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amdgc82
10-13-2007, 06:14 AM
NBA eyes Nov. 10 Mayor’s Cup opening
Sunstar Bacolod
Thursday, September 27, 2007

THE Negros Basketball Association (NBA) wants to put some kind of continuity to the weeklong NOPSSCEA (Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports Cultural and Educational Association) collegiate cage competition by setting its sights on a November 10 opening date for its two-level 2007 Bacolod Mayor’s Cup tournament.

This was announced during a meeting of the NBA technical committee finalizing the ground rules for the Mayor’s Cup series held yesterday at Dodong’s Fastbreak of Bascon Hotel presided by NBA vice-president Johnny Ku in the presence of NBA president Oscar ‘Dodong’ Bascon, secretary Renato Rojo, treasurer Vic Tan and director Rafael ‘Boy’ Gustilo and representatives of participating ball clubs.

Also present during Wednesday’s meeting was newly-appointed BAP-SBP (Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas) regional director for Region VI, Western Visayas Anthony Carlo Agustin.

The NBA has decided to stage a two-level Mayor’s Cup series where competition will be staged in the collegiate level and the club level.

Teams seeing action in the club level competition will be allowed to reinforce their lineups with five “imports” to come from former varsity players and those who previously played in the pro and semi-pro leagues like the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA) and the Philippine Basketball League (PBL).

The NBA board is scheduled to meet anew next week to finalize and approve the ground rules for the tournament which will immediately be sent to prospective participating teams.

amdgc82
10-13-2007, 06:17 AM
NBA caging slated to reel off Nov. 10 or 11
By Henry C. Villalva
Sunstar Bacolod
Monday, October 08, 2007

THE 2007 Negros Basketball Association Basketball Tournament is definitely slated to reel off on either November 10 or November 11 at the Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School in Bacolod City.

Envisioned to be a much bigger event which will be contested in three divisions- collegiate, high school and club level- the tournament will follow the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Rules, according to the NBA tournament committee which met last week with team representatives to finalize the rules and regulations governing the said tournament.

In the collegiate and high school divisions, school based teams representing either private or public schools, but only varsity teams for the current school year are eligible to see action in the tournament.

In the ball clubs division, teams representing recognized ball clubs or associations of basketball enthusiasts are eligible to play.

Players however must be Negros-born or permanent residents of the Province of Negros Occidental for at least six months prior to the opening of the tournament.

College varsity players who have played in regular school-based tournaments starting school year 2006 to date are disqualifiedfrom playing in the ball club division of the event.

However, each ball club will be allowed to field a maximum of five guest players as "reinforcements" of the team, with two guest players to be fielded at the same time except during the fourth quarter of the game where said guest players call all be fielded at the same time it so desired.

Also to be considered by prospective ball club division teams are players which are considered as eligible to play as reinforcements which are (a) members of collegiate varsity teams for the school year 2003-2004, 2004-2005, and 2005-2006; and members of professional and known commercial leagues (such as IBL, CBL) who have stopped playing for at least five years and whose ages are not over 40 years old.

The NBA has already started sending out official invitations to school teams and ball clubs in connection with the said event. Interested parties may inquire at the NBA office at Bascon Hotel, Bacolod City or may call tel. no. 435-40-72 or 433-13-93 for more details regarding the said tournament.

amdgc82
10-13-2007, 06:19 AM
NBA meets with coaches Monday
By Henry C. Villalva
Sunstar Bacolod
Thursday, October 11, 2007

COACHES and team representatives of teams and ball clubs seeing action in the Negros Basketball Association (NBA) 2007 Basketball Tournament are scheduled to meet with the NBA tournament committee on Monday, October 15, 3:00 p.m. at Bascon Hotel, according to NBA vice-president and tournament chairman Johnny Ku.

To be discussed during the meeting are questions pertinent to the rules and regulations regarding the three-level competition which is slated to kick off either on November 10 or 11, at the Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

"We are thankful for the enthusiastic response of many teams who have already confirmed their participation in our forthcoming tournament after they received our invitation letter and we hope these teams will all be represented in the meeting this Monday," said NBA president Oscar 'Dodong' Bascon.

This year's NBA event will be staged in three categories-collegiate, high school and ball clubs.
Among the teams which immediately confirmed its participation is CEDAR Computer College of Cadiz City, the surprise NOPSSCEA collegiate finalist whoch took runner-up honors in last week's NOPSSCEA championship behind 9-time titlist West Negros College Mustangs.

Aside from Bacolod-based squads, also invited to see action in the high school category is this year's NOPSSCEA champion Silay Institute.

Meanwhile, in the ball clubs category, entries from as far as San Carlos City and Escalante City in North Negros and Sipalay City down south are also expected to compete in this division which hopes to attract entries from Bacolod-based ball clubs top-billed by Filsino, Probac, BBC, NOBC, among others.

Interested teams or ball clubs may call the NBA through telephone nos. 435-40-72 or 433-13-93 for more information regarding the forthcoming tournament.

amdgc82
05-19-2008, 07:43 AM
WNU Mustangs pocket 2008 NBA Mayor's Cup crown
By Henry C. Villalva
Monday, May 19, 2008
Sunstar Bacolod

MULTI-TITLED West Negros University Mustangs went to work early, posting a 24-19 first quarter lead and raced to a 69-59 advantage with 1:46 remaining in the fourth en route to a well-deserved 69-59 championship victory over Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod/JPV in the Negros Basketball Association (NBA) Mayor's Cup Summer Basketball Tournament at the packed Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School Saturday.

The Mustangs displayed an almost clinical offense anchored on the triple offensive threat of eventual MVP Ely Olarte, Alfie Villariza and Vengie Vergara and on a well executed team defense that translated into offensive flaws for the hard fighting but visibly outplayed Eagles.

The nine-time Nopsscea champion Mustangs mentored by Dennis Tumayan, who are former National University Games and National Students Basketball Championship (inter-collegiate) champions, were led by the prolific and hard-to-defend Olarte with 24 points and Vengie Vergara with 18, while point guard Alfie Villariza, who later joined Olarte in the Mythical Five selection, chipped in with seven, Winrich Posoc with six and Jeff Jacinto, Vergilio Dapar and Jetric Sumido added four apiece for the balanced scoring.

CSAB/JPV got 10 each from ex-pro Leo Bat-og and Johnson Salazar, eight apiece from Joemel Garrido, Rommel Tuyo, Jun Gelasan and Mamerto Santillan, four from Peewee Demonteverde and three from Edcil Ray Quizan.

In the battle for third place, the Province of Negros Occidental prevailed over Marwin Pawnshop, 82-76, with Joemarie Bayhon topscoring with a game-high 25 points, 14 from Jessiemar Gabihan, 13 from Rex Bayer, 10 from Mark Ramos and a combined 14 from Dawny John Suarez, Arnol Laureño, Joseph Arenas and Bert Celis.

Surprise semi-finalist Marwin Pawnshop was led by hard-working newcomer Herber John Berio with 20, three-point specialist Tommy Andren with 17, Andrew and PJ Deles with 14 apiece, plus a combined 11 points from Nestor Moeten and Badong Eufre.

Also named to the Mythical Five with Olarte were teammate Alfie Villariza, Marwin Pawnshop's Andrew Deles, CSAB/JPV guard Mamerto Santillan, and Province of Negros Occidental forward Joemarie Bayhon.

The team and individual awards were handed out by Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Councilor Al Victor Espino together with National Basketball Association (NBA) president Oscar Bascon, treasurer Vic Tan, and tournament commissioner Bobby Tee.

The champion's trophy was received by the WNU Mustangs in the presence of BAP/SBP Western Visayas regional director Anthony Carlo Agustin and former national team coach Joe Lipa.

amdgc82
06-26-2008, 03:10 PM
Thursday, June 26, 2008
NBA board meets Friday on Governor's Cup tourney
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THE Negros Basketball Association (NBA) board is scheduled to meet Friday 12 noon, at Bascon Hotel's Dodong's Fastbreak to discuss plans for the staging of the 2008 Governor's Cup tournament, said NBA president Oscar "Dodong" Bascon.

The Governor's Cup is the NBA's second major tournament for the year following the successful staging of the Mayor's Cup series last May, which drew the participation of eight open category squads and eventually topped by the West Negros University Mustangs.*

"We envision the Governor's Cup to be the NBA's contribution to the Province of Negros Occidental's sports calendar for the year as it is our humble way of trying to identify and discover prospective talents from the grassroots of our province," said Bascon.

The NBA board is also expected to formally choose a replacement for the post of secretary, which was recently vacated with the demise of long-time secretary Renato Rojo.

The WNU Mustangs, mentored by Dennis Tumayan, defeated the Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod-JPV team during the finals of the last Mayor's Cup series with prolific journeyman Ely Olarte named as Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

The other teams that saw action in the last Mayor's Cup series were University of St. La Salle, University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos-CEGASCO, Province of Negros Occidental, NOBC-Tough Trucks-BUS Group, Marwin Pawnshop and Coverdale Beach Resort & Pension House with Bobby Tee as tournament commissioner. (HCV)

amdgc82
07-03-2008, 06:36 AM
Thursday, July 03, 2008
List-up of teams for NBA Governor's Cup ongoing
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TEAMS wanting to see action in the forthcoming Negros Basketball Association (NBA) Governor Isidro Zayco Invitational Basketball Cup '08 can now register with the NBA at Bascon Hotel or through tournament commissioner Bobby Tee, said NBA president Oscar ‘Dodong' Bascon.

The Governor's Cup, which kicks off on August 2 at the Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School, is envisioned by organizers as the NBA's contribution to the province's ongoing grassroots sports development program.

"Through this tournament, we hope to give opportunities to teams from outside Bacolod to join and thus open the possibility of being able to discover fresh talents from the grassroots," Bascon told Sun.Star Bacolod Wednesday.

Among the teams expected to confirm their participation in the forthcoming competition are Ticel and Toyota from Iloilo City, Pamplona Bulls, Province of Negros Occidental, Silay City Selection, Hinigaran, Escalante City as well as Bacolod-based school teams led by reigning NOPSSCEA champion West Negros University Mustangs.

The Mustangs topped the NBA's Mayor's Cup series last May after defeating a reinforced Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod/JPV squad, 69-59, in the championship match.

"We expect the Bacolod-based school teams not to miss this tournament as this can very well serve as a tune-up series in preparation for this year's NOPSSCEA competition," Bascon added.

The other school squads that saw action in the last NBA Mayor's Cup tournament were the University of St. La Salle Stingers and the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos/CEGASCO Rams.

Teams interested to see action in the NBA Governor's Cup '08 may inquire at the NBA office at Bascon Hotel through telephone numbers 435-4072 and 433-13-93 through Nelia Naluis. (HCV)

amdgc82
07-18-2008, 11:34 PM
Friday, July 18, 2008
NBA meets Governor's Cup teams anew Tuesday
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THE Negros Basketball Association (NBA), headed by Oscar 'Dodong' Bascon, will meet again with representatives of teams that have signified their entry to the Governor Isidro Zayco Invitational Basketball Cup '08 event, which is slated to kick off on August 9 at 1:30 p.m. at the Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

The team representatives are expected to finalize the tournament rules, format of the tournament, as well as details regarding the opening ceremonies, said NBA tournament commissioner Bobby Tee.

Nine teams are seeing action in this series, which is the NBA's contribution to this year's sports development program of the province of Negros Occidental.

Governor Zayco will be the guest of honor and speaker during the August 9 opening ceremonies where the team muses will vie for the title of Miss NBA Governor's Cup and where the team with the best uniform will likewise receive a special prize.

The nine teams that have earlier signified their commitment to join are Silay City, La Carlota City, Hinigaran, Province of Negros Occidental, Cadiz City, Ticel-Iloilo, Toyota-Iloilo, Pamplona Bulls, and reigning Mayor's Cup champion West Negros University Mustangs.

Meanwhile, former pro and ex-Negros Slashers mainstay Leo Bat-og told Sun.Star Bacolod he is definitely seeing action for Ticel in the forthcoming NBA Governor's Cup series contrary to earlier reports that included him in the Pamplona Bulls lineup.

Bat-og represented Ticel during the last NBA meeting with participating teams.

amdgc82
07-26-2008, 09:55 PM
All systems go for NBA
Governor’s Cup cagefest
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Following up the success of its summer offering, the NBA Mayor’s Cup Summer Basketball Championship, the Negros Basketball Association is gearing up for its second major conference this year, the Gov. Isidro Zayco Invitational Basketball Cup that opens on Aug. 9 at the Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

Nine teams, Province of Negros Occidental, La Carlota City, Silay City, Hinigaran, Ticol-Iloilo, Toyota-Iloilo, Pamplona Bulls, Cadiz City and West Negros University will contest the title.

“The NBA Governor’s Cup is our contribution to the ongoing grassroots sports development program of the province of Negros Occidental and we are very thankful to Gov. Isidro Zayco for his tremendous support of this event,” NBA president Oscar “Dodong” Bascon said.

The governor will be the guest of honor and speaker during the opening ceremonies on August 9, which will open at 1:30 p.m.

Adding color to the event will be the selection of the Miss NBA Governor’s Cup who will be chosen from among the teams’ muses, and the special award for `Best in Uniform’ among the participating teams, tournament commissioner Bobby Tee said.

Reigning Mayor’s Cup champion WNU Mustangs take a fancied Ticel-Iloilo in the opening game scheduled right after the opening rites.

