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Dark Knight
09-15-2008, 09:44 PM
Too late for the news but not for the tournament itself.

Harbour Centre-FEU cage tie-up forged

By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—This early, Harbour Centre looks ahead to another Philippine Basketball League championship by teaming up with top UAAP contender Far Eastern University in a partnership expected to boost both squads’ recruitment and training programs.

“Our agreement is that we have to help each other out to keep our winning tradition going,” said Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero after the Batang Pier and the Tamaraws signed on Monday a memorandum of agreement for a two-year deal.

“FEU is a tough team, so we hope we can help them achieve their goal this year. But I’m confident they (Tamaraws) can do it.”

The five-time champion Batang Pier will have to do without several key players, including three-time Most Valuable Player Jason Castro, next season.

Among the Tamaraws eyed to beef up the Batang Pier’s title-retention bid are Benedict Fernandez, former UAAP Rookie of the Year JR Cawaling, Mark Barroca, Reil Cervantes, Aldrech Ramos, Paul Sanga, Jon Alisbo, Edgar Tanuan and Jens Knuttel.

“This is a perfect partnership since we both have a winning tradition and our players are already ripe for the PBL,” said FEU team manager Anton Montinola in a statement.

“We can possibly send them abroad [in preparation] for next year’s UAAP tournament,” said team manager Erick Arejola.

Batang Pier coach Jorge Gallent, FEU athletic moderator Mark Molina and Harbour Centre chief operating officer Edwin Jeremillo also graced the contract signing.

Dark Knight
09-15-2008, 09:52 PM
Harbour confident despite exit of marquee players
(September 2, 2008)
from PBL Website

Harbour Centre lost its starting unit to the PBA rookie draft last Sunday but coach Jorge Gallent is confident the team's tie-up with Far Eastern University will help solve his problem as the Batang Pier gun for a sixth straight championship in the PBL starting next month.

"As you can these FEU players, they have now what it takes to play in the PBL. They have already matured and more importantly, much wiser now," said Gallent, who also played for FEU during his collegiate day in the early 90s.

Out for Harbour Centre for the season-opening tournament are three-time MVP Jason Castro, TY Tang, Jeff Chan, Beau Belga, Sol Mercado and sweet-shooting Jonathan Fernandez – all drafted by different teams.

They are also likely to miss the services of their own version of "Bruise Brothers" in Chad Alonzo and Jerwyn Gaco – both are free agents.

Even Harbour Center back-up guard Al Vergara is close to signing a deal with a PBA team.

"We will lose at least eight players and that will be my challenge to my coaching staff," said Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero. "But Jorge is telling me that we will be fine since FEU players can take up the slack."

Both Gallent and team manager Erick Arejola believe that FEU guard Mark Barroca can fill up the position left by the wily Tang since he can shoot well from the outside and slash with grace inside the paint with his quickness and guile.

"I like the way he play, he has a big heart. He was superb during their game against La Salle, he really stood tall," said Gallent of the 5-foot-10 guard who is averaging 11.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists a game.

Benedict Fernandez, FEU's go-to-guy, will take Castro's spot with his all-around talent while JR Cawaling is the right guy to fill the void left by Jonathan Fernandez and Chan.

Aldrech Ramos, the 6-foot-6 center, will be Belga's replacement while Reil Cervantes and Paul Sanga will provide the extra firepower and energy to the team.

"I don't think they will have a hard time adjusting to the brand of basketball in the PBL since FEU has good basketball program," said Gallent, who is also calling the shots for San Sebastian College in the NCAA.

"With their discipline and dedication, I know they can help our campaign in the coming tournament," added Gallent.

Raging Blue
09-15-2008, 11:07 PM
Will Coach Glenn Capacio be involved in any capacity with this Harbor-FEU team? If not, how will this decelopment affect the preparations of FEU for UAAP Season 72?

09-16-2008, 10:47 AM
I would love to see coach Jorge Gallent bring in Jason Ballesteros to Harbour. Imagine the frontline of Ballesteros and Aldrech Ramos. Two awesome defensive stoppers.

09-16-2008, 04:32 PM
Hmmmm why is it that Mac Baracael is not included in the harbour centre line up?

09-16-2008, 07:38 PM
^ Glock, I seem to remember Mac Baracael is currently under contract with another PBL team, can't recall which though, might have been Bacchus.

09-16-2008, 07:43 PM
^ Glock, I seem to remember Mac Baracael is currently under contract with another PBL team, can't recall which though, might have been Bacchus.

joe/glock, i think it's burger king

09-16-2008, 11:26 PM
^ Glock, I seem to remember Mac Baracael is currently under contract with another PBL team, can't recall which though, might have been Bacchus.

joe/glock, i think it's burger king

thanks for the clarification Jem. Alam ko may samaan din ng loob si mac with eric arejola about something that mac said about mikee. So, i really think na even if they want an all feu squad baracael will not be included.

09-17-2008, 10:49 AM
thanks for the clarification Jem. Alam ko may samaan din ng loob si mac with eric arejola about something that mac said about mikee. So, i really think na even if they want an all feu squad baracael will not be included.

And beside that, Baracael will not be coming back next year for the Tams. Gagawin din nilang training ground ang PBL for their players too. This will help FEU Basketball in the long run.

09-17-2008, 02:19 PM
thanks for the clarification Jem. Alam ko may samaan din ng loob si mac with eric arejola about something that mac said about mikee. So, i really think na even if they want an all feu squad baracael will not be included.

