalante, " Yap said.

Yap and the rest of the PBA stars are in Bacolod for the PBA All-Star Weekend at the West Negros University Gym.

gameface_one
04-26-2008, 11:26 AM
Kelly king of slams; Renren is top gun

By NELSON BELTRAN

The Philippine Star

BACOLOD – Kelly Williams barely made it past the preliminary round but pulled off tricks that brought the house down in the finals to crown himself the sultan of slams in the 2008 Smart PBA All-Star Friday at the West Negros University gym here.

Three entries, including three-time champion KG Canaleta, backed out of the event but it didn’t make Williams any less a champion dunker with the Sta. Lucia top gun coming through with stuffs ranking among the best ever dished out in the history of PBA dunking competitions.

The University of Oakland-Detroit product scored 48 points and a perfect 50 in the finals, emerging as the overwhelming winner of the event beating Ronald Tubid, Arwind Santos and former titlist Joey Mente.

"I’m taking it this year minus KG (Canaleta) but I’m sure it’s gonna be a battle next year," said Williams in ruling the All-Star Friday highlight event also skipped by another former champion Cyrus Baguio and hometown bet Reynel Hugnatan.

Canaleta said he hurt his right patella as he was preparing for his title defense. Baguio and Hugnatan said they’re also hurt, thus, missing the contest in the annual mid-season spectacle sponsored by Pigrolac, Mighty Bond, Coke and Yakult and supported by Rain or Shine, Air21, Purefoods, Magnolia Pure Water, Fruit Magic, Accel, Yes FM 105.5 and Burlington Socks.

Urged by the fans to showcase at least one stuff after Williams had topped the event, Canaleta obliged, soaring for a thunderous jam that drew applause from crowd and his fellow players.

"I’ll be back next year," said Canaleta.

Earlier, Renren Ritualo, three times first runner-up in the three-point shootout, finally bagged the championship, beating defending champion Dondon Hontiveros and John Arigo in a fierce final shootout.

Ritualo, the Talk n Text off-guard with a silky touch from the outside, rifled in 19 points to Hontiveros’ 18 and Arigo’s 17.

"I’m glad to finally win it. I took some of the jumps away from my shots. It’s not my game shots," said Ritualo.

Arigo topped the elimination round with 20, followed by Hontiveros with 18, Ritualo 17, Willie Miller 16, Mike Hrabak 15, James Yap 14, Canaleta 13, Joe Devance 12, Junthy Valenzuela 12 and Nelbert Omolon 10.

In the Coca-Cola Obstacle Challenge, Willie Miller, despite some distraction from pal Asi Taulava, was flawless and quick, establishing a new record of 25.5 seconds in successfully defending his crown.

The two-time league MVP winner pulled off a perfect run through an obstacle course of dribbling, passing and shooting in defeating crowd favorite Hontiveros and Ronjay Buenafe of Coca-Cola in a record time.

Miller blazed up, down and around the floor a second ahead of the old record of 26.4 seconds set by then Purefoods player Rob Johnson in winning the event in 2004 in Cebu.

Out after the elimination round were Air21’s Marvin Cruz (32.8 seconds), Mente (37.7), Sta. Lucia’s Ryan Reyes (33), Purefoods’ Chico Lanete (39.7), Talk n Text’s Jimmy Alapag (36.4), Tubid (32.6) and Red Bull’s Topex Robinson (32.2).

amdgc82
04-27-2008, 05:54 AM
South meets North in PBA All-Star game (http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php?issue=2008-04-27&sec=7&aid=57555)
By: Zean Macamay*
April 27, 2008 07:26 PM Sunday
www.journal.com.ph

Games Today: (West Negros University Gym)
4:00 p.m. – Shooting Stars vs Legends (3-Point Shootout)
5:00 p.m. – North vs South All-Stars