Ticel-Iloilo, owned and managed by businessman Alberto R. Lopez, is being top billed by former Negros Slashers standout Leo Bat-og together with former WNC Mustang Roel Balgos.

The Mustangs, who captured the Mayor’s Cup championship with an unprecedented unbeaten record, are expected to lean on MVP Ely Olarte and former National Students Basketball championship (inter-collegiate) MVP Vengie Vergara, among others.*NAB

thadzonline
07-26-2008, 11:49 PM
di ba ni commercial league?

amdgc82
07-28-2008, 10:07 PM
Monday, July 28, 2008
LGU heads invited to NBA Governor's Cup opening
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HEADS of local government units in the province will be invited to witness the opening ceremonies of the Negros Basketball Association (NBA) Gov. Isidro Zayco Invitational Basketball Cup '08 scheduled on Saturday, August 9, 1:30PM, at the Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

This was announced by NBA president Oscar 'Dodong' Bascon during the July 22nd meeting of the NBA board with representatives of participating teams at Dodong's Fastbreak of Bascon Hotel.

Gov. Isidro Zayco will be the guest of honor and speaker during the traditional opening ceremonies of this centerpiece tournament that has attracted the participation of nine teams - Province of Negros Occidental, La Carlota City, municipality of Hinigaran, Silay City, Cadiz City, Pamplona Bulls, Ticel-Iloilo, Toyota-Iloilo, and 2008 Bacolod Mayuor's Cup champion West Negros University Mustangs.

Ticel-Iloilo, owned and managed by businessman Alberto Lopez, takes on the WNU Mustangs in the opening match scheduled right after brief opening ceremonies on August 9.

Organizers expect an exciting matchup between the reigning Mayor's Cup titlists who are also the defending champion in the Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports Cultural & Educational Association (NOPSSCEA) and Ticel-Iloilo which is bannered by former pro Leo Bat-og and ex-WNC Mustang Roel Balgos, among others.

A Miss NBA Governor's Cup will be chosen from among the muses of participating teams, said tournament commissioner Bobby Tee, while a special prize for the team with the best in uniform will also be given out.

"The Governor's Cup is our humble contribution to the provincial government's grassroots sports development program, and we are inviting the mayors of all the towns and cities in the province to witness our opening ceremonies so they, too, will be challenged to participate in our forthcoming editions of the Governor's Cup," Bascon said.(HCV)

amdgc82
08-07-2008, 06:26 AM
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Pamplona Bulls debuts in NBA Gov's Cup vs Silay
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FANCIED Pamplona Bulls won't see action in the NBA 1st Gov. Isidro Zayco Invitational Cup '08 until Sunday, August 10, when they take on Silay City in the second game of a triple bill scheduled at 4:15 p.m.

But the team which is owned and managed by Pamplona Plantations and mentored by former Negros Slashers assistant coach Rollie Buenaflor with Sunel Tan as team manager won't really be able to test its mettle against the other fancied squads until the August 17 playdate when it tangles against equally fancied Ticel-Iloilo at 6 p.m.

Ticel, owned and managed by Iloilo businessman Alberto Lopez, is led by former pro and ex-Negros Slasher Leo Bat-og together with former West Negros College Mustang Roel Balgos who used to play with a rival Iloilo team in regular Iloilo Basketball League tournaments.

The other playdate in the series fans are eyeing not to miss is on Sunday, August 24, when the Pamplona Bulls face reigning NBA Bacolod Mayor's Cup champion WNU Mustangs in the scheduled 6PM matchup.

However, NBA tournament commissioner Bobby Tee said the so-called fancied teams need to be wary of the other LGU-backed squads that have served notice of their intention to really figure prominently in this event that is the NBA's contribution to the grassroots development program of the province of Negros Occidental.

Saturday's opening ceremonies at 1:30PM features the participation of the La Carlota Pasalamat drumbeaters as well as the WNU Glee Club who will sing 'The Lord's Prayer' and the pambansang awit.

NBA president Oscar 'Dodong' Bascon will give the welcome remarks, Gov. Zayco is the guest of honor and speaker and Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia will deliver an inspirational speech.

Zayco will later do the ceremonial toss assisted by Bascon, Leonardia and mayors Salvador Escalante of Cadiz City, Hermilo Aguilar of Hinigaran, Demy Honrado of La Carlota City and Jose Montelibano of Silay City.

NBA director, Prosecutor Eduardo Sayson, will introduce the guest speaker while NBA treasurer Vic Tan will preside over the awarding of the 'Best in Uniform' special award as well as the selection of a Miss NBA Governor's Cup '08 from among the muses of the eight participating teams.

Tickets for the tournament are priced at P25 for reserve and P10 for bleachers and games will be played every Tuesdays and Thursday starting 6PM and every Saturdays and Sundays starting 2:30PM. (HCV)

amdgc82
08-07-2008, 06:29 AM
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Duremdes to lead Ticel-Iloilo in NBA Gov's Cup
By Henry C. Villalva
www.sunstar.com.ph

FORMER Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) MVP Kenneth Duremdes is seeing action for visiting Ticel-Iloilo in the Negros Basketball Association's 1st Gov. Isidro Zayco Invitational Cup '08 this Saturday at the Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

This was confirmed by NBA officials on Wednesday during a meeting of the NBA board at Dodong's Fastbreak of Bascon Hotel presided by NBA president Oscar "Dodong" Bascon.

"We heard Kenneth Duremdes is seeing action together with former San Miguel Beerman Nelson Asaytono, although this will finally be confirmed on Friday when the teams beat the deadline for submission of their official lineups," said NBA tournament commissioner Bobby Tee.

Duremdes, the former Alaska Aces mainstay was reported recently as asking to be reinstated in the PBA, assuring that he still has a couple of good playing years ahead of him.

He was in Bacolod City last month together with the Mighty Sports team that played exhibition games against Ticel-Iloilo at the Bays Center and against the Silay Selection in Silay City.

"Pamplona Bulls also has a couple of 6'5s and 6'7s expected to boost the team's chances in the Governor's Cup and the other teams also have some other surprises, reportedly some FIL-Ams as re-enforcements," said NBA treasurer Vic Tan.

The NBA Governor's Cup is expected to kick off on Saturday, August 9, 1:30 p.m. with a lot of fanfare and with a fiesta atmosphere guaranteed to make the fans enjoy, with the participation of the La Carlota City Pasalamat Drumbeaters and the West Negros University Glee Club, NBA officials assured.

"We want the fans to really enjoy our opening program on Saturday especially with the selection of a Miss NBA Governor's Cup '08 from among the beautiful muses of the eight participating teams," Tan said.

The team with the best uniform will also receive a special award from organizers.

Governor Isidro Zayco will be the guest of honor and speaker while Mayors Evelio Leonardia of Bacolod City, Salvador Escalante of Cadiz City, Hermilo Aguilar of Hinigaran, Demie Honrado of La Carlota City and Jose "Oti" Montelibano of Silay City will assist Zayco in the traditional ceremonial toss together with Bascon.

Present in Wednesday's NBA board meeting were vice presidents Johnny Ku and lawyer William "Hanz" Chua, secretary Boy Gustilo, treasurer Tan, commissioner Tee and Bascon.

Meanwhile, NBA officials assured that opening day entry passes will be distributed to the different Bacolod barangays through their barangay captains to enable fans to witness the NBA opening which features reigning Bacolod Mayor's Cup titlist West Negros University Mustangs taking on Ticel-Iloilo in the opening game right after Saturday's opening ceremonies.

Games in this series, which is expected to last until September 7, are scheduled every Tuesdays and Thursdays starting 6:30 p.m. and every Saturdays and Sundays starting 2:30 p.m. Tickets will be sold at P25 (reserve) and P10 (bleacher).

amdgc82
08-08-2008, 06:23 AM
Friday, August 08, 2008
Macapagal to grace NBA Gov's Cup opening
By Henry C. Villalva
www.sunstar.com.ph

PHILIPPINE Basketball Association (PBA) star Mark Macapagal of the Coca Cola Tigers is slated to grace the opening ceremonies of the Negros Basketball Association's 1st Gov. Isidro Zayco Invitational Cup '08 Friday at the Po Hang gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

NBA president Oscar "Dodong" Bascon said the PBA star will be among the featured guests during the festival-type opening program where eight participating teams will parade with their muses and team captains holding their respective team banners.

A special feature in the traditional opener is the presence of the mayors of the towns and cities fielding teams in this centerpiece NBA event.

Mayors Salvador Escalante of Cadiz, Hermilo Aguilar of Hinigaran, Demie Honrado of La Carlota City and Jose "Oti" MOntelibano of Silay City have been invited to assist Zayco in the ceremonial toss to usher in the tournament.

Highlight of the NBA opening program is the selection of a Miss NBA Governor's Cup from among the muses of the eight participating teams.

A special prize to the team with the best uniform will also be given/

NBA treasurer Vic Tan will preside over the muse selection and awarding.

The program will have the special participation of the La Carlota City Pasalamat Drumbeaters and the West Negros University Glee Club who will sing "The Lord's Prayer" and the Philippine national anthem.

amdgc82
08-09-2008, 03:15 PM
Saturday, August 09, 2008
NBA Gov's Cup opens Friday
By Henry C. Villalva
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THE Negros Basketball Association is making sure Friday's NBA 1st Governor Isidro Zayco Invitational Cup '08 opening ceremonies will be remembered not only for its opening game between the West Negros University Mustangs and visiting Ticel-Iloilo, but more so because of its colorful traditional opening ceremonies.

"We believe this tournament is going to be exciting because of the eight participating teams," said NBA president Oscar 'Dodong' Bascon.

"The fans deserve to be entertained well during the opening ceremonies, that's why we have required the eight teams to come up with their beautiful muses and we've also invited the West Negros University Glee Club and the La Carlota City Pasalamat Drumbeaters to add color to the occasion," he added.

The Mustangs, reigning NBA Bacolod Mayor's Cup and NOPSSCEA champions, will be trying its mettle against a tough Ticel-Iloilo squad bannered by the likes of former PBA MVP Kenneth Duremdes and ex-Negros Slasher Leo Bat-og.

Others listed in the partial lineup of Ticel-Iloilo which was faxed Friday to the NBA office are Alberto Lopez, Tonyboy Espinosa, Edu Allado, Mark Yee, Ruel Balgos, Rhagnee Sinco, Reynel Hugnatan, Jay Pisuea, Francis Salcedo, Mark Hubalde, Tong Aquino, and Aming Doliquez.

It was not clear as of press deadline Friday whether the Mustangs will be fielding an intact varsity lineup as NBA tournament commissioner Bobby Tee was still awaiting the final submission of team lineups.

"It's still pretty much of a secret up to this point and the most we can do is speculate on the team reinforcements until we have in hand the actual lineups," Tee said.

Governor Zayco will be the guest of honor and speaker in Friday's opening program while Bacolod Mayor Evelio 'Bing' Leonardia will give his inspirational speech.

Mayors Salvador Escalante of Cadiz City, Hermilo Aguilar of Hinigaran, Demie Honrado of La Carlota City and Jose Montelibano of Silay City will join Leonardia and Bascon in assisting Zayco during the traditional ceremonial toss to usher in the opening game between WNU and Ticel.

A highlight of the opening program is the selection of a Miss NBA Governor's
Cup from among the muses of the participating teams, following the awarding of the best in uniform plum to be presided by NBA treasurer Vic Tan.

The participating teams are Cadiz city, Hinigaran, La Carlota City, Pamplona Bulls, Province of Negros Occidental, Silay City, Ticel-Iloilo, and West Negros University.

Cadiz takes on La Carlota City in Saturday's 3 p.m. schedule immediately following the opening ceremonies while Ticel-Iloilo meets the WNU Mustangs at 4:45 p.m.

Sunday’s schedule pits Hinigaran against La Carlota at 2:30 p.m., Silay City versus Pamplona Bulls at 4:15 p.m. while Cadiz City tangles against Ticel-Iloilo in the main game at 6 p.m.

Tickets for the series are at P25 (reserve) and P10 (bleacher).

amdgc82
08-09-2008, 03:34 PM
Governor’s Cup tourney
kicks off in Tay Tung
BY NIDA BUENAFE*
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Negros Occidental Gov. Isidro Zayco, Vice Gov. Emilio Yulo III, Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia and local chief executives of participating towns and cities will be at the Po Hang Gym of Tay Tung High School this afternoon to witness the opening of the 1st NBA Gov. Isidro Zayco Invitational Cup ’08.

Joining them in the opening rites are the Negros Basketball Association officials led by its president Oscar “Dodong” Bascon, and Philippine Basketball Association cager Mark Macapagal of Magnolia.

Bascon said it will be a unique opening day for the Governor’s Cup as the La Carlota drumbeaters were invited to provide the event a festive atmosphere.

The West Negros University Glee Club will lead the invocation and the singing of the national anthem while Bascon will deliver the opening remarks. Leonardia will give an inspirational speech and Zayco will give a speech as guest of honor.

Adding color to the opening ceremony will be the awarding of the `Best in Uniform’ and selection of Miss NBA Governor’s Cup by the association’s treasurer, Vic Tan.

The oath of sportsmanship will be led by Vengie Vergara, team captain of the WNU Mustangs while NBA vice president Johnny Ku has been tasked to declare the tournament open.

Joining Zayco in the ceremonial toss will be Leonardia, and Mayors Jose Montelibano (Silay), Salvador Escalante (Cadiz), Hermilo Aguilar (Hinigaran), and Demie Honrado (La Carlota).