And beside that, Baracael will not be coming back next year for the Tams. Gagawin din nilang training ground ang PBL for their players too. This will help FEU Basketball in the long run.

They're going to be really tough next year and will learn a lot from the winning program of harbour.

Dark Knight
11-09-2008, 10:51 PM
Harbour Overwhelms Pharex
(November 9, 2008)

Harbour Centre opened its bid for a record sixth straight title in devastating style, drubbing Pharex, 83-66, at the start of the 2009 PBL PG Flex Linoluem Cup yesterday at the Ynares Sports Center.

Despite missing maruqee players like three-time MVP winner Jason Castro, Sol Mercado, Ty Tang and Beau Belga who all turned pro recently, the Batang Pier remained a force to reckon as gleaned by their performance yesterday.

They were off to a big start then wavered a bit before picking up momentum in the third that set the tone for a rout.

“We got our defense in the middle of the third quarter, so that was the story of the game. I got the points we needed from almost everybody,” said Gallent. “My rookies played just like seasoned players.”

Gallent was particularly happy with the way Far Eastern University’s Mark Barroca and Neil Cervantes played.

Even comebacking Reed Juntilla made his presence felt right away by scoring a team-high 21 points, 9 of them in a torrid third quarter that helped rip the game apart.

So tough was Harbour Centre’s defense they held the Generix to just seven points in the payoff period with only three players scoring..

The 6-foot-4 Cervantes showed great promise by knocking down 14 points and six rebounds while the 5-foot-7 Barroca added 11 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals in a brilliant all-around show.

Chris Ross, the player Pharex made as the No. 1 pick, did well by also drilling in 21 points but his performance was not enough to lift the Generix. He also also had five assists and four rebounds in 31 minutes of action.

The scores:

First Game
Harbour 83 – Juntilla 21, Cervantes 14, Barroca 11, Mairhofer 8, Gaco 8, Fernandez 7, Cawaling 6, Stephens 2, Barua 2, Ramos 2, Asoro 2, Bautista 0.

Pharex 66 – Ross 21, Matias 16, Villamin 9, Ebuen 9, Gerilla 4, Bauzon 4, Aguilar 2, Canada 2, Allera 2, Co 2, Mazo 0 , Espiritu 0.

Quarters: 22-19; 40-39; 65-59; 83.66.

Dark Knight
11-15-2008, 06:43 PM
Narbour FEU post 2nd win

Looks like Harbour Centre will have another good season. Ranged against a team that is touted as the biggest thorn to its six-peat drive, Harbour Centre went to a rookie and comebacking Fil-Am to score a 98-93 win over Toyota Otis yesterday in the 2009 PBL PG Flex Linoleum Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

Mark Barroca, a sophomore guard for Far Eastern University, exploded for seven of his 15 points in the pivotal period as he held his ground against former La Salle ace JV Casio to the delight of Harbour owner Mikee Romero.

Showing steely nerves, the Zamboanga City native finished with a 6-of-8 shooting from the field in just 20 minutes of action while Nick Stephens hit a go-ahead triple and a layup that pushed the Batang Pier's lead to 85-80 with.5:47 left.

Stephens, who last played for Harbour two years back, came off the bench to score nine points on a perfect 4-of-4 shooting in 12 minutes of action.

It was Harbour's second win in as many games to take the early lead in the team standings.

"Everybody just played well," said Harbour Centre head coach Jorge Gallent. "I told them that they should help together as a team and it worked.

Although ahead by eight, the Batang Pier nearly saw their eight-point lead slip away when James Mangahas converted a basket with one minute left off a foul by Reed Juntilla that cut the deficit to 96-93.

After Barroca was called for double-dribbling, 36 seconds left, the Sparks had a chance to tie the count but Patrick Cabahug's 3-point shot went airball with16.7 ticks remaining.

Cabahug's bungled shot was Toyota's 12th missed triple in 15 attempts in the second half after making 5 of 10 tries in the first 20 minutes.

"They were hitting their shots in the first half so we went man to man in the second half," Gallent said. "We also play good interior defense because we are getting killed by their big men."

Rico Maierhofer made 13 points on 4-for-8 shooting together with seven rebounds, Juntilla also scored 13 along with three rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes, and Benedict Fernandez scored 10 off the bench.

Harbour will take a one-week break as six of its players is set to leave for Cagayan de Oro City today to banner FEU in the Philippine Collegiate Championship zonal phase.

"We just have to adjust at practice without them," said Gallent, whose team will face Magnolia on its next assignment on Nov. 20.

James Sena led Toyota in a losing effort with 16 points on 8-for-11 clip while hauling down five boards in 24 minutes. Erick Rodriguez tallied 15 points and eight boards before fouling out.

Casio and John Wilson chipped in 14 markers apiece for the Sparks.

Wilson and James Mangahas combined for five treys in the first half as Toyota roared to a 27-19 lead. But the Batang Pier slowly got back into the contest behind the efforts of Stephens, Fernandez and Raffy Reyes to seize the lead, 47-45, at halftime.

The scores:

First Game

HARBOUR 98 - Barroca 15, Maierhofer 13, Juntilla 13 Fernandez 10, Stephens 9, Barua 8, Cawaling 7, Reyes 7, Cervantes 6, Asoro 4, Gaco 4, Ramos 2, Bautista 0

TOYOTA OTIS 93 - Sena 16, Rodriguez 15, Wilson 14, Casio 14, Cabahug 12, Mangahas J. 10, Aldave 6, Faundo 4, Walsham 2, Mangahas A. 0, Timberlake 0, Hayes 0, Dedicatoria 0

Quarters: 23-29; 47-45; 72-71; 98-93.