BACOLOD CITY – Mark Caguioa obviously was trying to be funny when he uttered a few words during the Smart-PBA All-Stars Weekend’s media conference a few days back.
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“Tutal homecourt naman nila, bigay na lang nila sa amin,” he joked.
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The statement drew laughs from those in attendance, including the players of course. But deep within the men belonging to the South All-Stars team, it’s a wish that cannot be granted. Not on home soil, baby.
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“Natural lang na ayaw mong mapahiya sa harap ng mga ka-probinsya mo,” said James Yap, the South’s top vote-getter. “Kaya nga gagawin namin lahat para mapasaya ang mga tao na manonood.”
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The 2006 MVP is the star of stars when it comes to the 2008 Smart-PBA All-Stars here. He grew up in this region in Escalante, Negros Occidental some two-and-a-half hours’ drive from this quiet and clean cock-fighting crazy city.
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“Matalo na nila (North) kami sa ibang lugar, huwag lang dito,” said Yap.
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But those players from the North believe that it can be done once the league’s premier gathering of superstars finally stages the North vs South All-Stars game at the West Negros University Gym tonight.
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“Wala nang sasarap pa sa basketball kung hindi ‘yung dumayo ka at manalo,” said Marc Pingris, Yap’s former teammate at Purefoods and the North’s No. 1 player when fans’ voting is the topic.
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“Driven kami na manalo, para naman nakataas ang noo namin pag-balik sa Maynila.”
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Since the revival of the North-South set-up in 2004 after a 10-year hiatus, history hasn’t been that kind to the guest team. But before that – in a span of three years from 1992-94 – one squad has managed to repeat as winner. And that happens to be the North.
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Backstopped then by former Rookie-MVP Benjie Paras and Allan Caidic, North defeated South, 149-129, in 1993 and then pulled off a more interesting win the following year, 133-126.
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Now, what the North desires is for it to do just the same.
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The North carved out a 145-142 win over the South last year when this spectacle was held in Baguio City, with Jay-Jay Helterbrand – who scored 12 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter — and Willie Miller (14 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists) ending up as co-MVPs.
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They still have the tools to accomplish it, but definitely against hostile environment.
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“Ayaw mong mapahiya sa harap ng mga kababayan mo, and definitely we will see to it that that doesn’t happen,” said South All-Star coach Boyet Fernandez, who is from Villadolid some 30 kms away from here.
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Kelly Williams, who had just won the Slam Dunk competition, will also be a key man for the Southeners. Other members of the host team are Sonny Thoss, Dondon Hontiveros, John Ferriols, Reynel Hugnatan, Cyrus Baguio, Junthy Valenzuela, PJ Simon and starters Danny Seigle, Asi Taulava and Jimmy Alapag.
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With Pingris in the starting line-up for the North are Kerby Raymundo, Lordy Tugade and Gin Kings stars Caguioa and Helterbrand. The rest of the team are Rico Villanueva, Ranidel de Ocampo, Ryan Reyes, Arwind Santos, Willie Miller, Nic Belasco, and Mac-Mac Cardona. Ryan Gregorio will coach the Northeners.
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Serving as an appetizer to the North-South game is a three-point shootout involving those who were the top gunners in their time against today’s respected three-point shooters.
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The Legends Shootout will pit Boyet Fernandez, Elmer Cabahug and Roel Gomez (Legends Team) against the Shooting Stars team composed of Ronjay Buenafe, Mike Cortez and Nelbert Omolon.
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The other night, the Rookies defeated the Sophomores in their Blitz Game, 101-97, with Buenafe, a proud product of Emilio Aguinaldo College, gaining MVP honors after scoring 25 points.*

amdgc82
04-27-2008, 05:58 AM
North-South showdown
at West Negros College (http://manilatimes.net/national/2008/apr/27/yehey/sports/20080427spo7.html)
Sunday, April 27, 2008
http://manilatimes.net

BACOLOD CITY: The finest in the country’s lone professional league see action Sunday when the North and South selections mix it up lowering the curtains in the three-day 2008 Smart-PBA All-Star Weekend at the West Negros University gym.

The 5:30 p. m. encounter will determine whether the Ryan Gregorio-mentored Northerners will reaffirm their supremacy over the Southerners or the boys of coach Boyet Fernandez can even up matters and avenge the 131-128 loss they suffered last year in Baguio City.

That triumph handed the North a 4-3 win-loss advantage over the South in their running battle since the league adopted the North vs. South format of the annual showtime that started in 1989.

And it looks like Fernandez’s chargers have what it takes to turn the tables this time by virtue of their home turf advantage and the presence of several homegrown boys in their roster, including the Philippine Cup champion Sta. Lucia Realty mentor himself, who hails from nearby Villadolid town.

Besides Fernandez, the Southerners also boast of Purefoods’ James Yap, the 2005 MVP who was born and raised in Escalante City, Reynel Hugnatan, who hails from this city, and John Ferriols, whose mother comes from here.

But if the Southerners have an axe to grind over their North counterparts, so are the Luzon All Stars, particularly coach Gregorio, on whose expense Fernandez won the Philippine Cup, and Marc Pingris, who was still a Purefoods Giant then before moving to sister team magnolia.

“Yes, gusto rin namin ni coach na makabawi kay coach Fernandez sa pagkatalo namin sa Philippine Cup,” emphasized Pingris during Friday’s press conference where the lineups of the two rival teams were announced jointly by PBA commissioner Sonny Barrios and Mayor Bing Leonardia of Bacolod. -- Eddie G. Alinea

amdgc82
04-27-2008, 06:09 AM
Local boys play for pride in Bacolod (http://philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=20080426135)
By Nelson Beltran
Sunday, April 27, 2008
http://philstar.com

BACOLOD – As Dikembe Mutombo loved to say: “Not in my house.”