The eight teams contesting the title are: Province of Negros Occ., Ticel-Iloilo, WNU Mustangs, Silay, Cadiz, La Carlota, and Pamplona Bulls.

Right after the opening ceremony, Cadiz will face La Carlota City while Ticel will challenge WNU Mustangs in the second game.*NAB

amdgc82
08-13-2008, 10:08 PM
Province beats WNU, 88-84
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Ely Olarte hit nine triples and finished the game with 33 points but they were not enough to win the ballgame for the West Negros University Mustangs against the Province of Negros Occidental team that won, 88-84, last night at the packed gym of Tay Tung High School in Bacolod City.

It was an all-Mustangs show in the first half of the play as Jack Tumayan’s wards from the WNU stables showed dominance with 28 big points in the first quarter and 30 points in the second canto while the Province only made 22 and 23 for a 13-point deficit at halftime.

But WNU’s guns suddenly went cold in the third quarter as Joemarie Bayhon led a 25-point surge of the Province to narrow the gap while the Mustangs managed only with 13 points.

With the score pegged at 71-70 entering the final quarter, the Mustangs failed to shrug off the pursuing Provincial guys who stole the limelight with a four-point victory.

In the second game, Silay beat Hinigaran, 116-104.*NAB

amdgc82
08-13-2008, 10:11 PM
Province Deals WNU 2nd Loss; Silay City Wins in 1st NBA Gov’s Cup
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Games tomorrow

6:00 p.m. - Cadiz City vs. Pamplona Bulls
7:45 p.m. - La Carlota City vs. Province of Negros Occidental

The Province of Negros Occidental dealt West Negros University Mustangs its second loss, 88-84, in an exciting match last night, while Silay City turned back Hinigaran, 116-104 in the first game in a battle of winless team in the 1st NBA-Governor Isidro P. Zayco Invitational basketball tournament at Po Hang gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School .

The eight-time NOPSSCEA champion and NBA Mayor’s cup titlist Mustangs also bowed to Ticel-Iloilo on opening day Saturday in a another exciting match, where they match again the Iloilo-based team reinforced by former PBA MVP Kenneth Duremdes and Alaska Ace Reynel Hugnatan.

The Mustangs is expected to come back on Saturday against Silay City at 2:30 p.m. along with two other games pitting Ticel-Iloilo against Hinigaran at 4:14 p.m. and Cadiz City versus province of Negros Occidental at 6 p.m.

The Rex Bayer-led Province of Negros Occidental fought the more agile players of the Mustangs in a run-and - gun plays containing its three vital cogs, Alfie Villariza, Ely Olarte and Vengie Vergara.

Silay City also took its stand against the hard-fighting Hinigaranon and fought aiming to join the win column along with seven other teams. The Ryan Gamboa, and ABS-CBN Bacolod anchorman-led Silay City was on the top against Robert Bunol, Jr.-led Hinigaran at the end of the match.

Both teams will see action on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Silay City will meet La Carlota City at 2:30 p.m. and Hinigaran against Cadiz City at 4:15 p.m. Ticel- Iloilo and Pamplona Bulls will battle at 6:00 p.m. to complete the triple-bill matches.

Tournament format is single round robin elimination with the top four teams joining together for a single round robin semi-final round going to the Best-of-3 championship.*

amdgc82
08-15-2008, 05:31 AM
Thursday, August 14, 2008
WNU Mustangs bow to province in NBA Gov's Cup
By Henry C. Villalva
www.sunstar.com.ph

NBA Mayor's Cup reigning MVP Ely Olarte sank the first of his nine triples from deep left as soon as he received the ball midway in the first period as if to signal the West Negros University Mustangs' intent to drub Province of Negros Occidental.

This was the action last Tuesday in the ongoing 1st NBA Gov. Isidro Zayco Invitational Cup '08 at the packed Tay Tung venue, which drew an uncharacteristically packed basketball crowd even on a rainy weekday.

But the prolific Olarte's game-high total of 33 points proved not enough as an inspired Province of Negros Occidental squad mentored by former Mustang Edward Cepriano outscored WNU 25-13 in the third.

They trailed by 11 at the end of the first half en route to the 88-84 come-from-behind upset victory that dealt the Jack Tumayan-mentored Mustangs their second straight loss in as many outings in this NBA centerpiece event.

Former University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos Ram Joemarie Bayhon led the province with 23 points and got solid support from Marlon Talatala with 17, ex-Mustang Arnol Laureño with 14 and Bert Celis with 11 while former CSA-B Eagles Mark Ramos and Rex Bayer combined for another 13 points for the well-deserved win.

Point guard Jeff Jacinto finished with 15 points for the Mustangs while team captain Vengie Vergara chipped in with 13 even as Alfie Villariza, Jetric Sumido and Winrich Pusoc combined for another 17 points on their own.

In Tuesday's first game, Silay City defeated Hinigaran, 116-104.

Thursday's schedule pit Cadiz City (2-1) against Pamplona Bulls (1-0) at 6 p.m. with the Rollie Buenaflor-mentored squad expected to field in three players in their lineup who have yet to see action in this series, even as upstart Cadiz City, bannered by ex-UNO-R Rams Jojo Miravalles and Rolan Delina hope to tally its third win as against the one loss they suffered at the hands of powerhouse Ticel-Iloilo.

This will be followed by the match-up between La Carlota City and the province of Negros Occidental at 7:45 p.m.

Meanwhile, organizers expect another overflow crowd this weekend starting with the Saturday clash between winless WNU and Silay City at 2:30 p.m., followed by Hinigaran versus Ticel-Iloilo at 4:15 p.m. and Cadiz against the province of Negros Occidental in the nightcap at 6 p.m.

Sunday's much-awaited match-up between pre-tournament favorite Ticel-Iloilo and fancied Pamplona Bulls, remains as the game to watch for most fans in this event, which is NBA's contribution to the grassroots sports development program of the province of Negros Occidental.

Tickets for the series are priced at P25 (reserve) and P10 (bleacher), available at the gate prior to game time.

amdgc82
08-16-2008, 05:39 PM
La Carlota upsets
Province in NBA
BY NIDA BUENAFE*
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It was a night of surprises in the NBA Gov. Isidro Zayco Invitational Cup as La Carlota City pulled off a one-point victory, 99-98, against Province of Negros Occidental who tamed the West Negros University Mustangs in their previous encounter at the Po Hang Gym of Tay Tung High School in Bacolod City.

Allowing the La Carlota boys to get the upperhand early in the game with a five-point margin in the first half at 25-20, Province paid dearly for their laxity as the cagers from the south sustained their lead in the second canto to end the halftime at 55-47.

In the third quarter, La Carlota valiantly held their ground and refused to yield the lead as the Province stepped up their game.

A 28-point output in the final quarter for the Province against La Carlota’s 21 points were not enough as Harold Nicor’s jumper delivered the win for the southerners.

In the first game, Cadiz City played consistently all throughout the game to post a convincing, 73, 66, decision against Pamplona Bulls.*NAB

amdgc82
08-16-2008, 05:42 PM
In 1st NBA-Gov Cup!
Cadiz City Cagers Bully Pamplona Bulls; La Carlota Repulses Province, 99-98
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Games tomorrow (Saturday)
2:30 p.m. - Silay City vs. WNU
4:15 p.m. - Hinigaran vs. Ticel-Iloilo
6:00 p.m. - Cadiz City vs. Province of Neg. Occ.

Cadiz City’s calculated plays paid off as the Whale City’s cagers bullied the Pamplona Bulls, 73-66, triggered by unexpected scuffles among players that emptied the bench of both teams last night in the 1st NBA-Governor Isidro P. Zayco Invitational Cup Basketball tournament held at the Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

The scuffles happened 7:43 seconds in the third quarter causing the ejectment of Pamplona bulls Mark Marcos for punching and Cadiz City’s Jessie Lumantas for throwing the ball. Both were also penalized with one game suspension by tournament commissioner Bobby Te.

Both teams also get technical foul for emptying their benches and went inside the hardcourt to join the melee. Cooler heads prevented more damages to the incident witnessed by former Senator John Osmeña, Pamplona Bulls owner.

The incident triggered after Rodel Canino wrapped up on Jessie Lumantas after the former tried to get an open spot for an assist resulting to a head-on collision as Lumantas slumped on the court.

Canino was charged for unsportsmanlike foul and was thrown-out from the game.

Lumantas scored 13 points before his departure for Cadiz which was topscored by Niel Raneses with 16 points.

Rolan Delina and Jojo Miravalles added 13 and 10, respectively.

Marcos made 16 points before his ejectment and teammate Jose Magdadaro contributed 18 points.

With the win, Cadiz coasted to two wins and a loss in this 8-pack team tournament. They also won over La Carlota City, 88-75. Their loss was against Ticel-Iloilo, 102-83 last Sunday.

Pamplona Bulls split their standing with 1-1 win-loss card. They won over Silay City, 92-65 also last Sunday.

In the second game, La Carlota foiled the last ditch attempt of Province of Negros Occidental, 99-98 for their second win against a loss and dealt the Province a 1-1 win-loss card.

The Province’s win recorded against eight-time NOPSSCEA and reigning NBA-Mayor’s Cup champions West negros University Mustangs, 88-84.

Tournament format is single round robin elimination with the top four teams joining together for a single round robin semi-final round going to the Best-of-3 championship.*

amdgc82
08-18-2008, 09:39 PM
NBA GOVERNOR’S CUP
Ticel nails fourth win; beats Pamplona Bulls
BY NIDA BUENAFE*
www.visayandailystar.com
*
Displaying the skills that made him a Most Valuable Player awardee in the Philippine Baskeball Association, Kenneth Duremdes made 22 points last night as Ticel-Iloilo claimed its fourth victim in Pamplona Bulls in the NBA Gov. Isidro Zayco Invitational Cup at Po Hang Gym of Tay Tung High School.

Taking it easy in the first half as Ticel posted a three-point lead after two quarters of play, Duremdes made his moves in the third canto as the visiting squad from Iloilo deftly held off the threatening Bulls whose lineup was reinforced by PBA players Joey Mente (Welcoat) and Mark Andaya (Red Bull), and PBL shooters Al Vergara (Harbor Center), and Dodie Sta. Cruz (Montana Pawnshop).

The win made Ticel as the only unbeaten team seeing action in the Governor’s Cup while Pamplona absorbed its second defeat in three outings.

Negrense Reynel Hugnatan, who came home after playing for the eliminated Alaska Aces in the PBA Fiesta Cup, delighted the crowd with his own moves as he registered 14 points for Ticel.

Ruel Balgos compounded Pamplona’s misery as he teamed up with Duremdes in the fourth quarter to put out a Bulls’ rally initiated by Andaya who got help from Mente and Vergara, the latter scoring three triples in the game.

Mente, who started hot in the first quarter with 12 big points including a three-point shot, topscored for Pamplona with 23 points while Vergara finished with 17, and Andaya, 15 points.

In another match-up, Silay City, failing to match West Negros University Mustangs’ speed and sharpness in Saturday’s encounter that ended in a 101-75 rout, vented its frustration on La Carlota City, 107-92, to claim its second win after four games.

Sonny Katipunan was unstoppable in the third and fourth quarters as Silay pulled away from La Carlota after a close first half that ended 48-46 in favor of Silay.

Meanwhile, Cadiz also registered its fourth win the tournament with its 97-85 triumph against winless Hinigaran, after getting away with an 84-77 victory against Province of Negros Occidental in Saturday’s match-up.*NAB

amdgc82
08-19-2008, 01:26 PM
Mustangs eye second win
in NBA Governor’s Cup
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After two heartbreaking defeats and an overwhelming victory, the West Negros University Mustangs are taking their titular campaign in the NBA Gov. Isidro Zayco Invitational Cup one game at a time as the squad hopes to nail its second victory tonight against Hinigaran as high-caliber basketball action continues at the Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

The defending NOPSSCEA men’s basketball titlist and reigning NBA Mayor’s Cup champion, WNU suffered its first setback in the hands of powerhouse Ticel-Iloilo, 95-91, but not before giving the much taller and more experienced squad a good fight.

Although highly favored to prevail against Province of Negros Occ., WNU absorbed its second defeat in their Aug. 12 encounter as the Mustangs failed to capitalize on the nine triples delivered by Mayor’s Cup MVP Ely Olarte and allowed the Province to steal the game, 88-84.

Frustration can easily be an effective motivation as the West Negros squad reported to Po Hang Saturday determined to reassert its place as one of the top contenders for the Governor’s Cup crown.

Ignoring the height advantage enjoyed by the Silay City team, the Mustangs went on to display the speed and shooting acumen they are known for as they built double-digit margins against Silay, finishing the game with a 101-75 rout of the northern city squad.

But even with the victory against Silay, WNU still has to win games to catch up tournament leader Ticel who topped the team standings at 4-0 win-loss card followed by Cadiz City with 4-1 record.

The Mustangs also needed a win tonight against Hinigaran to equal Silay and La Carlota’s 2-2 win-loss card.

But the WNU can not easily dismiss the winless Hinigaran whose members are expected to flex their muscles tonight to prove themselves as worthy contender for the Governor’s Cup title.

In the second game, Province also hopes to bounce back into the race after its painful one-point loss to La Carlota on Aug. 14 and its frustrating 84-77 defeat to Cadiz Saturday.