Dark Knight
11-15-2008, 06:45 PM
Next game Nov 20. 2pm JRU Gym

Harbour Centre vs. Magnolia

Dark Knight
11-21-2008, 02:50 PM
Juntilla lifts Harbour Centre five
By Cedelf P. Tupas
Philippine Daily Inquirer

GAMES SATURDAY (Ynares Sports Arena)
2 p.m.—Pharrex vs Bacchus
4 p.m.—Harbour Centre vs Burger King

MANILA, Philippines—Plotted on a chart, Reed Juntilla’s year could form a set of fluctuating lines that changes every time he steps on the court.

Juntilla, who walked away from Red Bull just months after signing with the PBA squad, sparked Harbour Centre’s second-half charge for a narrow 76-75 victory over Magnolia Thursday in the 2008 PBL PG Flex Linoleum Cup at the Jose Rizal University gym in Mandaluyong City.

“Reed really wanted to win the game,” said Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent. “He really stepped up in the last nine minutes.”

The ace shooting guard from Cebu City, a losing finalist in the previous conference with Hapee, buried 16 of his game-high 25 points in the final quarter as the Batang Pier bucked the absence of big men Aldrech Ramos (knee injury) and Jerwin Gaco (flu) to remain the only unbeaten team in the tournament.

“I expect a lot from them that’s why we are in this situation,” Gallent said.

RJ Jazul also produced a fourth-quarter explosion to lift Toyota Otis over Bacchus, 91-86, in the second game.

Jazul pumped in all but three of his 16 points, accounting for two of his team’s eight triples in the final period as the Sparks won a shootout with the Warriors.

After hitting just 5 of 45 treys in the past two games and issuing just five assists in a loss to Hapee Tuesday, the Sparks hit 16 of 30 triples and handed out 23 assists this time around.

The Scores:

First Game:

HARBOUR CENTRE 76—Juntilla 25, Maierhofer 13, Asoro 6, Cervantes 5, Barua 5, Bautista 5, Barroca 4, Serios 4, Stephens 3, Cawaling 3, Fernandez 3, Reyes 0.

MAGNOLIA 75—Raneses 20, Magpayo 16, Alcaraz 15, Ababou 8, Saldua 6, Rodriguez 4, Leosentes 3, Escueta 2, Taylor 1, Banal 0, Sorongon 0, Balneg 0.

Quarters: 13-17, 29-43, 52-55, 76-75

Second Game:

TOYOTA 91—Jazul 16, Rodriguez 16, Aldave 13, Wilson 12, Casio 11, Mangahas 6, Sena 4, Hayes 4, Mangahas 3, Timberlake 2, Faundo 2, Dedicatorio 2.

BACCHUS 86—Llagas 18, Lee 17, Acuña 14, Guevarra 9, Martinez 9, Colina 7, Daroya 6, Thiele 4, Lingganay 2, Fortune 0, Canlas 0, Cagoco 0.

Quarters: 18-19, 43-39, 65-64, 91-86

Dark Knight
11-23-2008, 01:02 PM
Bacchus Stops Pharex, Harbour Humbles Burger King
(November 23, 2008)

Harbour Centre streaked to its fourth straight win by downing Burger King, 83-70, in the 2009 PBL PG Flex Linoleum Cup yesterday at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig.

The Batang Pier outscored the Stunners 31-12 in the first period before repulsing Burger King’s determined comeback in the final half with their pesky defense to stay unbeaten in the seven-team field.

For a while, the Batang Pier appeared headed for a breezy win when they extended their lead to 47-23 late in the second quarter.

The Stunners, starring Marcy Arellano and Ogie Menor, came through with several spurts until the cut Harbour’s lead to just thee points, 58-61, on a triple by JR Tecson.

But a triple by PJ Barua touched off vicious 14-3 run which was enough to scuttle Burger King’s comeback.

“Again, we nearly collapsed, good thing we picked up our defense just in the nick time,” said Harbour coach Jorge Gallent. “We just hope to play much better and play hard next time.”

In a fitting sequel to his 25-point performance the last time, Reed Juntilla fired 18 points to lead the team’s balanced attack. Three other Harbour players scored in double figures that underscored the team’s depth and firepower.

Menor paced Burger with 20 points while Arellano added 14, 11 of them in the third quarter where they made a big run.

Second Game
Harbour 83 – Juntilla 18, Maierhofer 11, Cawaling 10, Fernandez 10, Barua 9, Asoro 8, Ramos 6, Stephens 3, Cervantes 2, Suguitan 2, Barroca 2, Serios2, Reyes 0, Bautista 0.

Burger King 70 – Menor 20, Arellano 14, Ballesteros 11, Pascual 6, Nocom 6, Hermida 4, Tecson 3, Gamalinda 3, Baracael 2, Popus 2, Ilad 0, Marcelo 0, Manuel 0.

Quarters: 31-12; 47-32; 64-58; 83-70.

Next Game

Jan 25 4:00PM Bacchus vs. Harbour Centre

Dark Knight
11-26-2008, 09:23 PM
Harbour still clean

Harbour Centre had a telling fourth quarter run to dump Bacchus, 82-60, in the PBL 2008 PG Flex Linoleum Cup held on November 25 at the Ynares Sports Arena.