James Yap, Reynel Hugnatan and John Ferriols are saying practically the same thing, promising to do everything to avoid embarrassment in front of the Negros Occidental folks as the All-Star game is played today at the West Negros gym, capping the 2008 Smart PBA All-Star Week.

Yap, Hugnatan and Ferriols, players not exactly from Bacolod but who consider the place their hometown, lead the South All-Star team seeking revenge against their North counterparts who frolicked in their own turf in Baguio last year.

“Of course, you don’t want to get embarrassed in front of your provincemates, so you will do everything possible to win this for them,” said Yap, who’s from the nearby Escalante town.

“Our mindset is so be it if the North team beats the South somewhere else but not in our place,” added Yap, speaking also in behalf of coach Boyet Fernandez, who’s from Villadolid, some 30 kilometers away.

“We don’t want to get embarrassed, specially in front of our provincemates,” explained Fernandez, a first-time All-Star coach.

Kelly Williams, Danny Seigle, Asi Taulava, Jimmy Alapag, Joachim Thoss, Dondon Hontiveros and Junthy Valenzuela themselves have Visayan roots. Mindanaoans Peter June Simon and Cyrus Baguio complete the South team roster.

Though the game is more of a friendly tiff and showcase of individual talents for the fans, Fernandez expects his player to play with pride.

But letting the South team to get back here seems to be the furthest thing on the minds of the North All Stars.

“Walang sasarap sa dadayo ka at uuwi kang panalo,” said Marc Pingris. “We’re driven to win, para paguwi sa Manila, taas ang noo namin.”

Mark Caguioa half-jokingly plead that the Southerners be gracious hosts, reminding everybody that he’s coming here with his mother team Barangay Ginebra yet to win a single game in the season-ending Fiesta Conference.

Kerby Raymundo, Jayjay Helterbrand, Lordy Tugade, Rico Villanueva, Ranidel de Ocampo, Ryan Reyes, Arwind Santos, Willie Miller, Nic Belasco and MacMac Cardona complete the North team in this year’s edition of the annual mid-season spectacle sponsored by Pigrolac, Mighty Bond, Coke, Accel, Air21 and Yakult.

Somehow, it’s like a continuation of the recent Sta. Lucia-Purefoods All-Filipino finale since Fernandez is up against Ryan Gregorio.

Gregorio, however, stressed that more than anything else, the All-Star Game is “about giving something back to the fans, and all of us just hope to give all the fans here something to enjoy and remember.”

The Shooting Stars and the Legends Shootout serve as aperitifs to the All-Star main event.

Renren Ritualo, Dondon Hontiveros and John Arigo, the top three placers in the three-point shootout Friday, will team up in challenging the trio of Boy Cabahug, Rhoel Gomez and Boyet Fernandez in the Legends Shootout.

For the record, active players have won over retired players only once since the Legends Shootout was introduced in Cebu in 2004. Among retired players who have participated in the novel event are Cabahug, Gomez, Fernandez, Allan Caidic, Al Solis, Ronnie Magsanoc, Alvin Patrimonio, Frankie Lim, Ricric Marata, Jojo Lastimosa, Pido Jarencio and Ato Agustin.

amdgc82
04-27-2008, 06:12 AM
Height vs mite in All-Star Game (http://philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=20080426136)
By Joaquin Henson
Sunday, April 27, 2008
http://philstar.com

Since the PBA All-Star Game alternated homecourts in 2004 from South to North and back again, the host team has never lost. This year, it appears the trend will hold as the South is favored to beat the North in the 19th staging of the annual extravaganza at the West Negros College gym in Bacolod City.

The contest is the culmination of the All-Star Weekend that comes to a climactic close tonight.

Sta. Lucia Realty coach Boyet Fernandez will call the shots for the South which enjoys the backing of an enthusiastic homecrowd with Negros Occidental hotshots James Yap (Escalante) and Reynel Hugnatan (Bacolod) in the lineup. Additionally, John Ferriols is a local favorite. Ferriols was the MBA’s first MVP in 1998 when he played for the Negros Slashers and as an adopted son of the province, was voted by Bacolod fans as the South’s sixth man. Fernandez is also a provincial son from Valladolid.

Purefoods coach Ryan Gregorio will pilot the North whose advantage is quickness but disadvantage is lack of ceiling. 6-5 Rico Villanueva is the only legitimate center in the North while the South boasts of 6-9 Asi Taulava and 6-7 Sonny Thoss. The North’s tallest player is 6-6 forward Ranidel de Ocampo.

In terms of firepower, the North averages 15.5 points to a man compared to the South’s 14.6. The North average in age is slightly less, 27.8 to 28.7 while the South has the edge in height, 6-3 to 6-2.