The Province cagers will face Silay in the 7:40 p.m. match tonight right after the Hinigaran-WNU game.*NAB

amdgc82
08-19-2008, 01:28 PM
In NBA-Gov. Cup!
Ticel Deals Pamplona 2nd Loss; Cadiz Continue Winning Streaks
By Cyrus M. Garde
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Team Standing
W-L
Ticel-Iloilo 4-0
Cadiz City 4-1
La Carlota City 2-2
Silay City 2-2
Pamplona Bulls 1-2
WNU 1-2
Province 1-2
Hinigaran 0-4

Ticel Corporation-Iloilo and Cadiz City continue their winning streaks to register two wins during the weekend in the 1st NBA-Governor Isidro P. Zayco Invitational Cup basketball tournament at the Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

In last Saturday’s matches, Ticel-Iloilo pencilled Hinigaran, 120-108, the second score that both teams reach century numbers, with Hinigaran and Silay registering the other, 116-104 in favor of Silay City.

Cadiz City dumped hard fighting Province of Negros Occidental, 84-77 for its fourth win in five outings losing only to Ticel-Iloilo, 102-83 last August 10. West Negros University regained its ground after two straight losses against Ticel-Iloilo on opening day and an upset loss to Province of Negros Occidental (88-84), to beat Silay City, 101-75.

Last Sunday’s matches, Cadiz City defeated Hinigaran, 97-85, while Ticel-Iloilo downed Pamplona Bulls, 91-83. Silay City, on the other hand, overpowered La Carlota City, 107-92.

West Negros University Mustangs will try to catch up with the league-leading teams in this 8-team pack tournament facing winless Hinigaran in the first game at 6 p.m. today, while Province of Negros Occidental versus Silay City in the main game at 7:45 p.m.

The tournament is a single round robin with the top four teams will advances to a single round crossover semi-finals, with the championship on September 6 or 7, 2008.*

amdgc82
08-21-2008, 06:42 PM
WNU Mustangs Catching Up in 1st NBA-Gov. Cup
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Games Tomorrow, August 21

6:00 p.m. WNU vs. La Carlota City
7:45 p.m. Ticel-Iloilo vs. Silay City

West Negros University Mustangs is catching up with the rest of the 8-team pack beating winless Hinigaran, 106-84 last night in the 1st NBA-Governor Isidro P. Zayco Invitational Cup basketball tournament at Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

The defending NOPSSCEA champion and reigning NBA-Mayor’s Cup titlist showed they are still a force to reckon with, its run-and-gun attitude in the hard court to register their second win in four outings.

Their win against Hinigaran is a follow up of their triumph against tall Silay City, 101-75 Saturday to avenge their two successive loses against the Ticel-Iloilo, 95-91 on opening day last August 9, and against Province of Negros Occidental, 88-84 last August 12.

Coach Jack Tumayan wards are trying to regain their composure in every game to catch up with the league-leading teams who are playing a single round elimination. They will meet unpredictable La Carlota City on Thursday, August 21. Ticel-Iloilo will play against Silay City.

They are now tied with La Carlota City and Silay City with 2-2 win-loss card.

Ticel-Iloilo is on top with four straight wins, followed by Cadiz City with (4-1).

Province of Negros Occidental (1-2) and Silay City are still playing at presstime.

The win for the Province will tie them with La Carlota and WNU. The loss for Silay City will give them 2-3 cards. But if they win, Silay will be on the third spot with 3-2 and Province will have 2-3. Pamplona Bulls at 1-2 is set to play against La Carlota City on Saturday, August 23, 2008.

The top four teams will advance to the semi final round on August 30 on a single round with the championship to start on September 4 in the Best-of 3 series.*

amdgc82
08-21-2008, 06:43 PM
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Mustangs gun for 3rd win in NBA Gov's Cup
By Henry C. Villalva
www.sunstar.com.ph

THEY started the series with back-to-back losses then got back slowly into the win column with consecutive wins over Silay City (101-75) and Hinigaran (106-83).

On Thursday, the West Negros University Mustangs hope to tally their third win for a 3-2, win-loss slate going into this weekend's schedule in the ongoing Negros Basketball Association (NBA) 1st Gov. Isidro Zayco Invitational Cup '08 when they battle La Carlota City, 6PM, at the Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

Once again, the Mustangs are expected not to field their top three gunners - Ely Olarte, Alfie Villariza and Vengie Vergara - lengthily, not allowing fancied Pamplona Bulls to scout their aces in preparation for the WNU-Pamplona Bulls clash on Sunday, August 24, 6 p.m.

In posting their 106-83 thrashing of winless Hinigaran last Tuesday, coach Jack Tumayan went to his second stringers for the scoring, getting 18 points from Jetric Sumido, 16 from Briton Javelona and 14 from seldom used Ryan Flores while Villariza chipped in with 15, Olarte with nine and Vergara with just one trey.

Going into this week's schedule, powerhouse Ticel-Iloilo is on top of the eight-team standings with an immaculate 4-0, win-loss card, followed by dark horse Cadiz City, 4-1, while the WNU Mustangs, Province of Negros Occidental and La Carlota City are in third with 2-2 slates followed by Silay City (2-3), Pamplona Bulls with 1-2, and Hinigaran, 0-4.

amdgc82
08-21-2008, 06:44 PM
NBA GOVERNOR’S CUP
Ticel hopes to extend win streak
BY NIDA BUENAFE*
www.visayandailystar.com
*
Powerhouse Ticel-Iloilo guns for is fifth win tonight, hoping to get past Silay City in their 7:45 p.m. match-up to extend its winning streak and remain on top of the team standings as games in the 1st NBA Gov. Isidro Zayco Invitational Cup resume at the Po Hang Gym of TayTung High School in Bacolod City.* * * * *

The visiting squad from Iloilo City has stamped its class in the tournament since Day 1, beating Mayor’s Cup titlist West Negros University, 95-91, and thrashing Cadiz City, 102-83 in its second assignment.

With seasoned players in its lineup, led by former PBA MVP Kenneth Duremdes and Alaska Aces campaigner and Negros’ pride Reynel Hugnatan, Ticel easily claimed Hinigaran as its third victim.

Even the presence of equally experienced cagers such as Joey Mente of PBA’s Welcoat, Mark Andaya of Red Bull and PBL stars Al Vergara of Harbor Center and Dodie Sta. Cruz of Montana Pawnshop who all suited up for Pamplona Bulls, failed to stop the Ticel squad from claiming its fourth win with a commanding 91-83 victory.

But Silay can not easily be dismissed as easy target for Ticel as Sonny Katipunan and company are expected to step up their game hoping to register the biggest upset in the tournament.

Silay hopes to bounce back into the competition and improve its 2-3 win-loss record after a frustrating 84-73 loss to Province of Negros Occ. in Tuesday’s game right in their homecourt at Natalio G. Velez Sports and Cultural Center.

The win gave Province its second triumph in the Governor’s Cup, sharing a 2-2 win-loss card with WNU Mustangs and idle La Carlota City.

Meanwhile, the Mustangs hopes to claim its third win in the tournament tonight by taming La Carlota in their 6 p.m. encounter.

The Mustangs managed to register back-to-back wins -- thrashing Silay, 101-75, and dominating Hinigaran, 106-83 – after suffering defeat in the hands of Ticel and against the Province in their previous encounters.

Meanwhile, NBA president Oscar Bascon said the single round robin elimination phase is expected to be completed at the end of the month with the top four squads advancing into the quarterfinals.

With the Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports, Cultural and Educational Association scheduled to open middle of September, Bascon said the best-of-three championship series of the Governor’s Cup is expected to start on September 4.*NAB

amdgc82
08-24-2008, 07:11 AM
In NBA-Gov. Cup
WNU, Ticel Win; Mustangs Test Cadiz City on Saturday
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Games Saturday
2:30 p.m. - Pamplona Bulls vs. La Carlota City
4:15 p.m. - Cadiz City vs. WNU
6:00 p.m. - Ticel-Iloilo vs. Province of Negros Occidental

Eight-time NOPSSCEA and reigning NBA-Mayor’s Cup champions West Negros University Mustangs stamped its class to get past hard fighting La Carlota City, 98-80 and registered its third straight wins against two successive losses, even as Ticel-Iloilo got its fifth straight win in the 1st NBA-Governor Isidro P. Zayco Cup Invitational basketball tournament at Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School last night.

Coach Jack Tumayan’s wards continued their running game to offset the opposition engineered by Ely Olarte’s 26 big points capped with three treys assisted by Monico Cup MVP Briton Javelona’s 18 points to dismantle La Carlota City.

With the win, the Mustangs are advancing to third, behind Ticel-Iloilo and Cadiz City in the 8-team pack tournament. La Carlota City is now having a 2-3 win-loss card.

Aiming to catch up with the rest of the leaders, the Mustangs will test Cadiz City on Saturday in their 4:15 p.m. match up, hoping to tie with the said team in the standing if they prevail. They will face Pamplona Bulls in the main game at 6:00 p.m. Sunday.

Ticel-Iloilo, on the other hand, beat Silay City , 105-79 to remain unbeaten with five wins. The powerhouse Iloilo-based team had an easy sailing due to its line up of former PBA MVP Kenneth Duremdes, Alaska Aces bigman, Negrense Reynel Hugnatan and two former PBA players Tony Boy Espinosa and Leo Bat-og. They will play the Province on Saturday in the main game at 6:00 p.m. and against La Carlota City at 4:15 p.m. Sunday, following the match up between the Province and Hinigaran. Pamplona Bulls (1-2), meanwhile, will redeem some prestige when they battle La Carlota City also tomorrow (Saturday) in the first game at 2:30 p.m.*

amdgc82
08-24-2008, 07:12 AM
Cadiz vs. WNU in
Gov’s Cup today
BY NIDA BUENAFE*
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*
West Negros University guns for its fourth straight win this afternoon to climb up into the team standings, and hopefully, share the No. 2 spot with Cadiz City as the two squads face each other this afternoon at 4:15 in the second game of the NBA-Governor’s Cup Invitational Tournament at the Po Hang gym in Bacolod City.

The Mustangs managed to shake off its back-to-back loss in the hands of tournament leader Ticel and Province of Negros Occ. and gained their composure back, prevailing over Silay, Hinigaran and La Carlota in lopsided victories in their next outings.

But Cadiz is similarly favored to win the match-up as the team’s reinforcements from the Philippine Basketball League are expected to give the Mustangs some headaches.

The team from the north earned the respect of the homecrowd with its convincing victories against La Carlota, Pamplona Bulls, Province and Hinigaran in their previous encounters. Cadiz only defeat was in the hands of Ticel.

First game this afternoon will feature Pamplona against La Carlota at 2:30 p.m. followed by the Cadiz-WNU game while Ticel collides with Province in the 6 p.m. schedule.

Tomorrow’s games will be between Province and Hinigaran in the first game, Ticel vs. La Carlota in the second game and Pamplona against WNU in the last game.*NAB

amdgc82
08-27-2008, 06:38 AM
NBA-GOVERNOR’S CUP
Cadiz shoots for semis berth;
Pamplona hopes to stay alive
BY NIDA BUENAFE
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Unbeatean Ticel-Iloilo secured the first ticket to the semifinals and the rampaging West Negros University Mustangs grabbed the second seat while Cadiz Whales shoot tonight for the third slot as the battle in the elimination round of the NBA-Gov. Isidro Zayco Invitational Cup ends this week at the Po Hang Gym of Tay Tung High School in Bacolod City.

With only four teams advancing to the single round semifinals, Cadiz hopes to gain the third semis berth with a win against Silay tonight to share the No. 2 spot in the standings with the Mustangs with a 5-2 win-loss card.

The Mustangs managed to pull the rug from under Cadiz’ feet in Saturday’s game, 92-78, to post their fourth consecutive win then went on to stamp their class against struggling Pamplona Bulls Sunday for an overwhelming 106-83 victory.

While the loss demoted Cadiz to the No. 3 spot in the standings with a 4-2 win-loss record, it remained in a comfortable position for the third semis slot with a game left to play on its assignment sheet.

Also hoping to make it into the semifinals are the Pamplona Bulls and the Province of Negros Occidental who will be facing each other on Thursday for the last game in the elimination round.

Pamplona hopes to keep its semis hopes alive with a win against Hinigaran tonight to improve its 2-3 win-loss card and threaten Province’s hold of the No. 4 spot with a 3-3 record.

With nothing more to lose as it heeds for the exit doors after a winless campaign, Hinigaran might just spoil the fun for Pamplona as a win for Hinigaran tonight will automatically give the last semis seat to the Province.

Despite registering its second win in the tournament Saturday against La Carlota, 104-88, Pamplona failed to keep pace with the Mustangs Sunday and absorbed its third loss after five outings.

Earlier, Negros Basketball Association president Oscar Bascon complimented all the eight teams seeing action in the Governor’s Cup for the exciting games that made the basketball-loving Bacoleños trooped to TayTung gym every Tuesdays, Thursdays and on weekends.

Bascon noted that the large crowd at the gym brought back the memories of the 90s when the local NBA tournaments were the benchmark of quality basketball in this part of the country.

The NBA is committed to give the Bacoleños and Negrenses high-caliber games that will tap the potential of local athletes while making the audience feel that they are getting their money’s worth in every game they watch.*NAB

amdgc82
08-27-2008, 06:44 AM
Pamplona, Province in KO Match for Last Semis Slot
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Games Today
6:00 p.m. Cadiz City vs. Silay City
7:45 p.m. Hinigaran vs. Pamplona Bulls
Games on Thursday
6:00 p.m. Province vs. Pamplona Bulls

An exciting match up for the last semifinal slots is expected between Province of Negros Occidental and Pamplona Bulls on Thursday, even as the Bulls who will face winless Hinigaran today and expected to prevail in the 1st NBA-Gov. Isidro P. Zayco Cup Invitational basketball tournament at Po Hang gym.