Boyet Bautista orchestrated Batang Pier in the key period to break game open. He finished with 14 points on 5/7 shooting along with five assists.

Rico Maierhofer topped up with 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, and three blocks.

Paul Lee led the Generix with 16 markers, going 3/6 from outside along with seven rebounds.

Dark Knight
12-02-2008, 10:44 PM
Harbour Centre sweeps Linoleum Cup’s first round
12/02/2008 | 05:01 PM

Email this | Email the Editor | Print | Digg this | Add to del.icio.us MANILA, Philippines – Five-time champions Harbour Centre defeated Hapee, 87-77, tom complete a six-game sweep of the 2008 PG Flex Linoleum Cup’s first round in the Philippine Basketball League Tuesday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

Though Batang Pier controlled most of the game, it was only in the fourth quarter when they had the game under wrap. Boyet Bautista beat the buzzer with a lucky bounce to give Harbour an 11-point spread, 74-63, 5:36 left in the clock to keep Hapee at bay.

“We just brought back our bearing in the last six minutes of the game," said Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent. “Nag-step up iyong second team like Raffy (Reyes), Ben (Fernandez), and (Veejay) Serios (The second team of Raffy Reyes, Ben Fernandez and Veejay Serios stepped up in the game)".

Fernandez was tops with 20 points, shooting 8-of-11 from the field to go with his five rebounds. Rico Maierhofer poured in nine markers, grabbed 11 boards and blocks two shots.

Jervy Cruz missed a double-double with 18 points on a 9-of-9 shooting and nine boards. Roel Hugnatan had 12 and seven while Anthony Espiritu notched 10 markers.

Harbour Centre finished the first round without a defeat, while Hapee has an even 3-3 card. – GMANews.TV

Dark Knight
12-10-2008, 06:32 PM
Harbour posts 7th straight win
By Jonas Terrado
Manila Bulletin

Harbour Centre proved its first round win over Magnolia Purewater was no fluke as the Batang Pier clobbered the Wizards, 94-76, for their seventh straight win in the 2009 PBL PG Flex Linoleum Cup yesterday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

The Batang Pier pummeled the Wizards with their torrid shooting and an equally impressive inside game to turn what started as a close contest into a rout.

As in their scary 76-75 win in the first round, it was Reed Juntilla who again delivered the knockout blows, scoring 15 of his 22 points in the last two quarters to stay unbeaten in the season-opening tournament.

Benedict Fernandez added 11 points and four boards as Harbour won despite the absence of Rico Maierhofer and Peejay Barua, who played for La Salle in their title-clinching win over Ateneo in the Philippine Collegiate Championship the other day.

"We were rusty at the start because of the long break plus the La Salle boys didn’t practice with us," said Harbour head coach Jorge Gallent. "But like I always said, we picked up our offense when we play good defense and that’s why we won."

Dylan Ababou, a former Harbour player, tallied 23 points and five rebounds while Al Magpayo added 17 points and five boards as Magnolia’s winning streak was snapped at four games and slipped to 6-2.

The scores:

Second Game

Harbour 94 — Juntilla 22, Fernandez 11, Barroca 10, Asoro 10, Stephens 9, Cervantes 6, Gaco 6, Ramos 5, Bautista 4, Reyes 4, Serios 4, Cawaling 3, Suguitan 0.

Magnolia 76 — Ababou 23, Magpayo 17, Alcaraz 10, Saldua 8, Rañeses 6, Balneg 4, Uichico 4, Mirza 3, Escueta 1, Pascual 0, Losentes 0, Amparado 0, Rodriguez 0, Taylor 0.

Quarters: 15-21; 40-33; 63-45; 94-76

12-10-2008, 10:43 PM
Galing talaga ng FEU kahit nasa PBL. Sa history ba naman nila na playing with Magnolia then now sa Harbour Centre, winners pa din talaga. The credit goes to Mark Molina.

Dark Knight
12-14-2008, 09:33 AM
Pharex Downs Harbour Centre
(December 12, 2008)

Pharex hits two birds with one stone.

The Generix snapped a six-game losing run yesterday by beating erstwhile unbeaten Harbour Centre, 78-74, in the PBL PG Flex Linoleum Cup yesterday at the Arellano gym in Lergarda, Manila.

The Generix led by 16 points, 67-61, on back-to-back triples by Fritz Bauzon but the Batang Pier rallied mightily, closing in 74-76 behind the efforts of Jerwin Gaco, Mark Barroca and Reed Juntilla.

The Batang Pier had actually a chance to tie the game or erase the deficit with a triple, but Juntilla, isolated for a one-on-one play, lost the ball after being harassed by Chris Ross and Kojack Melegrito.

Melegrito sealed the win with two free throws.

What hurt the Batang Pier the most were there 27 turnovers. Pharex had only 18 this time.

The win was doubly meaningful for the Generix as they became the first team to beat the Batang Pier, who came into the game heavily favored after completing a six-game sweep and drubbing Magnolia Purewater, 94-76, for their first win in the second round.

Second Game

Pharex 78 – Saladaga 14, Melegrito 11, Ross 11, gerilla 11, Ebuen 7, Bauzon 7, Matias 4, Villamin 4, Allera 4, Aguilar 2, Espiritu 2.

Harbour 74 – Mairhofer 15, Juntilla 14, Cervantes 14, Gaco 10, Barroca 7, Fernandez 6, Barua 5, Asoro 3, Stephens 2, Reyes 1, Cawaling 0, Ramos 0, Serios 0, Bautista 0.

