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05-29-2008, 01:54 AM
Congrats to them, they wrapped up their series vs Hapee, 86-73 to win 3-1 in the series.

I think they are ready for the pros.

But I think they need to stay one more conference to get a double grand slam.

05-29-2008, 09:24 AM
Harbour Centre extends dynasty

Castro says goodbye in style

By Rey Lachica

BATANGAS CITY — Harbour Centre extended its dynasty by winning the PBL Lipovitan Amino Sports Cup in grand fashion — yesterday — thanks again to another stretch of brilliance from the league’s three-time Most Valuable Player.

With Jason Castro fuelling a big surge in the second quarter, Harbour Centre knocked down Hapee Toothpaste, 86-73, to stretch its amazing championship run to five before a huge, roaring crowd at the Batangas City Sports Center here.

In a fitting farewell to a remarkable amateur career, the 5-foot-9 Castro, who will be playing for the Singapore Slingers starting in August, tallied 13 points, nine assists and three rebounds in a big follow-up to his 28-point performance in Game 3.

A big explosion midway in the second quarter and a strong finish was what Harbour Centre all needed to wrap up the best-of-five series, 3-1.

With Harbour trailing, 22-24, Castro scored two free throws to spark a bristling 19-0 run that gave the Batang Pier a 41-26 lead at the break.

The Complete Protectors lapsed into turnovers against Harbour’s pesky defense.

The Batang Pier padded their lead to 22, 59-37, as Boyet Bautista, Sol Mercado, Jeff Chan and Jerwin Gaco caught fire.

Hapee, also beaten by Harbour Centre in two previous championships, managed to cut Harbour’s lead to 48-59, but that was the nearest it could get.

For his splendid showing in the series, Castro also clinched the Finals MVP trophy.

"Our aggressiveness from start to finish paid off. I told the boys that only way to beat Hapee is to play aggressive in both ends of the court," Harbour coach Jorge Gallent said.

"This is perhaps my sweetest win so far."

Hapee, still without a title since winning back-to-back championships in the 2003-04 season, took Game 1, 74-73, but Harbour Centre won the next three games to become the fastest team in league history to win five straight championships.

"This title is doubly sweet," said a jubilant Harbour owner Mikee Romero, wearing his lucky green polo short. "This is the reward for their hard work and patience."

Likewise, the win boosted Harbour Centre’s tag as the greatest team in recent history.

It won its fifth straight title in only seven conferences in the league.

Castro was held to just four points in the first quarter but played like a wounded tiger in the last six minutes of the second quarter where he scattered seven points, including two free throws that sparked that vicious run.

The pro-bound cager was equally impressive at the defensive end, pulling off two steals.

He also finished the half with six assists and two rebounds.

While Harbour showed great resolve in that stretch, Hapee was a complete opposite.

After only two quarters, they already committed 15 errors against only five for the Batang Pier.

Chan, one of five Habour players who scored in double figures, was named as the Pivotal Player of the series.

He scored 10 points, most of them came in the second period.

With Castro and Sol Mercado alternated in shadowing Gabe Norwood, the 6-foot-5 Fil-Am was reduced to a mere spectator in the first half. He scored only six points.

Meantime, Harbour Centre’s Ty Tang was the last player given a special Commissioner’s Choice Award for his charitable gesture.

For giving back his allowances and much of his scholarship grant and making those same funds available for the use of others, Tang received a Civic Consciousness Award from Commissioner Chino Trinidad during halftime.

The Scores:

HARBOUR 86 — Bautista 16, Castro 13, Alonzo 11, Chan 10, Gaco 10, Vergara 9, Mercado 7, Fernandez 7, Asoro 2, Belga 1, Tang 0, Gamboa 0.

HAPEE 73 — Rodriguez 18, Norwood 16, Juntilla 14, Saguindel 14, Espiritu 3, Daa 3, Borboran 3, Viray 2, Cruz 0, Quinday 0, Tan 0, Mercado 0, Grijaldo 0.Quarters: 14-13, 41-26; 65-50; 86-73.

05-29-2008, 12:38 PM
If I remember it correctly si coach Jorge Gallent and Jerwin Gaco lang ang naging bahagi sa lahat ng 5 championships ng Harbour.

Beau Belga, Chad Alonso and Jason Castro were part of 4 out of the 5 championship teams.

05-29-2008, 02:53 PM
Si Jerwin na lang ata ang player na natira sa 5-peat. Pati si Gamboa.

05-29-2008, 04:07 PM
IIRC, one of the titles Harbour has came at the expense of Castro and Belga's Hape-PCU team, courtesy of a missed gimme by Belga in the dying seconds that wouldve given them the lead.

05-29-2008, 08:26 PM
sino-sino yung mga players na kasali dun sa 1st batch ng champion team ng Harbour? i believe Mac Cardona isn't a part of it. Was it the team of Yeo, Tenorio and Lanete?