Ticel-Iloilo Corporation has secured the first semifinal slot with a seven straight wins, the last at the expense of La Carlota City, 105-84 Sunday. Province improve their winning streak to three wins against the same losses over winless Hinigaran, 99-82, while West Negros University Mustangs placed behind Ticel-Iloilo after denying Pamplona Bulls, 106-83 also last Sunday.

If Pamplona Bulls won over WNU Mustangs, it would be a smooth sailing for them to join the four-team semifinal slots as they are expected to get past Hinigaran. Pamplona has a tall order to beat Province for an assurance in the semifinals as both will have identical win-loss cards before they face each other.

A win by Cadiz City against Silay city at 6:00 p.m. today will tie them with WNU Mustangs. For the number two slot. It would be determine in a quotient system. If Silay City prevails, Cadiz City will be the number three team.

The top four teams will advance to the single round semifinals starting August 30.The team with the number of wins will play for the title in the best-of-3 series on September 6 and 7.*

amdgc82
08-27-2008, 12:21 PM
NBA-GOVERNOR’S CUP
Pamplona keeps
semis hopes alive
BY NIDA BUENAFE
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Pamplona Bulls remain in contention for the last semifinals berth as it routed Hinigaran last night, 120-83, to post its third win and share the No. 3 spot in the team standings with Province of Negros Occ. in the NBA Gov. Isidro Zayco Invitational Cup at the Po Hang gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

With the win, the Bulls intensified the tension between them and the Province as both squads will have a face off tomorrow for the last game in the elimination round, with the winner clinching the last semis seat.

John Repique stepped up his game and came out with 27 points for the Bulls while Tommy Andren played like there is no tomorrow for him and Pamplona as he hit six triples to douse any hope of Hinigaran cagers to redeem themselves.

Arnold Gono and Arnulfo Corriente scored 15 points apiece while Jose Magdadaro contributed 13 points as the Bulls outscored the winless Hinigaran team in all departments.

Pamplona cruised to an early lead, posting a 13-point margin the in first quarter which ended at 35-22.

Hinigaran tried to catch up in the second quarter but the Bulls simply proved too strong for them as the lead ballooned to 21 points at halftime with the score pegged at 64-43.

The third quarter saw Pamplona scoring 30 more points while Hinigaran managed to make 21. With the final result already decided as early as the start of the four quarter, Bulls tried to ease off the pressure on Hinigaran allowing the squad to score three triples.

Meanwhile, Cadiz City formalized its entry in the semifinals with a 97-83 win against Silay in the first game.

Roland Delina lead the Whales with 30 points while Joeffrey Miravalles scored 25 points to keep the persistent Silay team from getting nearer.

While Cadiz has been assured of the semis seat even as it fell to third spot in the standings after losing to West Negros University in Sunday’s game, it needed the win against Silay to post an identical 5-2 win-loss card with the Mustangs as it completed its elimination round assignments.

Silay on the other hand, finished the round with a 2-5 win-loss record to follow La Carlota and Hinigaran at the exit door.

Tomorrow’s knockout game between the Province and Pamplona Bulls will start at 6 p.m.*NAB

amdgc82
08-29-2008, 07:14 AM
Province faces Pamplona
in knockout game tonight
BY NIDA BUENAFE*
www.visayandailystar.com

It is time to bring on top secret plays and strategies and unleash each player’s shooting powers if Province of Negros Occidental hopes to tame the rampaging Pamplona Bulls in tonight’s do-or-die game for the last semifinals berth in the NBA Gov. Isidro Zayco Invitatational Cup at the Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

Game time starts at 6 p.m.

There will be no room for errors and inconsistencies for both squads as even a minor lapse can be fatal as there will be no more second chance for tonight’s losers.

The Province crew will have to dig deep from their reserve powers and dish out the same trap defense that gave them the four-point win against West Negros Mustangs in their Aug. 12 encounter.

Pamplona, on the other hand, needs to be more consistent on its offense to live up to the crowd’s expectation as one of the strongest teams in the tournament.

While the services of PBL reinforcements Al Vergara and Dodie Sta. Cruz and the PBA experience of Joey Mente and Mark Andaya will be sorely missed by the team should they fail to show up tonight, the reliable Tommy Andren and hotshot John Repique will be there to take the cudgels for the bulls.

Both Andren and Repique came out with standout performance for Pamplona in Tuesday’s blowout of Hinigaran and the same feat tonight can spell danger for the Province.

Tonight’s winner will join Ticel, WNU, and Cadiz in the single semifinals tussle that will begin Saturday.*NAB

amdgc82
08-30-2008, 07:04 AM
NBA-GOV’S CUP
Pamplona in semifinals;
outlasts Province, 94-88
www.visayandailystar.com
*
In the end, the team with a bigger fighting heart and a stronger will to survive came out victorious as Pamplona Bulls overcame fatigue and scored its third straight win to secure the last semifinals seat, beating Province of Negros Occidental, 94-88, last night in the NBA Gov. Isidro Invitational Cup at the Po Hang Gym of Tay Tung High School in Bacolod City.

The hotly-contested last ticket to the semifinals saw the Province surging to an early lead in the first quarter with Joemarie Bayhon leading the way with 10 points including two rainbow shots.

With Marlon Talatala and Bert Celis hitting their own three-point shots, the Province ended the first half with a five-point margin against Pamplona t 51-46.

But big man Mark Andaya made it a different story for the Bulls in the third quarter as he used his height advantage to keep Province from taking hold of the leather while sinking several precious shots for Pamplona.

Taking the cue from Andaya, Jose Magdadaro and John Repique also made their moves in the third canto as the Bulls outscored the Province to take the lead at 74-71.

The match-up lived up to its billing of a knockout game as the fourth quarter saw players from both squad exchanging shots -- and if not for cooler heads, punches as well -- as Talatala tried to reverse the final outcome with three triples for the Province.

Richard Verayo, however, answered Talatala with his own three-pointer in the final minutes while Andaya and Magdadaro continued playing tough to keep the lead Pamplona’s side.

Andaya topscored for the Bulls with 21 points while Magdadaro finished with 15 points while Mark Marcos contributed 12 points.

Bayhon led the scoring department for the losing squad with 19 points while Talatala tallied 18 points as the Province heeded for the exit doors to join eliminated teams La Carlota, Hinigaran and Silay.

Semifinal games start tomorrow with West Negros University facing Cadiz at 4 p.m. while No. 1 team Ticel, the unbeaten squad from Iloilo, Ticel, will tackle Pamplona at 6 p.m.*NAB

amdgc82
08-30-2008, 07:08 AM
Saturday, August 30, 2008
WNU vs Cadiz, Ticel vs Pamplona Bulls in Guv Cup
By Henry C. Villalva
www.sunstar.com.ph

THE stage is set for the much-awaited Final Four single-round semifinals in the 1st Negros Basketball Association (NBA) Gov. Isidro Zayco Invitational Cup '08 at the Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

Fancied Pamplona Bulls leaned on their 6'7" slotman Mark Andaya who topscored with 21 big points Thursday to ensure that they nail the last ticket to Saturday's semis round via a 94-88 thrashing of hard-fighting Province of Negros Occidental.

Andaya ably controlled the shaded lane and got much-needed offensive backup from Jose Magdadaro who chipped in with 15 even as local standouts Raymund Concha, Mark John Repique, and Tommy Andren added 12 apiece and Arnold Gono 11 points for the well deserved break.

The Capitol cagers got 19 points from former University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos Ram Joemarie Bayhon, 18 from Marlon Talatala, 13 from Mark Ramos while Rex Bayer, Arnol Laureño, and Bert Celis chipped in with 11, 10 and nine points, respectively.

Pamplona Bulls played minus Mark Marcos, whose father passed away recently, and point guard Al Vergara.

Saturday's first game pits No. 2 West Negros University Mustangs against No. 3 Cadiz City Whales at 4 p.m. followed by the 6 o'clock clash between powerhouse top qualifier Ticel-Iloilo and Pamplona Bulls, two match-ups expected to again fill the Po Hang Gym to overflow capacity in this NBA centerpiece event.

On Sunday, the WNU Mustangs take on Pamplona Bulls in the first game at 4 p.m. while No. 1 Ticel-Iloilo takes on No. 3 Cadiz City at 6 p.m. with reinforcements from both sides, led by Alaska Aces forward Reynel Hugnatan and Cadiz Whales import Neil Rañeses, expected to see action.

"All four teams start on a clean slate in this single round semis with the results of the elimination round not carried over to this round," said NBA tournament commissioner Bobby Tee.

Meanwhile, both NBA president Oscar Bascon and treasurer Vic Tan urged basketball fans to come to the venue as early as possible to secure choice seats.

"It's better if they come early so they won't run out of seats especially those who want to watch the games at the reserve area," Tan told Sun.Star Friday.

The four other squads who failed to advance to the next round in this eight-team series are Silay City, La Carlota City, Hinigaran, and Province of Negros Occidental.

amdgc82
08-30-2008, 03:47 PM
Saturday, August 30, 2008
NBA GOVERNOR’S CUP
Cadiz vs. WNU;
Ticel faces Bulls
BY NIDA BUENAFE
*
The battle begins for the top four squads who survived the elimination round as the semifinals in the NBA Gov. Isidro Zayco Invitational Basketball tournament unravel today in Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

West Negros University Mustangs and Cadiz City Whales will open the single round semis game at 4 p.m. while unbeaten squad and tournament leader Ticel-Iloilo will test the mettle of Pamplona Bulls which emerged victorious after a two-game skirmish en route to the semifinals.

It will be a grudge match between the Mustangs and the Whales with the latter hoping to avenge its Aug. 23 loss that gave the team its second defeat in the tournament.

The Rommel Balandra-mentored Whales however, are focused on getting into the final round and are ready to wage war not only against the Mustangs but also the Ticel and Pamplona as well.

To get past the Mustangs, Cadiz will need another inspired plays from Roland Delina and Joeffrey Miravalles who always bail out the Whales from trouble in their previous games.

Raffy Cañete and Richar Caberte are also expected to step up their games for the Whales to keep pace with the quick-footed Mustangs whose offense mainly relies on topgunners Ely Olarte and Alfie Villariza.

Meanwhile, Pamplona will have to dig deep for reserve strengths and score another win to keep its hope for the championship alive.

Pamplona made it into the semifinals after crushing Hinigaran and Province for a back-to-back win.*NAB

amdgc82
09-02-2008, 09:03 AM
Monday, September 01, 2008
WNU, Ticel triumph in NBA Gov's Cup semis
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PRETOURNAMENT favorite Ticel-Iloilo and crowd favorite West Negros University Mustangs posted wins over their respective opponents as the single-round Final Four semi-finals of the 1st NBA Gov. Isidro Zayco Invitational Cup '08 reeled off Saturday.

The encounter forced organizers to find ways to accommodate more fans inside the extremely overflowing Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

the Mustangs used their speed and vaunted outside shooting to prevail over the Cadiz City Whale, 91-81, in Saturday's first game getting the usual points from reigning NBA Mayor's Cup MVP Ely Olarte who tallied a game-high 25 points, while point guards Alfie Villariza and Jeff Jacinto chipped in with 18 apiece even as slotman Vergilio Dapar added 12 and Vengie Vergara 11 for the win.

Former University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos Ram Rolan Delina and import Neil Rañeses finished with identical 19 points each for Cadiz, while Marvin Mercado, Rene Divinagracia and Jojo Miravalles added nine each and Jessie Lumantas eight points for the loss.

Meanwhile, powerhouse Ticel-Iloilo repeated over Pamplona Bulls, 99-82, getting a game-high 31 points from former Negros Slasher Reynel Hugnatan, 19 from ex-PBA MVP Kenneth Duremdes, 16 from Roel Balgos while Edu Allado, Tonyboy Espinosa, Mark Yee and Tito Lopez combined for another 25 points.

Pamplona Bulls was led by Mark Andaya with 21, while Tommy Andren chipped in with 16 even as the returning Mark Marcos and Jose Magdadaro added 10 apiece, and point guard Al Vergara, John Repique and Richard Verayo put in another combined 22 points in their losing effort.

WNU was playing Pamplona Bulls as of press deadline Sunday while Ticel was to clash against Cadiz in the second scheduled game.

On Tuesday, September 2, Cadiz Wales take on Pamplona Bulls at 6 p.m. followed by Ticel against the WNU Mustangs in the continuation of the Top Four single-round semis.

The best-of-three championship round is scheduled on Thursday, September 4, with the number 3 and number 4 teams after the single-round semis to clash for 3rd and 4th places, while at 7:45 p.m. is the number 1 and number 2 fight for the championship in this eight-team NBA centerpiece event.

Tickets in this round are priced at P30 (reserve) and P15 (bleacher). (HCV)

amdgc82
09-02-2008, 09:04 AM
Monday, September 1, 2008
NBA GOVERNOR’S CUP
Ticel vs. WNU
final battle looms
BY NIDA BUENAFE*
www.visayandailystar.com

West Negros University Mustangs beat Cadiz City Saturday, 91-81, while Ticel-Iloilo tamed Pamplona Bulls, 99-82. Last night, it was Ticel’s turn to beat Cadiz, 86-78, while WNU prevailed over Pamplona, 90-71 in the first game earlier at the Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tungh High School.