Quarters: 17-12; 35-29; 59-48; 78-74

Dark Knight
12-21-2008, 05:09 PM
Dec 17

The scores:

Harbour 86 - Fernandez 20, Maierhofer 15, Juntilla 12, Barua 10, Gaco 10, Stephens 6, Asoro 5, Cervantes 3, Sanga 3, Bautista 2, Ramos 0, Reyes 0.

Toyota Otis 78 - Rodriguez 20, Aldave 18, Timberlake 12, Jazul 7, Dedicatoria 5, Casio 4, Mangahas J. 4, Walsham 4, Wilson 3, Faundo 1, Cortes 0, Sena 0.

Quarters: 23-23; 42-30; 68-53; 86-78

Dark Knight
01-07-2009, 05:16 PM
Late triple lifts Hapee* *
January 7, 2009
Manila Bulletin

In the second game, Harbour Centre secured its ninth win in 10 games after pummeling Burger King, 93-82.

Reed Juntilla led the way for the Batang Pier with 18 points, 11 in the second half, while adding four rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes off the bench. Rico Maierhofer, had 16 points and nine rebounds and Mark Barroca scored all of his 14 in the first half as the Batang Pier reaffirmed their mastery over the Stunners.

The Stunners, led by Marcy Arellano’s 16 points, fell to 3-7 — just half-game behind last place Pharex (2-7) for the last quarterfinals berth. Khiel Misa finished with 15 points while Ogie Menor scored 12 points in front of his fellow schoolmates.

After a 2-1 start, Burger King has dropped six of its last seven matches.

A bloodied Morial left the game with 6:02 in the third quarter after he was accidentally elbowed by Yuri Esueta that required five to six stitches to close.

That enabled the Wizards to tie the count from a 61-43 deficit late in the third quarter.

But all their efforts went down the drain after they failed to stop Vanlandingham in the next play.

Vanlandingham, a late draft pick out of Pacific Lutherian University in Tacoma, Washington, made 2-of-5 treys to finish with 11 points and four rebounds in 18 minutes of play.

The scores:

Second Game

Harbour 93 — Juntilla 18, Maierhofer 16, Barroca 14, Ramos 13, Gaco 11, Asoro 8, Barua 5, Fernandez 5, Cawaling 3, Reyes 0, Serios 0, Bautista 0.

Burger King 82 — Arellano 16, Misa 15, Menor 12, David 11, Luanzon 8, Marcelo 6, Baracael 6, Ballesteros 4, Pascual 2, Nocom 2, Taganas 0, Tecson 0.

Quarters: 25-17, 50-42, 71-67, 93-82.* *

Dark Knight
01-11-2009, 10:35 PM
Bacchus gains quarters incentive
Pharex stays alive
January 11, 2009
Manila Bulletin

In the first game, though it was Orlando Daroya who started the Bacchus’ onslaught, the Energy Warriors had to lean on the gutsy play of the 5-foot-11 Lee to get back at the Batang Pier and find themselves in an unfamiliar territory.

Aside from the twice-to-beat advantage, the Energy Warriors, who improved to 6-5, will have to pick their quarterfinal opponent which is a first in the franchise history.

What was funny was that coach Lawrence Chongson, who was recently named as coach of University of the East in the UAAP, was not even aware of that privilege.

"It’s an unfamiliar territory for us but we’re happy. Everybody played well and contributed in their own little way," said Chongson, who reserved his biggest compliments to Daroya and Lee.

The Energy Warriors nearly squandered a huge 17-point lead as Mark Barroca scored on a tough basket that pushed the Batang Pier to within 71-74 with 1:30 left in the game.

But Lee, who finished with 11 points, retaliated with a spectacular drive that all but unnerved the Batang Pier, 76-71, with only 38.1 second remaining.

"I told the boys to play as hard as they can, and they did not frustrate (me). All played in the same page," added Chongson, who guided the Achit Kat-managed team to its fourth straight win in the season-opening tournament.

Despite a long lay-off – they last played Dec. 20 – the Energy Warriors played with too much energy in the first half which they used as their launching pad to get back at the Batang Pier, who beat them, 82-60, in the first round.

A Patrick Cabahug triple gave the Energy Warriors a 44-27 lead early in the third quarter.

Daroya, the rising star from Arellano University, was extra hot in the first half, scoring 11 points on a brilliant 5-of-6 shooting from the field, including a triple, as the Energy Warriors settled for a 41-27 lead at halftime.

The 6-foot-4 rookie finished with 16 points to lead a well-balanced attack by a team seeking its first championship in the league. Four other Bacchus players scored in double figures with Lee chipping in 11 points.

Bacchus’ hustle and energy also gave them 31-20 advantage in rebounding which helped them tally 11 fastbreak points.

Despite the loss, the Batang Pier remained on top of the lead with a 9-2 record.

First Game

BACCHUS 79 — Daroya 16, Guevarra 12, Lee P. 11, Cabahug 11, Thiele 10, Acuna 5, Llagas 5, Colina 3, Lingganay 3, Martinez 3, Lee R. 0.

HARBOUR 75 — Barroca 17, Maierhofer 16, Barua 13, Fernandez 8, Juntilla 6, Cervantes 4, Ramos 4, Serios 2, Cawaling 2, Bautista 2, Reyes 0, Asoro 0, Gaco 0.

Quarters: 18-12, 41-27, 59-51, 79-65.