With injured Danny Seigle out of action, the South will play only 11 men but the roster is still more balanced than the North. Taulava and Thoss will take turns at the slot. Hugnatan and Ferriols will rotate at power forward. Kelly Williams will move to the three spot. Yap, Cyrus Baguio, Dondon Hontiveros and Junthy Valenzuela will play off-guard while Jimmy Alapag and first-timer P. J. Simon will be the point guards. Hontiveros and Valenzuela are combo guards so they could also bring up the ball.

The North is loaded with high-scoring guards, namely, Mark Caguioa, Jay-Jay Helterbrand, Willie Miller, Mac-Mac Cardona and Lordy Tugade. Rookie Ryan Reyes, who topped the league in average steals last conference, is a defensive guard. In the frontline are Marc Pingris, Kerby Raymundo, Villanueva, De Ocampo, Nic Belasco and Arwind Santos.

As the game is expected to be free-wheeling and loose, the accent will be on offense. Both teams will try to score in the open court but to do that, there must be control of the boards and turnovers. Chemistry is crucial because teamwork will mean less mistakes, more possessions and efficient execution. It will help the North that Ginebra teammates Helterbrand and Caguioa are starters. The South will be fluid with former Talk ‘N’ Text teammates Taulava and Alapag reuniting and Alaska mainstays Thoss, Hugnatan and Ferriols on the same side.

The team that imposes its style of play over the other will be able to dictate tempo. The North is likely to run and gun while the South will play deliberate and maximize its edge in matching up. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the North resorts to playing zone. How the coaches sub will also be a factor in keeping a step ahead of the other.

For the North, the theme will be full-steam ahead with Gregorio’s thoroughbreds trying to run the South to the ground. He’ll use a three-guard formation for sure, rotating the Ginebra stars, Miller and Cardona, and step on the gas at every chance. The North will challenge the South’s interior defense and put pressure on big men like Taulava, Thoss and Hugnatan who must avoid foul trouble to stay aggressive.

For the South, Fernandez will go by the adage “height is might.” He’ll look to control the boards as a priority and preach defense, his gospel at Sta. Lucia. If the game is relatively low-scoring, the South will be more comfortable asserting its authority.

Yap will probably be set up so the hometown favorite gets to win the MVP trophy. The key is for Yap not to force his shots and just go with the flow. The shots will come his way and it’s important that he’s focused, patient and ready. A bread and butter play could be the pick-and-roll with Taulava and Alapag the perfect combination to work it.

Williams is Fernandez’ wildcard on the floor. He can play multiple positions and will fill in the gaps. Baguio is another wildcard who can distract the defense and take attention away from Yap.

King_stag
04-27-2008, 08:49 PM
ACTIVE SHOOTING STARS UPSTAGE RETIRED PLAYERS A 2ND STRAIGHT TIME IN LEGENDS SHOOTOUT
Active shooters narrow Legends’ lead in their head-on meetings to 3-2
Sunday, 27 April 2008

BACOLOD CITY. – Newly-crowned three-point shootout champ Ren-Ren Ritualo, last year’s titlist Dondon Hontiveros and John Arigo upstaged Boyet Fernandez, Boy Cabahug and Roehl Gomez, 49-45, in the Legends Shootout, which served as one of the two preliminary events prior to the Smart PBA All-Star Game at the West Negros University gym here Sunday night.

Hontiveros, who finished second to Ritualo in the regular shootout, and Arigo, who was third, each tallied 18 points while Ritualo only had a 13 but it still was enough for the active players to prove they still are better than their retired sweet-shooting counterparts.
Fernandez, the current Sta. Lucia head coach who was the league’s three-point shootout king in 2000 and 2001, led the legends with his 17, one better than his score in last year’s event but his team has now lost twice in a row.

Gomez, the 1997 three-point shootout titlist, came up with 15 while Cabahug, who won in 1993, could only come up with a 13.

It was the second straight time the active players defeated the legends after Hontiveros, Willie Miller and Gary David had a breakthrough win in this event last year in Baguio City when they decisioned the legends trio of Fernandez, Ato Agustin and Pido Jarencio, 49-35.

The active players thus matched that record winning score of 49 which they recorded last year.

Prior to last year’s loss, the legends had been unbeaten in this event with the team of Allan Caidic, Al Solis, Gomez and Cabahug winning over Mark Caguioa, Mike Cortez, Ritualo and 3-point king Ronald Tubid 55-43 in Cebu City in 2004; the trio of Alvin Patrimonio, Ronnie Magsanoc and Frankie Lim making it two in a row with a 41-39 win over Hontiveros, Ritualo and 3-point shootout winner Jimmy Alapag in Laoag City in 2005 then Boybits Victoria, Jojo Lastimosa and RicRic Marata stretching the streak to three in Cagayan de Oro City in 2006 with a hairline 42-41 win over Ritualo, James Yap and Olsen Racela.