With a 2-0 win-loss card in the semifinals, the Mustangs and Ticel booked themselves a ticket to the finals of the NBA Gov. Isidro P. Zayco Invitational Cup, a clash that will have its preview tomorrow with the two teams facing each other the last semifinals schedule.

With the best-of-three championship series set to start on Thursday, the Mustangs hope to find an answer to Ticel’s Kenneth Duremdes who continues to dish out suave moves inside the hardcourt, living up to his billing as one of PBA’s Most Valuable Player awardees.

The West Negros needs to neutralize the strong presence of bigman Reynel Hugnatan, the Negrense pride who recently inked another two-year contract with the Alaska Aces in the PBA.

While he enjoys playing for his “kasimanwas” Hugnatan said Ticel will be facing a tough opponent in WNU during the championship. He equally lauded Pamplona and Cadiz, saying Ticel managed to win against the other teams simply because of their good teamwork.

Hugnatan cemented his place in the books of the NBA-organized tournaments with a game high 31 points in Saturday’s game against Pamplona while Duremdes scored 24 points last night against Cadiz.

Not to be easily outdone in the individual scoring department, Mustang’s exceptional duo of Ely Olarte and Alfie Villariza also continue to sizzle in their turf. Olarte hit five three-point shots in the game against Cadiz Saturday while Villariza chipped in 18 points.

And while Ticel may have a deeper bench with Ruel Balgos providing a strong backup to the Duremdes-Hugnatan tandem and playmaker Tonyboy Espinosa dictating the tempo of their game, Mustangs have Vengie Vergara and Jeff Jacinto to hold off any fastbreaking assault the visiting Iloilo squad may launch come the championship series.

Still, the final outcome of the titular showdown largely depends on plays and strategies from bench tacticians Jack Tumayan of WNU and Kano Garcia of Ticel who steered their respective teams to convincing wins in the tournament.

Tumayan will be gunning his back-to-back championship in the NBA this year while Garcia can book his place in the history of the league as the first champion coach of the 1st Governor’s Cup.*NAB

amdgc82
09-02-2008, 09:37 PM
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Ticel tests WNU’s
mettle tonight
BY NIDA BUENAFE*
www.visayandailystar.com
*
Unbeaten after nine games in the tournament, Ticel-Iloilo will clash with the hardfighting West Negros University Mustangs tonight in the last semifinal game of the NBA Gov. Isidro Zayco Invitational Cp at the Bacolod Tay Tung Gym.

The match-up is a preview to the best-of-three championship series that will start Thursday which will be ushered by the knockout game for third place between Pamplona Bulls and Cadiz City Whales.

While Ticel looks formidable with its clean slate going into the finals, Negros Basketball Association president Oscar Bascon the Mustangs will give the visiting team from Iloilo a good fight for the championship title.

“We can see the intensity in every game of the Mustangs and we can expect Ely Olarte and Vengie Vergara to deliver the needed points for the team,” Bascon said.

He cited the first encounter between Ticel and WNU in the opening day of the tournament where the Mustangs managed to hold their ground despite the intimidating presence of PBA seasoned players like Tonyboy Espinosa, Reynel Hugnatan and Kenneth Duremdes.

“The Mustangs are not easily intimidated and their outside shooting is very good. Ticel should look out for those three-pointers from Olarte and Vergara,” Bascon observed.

Hugnatan himself is not taking anything for granted as far as the championship series is concerned.

He said all the teams they encountered in the tournament were tough and WNU has a very good lineup.*NAB

Liga Pilipinas
09-03-2008, 01:16 AM
Hopefully this tournament will serve as a catalyst for the formation of a solid and competitive entry that will represent either Bacolod City or the Province of Negros Occidental in the next Liga Pilipinas tournament!

amdgc82
09-03-2008, 07:05 PM
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
NBA GOVERNOR’S CUP
Ticel prevails
in finals’ preview
BY NIDA BUENAFE*
www.visayandailystar.com
*
Giving basketball-crazed Bacoleños a glimpse of the best-of-three championship series in the NBA Gov. Isidro Zayco Invitational Cup at Bacolod Tay Tung gym, Ticel-Iloilo and West Negros University went after each other’s throats last night, as Vengie Vergara engaged Tito Lopez in a three-point showdown that ended with the Iloilo team getting away with an 84-82 win.

With PBA superstars Kenneth Duremdes and Reynel Hugnatan missing from the Ticel lineup, the Mustangs asserted their dominance and stood their ground against the highly favored Iloilo team.

Lopez, who bankrolled Ticel’s participation in the league, earlier said his team is determined to capture the championship and he is confident that they can do it.

Previously contented at letting the more experienced guys taking control of the game, Lopez showed up with an intense performance last night, scoring 23 points including five triples.

But the local guys from the WNU corner are not about to pack their bags and succumb to the tournament’s No. 1 team.

Vergara answered Lopez’ foray at the rainbow territory with his own seven triples that sent the jampacked crowd cheering for the Mustangs. Vergara finished the ballgame with 28 points.

Meanwhile, Cadiz City Whales can easily take home the third place honors tomorrow if they continue playing the way they did against Pamplona Bulls last night, getting away with an 85-75 win.

It was a balance offense from the Cadiz side as each dribbler contributed in all departments to overpower the Bulls.

Joel Peroja hit four triples while Audi Locsin as the powerful tandem finished the ballgame with 16 points each.

Jose Magdadaro led the losing crusade of Pamplona with 15 points while John Repique finished with 14 points and Mark Marcos, 12 points.*NAB

amdgc82
09-03-2008, 07:06 PM
September 3, 2008
Ticel, Cadiz City Win; Best-of-3 Starts Thursday
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Games Thursday
6:00 p.m. - Cadiz vs. Pamplona
7:45 p.m. - Ticel vs. WNU

Ticel Corp-Iloilo wrapped up its unblemished record of nine straight wins in a close match against West Negros University Mustangs last night, 84-82 and will start their Best-of-3 championship on Thursday in the 1st NBA-Gov. Isidro P. Zayco Cup basketball tournament at the Po Hang gym.

Cadiz City Whales made it two in a row over Pamplona Bulls, 85-75 to follow up its first win, 73-66 last August 14, 2008. Their own Best-of-3 will start also on Thursday, but sources disclosed that Pamplona Bulls will no longer be available on Saturday as it will play in an exhibition match in Dumaguete City, along with two reinforcements from Cadiz City Whales, former Coca Cola Tigers Neil Rañeses and local boy Rene Divinagracia.

Although the matches are more on the prestige, each team play their hearts out, minus Alaska Aces Reynel Hugnatan and former PBA MVP Kenneth Duremdes for Ticel, whom the management gave them rest for the start of the title showdown on Thursday.

The excitement came when the Mustangs nearly scored an upset against the touted star-studded Ticel Corporation when Alfie Villariza score, 74-79 in last 1:45 minutes after Tony Boy Espinosa goal, but Ely Olarte converted a trey for 77-79, prompting ticel to call for a timeout. The spectators who were on their way out stood near the door when WNU came close as the game resume and Espinosa was foul Briton Javelona. Espinosa converted his free throws,79-82 and Mark Yee added two on a fouled for, 79-84, time at .44 seconds.

The Mustangs set up the play for Olarte or Vergara but Olarte was closely guarded and he passed the ball to Vergara who made it at the arc for 82-84. There is a chance headed by the Mustangs to make an upset but Briton Javelona has no options but to release the ball when Olarte and Vergara were guarded and Ticel got the ball until time expired.

Tito Lopez topscored with 23 points with five 3 points shot before he ouled out.Ruel Balgos and Rhagnee Sinco added 16 and 12 respectively.

Vergara made 28 big points, capped with 7 treys, while Villariza and Olarte added 14 and 11 respectively with both made two 3 point shots each.

This match served as an appetizer when they meet again in the Best-of-3 at the same venue, following announcement that the transfer of venue to West Negros University in the championship will not push through anymore.

Seldom used, Joel Peroja and Arnold Locsin contributed 16 points apiece to topscored for Cadiz City, Jojo Miravalles and Jessie Lumantas added 10 apiece.

Jose Magdadaro made 15, Jun Repique added 14, Mark Marcos 12 and Tommy Andren 10 for the losing effort of the Bulls.

Ticel Corporation-Iloilo is an eight time Iloilo Commercial champion, while WNU will also prove they are the reigning NBA-Mayor’s Cup titlist and an eight-time NOPSSCEA champion and is going to defend that this month when NOPSSCEA opens.

The Province of Negros Occidental headed by Gov, Isidro P. Zayco, sponsored the tournament as part of the province’s sports development program and organized by Negros Basketball Association headed by Oscar “Dodong” Bascon.*

amdgc82
09-05-2008, 07:05 AM
September 4, 2008
Ticel vs. WNU best-of-three
championship series starts today
BY NIDA BUENAFE*
www.visayandailystar.com
*
Ticel-Iloilo and West Negros University will start their best-of-three championship series tonight for the NBA Gov. Isidro P. Zacyo Invitational Cup at the Bacolod Tay Tung with each team hoping to register an advantage by clinching Game 1.

Sporting an unbeaten record going into the finals, Ticel remains the heavy favorite between the two squads but basketball followers, who loyally packed the Po Hang gym every game, are not giving up on the Mustangs.

They believe the reigning NOPSSCEA titlist has what it takes to beat the Ticel even with the formidable presence of PBA superstars Kenneth Duremdes and Reynel Hugnatan. Both players did not play in Tuesday’s non-bearing semifinal game between the two finalists where Ticel prevailed, 84-82.

“Everything changes during the championship. Nobody is assured of the title until the series is over,” Hugnatan had said in an interview with the DAILY STAR.

He also complimented the skills of Mustangs’ Ely Olarte, Alfie Villariza and Vengie Vergara, who kept the WNU’s offense going.

Hugnatan said Ticel’s unbeaten record is largely due to their teamwork with each player familiarizing himself with the moves of his teammates.

Meanwhile, WNU will be going out there tonight to give Ticel a hardfight for the title.

The Mustangs made history in summer when it captured the Mayor’s Cup crown, also, with an unbeaten record from the elimination round to the finals.

With Duremdes and Hugnatan missing from Ticel’s lineup Tuesday, the Mustangs did not allow the Iloilo team to pull away, allowing only a two-point margin in the final score.

Meanwhile, Cadiz City Whales and Pamplona Bulls will have their knockout game at 6 p.m. tonight for the third place honors.

The Bulls will try to redeem themselves after an 85-75 loss to Cadiz Tuesday in their semifinals encounter.*NAB

amdgc82
09-05-2008, 12:46 PM
September 5, 2008
NBA-GOV’S CUP FINALS
Ticel wins Game 1;
Cadiz bags 3rd place
BY NIDA BUENAFE
www.visayandailystar.com
*
Ticel-Iloilo is one game away from adding the NBA Gov. Isidro P.* Zayco Invitational Cup to the list of tournaments it won after whipping West Negros University last night, 88-72, in Game 1 of their best-of-three championship series at the Bacolod Tay Tung gym.

Even without the towering presence of Reynel Hugnatan of PBA’s Alaska Aces, Ticel overpowered the Mustangs with Ruel Balgos and Kenneth Duremdes leading the Iloilo assault as early as the first quarter.

Duremdes finished the ballgame with 20 points while Balgos scored 14.

Earlier, Cadiz City Whales prevailed over Pamplona Bulls, 85-75, to bag the second runner-up honors.

Complimenting his players for their outstanding performance against Pamplona, coach Rommel Balandre said the boys were simply determined to win despite that the NBA Governor’s Cup is their first exposure in a commercial league.

Since Pamplona is a tough opponent with good outside shooters, Balandre said he instructed his players to play slow break in the early quarters to maximize their height advantage.

But the Bulls opted to accelerate the tempo of the game and outscored the Whales, 40-38, at halftime, prompting coach Balandre to send in the diminutive Michael Blanco to call the shots.

The gamble paid off as Pamplona started to lose steam in the final quarter, scoring only 12 points while Cadiz made 26 to win the game.

“We are happy with what we accomplish here in the Governor’s Cup. It is an honor for Cadiz and we are grateful for the support given by Mayor Bading Escalante to the team,” Balandre said.

Meanwhile, Ticel and WNU will clash again tomorrow, 5:30 p.m. in Game 2 of the championship.*NAB

amdgc82
09-05-2008, 12:48 PM
September 5, 2008
Ticel Wins Game 1; Cadiz Bags 3rd Place in NBA-Gov Cup
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Game on Saturday
5:30 p.m. - Ticel vs. WNU (Game 2)

Ticel proved too much for West Negros University (WNU) Mustangs, winning game one of their Best-of-3 series, 88-72 and will try to end the clincher this Saturday in the 1st NBA-Gov. Isidro P. Zayco Cup basketball tournament at the Po Hang gym last night.

Ticel Corporation relied on the experience of its bigmen to thwart the inspired play of the Mustangs who were trying to offset their lack of ceiling and bulk compared to the Iloilo-based team, reinforced by four active and former PBA players by employing double and triples teaming and quick response once they get the ball but went to naught.

Ticel, who played without Alaska Aces Reynel Hugnatan, led 25-16 in the first quarter and ended the half at 50-31. Last Tuesday, they nearly upset Ticel, 84-82. Former PBA MVP Kenneth Duremdes topscored for Ticel with 20 points, Ruel Balgos 14, Tony Boy Espinosa 13, and Tito Lopez, Ticel owner’s son added 9.