Dark Knight
01-18-2009, 10:37 PM
Pharex sustains surge; Hapee up
By Cedelf P. Tupas
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Filipino-American rookie Chris Ross unloaded the game-winning shot with four seconds left as Pharex completed its rise from the brink of elimination by slipping past Toyota Otis, 71-69, Thursday night in the PBL PG Flex Linoleum Cup at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym in Manila.

Ross dribbled past a phalanx of Toyota defenders, before stepping back to create space for his jumper from 17 feet that shattered a 69-all tie and propelled the Generix to the quarterfinals.

Pharex will next play Hapee, which boasts a twice-to-beat edge, after coming from behind to nip early semifinalist Harbour Centre, 78-75, earlier.

“Tough games bring out the best in great players and Chris just stood out today,” said Pharex coach Carlo Tan of the top rookie pick, who flirted with a triple-double with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists.

Toyota guard RJ Jazul tied the game with a triple from the corner with 29 seconds left, moments after a Ross layup for 69-67.

Pharex languished at the cellar for most of the conference, losing all its games in the first round, before going 5-1 in the second that included a four-game streak.

The Complete Protectors battled back from 15 points down in the second half, where Jervy Cruz fired 13 of his 19 points, including a putback that put his team ahead to stay, 76-75, with barely a minute remaining.

Rookie Lance Convento, who contributed 13 markers, nailed two free throws to peg the final count.

The Batang Pier blew their opportunity to forge overtime as Reed Juntilla flubbed a triple that sent Harbour down to its first two-game losing streak in the tournament.

The scores:

First Game

HAPEE 78—Cruz 19, Convento 14, Vanlandingham 12, Daa 9, Morial 8, Saguindel 5, Espiritu 4, Grijaldo 4, Olarte 2, Hugnatan 2, Viray 0.

HARBOUR CENTRE 75—Barroca 16, Fernandez 15, Maierhofer 9, Asoro 9, Juntilla 7, Gaco 6, Barua 5, Reyes 2, Ramos 2, Bautista 2, Stephens 1, Suguitan 1, Cervantes 0, Cawaling 0.

Quarters: 26-18, 41-31, 62-62, 78-75

Dark Knight
01-23-2009, 10:59 PM
PBL PG Flex Linoleum Cup semifinals
Harbour, Magnolia prevail
January 23, 2009
Manila Bulletin

Five-time defending champion Harbour Centre and Magnolia Purewater scored similar easy wins over separate rivals at the start of the semifinals series of the 2009 PBL PG Flex Linoleum Cup yesterday at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig City.

Banking on their sleek running game and hard-nosed defense in the final half, the Batang Pier demolished Hapee Toothpaste, 85-52, to gain the headstart in their best-of-five semis series.

Forward Jerwin Gaco paced Harbour in the first half with 11 points and eventually finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds in 23 minutes of action.

"He’s the captain ball at siya nag nag-ignite ng spark ng team with his aggressiveness during the middle of the first quarter because during the start we were a bit rusty," said Harbour Centre head coach Jorge Gallent.

Reed Juntilla led Harbour with 19 points on 9-of-18 shooting while Rico Maierhofer also posted a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench.

With Gaco and Maierhofer combining for 22 rebounds, Harbour totally dominated Hapee in the battle of the boards, 47-25, while making 15 second chance points and 24 points off turnovers.

"From the start, we just wanted to play hard para pagdating ng second half pagod na sila (Hapee)," said Gallent. "I think Hapee was just tired in this game but I know they will come back (in Game 2) and make adjustments."

Gaco scored nine in the first quarter to help the Batang Pier while Juntilla and Maierhofer combined for 12 points to take a 43-33 cushion at halftime. From there, it was all Harbour show as it dropped a 15-5 run for a 58-38 advantage with 4:10 left in the third.

Harbour’s Al Vergara, who recently had a stint playing for the Singapore Slingers, made his first game back with the Batang Pier and had seven points and eight assists in 18 minutes as he provided help to starter Mark Barroca.

"We wanted to stabilize our point guard position since Mark (Barroca) is just a rookie," Gallent said of Vergara.

The scores:

First Game

HARBOUR CENTRE 85 — Juntilla 19, Gaco 15, Maierhofer 13, Asoro 8, Barua 7, Vergara 7, Barroca 6, Stephens 4, Fernandez 4, Ramos 2, Bautista 0.

HAPEE 62 — Cruz 16, Hugnatan 14, Morial 11, Vanlandingham 6, Tiu 4, Daa 4, Viray 3, Convento 2, Grijaldo 2, Espiritu 0, Saguindel 0.

Quarters: 17-16, 43-33, 59-45, 85-62.

Dark Knight
01-28-2009, 08:06 PM
Harbour sweeps into finals
January 28, 2009
Manila Bulletin

Reed Juntilla blossomed in the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) under the watchful eyes of Hapee Toothpaste big bosses.

In a bizarre turn of events, it was the former Cebuano hotshot who pierced their hearts as the veteran guard hit a crucial three-point shot that helped Harbour Centre repulse Hapee, 70-66, and barge to the finals of the PBL PG Flex Linoleum Cup at The Arena in San Juan.

Trailing the Complete Protectors, 64-63, Juntilla – no longer stranger to this kind of situation – took matters into his own hands as he buried a long trey that gave them a 66-64 lead with 84 ticks left.

That was enough to take the fight out of the Complete Protectors although they had at least two chances to turn the game around in their favor. But things went their way.

With the win, the Mikee Romero-owned Harbour Centre advanced to the finals for the sixth straight time, tying the record of Welcoat Paints – another former great team of the league.