Earlier that Sunday afternoon, Barangay Ginebra’s Ronald Tubid, ABC Sports analyst and former PBA player Jason Webb and Bacolod City councilor Greg Gasataya also seized the spotlight by teaming up to win the Shooting Stars event, recording an event record time of 1:34.1.

The Batang PBA-Bacolod summer basketball tournament also ended that early Sunday afternoon with Tay Tung High School winning the championship with a 77-55 win over St. John Institue in the title game and Tay Tung’s Kirell Montalbo being named Most Valuable Player after scoring 27 points.

amdgc82
04-28-2008, 06:07 AM
It's South (http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php?issue=2008-04-28&sec=7&aid=57671)
By: Zean Macamay
April 28, 2008 03:11 PM Monday
www.journal.com.ph

BACOLOD CITY --* Peter June Simon scored 29 points,* including five* in overtime,* as the South All-Stars got back at the North, 163-158, last night in the Smart-PBA All-Stars game at the West Negros University gym here.
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Simon hit a huge triple in the final 2:18 of the extra period to put the* host* *team up at 159-154, and then hit* *two free throws with 44 seconds remaining to practically seal the win for the Southeners.
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The Davao pride was eventually named as the Most Valuable Player, earning the honor right on his very first trip to the All-Stars.
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Regulation ended at 149-149 when Ranidel de Ocampo converted on an easy lay-up while all alone under the basket with 10.4 seconds left.
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The game supposedly ended in a draw at 149-149 after Reynel Hugnatan missed a potential winning basket for the South in the last two seconds of regulation.
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But the jampacked crowd didn’t settle for anything less than a win and wanted more.
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They began to shout ‘overtime! overtime!’ and got what they* wished for.
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Trying more to please the crowd* with offense, both* *teams went* into a free-wheeling* mode with defense practically non-existent, and the North* All-Stars took a slim 79-78* lead by the half.
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Nearly half* of* *North’s output in the first 24 minutes came on fastbreaks, where it scored 32 points. South* could* only* *manage 15 points.
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James Yap, South’s No. 1 vote getter, however ended with the highest individual output in the first half , while Simon, his Purefoods teammate, had 13. Jimmy Alapag collected 10 points and Reynel Hugnatan added 10.
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Mark Caguioa, meantime, led the Northerners with 13 first-half points, with Jay-Jay Helterbrand scoring 11 and Kerby Raymundo having 10.
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The North-South All-Stars game* was the final act of a busy weekend for the players. But it undoubtedly was the most entertaining.
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After the traditional individual introduction before the start of the game, each of the teams gave out short choreographed dance moves.
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The North easily was the more hilarious when it rendered* steps on two local novelty hits* --* ‘Papaya’ and ‘Kagat Labi’ -- with the host team dancing to Souljah Boy’s Crank That.
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Earlier, the Active Players’ team of Ren-Ren Ritualo, John Arigo and Dondon Hontiveros pulled off a second straight win over the Legends’ Team in the Legends’ Shootout.
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Arigo and Hontiveros each scored 18 points and Ritualo, the newly-crowned three-point king, added 13 as the Active Players collected 49 points.
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The Legends, comprised of Sta. Lucia coach Boyet Fernandez, Elmer Cabahug and Roel Gomez, could only tally 45 points.
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This is the* second time that the Active* Players won this event since its maiden staging in the 2004 All-Stars in Cebu City, where* *Allan Caidic, Al Solis and Cabahug* comprised the Legends Team.
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Fernandez ended up with the highest c ontribution of 17 points and Gomez had 15. Cabahug could only score 13 points.
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“Nakatatlong* *sunod sila (Legends). Ngayon, kami naman ang mag-tatatlong sunod,” said Hontiveros.
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“Nakadalawa* na sila (Active), at hindi na maganda ito,” Fernandez, for his part, said.
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In the Shooting Stars event, the team of Ronald Tubid, Jason Webb and councilor Greg Gasataya triumphed with a time of one minute and 34 seconds, beating two other teams led by Ronjay Buenafe and Nelbert Omolon.

The scores:
South (163)* -- Simon 29, Yap 25, Hugnatan 23, Alapag 22, Williams 15, Hontiveros 13, Taulava 10, Ferriols 8, Baguio 8, Valenzuela 5, Thoss 2.
North (158) -- Caguioa 24, Tugade 22, Helterbrand 19, Cardona 19, Miller 14, Santos 13, Pingris 12, Raymundo 12, De Ocampo 10, Belasco 7, Villanueva 4, Reyes 2.
Quarterscores: 41-41; 78-79; 114-113; 149-149 (reg); 163-158.

james_ty
04-28-2008, 11:34 AM
ABC-5 suffered from technical problems in its coverage of the PBA All-Star Game last night. The game was cut off midway through the third quarter due to technical problems caused by bad weather in Bacolod. When the telecast resumed, the last few seconds of overtime were shown, followed by the third and fourth quarters of regulation play.