Vengie Vergara ignited with 29 points for the Mustangs, Virgilio Dapar 10 and Alfie Villariza 11.

Ticel and WNU will meet again Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at the same venue.

The Mustangs, playing with prestige at stake, held their ground to the delight of the crowd that trooped to Po Hang gym to have a glimpse of how their favourite team plays against the Iloilo best commercial team. The Iloilo team is eight-time Iloilo Commercial Basketball League champion, while the WNU is defending its eight-time title in the NOPSSCEA, at the same time, the reigning NBA-Mayor’s cup titlist.

Meanwhile, Cadiz City showed its domination over Pamplona Bulls, beating the later, 87-75 to wrap its 3rd place finish in the tournament. Cadiz City defeated the Bulls thrice already, 73-66 last August 14 and 85-75 last Tuesday. They were awarded a huge trophy for placing third.

Former Coca Cola Tigers Neil Raneses topscored for Cadiz with 26, Joel Peroja added 20, Audi Locsin 12 and Jojo Miravalles 10.

For the loser, Tommy Andren made 16 points, Ryan Concha, Chad Paez had 9 apiece and Mark Marcos, Jose Magdadaro and John Repique contributed 8 points each.

Pamplona Bulls are reportedly playing this Saturday in Dumaguete City for an exhibition match. Raneses and Rene Divinagracia of Cadiz City will reinforce the team.

Bankrolled by the provincial government under Gov. Isidro Perez Zayco, it is now considered the most prestigious basketball tournament in the whole province, where a throng of basketball aficionados troop to Po Hang gym to see their best teams and favourite players.

A month-long tournament was participated by eight teams who played in a single round elimination and run by Negros Basketball Association headed by Oscar “Dodong” Bascon. Tournament commissioner is Bobby Tee.

The winners will receive a huge championship and runner-ups trophies to be awarded by Governor Isidro P. Zayco.*

amdgc82
09-07-2008, 07:40 AM
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Ticel eyes clincher in
Governor’s Cup finals
BY NIDA BUENAFE
www.visayandailystar.com
*
At 5:30 p.m. today, West Negros University Mustangs will be playing against Ticel-Iloilo in Game Two of their best-of-three championship series in the NBA Gov. Isidro P. Zayco Invitational Cup at the Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

The Mustangs, champions in the Mayor’s Cup summer tournament and reigning NOPSSCEA titlist, face a tough task of stopping the powerful Ticel that carried into the Governor’s Cup its overwhelming track record of eight championship titles in Iloilo Commercial League.

Undefeated since the elimination round, Ticel is poised to end the series today and go back to Iloilo City victorious.

But WNU might not easily yield as the Mustangs are also known for their hardfighting ways and never-say-die stance.

“Game two will be a moment of truth for the Mustangs. Win or lose, we have seen a tougher WNU squad in this tournament whose members were never intimidated to play against seasoned players,” NBA president Oscar “Dodong” Bascon said.

He also observed that the Governor’s Cup has broken the record of crowd turnout in NBA history and he expressed his gratitude to the loyal basketball followers in the city who packed the Po Hang gym.

Should Ticel prevail over WNU today, Bascon said the championship and the runner-ups trophies, especially designed for the tournament, are ready for the awarding ceremony. Cadiz beat Pamplona Bulls Tuesday night to secure the second runner-up honors.

Special awards will also be given to the tournament’s Mythical Five and the Most Valuable Player, Bascon said.*NAB

amdgc82
09-09-2008, 06:34 AM
Monday, September 8, 2008
Ticel wins NBA
Gov’s Cup crown
BY NIDA BUENAFE*
www.visayandailystar.com

West Negros University Mustangs put up a good fight but Ticel Iloilo proved to be too strong and too big for West Negros University as the visiting squad capture the crown, 85-81, in Game 2 of their best-of-three series Saturday of the 1st NBA Gov. Isidro Zayco Invitational Cup at the Bacolod Tay Tung High School gym.

The four-point lead of Ticel in the final tally captured the combating stance of the Mustangs who momentarily stole the limelight from Ticel in the second quarter with a 32-point rally led by Vengie Vergara and Alfie Villariza.

Outrunning Ticel defenders in the opening of the second quarter, Villariza scored 9 successive points, including two gift shots, while Vergara sent the jampacked crowd at the Po Hang gym in a frenzy with his four triples that gave the Mustangs a 12-point lead at 39-27.

But the Mustangs’ spirited assault was immediately squelched by tournament Most Valuable Player Kenneth Duremdes who quickly made six points in a row to narrow the margin and end the halftime at 45-40.

“West Negros played very, very well tonight. It was a very tought and tiring game and they (WNU) showed us why they are the best basketball varsity squad in Negros today,” Ticel’s team owner Tito Lopez said after the game.

Lopez, who was awarded the Best Sportsmanship award, said Ticel was determined to win the championship in Game 2 since it will be very dangerous to play WNU in Game 3.

“West Negros is a very strong team and we can not take our chances to play them again in Game 3,” Lopez said adding that he was grateful to the crowd and the NBA management who graciously welcome Ticel in Bacolod City.

“We are looking forward to defending out title here. And we will definitely come back to play in another tournament organized by the NBA,” he added.

Meanwhile, Vergara, who along with teammate Ely Olarte and Ticel’s Ruel Balgos, Tonyboy Espinosa and Duremdes composed the Mythical Five, said it was a big learning experience for the Mustangs to play against Ticel.

Although there were some lapses on their part in the final game and they were no match to the bigger Ticel in low post, Vergara, who finished with 21 points, said the Mustangs gave their best and managed to give Ticel a good fight.

WNU coach Jack Tumayan also praised his wards for delivering an all-out performance in Game 2.

While at some point he was not satisfied with the calls of the officials, Tumayan said the tournament was a good preparation for them in the forthcoming NOPSSCEA games.

Glad with the large turnout of the crowd in all games of the 1st Governor’s Cup, NBA president Oscar Bascon said that in the history of the league, the concluded tournament was the most successful.

“There’s a lot of people to thank, but I doff my hat to the basketball-loving Bacoleños who loyally followed the games and to the Provincial Government led by Gov. Zayco who generously sponsored the tournament,” Bascon said.

He added that the NBA will definitely continue its tradition of providing the Bacoleños and Negrenses quality games that can develop local basketball talents.*NAB

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09-09-2008, 03:51 PM
September 8, 2008
Ticel Bags First NBA-Gov Cup Title
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Highly favored Ticel Corporation-Iloilo defeated West Negros University (WNU) Mustangs, 85-81 to bag this year’s 1st NBA-Gov. Isidro P. Zayco Cup basketball tournament at the Po Hang gym Saturday.

The Mustangs had a hard time against Ticel by taking the half at 45-40 after giving up the first quarter, 13-21.

Winrich Posoc, Briton Javelona, Vengie Vergara, Virgilio Dapar and Jeff Jacinto started for the Mustangs while Reynel Hugnatan, Ruel Balgos, Tony Boy Espinosa, Kenneth Duremdes and Tito Lopez for Ticel Corporation.

Posoc made the initial basket for WNU a counter by Balgos, followed by a trey of Lopez. From there, Vergara missed at least six tries in the rainbow area and went on scoreless in the next 3minutes, until Alfie Villariza, who replaced Jacinto found his mark at 3:26 seconds for 8-17 score, following the free throw of Duremdes on the foul of Ryan Flores as replacement for Javelona.

Villariza and Olarte, who went inside for Vergara kept the Mustangs at bay with two successive points, then Duremdes was called with an offensive fouls in the last 8.8 seconds.

Villariza made a jump hot before the time expired but coach Jack Tumayan berated the referees for not calling a foul on Espinosa when he tried to blocked Villariza. The crowd roared.

Mark Yee opened up the second quarter for Ticel, but Villariza countered on a technical foul off Elben Leonida for being unsportsmanlike. Villariza again made two for the Mustangs, 17-23 and found his mark for a trey, 20-23 after Ticel committed a turnover for 3 seconds violation.

Rhagnee Sinco converted before Leonida was charged again for offensive foul at 7:40 minutes. Vergara, answered with a 3-point, then Olarte, who failed to convert at the rainbow area, recovered his own miss and converted to tie the count at 25-all for the first deadlock.

After Duremdes converted for 27-25, Vergara made two treys, Jacinto and Dapar added points for a 35-27 score time down at 3:52 seconds.

Duremdes, who was named the tournament’s MVP, carried Ticel to tie the score at 40-all for the last deadlock of the night, but Vergara later converted another trey and Villariza added two for 45-40 half time score.

Starting at the third quarter, Ticel capitalized on the Mustang’s laxity and went scoreless in the first three minutes, with successive treys of Espinosa and Duremdes. Olarte only found his mark at the rainbow area at 6:05 minutes, 48-52 and things did not look the same for Mustangs until the game ended.

Duremdes made 20 points mostly on his sniping, Hugnatan 15, Mark Yee added 14 before he fouled out, Lopez contributed 13 and Balgos, who was also selected in the Mythical five along with Espinosa, added 10 for Ticel.

Olarte made 23 points for the Mustangs and Vergara added 21. Both completed the Mythical five, while Villariza contributed 14 points.
Lopez was granted the Sportsmanship Award.

Cadiz City placed third and Pamplona bulls was fourth in the eight-team pack tournament that lasted for almost a month with weekend schedules.

Governor Isidro P. Zayco awarded the trophies to the winners, along with Sangguniang Panlalawigan Gary Acuña, Nehemias de la Cruz and Patrick Lacson.*

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07-19-2009, 07:36 AM
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NBA 2nd Gov. Isidro Zayco Cup caging listup ongoing
Saturday, July 18, 2009

TEAMS that want to participate in the 2009 Negros Basketball Association (NBA) 2nd Gov. Isidro Zayco Cup open invitational tournament are urged to confirm their participation with the NBA tournament committee as soon as possible as the tournament is scheduled to reel off on Saturday, August 8, at the LN Agustin Memorial Sports Center (formerly the West Negros University Gym).

This was confirmed Friday by NBA president Oscar 'Dodong' Bascon who said the tournament is will definitely push through as scheduled with at least ten teams expected to see action led by defending champion Ticel Corporation of Iloilo owned by businessman Tito Lopez.

Also expected to confirm participation are last year's losing finalist and reigning NOPSSCEA champion West Negros University Mustangs, University of St. La Salle Stingers now being mentored by Daniel Tiu and Felipe Luciano, University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos mentored by Pol Morales, Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod Eagles, Pamplona Bulls, Cadiz City Whales, La Carlota City Iron Dinosaurs, Silay City Selection and Hinigaran, among others.

Bascon likewise confirmed that they are trying their best to have the participation of Gov. Oscar Moreno's Misamis Oriental Meteors mentored by former (MBA) Negros Slashers head coach Jun Noel and Manny Pacquiao's MP GenSan Warriors mentored by former WNC Mustang Jesus Ramon 'Nonoy' Pido.

The import-laden tournament allows participating teams to field two reinforcements (imports) coming from either the ranks of former PBA players, active collegiate players from Metro Manila leagues like the NCAA and the UAAP, as well as those from the commercial ranks like the PBL (Philippine Basketball League).

Last year's champion Ticel was reinforced by ex-PBA MVP and now coca Cola Tigers interim coach Kenneth Duremdes as well as ex-PBA guard Tonyboy Espinosa while also enjoying the services of former Negros Slashers forward Leo Bat-og, ex-Far Eastern University Tamaraw and former PBL (Viva Mineral Water) campaigner Rhagnee Sinco, as well as ex-Misamis Oriental Meteor and now Burger King Whopper Mark Yee, among others.

The Governor's Cup series is being staged at the WNU venue since the NBA's patented home, the Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School is currently undergoing much-needed renovation, said NBA treasurer Vic Tan.

For more information on the Governor's Cup interested teams are advised to contact the NBA at its Bascon Hotel office through tel. no. 435-40-72 or 433-13-93 during office hours and to just look for Ms. Nelia Naluis. (HCV)

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07-24-2009, 07:12 PM
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Yee may suit up for Ticel or Misamis Meteors in NBA Governor's Cup
Friday, July 24, 2009

PBA Burger King rookie Mark Yee of Sagay City, Negros Occidental said he may either see action for reigning champion Ticel or with his former Liga Pilipinas team the Misamis Oriental Meteors of Gov. Oscar Moreno in this year's Negros Basketball Association (NBA) 2nd Gov. Isidro P. Zayco Cup open invitational tournament, which is slated to reel off on August 8, barring no hitches, at the LNA Memorial Sports Center (formerly the West Negros University Gym).

Yee, a former University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos Ram who was recently tapped by Burger King coach and national team mentor Yeng Guiao to join the RP squad in its series of tune-ups against the visiting Athletes in Action cagers from the US, told Sun.Star Bacolod in a telephone interview Thursday he is still awaiting word from either of two teams as to whether he will be asked to see action in the NBA Governor's Cup.

"As of now, I can't say which team I'm joining; it will depend on which team asks me first. I guess I'll decide when any of the two teams contacts me regarding this," Yee said.

Yee was a member of the Ticel Corporation team of Iloilo which topped the 1st NBA Governor's Cup last year at the expense of the West Negros University Mustangs in the finals.

Yee was the leading MVP contender when he teamed up with former WNC Mustang point guard Mark Moreño to lead the Misamis Oriental Meteors to the finals of last year's Liga Pilipinas.