"From the start we playing individual basketball. Nawala yung teamwork namin, siguro gigil silang tapusin ang series," said Harbour coach Jorge Gallent, who is eyeing for a sixth consecutive title.

Juntilla led the Batang Pier with 15 points on 6-of-13 shooting aside from grabbing four rebounds and four assists. But trailing by one, he buried a trey off Earn Saguindel with 1:24 left that put them in front for good, 66-64.

"It was good that Reed (Juntilla) recovered from a dismal shooting and made a big shot in the end," said Gallent of Juntilla, who rejoined the Batang Pier this season after playing last season with Hapee.

Lance Convento, a late pick of Hapee in the draft last September, had his best game

of his young playing career when he registered 24 points, five rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes off the bench.

But that output went to waste in the end as he shot a wide-open airball with his team down three, 69-66, with 3.6 seconds to go after Benedict Fernandez split his charities on the other end.

Rugged forward Jerwin Gaco once again contributed big with 12 points and 11 rebounds as he was instrumental in limiting Best Player of the Conference candidate Jervy Cruz to only two points. The former UAAP MVP missed all of his eight field goal attempts.

The scores:

First Game

HARBOUR CENTRE 70 — Juntilla 15, Gaco 12, Barroca 8, Ramos 7, Fernandez 6, Vergara 6, Barua 5, Maierhofer 4, Cawaling 3, Cervantes 2, Asoro 2, Stephens 0.

HAPEE 66 — Convento 24, Grijaldo 11, Tiu 9, Hugnatan 9, Daa 6, Morial 3, Cruz 2, Viray 2, Vanlandingham 0, Saguindel 0.

Quarters: 20-14, 31-38, 50-54, 70-66.

Dark Knight
02-04-2009, 10:57 PM
Harbour Centre turned hot in the fourth period to beat Magnolia Purewayer, 84-71, in Game 1 of their title series in the 2009 PBL PG Flex Linoleum Cup yesterday at The Arena in San Juan.

Reed Juntilla topscored for the six-peat seeking Harbour Centre with 16 points but it was veteran Edwin Asoro and rookie JR Cawaling who struck hardest as they combined for three triples in the fourth that turned the game around.

Two triples by Cawaling – a rising star from Far Eastern University – helped the Batang Pier turn a slim 61-58 lead to a commanding 74-63 lead with less than three minutes.

Asoro also starred in that run as he also added one triple aside from coming through with a defensive gem on Al Magpayo.

The Wizards were never the same as the Batang Pier moved within a win of clinching an unprecedented sixth straight championship.

“We picked up our defense in the second half because we started flat. That’s becausr we were a little bit rusty,” said coach Jorge Gallent. “But it was a good win. I hope this will set the tone of the series.”

Despite the efforts of Asoro and Cawaling, it was Harbour’s defense spelled the big difference.

“As I said before, defense will decide the outcome of this series. But we have to work harder because I know Magnolia will make major adjustments,” said Gallent.

Typifying the Batang Pier’s splendid defensive effort was that they limited Neil Raneses – the team’s top gunner – to just two points.

The 6-foot-4 Raneses, who averaged 18.4 points going into the opening of the best-of-five title series, finished a dismal 1-of-8 shooting – no thanks to Asoro and Jerwin gaco who alternated in guarding the former University of Visayas star.

Raneses, Al Magpayo and star guard JP Alcaraz finished with a combined 6-of-31 shooting that explained the reason why the Wizards failed to keep step with the Batang Pier.

Rico Maierhofer and rookie Mark Barroca carried the Batang Pier in the first half with their gutsy plays along with Juntilla.

The only bright spot for Magnolia was Eder Saldua who sizzled with 15 points – a marked improvement from his average of 7 points a game in the elims.

Both teams started tight as they combined for only 26 points in the first quarter but picked up pace in the second quarter with Rico Maierhofer leading the way for the Batang Pier.

Scoreless in the first quarter, the 6-foot-6 Maierhofer struck hardest in the last three minutes of the second quarter where he scored six points, including a three-point play that saw them grab the lead 39-36 at halftime.

So close was the game in the first half no team managed to take a lead by more than points.

Juntilla, who averaged 23.5 points in the first two meetings in the elims, led all scorers in the first half with 9 points followed by Maierhofer with eight points.

The Wizards were outrebounded by the Batang Pier in the first half, 25-16, but still managed to hang on in the game through the efforts of Eder Saldua and Chester Taylor who combined for 13 points.

The scores:

Harbour 84 – Juntilla 16, Maierhofer 15, Barroca 14, Asoro 14, Cawaling 8, Stephens 7, Ramos 4, Gaco 4, Cervantes 0, Fernnadez 0, Vergara -.

Magnolia 71 – Saldua 16, Ababou 15, Magpayo 10, Balneg 6, Alcaraz 6, Taylor 6, Amparado 2, Rodriguez 2, Raneses 2, Pascual 0, Sorongon 0.

Quarters: 14-12; 39-36; 59-53, 84-71.


Dark Knight
02-06-2009, 04:20 PM
Magnolia Ties Series
(February 6, 2009)

Game Tomorrow
(Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig)
2 p.m. – Harbour Centre vs Magnolia Purewater
Game 1 – Harbour 84, Magnolia 71
Game 2 – Magnolia 84, Harbour 80
Best-of-5 title series
(Series tied at 1-1)

Magnolia Purewater finally got the numbers it wanted from Neil Raneses yesterday as the Wizards downed Harbour Centre Batang Pier, 84-80, and tied their title series in the 2009 PBL PG Flex Linoleum Cup yesterday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

The former University of Visayas star sizzled with 25 points, including 10 in the payoff period to help the Wizards win Game 2 that reduced their best-of-five series to a best-of-three affair.