This shows how inept ABC is in its telecast of the PBA. This station needs a total overhaul. Its programming is bad and no advertisers want to support it.

I hope the PBA board of governors decides on the new broadcaster quickly para magiging mahaba ang paghahanda ng bagong broadcaster sa pagsasahimpapawid ng mga laro.

erichubert
04-28-2008, 04:14 PM
The whole All-Star week was really forgettable. The venue (the stadium) was really too small in my opinion, the crowd was not really too receptive to the players and the coverage was sub-par to say the least. They were not able to market it that well. I can't wait for the PBA to move to studio 23, sigurado mas maganda ang presentation nila nito.

The_Big_Cat
04-28-2008, 04:21 PM
I understand the PBA going to different provinces to promote the games. But at the same time the PBA is a professional league, the stadium that they select to play should at least be up to the standards of a professional league stadium.

In my opinion, sana piliin nila yung pinag lalaruan nila. Mukhang sub-standard minsan ang mga stadiums na pinag lalaruan ng PBA in the provinces.

marmand
04-28-2008, 04:26 PM
In Bacolod, The PBA should have rented the USLS gym. Nothing against the West Negros Gym but the USLS gym is much better.

erichubert
04-28-2008, 04:27 PM
I agree whole heartedly, what the more the event is supposed to be the All-Star week! I think one pre-requisite of hosting such an event is a good enough stadium. I wonder why they chose the West Negros gym when I think the old home of the Negros Slashers- the St. La Salle gym is bigger and better.

marmand
04-28-2008, 04:32 PM
It also depends on how the event was marketed in Bacolod.

The_Big_Cat
04-28-2008, 04:39 PM
Mas maganda siguro kung sa mga different metro manila college campuses gawin ang future all-Star games.
Three-point shootout and slam dunk.

marmand
04-28-2008, 04:51 PM
^ Bottom line is MARKETING. The PBA should not assume that their name will always carry them nationwide.

freak
04-28-2008, 05:12 PM
South (163) -- Simon 29, Yap 25, Hugnatan 23, Alapag 22, Williams 15, Hontiveros 13, Taulava 10, Ferriols 8, Baguio 8, Valenzuela 5, Thoss 2.
North (158) -- Caguioa 24, Tugade 22, Helterbrand 19, Cardona 19, Miller 14, Santos 13, Pingris 12, Raymundo 12, De Ocampo 10, Belasco 7, Villanueva 4, Reyes 2.

Red Bull really needs to think a lot more before trading it's players. ::)

gameface_one
04-29-2008, 10:53 AM
Tough act to follow
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
philstar.com



BACOLOD CITY – It’ll be difficult to outdo the PBA All-Star Game that was settled in overtime at the West Negros University gym here last Sunday.

Next year’s extravaganza will be held somewhere in the North. Lucena is an option but there seems to be a growing sentiment to stage it in Manila.

Since the All-Star Game adopted the alternate hosting format for the North and South teams in 2004, Manila has not been tapped as a site. Cebu, Laoag and Cagayan de Oro were the first three hosts. Last year, the two-part program started off in San Fernando, La Union, and ended in Baguio City.

In the next All-Star Weekend, Air21’s high-flying Nino Canaleta will be out to regain the Slam Dunk crown he voluntarily relinquished this year after three straight championships.

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Three-point shooting was at its best in the South’s 163-158 overtime win. The combined 32 conversions set a new All-Star Game record, eclipsing the mark of 24 set in Laoag in 2005. The South’s 18 treys also broke the record for most hits by a team. The North owned the previous mark of 13 when it beat the South, 131-128, in Laoag.

PBA legend Allan (The Triggerman) Caidic holds the All-Star Game record for most triples with 9-of-13, registered in the North’s 149-129 romp in 1993. Last Sunday, Jimmy Alapag buried a game-high six triples.

By the way, the contest was marked by 22 ties and 22 lead changes, indicating how close it was.

Local hero James Yap was on his way to an MVP night after scattering 23 points in the first three periods and connecting on a difficult driving layup to give the South a two-point lead, 149-147, with about 20 seconds left. But Ranidel de Ocampo equalized for the North, time down to 10.4 ticks. Yap missed an open triple that would’ve won the game in regulation as the buzzer sounded.

Yap was thrilled that Purefoods teammate and roommate Peter June Simon won the MVP award. They broke into the pros together with Purefoods in 2004. After the game, Yap took Simon to Escalante where his sons Joshua and Baby James waited to celebrate.

Yap brought his sons to Escalante for a vacation last Thursday. They went back to Manila on separate flights yesterday.

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The lowest priced ticket went for P600 but it allowed entry to the All-Star programs last Friday and Sunday.