He said he was also waiting for word from Moreño as to whether the Meteors, mentored by former Negros Slashers head coach Jun Noel is planning to see action in this year's NBA Governor's Cup series.

Yee also said he foresees no problem with his PBA team in connection with his playing for any team in the Governor's Cup since the Fiesta Cup is already over.

"I look forward to playing in the Governor's Cup. As to which team, I will decide later depending on the circumstances," the PBA rookie added. (HCV)

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10-26-2009, 09:29 AM
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NBA board meets with Governor's Cup team reps this week
Monday, October 26, 2009

COACHES and team representatives of squads who have been invited to compete in the Second Governor Isidro Zayco Cup Open Invitational Basketball Tournament organized by the Negros Basketball Association (NBA) will meet this week to finalize details of the tournament.

This was confirmed during the weekend by NBA president Oscar "Dodong" Bascon, who also confirmed that the tournament is tentatively slated to kick off on Nov. 21 or Nov. 28.

In an initial meeting of the NBA board last Thursday at Dodong's Fastbreak of Bascon Hotel, the board decided to invite eight to ten teams to compete in this year's edition of the event which was topped during last year's inaugural staging at the Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School by powerhouse Ticel Corporation of Iloilo owned by businessman Tito Lopez.

Among the teams being invited to compete this year are schools teams West Negros University, last year's losing finalist, University of St. La Salle, Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod and University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos.

The NBA board likewise decided to invite again the LGU-backed teams who also competed last year including the Cadiz City Whales, The La Carlota City Iron Dinosaurs, Silay City and Hinigaran.

An innovation meant to attract more fans to the games is the possible participation of several teams coming from outside Negros including UAAP squads Adamson University Falcons and Far Eastern University Tamaraws, as well as Liga ng Pilipinas campaigners Iloilo Mang Inasals, the MP GenSan Warriors of boxing icon Manny Pacquiao which is mentored by former WNC Mustang Jesus Ramon "Nonoy" Pido, as well as the Mizamis Oriental Meteors of Governor Oscar Moreno, which is being mentored by former Negros Slashers head coach Jun Noel.

Teams wanting to see action in this year's tournament are being urged to contact the NBA at Bascon Hotel through tel. nos. 435-4071 or 433-1393 c/o Ms. Nelia Naluis for more details regarding the competition which is the NBA's contribution to the ongoing sports development program of the provincial government. (HCV)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 26, 2009.

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11-17-2009, 10:07 AM
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Toyota-WNU vs CSAB in NBA Governor's Cup opener
Tuesday, November 17, 2009

THE Toyota-West Negros Universitywill face Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod in the 3 p.m. opening game of the 2009 2nd NBA Governor Isidro Zayco Cup Open Invitational Basketball Tournament.

It will be followed by the clash between defending champion Ticel and University of St. La Salle on Saturday, November 21, at the Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

This was announced by NBA tournament commissioner Bobby Tee during Monday's meeting with team representatives at Dodong's Fastbreak of Bascon Hotel presided by NBA president Oscar "Dodong" Bascon in the presence of treasurer Vic Tan and directors Raul Dueñas, Ed Sayson and Jun Ballesteros and team representatives from Ticel, Toyota-WNU, CSAB, Cadiz City, DPWH, USLS, and Sharp-BUS Group, among others.

A total of 10 teams, 5 each in the Division I (open category) and Division II (LGU/clubs category) are competing in this year's edition of the event that is the NBA's contribution to the province's grassroots sports development program.

The teams seeing action in Division I are Ticel, Toyota-West Negros University, Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod, University of St. La Salle and University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos.

In Division II, the teams are Cadiz City, Hinigaran, DPWH, Sharp-BUS Group and Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod Alumni.

Hostilities in Division II are scheduled to kick off on Saturday, November 28, following the traditional opening ceremonies starting 1:30 p.m. with Governor Isidro Zayco as guest of honor and speaker.

Coaches and team representatives are scheduled to meet again with the NBA tournament committee to submit their final lineups on Thursday, November 19, 12 noon at Dodong's Fastbreak. (HCV)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on November 17, 2009.

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11-17-2009, 10:30 AM
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In 2nd NBA-Governor’s Cup
Ticel, Toyota-WNU Take Separate Opponents Saturday
November 17, 2009

Defending champion Ticel Corporation and runner-up Toyota-West Negros University will take on separate opponents in the Christmas offering of the Negros Basketball Association-Governor Isidro Zayco Cup which opens Saturday, November 21, 2009 at the Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School. Ticel will face University of St. La Salle at 3:45 p.m. after the match-up between NOPS-SCEA champion and runner-up Toyota-WNU and Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod at 2:00 p.m. On Sunday, November 22, USLS Stingers take on nemesis University of Negros Occidental Recoletos at 3:00 p.m. At 4:45 p.m. is a preview of the championship if no other team intervenes as Toyota-WNU test Tito Lopez’ Ticel powerhouse team.

The Maui Huelar-coached Ticel will parade Leo Bat-og, Ruel Balgos, Vengie Vergara, probably ex-pro Zandro Limpot and several standouts from Iloilo and Negros. The Mustangs roster will remain intact under Coach Troy Sarabia. The Stingers lineup of Coach Daniel Chiu include returning Janus Calma (trained at National University), Randy Baydo, Rogie Gelasan, Scott Salvacion and new faces in preparation for future tournaments. NBA president Dodong Bascon and commissioner Bobby Tee have set a final meeting on Thursday noon at Fastbreak of Bascon Hotel to finalize things before action starts in the mahogany court of Po Hang Gym.

In the Division II, only Cadiz City and Sharp-BUS Group have submitted its official lineup. La Carlota City has begged off while Hinigaran, CSA-B Alumni, and DPWH have yet to submit their roster. Unless other interested teams join the fray, 5 teams in Division I and 5 teams in Division II are sure of joining the Governor’s Cup which tentatively ends December 12 as per NBA schedule of games.*

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11-19-2009, 10:29 AM
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NBA Governor's Cup final team reps' meeting Thursday
Thursday, November 19, 2009
By Henry C. Villalva

THE Negros Basketball Association (NBA) board together with the tournament committee will have a final meeting with team representatives Thursday, 12 noon, at Dodong's Fastbreak of Bascon Hotel

The meeting headed by president Oscar "Dodong" Bascon of NBA and committee chair Bobby Tee is set to finalize details regarding the staging of the 2009 Second Governor Isidro Zayco Cup Open Invitational Basketball Tournament, which is slated to reel off on Saturday, November 21, 2 p.m., at the Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

Team representatives are also expected to submit their final line-ups to the tournament committee in Thursday's final meeting.

The tournament, which is the NBA's annual contribution to the grassroots sports development program of the province, will be staged in two divisions-Division I (open category) and Division II (LGU/clubs category).

Hostilities in the premier Division I category kicks off this Saturday with Toyota-West Negros University taking on Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod in the first scheduled game at 2 p.m. followed by the 3:45 p.m. clash between defending champion and pre-tournament favorite Ticel Corporation of Iloilo against the University of St. La Salle Stingers.

On Sunday USLS tangles against the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos Rams in the first game at 3 p.m. followed by the early clash between last year's finals protagonists Ticel versus Toyota-West Negros University.

On Tuesday, November 24 it will be UNO-R against Toyota-WNU in the first game at 6 p.m. followed by the 7:45 p.m. matchup between varsity rivals University of St. La Salle and Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod; while on Thursday, November 26, the CSAB Eagles take on the UNOR Rams in the first game at 6 p.m. while Toyota-WNU meets USLS at 7:45 p.m.

The traditional opening ceremonies is scheduled on Saturday, November 28, 1:30 p.m. with Governor Isidro Zayco as guest of honor and speaker, and three games in Division II (LGU/clubs) are scheduled to follow.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on November 19, 2009.

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11-21-2009, 09:37 AM
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Governor’s Cup kicks off Saturday
Saturday, November 21, 2009
By Henry C. Villalva

DEFENDING champion and powerhouse Ticel Corporation of Iloilo opens its title-retention campaign Saturday in the 2nd Negros Basketball Association (NBA) Gov. Isidro Zayco Cup Open Invitational Basketball Tournament.

The game kicks off Saturday at the Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School when it takes on a rejuvenated University of St. La Salle Stingers in the second scheduled game at 3:45 p.m. following the opening matchup between last year’s losing finalist Toyota-West Negros University and Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod Eagles scheduled at 2 p.m.

Mentored by former Negros Slashers guard Mawi Huelar with Oca Aquino as assistant, Ticel, owned by businessman Tito Lopez, will parade a formidable lineup anchored on the likes of ex-Negros Slashers Johnedel Cardel and Leo Bat-og as well as former PBA guard Tonyboy Espinosa and Edu Allado backed by former WNU Mustang Roel Balgos and new recruits Ely Olarte and Vengie Vergara who were mainstays of last year’s runner-up WNU squad.

On Sunday, Nov. 22, USLS takes on varsity rival University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos in the first scheduled game at 3 p.m. followed by the much-awaited clash between last year’s championship protagonists Ticel and Toyota-West Negros University scheduled at 4:45 p.m.

Meanwhile, hostilities in Division II of this year’s series will kick off on Saturday, November 28, following the traditional opening ceremonies scheduled at 1:30 p.m. with no less than Gov. Isidro Zayco as invited guest of honor and speaker.

Teams competing in division II are Cadiz City, DPWH, Sharp-Bus Group, and Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod Alumni.

The tournament is the NBA’s contribution to the grassroots sports development program of the Province of Negros Occidental.

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11-23-2009, 12:15 PM
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UNO-R drubs USLS in NBA Governor’s Cup
Monday, November 23, 2009

UNIVERSITY of Negros Occidental-Recoletos kicked off its campaign in the ongoing 2nd NBA Gov. Isidro Zayco Cup Open Invitational Basketball Tournament Sunday at the Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School with an 80-61 drubbing of University of St. La Salle.

Diminutive point guard Ramier Javillo topscored for the Rams of Coach Ireneo Morales with 15 points and got scoring support from former Monico Cup MVP Joemel Paderog who chipped in with 12 and Cedric Eslabon with 10 even as reinforcements Ritchie Militante and Arnol Laureño added 8 points apiece for the win.

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The USLS Stingers, smarting from an opening day loss at the hands of powerhouse defending champion Ticel/ABS-CBN ang Kapamilya/Skycable, were led by roselo Miraflores with a game-high 16 points while Rhundy Baydo added 13 points in their losing effort.

In last Saturday’s opening game, Toyota/West Negros University came from behind to post an escape win over varsity rival Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod Eagles, 90-86.

Games resume Monday in the centerpiece Division I (open category) with the UNO-R Rams gunning for a second straight victory when they take on Toyota-West Negros University in the first game at 6 p.m. while USLS and CSAB will slug it out to post a first win in the series when they take to the court in the second game at 7:45 p.m.

Eight teams, 4 in Division I and another 4 in Division II (LGU/clubs) are Cadiz City, DPWH, Sharp-BUS Group, and Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod Alumni.

Hostilities in Division II reel off next Saturday, November 28, according to tournament commissioner Bobby Tee. (HCV)

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11-24-2009, 11:56 AM
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UNO-R Rams-Toyota-WNU clash Tuesday
Tuesday, November 24, 2009

UNIVERSITY of Negros Occidental-Recoletos Rams and last year's losing finalist Toyota-West Negros University will gun for second straight victories.

This when they clash in the first game at 6 p.m. of the ongoing 2nd Negros Basketball Association Governor Isidro Zayco Cup Open Invitational tournament at the Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

The Rams' coach Ireneo Morales are once again expected to rely on the shooting of former Monico Cup MVP Jomel Paderog, Cedric Eslabon and point guard Ramier Javillo to post their second win in this year's edition of the event which is being contested in Division I (open) and Division II (LGU/clubs) categories.

Also featured in Tuesday's schedule is the game between varsity rivals Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod and University of St. La Salle in the main game at 7:45 p.m. Both clubs hope to get into the win column after absorbing losses in the first two playing dates of the tournament which is the NBA's contribution to the grassroots sports development program of the Provincial Government.

Expected to lead La Salle's offense are Rhundy Baydo and Roselo Miraflores who tallied 13 and 16 points, respectively, in the Stingers' 61-80 loss to the Rams last Sunday.

Also expected to contribute offensively from the bench are the promising Scot Salvacion, Janus Calma and Chris Saga, among others.

USLS is now being handled by former Stingers Daniel Chiu and Felipe Luciano Jr.

Division I scheduled of games for the rest of the week pit UNO-R versus CSA-B on Thursday, November 26 in the first game at 6 p.m. followed by USLS against Toyota-WNU in the second game at 7:45 p.m.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, November 28, hostilities in Division II kicked off with Cadiz City taking on pre-tournament favorite DPWH in the first game at 2:30 p.m. while a Division I game is scheduled next at 3:45 p.m. between powerhouse defending champion Ticel-ABS-CBN Ang Kapamilya-Skycable against Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod.

On Sunday, November 29, two Division II games are scheduled with Sharp BUS Group debuting against Cadiz City in the 2:30 p.m. matchup followed at 3:45 p.m. by the game between DPWH and CSA-B Alumni while in the main event at 5:30 p.m. it will be the Division I clash between the UNO-R Rams and Ticel/ABS-CBN Ang Kapamilya/Skycable.

Tickets for the games are reasonably priced at P20 (ringside) and P10 (bleachers). (HCV)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on November 24, 2009.