The 6-foot-4 Raneses highlighted his game-long brilliance with several tough shots but it was his completed three-point play in the last 16 seconds that felled the Batang Pier to the valley of death, 83-78.

It was a marked improvement from his dismal two-point performance in Game 1 where he made only one out of eight tried from the field.

“He’s a veteran, you don’t need to push and motivate him,” said Magnolia coach Koy Banal of his 6 foot-4 center-forward who finished this time with 11-of-18 shooting in 34 minutes of action.

Raneses also had five rebounds, three blocks, two steals and the same number of assists to highlight his game-long brilliance that somehow rubbed on his teammates, especially Eder Saldua, Leo Losentes and JP Alcaraz.

The Batang Pier, gunning for their sixth straight titles, fell behind by seven points midway in the fourth but they moved to within two points thrice, the last at 78-80 on a power play by Jerwin Gaco. But it proved to be Harbour’s last hurrah as Raneses retaliated swiftly with the huge three-point play.

“I like to commend everybody for their efforts and support. Even those in the bench helped us in their own way,” said Banal, who again pointed to their disciplined defense, especially in the stretch for the win – their first over Harbour in four meetings this year.

The Wizards actually made their move in the third quarter where they outscored the Batang Pier, 21 13. At one stretch, Raneses and Alcaraz took turns in burning the hoops before Saldua rejoined the scoring act, knocking down five straight points, including a triple – his third for the day – that gave them their first 9-point lead, 61-52.

As usual, Banal refused to be swayed by their win, saying: “We just tied the series. We still have to remain focused and work a lot harder.”

Typifying Magnolia’s great defensive effort was that Rico Maierhofer and Edwin Asoro were held to a combined 11 points – a far cry from 15 and 14 points in Game 1.

Also a huge letdown was Mark Barroca, who after scoring 37 points for the RP team in a 95-95 standoff with Burger King in an exhibition game in the PBA, managed only 11 points this time. Reed Juntilla, meantime, had to work hard for all his 12 points. He had 16 in Game 1.

Both teams fought toe-to-toe in the first half with either team taking a lead by more than four points as the Batang Pier settled for a 41-40 halftime lead.

Sadua, who finished with 17, points, and Maierhofer provided some highlights in the first two quarters by coming through with tough shots that drew wild applause from the huge and highly appreciative crowd.

Sadua, who topscored for Magnolia in Game 1 with 16 points, beat the buzzer to cap his back-to back triples early in the game while the 6-foot-6 Maierhofer came through with gutsy plays underneath.

Raneses had already 10 points in the first half after making five of 9 attempts, a big turnaround from his 1-of-8 shooting in Game 1.

So determined and furious were both teams they traded cheap shots early, but still the game went on with no untoward incident.

The scores:

Magnolia 84 – Raneses 25, Saldua 17, Alcaraz 10, Ababou 8, Losentes 7,
Amparado 7, Pascual 4, Taylor 2, Balneg 0.

Harbour 80 – Gaco 18, Juntilla 12, Barroca 11, Cawaling 8, Maierhofer 8,
Fernandez 7, Vergara 5, Stephens 4, Asoro 3, Barua 2, Ramos 2.

Quarters: 18-21; 40-41; 61-54; 84-80.

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Dark Knight
02-07-2009, 05:06 PM
FEU just defeated Magnolia to establish a 2 games to 1 lead in their best of 5 championship series.

Dark Knight
02-11-2009, 10:41 PM
PBL: Harbour rallies to achieve league history

MANILA, Philippines – Harbour Centre made Philippine Basketball League (PBL) history Tuesday winning its sixth straight title rallying to beat Magnolia Purewater, 88-73, at The Arena in San Juan City.

Harbour trailed by as much as 11 points in the second quarter but sizzled in the second half to erect their own double-digit lead and end the PBL PG Flex Linoleum Cup championship showdown in four games.

Al Vergara and Rico Maierhofer’s pick-and-roll play put Harbour on top by 13, 73-60, with 7:25 left in the fourth.

Maierhofer finished that well-executed play with a two-handed jam putting the exclamation point in the Batang Pier’s 22-8 run bridging the third and fourth periods.

That play, though, cost Harbour big time as they lost Maierhofer, who was called for a technical foul for hanging on the rim and was forced to sit the rest of the way with his fifth personal foul.

This stopped the Batang Pier’s momentum as the Wizards were able to come close to within one point, 72-73, with 4:30 left in the match.

Harbour then countered with a final scoring run with Mark Barroca delivering the knockout punch in a 10-1 exchange entering the last two minutes of the contest.

Barroca, who was named the Finals most valuable player, scored all 10 points in that scoring run. The Batang Pier bench was already celebrating when Barroca drained a perimeter jumper coming from a Vergara pass, 1:25 left in the clock.

Benedict Fernandez paced Harbour with 18 points while Barroca added 17 more with Maierhofer, despite fouling out, adding 15 markers to go with seven rebounds and two assists. Nick Stephens chipped in 13 points.

Neil Rañeses led Magnolia with 22 points while Jaypee Alcaraz accounted for 15. Liz Amparado had 12 points all in the first half. – GMANews.TV