Host West Negros University’s varsity is known as the Mustangs. Former PBA cagers Yves Dignadice and Mike Mustre are West Negros discoveries. Ateneo’s Nonoy Baclao also traces his roots to the Bacolod institution.

Jeff Sy, whose brother-in-law Tony Agustin runs the school, helped out the PBA in organizing the event. He closely coordinated with PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial and Bacolod City Mayor Bing Leonardia.

“It’s an honor for West Negros to host the All-Star Game,” said Sy. “Our school has a rich basketball tradition. We’re the nine-time provincial champion. And we’re doing our share to promote and develop basketball at the grassroots level.”

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North coach Ryan Gregorio said his team was outsized by the South but the deficiency didn’t faze him. “I’m used to playing small with Purefoods,” he said. “At least, we had Nic (Belasco), Ranidel (de Ocampo) and Rico (Villanueva) to help out in rebounding.”

Although the South showed up with only 11 players due to Danny Seigle’s absence compared to the North’s 12, coach Boyet Fernandez did a good job of shuffling his troops. Down the stretch, the South had fresher legs on the floor because of Fernandez’ masterful pacing.

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In the Shooting Stars contest before the Legends Shootout and the All-Star Game last Sunday, the fans were treated to a tasty appetizer. Former PBA cager and now TV broadcaster Jason Webb banked in a two-handed heave from halfcourt in his only attempt from the distance to win the title with 25.9 seconds left in the two-minute clock. Webb sank four baskets, Ronald Tubid one and guest Councilor Greg Gasataya one to complete the mandatory conversions in six different spots.

The two other teams failed to make the halfcourt shot and fell a basket short of the requirement. Broadcaster Dominic Uy, who was Tanduay’s fourth round pick in 2001, Bitoy Omolon and guest Atty. Goldwin Nifras (Bacolod City administrator and secretary of Mayor Leonardia) made up one team while former pro and now TV broadcaster Richard del Rosario, Ronjay Buenafe and guest Councilor Jun Gamboa played on the other squad.

Mayor Leonardia begged off from playing because of lack of practice. But on the court before the contest, he took two corner jumpers and sank one – not a bad field goal percentage.

gameface_one
04-29-2008, 10:54 AM
All-Star: Simon never expected MVP
By Joaquin Henson
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Philstar.com


BACOLOD CITY – For Purefoods guard Peter June Simon, playing in his first PBA All-Star Game was an unforgettable experience at the West Negros University gym here last Sunday.

“I was just so thankful I was even picked to play,” he said. “I never dreamed of becoming the MVP. I only wanted to play my best because I didn’t know if I’ll ever be chosen again.”

For Simon, rising to the occasion has become a hard habit to break.

As a rookie applicant, he was almost ignored in the 2001 draft. Simon was Sta. Lucia Realty’s fifth round selection, the 43rd of 48 players named. The five players picked after Simon were Topex Robinson, Allen Patrimonio, Isagani Malindog, Jonathan Serrano and Leode Garcia. The first round draftees included Willie Miller, Mike Hrabak, Mark Caguioa, John Arigo, Kiko Adriano, Norman Gonzalez, Roger Yap and Joey Mente. Only 13 of the 48 draftees are still playing in the PBA and Simon, a longshot, is one of them.

Although he was drafted by Sta. Lucia, Simon never played for the Realtors. The Makilala, North Cotabato, star from the University of Mindanao failed to survive the tryouts and wound up toiling in the MBA then the PBL where he played on a title team and bagged MVP honors.

It took Simon three years from his draft to finally barge into the PBA. Purefoods coach Ryan Gregorio gambled on Simon who came in as a free agent with co-rookie James Yap in 2004. Simon averaged 6.2 points in his first year, 4.4 in his second and 12.4 last season. In the recent Philippine Cup, he hit at a 13.5 clip.

Clearly, Simon makes the most of every opportunity. In the All-Star Game, he saw action in only 20 minutes but claimed the MVP trophy after scoring 29 points on 11-of-14 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws to lift the South to a 163-158 overtime win over the North.

Simon, 27, said he was surprised when South coach Boyet Fernandez tapped him to replace Jimmy Alapag in the five-minute extension.

“It was my first time to play point guard,” said Simon. “I asked Jimmy what to do. Since Cyrus (Baguio) was on the floor, all I thought of was giving him the ball for an isolation.”

Simon bailed out the South in overtime with five points, including a clutch triple – his third in the game.

“We kept running the pick-and-roll and my defender was going under to stop me but luckily, my jumpers fell in,” he said.

Simon said while the contest was high-scoring, it wasn’t like the players didn’t defend. “I was matched up against Willie, Jay-Jay (Helterbrand) and Mac-Mac (Cardona),” he went on. “Willie blocked one of my shots under the basket. We let go a lot of breakaway layups and dunks but in the halfcourt, we played defense. That’s what coach Boyet wanted – he told us we would win with defense in the end.”

james_ty
04-29-2008, 06:42 PM
I understand the PBA going to different provinces to promote the games. But at the same time the PBA is a professional league, the stadium that they select to play should at least be up to the standards of a professional league stadium.

In my opinion, sana piliin nila yung pinag lalaruan nila. Mukhang sub-standard minsan ang mga stadiums na pinag lalaruan ng PBA in the provinces.


In addition, at home sina John Ferriols at Reynel Hugnatan because they played their home games at the St. La Salle Gym as Negros Slashers players.

At sana, ibalik sa Metro Manila ang All-Star Game next year.

If ABS-CBN covers the PBA, expect a lot of Channel 2 stars to be there at the All-Star Weekend.

nastrans
04-29-2008, 08:00 PM
Artista nanaman James :D

Anyway, siguro hirap kausapin ang St La Salle to host the All-Star Game, sayang. No offense to WMU pero maliit talaga yung venue, it made the game much like a regular out-of-town contest.

The_Big_Cat
04-29-2008, 09:17 PM
Not to belittle our provincial stadiums but sub-standard stadiums really look awful in Television. The PBA is Asia's oldest pro-league and not some "inter-barangay" association. :)

gameface_one
04-30-2008, 11:03 AM
Breaking tradition
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
PBA chairman Tony Chua said the other day the league broke tradition when it allowed the overtime period to settle the outcome of the All-Star Game at the West Negros University Gym in Bacolod City last Sunday.

Commissioner Sonny Barrios recalled a previous All-Star Game ending in a tie and since it was an exhibition game, no extension was granted.

PBA statistician Fidel Mangonon said existing files from 1989 show no ties in the annual contest but he didn’t discount the possibility of a draw in the early years when documentation was hazy.

A league oldtimer mentioned he vaguely remembers an All-Star Game, featuring Robert Jaworski and Ramon Fernandez, ending in a stalemate with no overtime over 20 years ago. At the time, the All-Star Game was in its infancy and did not use the North versus South format which was standardized in 2004.

In last Sunday’s edition, the coaches, players and fans begged for closure after the North and South battled to a 149-149 standoff in regulation. Barrios consulted both coaches before giving his thumbs up. The crowd, chanting “overtime,” got its wish. “It was a good decision,” said Chua.

In the NBA, there have been six All-Star Games decided in extension since 1951. The 2003 edition went to two overtimes before the West won, 155-145, in Atlanta.

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The All-Stars set the tone for a “fun” game by performing dance routines after they were introduced on the court. Cyrus Baguio was the South’s choreographer while Marc Pingris arranged the North’s number with a little help from Arwind Santos and Willie Miller.

Rehearsing in the South dressing room, Baguio was frantically trying to teach his teammates the “moves” to the tune of Soulja Boy’s “Crank That.” Asi Taulava and Kelly Williams seemed the most enthusiastic in learning the act.

The North did the “papaya” and “kagat-labi” with Pingris showing the way with his funny antics.

While the mood was friendly before the tip-off, the action was hotly contested until the final buzzer. It was probably the most entertaining and competitive All-Star Game ever. There were 22 lead changes and 22 deadlocks. Last year, the North won a close decision, 145-142, in Laoag but the contest had only one deadlock and five lead changes.

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Among the personalities who witnessed the All-Star Game were City Mayor Bing Leonardia, former PBA chairman Ricky Vargas of Talk ‘N’ Text, Welcoat’s Carlo Quevada, Alaska’s Joaqui Trillo, Ginebra’s Robert Non, Purefoods’ Rene Pardo, Air21’s Lito Alvarez, Rep. Monico Puentevella, Talk ‘N’ Text assistant team manager Virgil Villavicencio, Talk ‘N’ Text assistant coach Bong Ravena (who reportedly attended a Masonic convention with ex-pro Noli Locsin), PSC commissioner Richie Garcia, Sipalay Mayor Nonoy Montilla, former Sen. John Osmena, former Pasig Mayor Mario Raymundo, agent Danny Espiritu and local cage guru Dodong Bascon.

In the Bacolod-Silay City airport last Monday morning, Philippine Airlines’ Dennis Martin gave the country’s flag carrier another reason to be proud because of his personal service, concern for passengers and friendly smile.

Making the All-Star Weekend possible were Smart as title sponsor, Pigrolac as major sponsor and Slam Dunk presentor, Yakult as the Shooting Stars presentor, Coca-Cola as the Obstacle Challenge presentor, Mighty Bond as the Legends Shootout presentor, Rain or Shine, Air21, Accel, Magnolia Pure Water, Yes FM 105.5, Burlington socks and outreach sponsors Fruit Magic and Hapee Toothpaste.

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