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ankle breaker
05-21-2008, 03:23 AM
Team Cebu City will call themselves as Cebu City Niños and will be coached by veteran and multi-titled coach councilor yayoy alcoseba. some of the names mentioned are all MBA, PBA, NBC and MVBA veterans like mike manigo, stephen padilla, marlon piodo, marlon basco, bruce dacia, don capati and many more.

ankle breaker
05-21-2008, 03:37 AM
Who do you want to be added to the team.
There were names bared in some newspapers but giving your own insights can somehow add color to their recruitment since they are not yet complete.

dieseldust
05-21-2008, 06:59 AM
Matt Mitchell
AC Brown
Cid White

Semenelin
05-21-2008, 10:57 AM
manigo
dacia
mga kapatid ni sammy eman

ankle breaker
05-22-2008, 04:34 AM
i think dacia and manigo are already on the team.
i heard they are are pursuing neil ranises and jayford rodriguez too.
what i don't understand is why they are adding bruce dacia and marlon piodo who are not from cebu.
dacia is from polomolok, south cotabato while piodo is from davao though they played college ball in cebu.

D_I_A
05-22-2008, 08:35 PM
i think dacia and manigo are already on the team.
i heard they are are pursuing neil ranises and jayford rodriguez too.
what i don't understand is why they are adding bruce dacia and marlon piodo who are not from cebu.
dacia is from polomolok, south cotabato while piodo is from davao though they played college ball in cebu.


greg slaughter para gumanda ang laro

ankle breaker
05-23-2008, 03:30 AM
i think dacia and manigo are already on the team.
i heard they are are pursuing neil ranises and jayford rodriguez too.
what i don't understand is why they are adding bruce dacia and marlon piodo who are not from cebu.
dacia is from polomolok, south cotabato while piodo is from davao though they played college ball in cebu.


greg slaughter para gumanda ang laro

that's possible my friend. as what i've said in the previous post, it will all depend on the gullases. they are the ones holding greg's neck. and in fairness to greg, he's doing ok and improvement is visible to his games lately. the testament to that is the MVP award he won in the VAAA.

D_I_A
05-23-2008, 12:29 PM
i think dacia and manigo are already on the team.
i heard they are are pursuing neil ranises and jayford rodriguez too.
what i don't understand is why they are adding bruce dacia and marlon piodo who are not from cebu.
dacia is from polomolok, south cotabato while piodo is from davao though they played college ball in cebu.


greg slaughter para gumanda ang laro

that's possible my friend. as what i've said in the previous post, it will all depend on the gullases. they are the ones holding greg's neck. and in fairness to greg, he's doing ok and improvement is visible to his games lately. the testament to that is the MVP award he won in the VAAA.



sayang kasi ang tangkad ng batang ito kung di rin mare- refine ng husto. Liga games will surely develop him more.

john_paul_manahan
05-25-2008, 07:04 PM
i think dacia and manigo are already on the team.
i heard they are are pursuing neil ranises and jayford rodriguez too.
what i don't understand is why they are adding bruce dacia who are not from cebu.
dacia is from polomolok, south cotabato

bruce played for the cebu gems back in the day....

john_paul_manahan
05-25-2008, 07:05 PM
Matt Mitchell
AC Brown
Cid White



whatever happened to these 3?

joelex
05-28-2008, 12:16 AM
this team seems to be the early favorite in the maiden season of LP. Taguig Batang Global has a formidable lineup also but the Ninos has a big advantage in team chemistry, having played together for so long now.

ankle breaker
05-28-2008, 12:18 AM
i can't discount the hype but i don't it will be an easy ride for the niños. maybe in south conference but the north is pretty solid also.

thadzonline
06-07-2008, 11:45 PM
@ankle breaker

Manigo is not part of the team, he has long been part of the Montaña team and played for Montaña in the Sinulog Cup last January

thadzonline
06-07-2008, 11:46 PM
i think dacia and manigo are already on the team.
i heard they are are pursuing neil ranises and jayford rodriguez too.
what i don't understand is why they are adding bruce dacia and marlon piodo who are not from cebu.
dacia is from polomolok, south cotabato while piodo is from davao though they played college ball in cebu.


greg slaughter para gumanda ang laro


nah, not yet....hindi pwede sa format ng Liga Pilipinas unless you want him to quit school

thadzonline
06-07-2008, 11:49 PM
i think dacia and manigo are already on the team.
i heard they are are pursuing neil ranises and jayford rodriguez too.
what i don't understand is why they are adding bruce dacia and marlon piodo who are not from cebu.
dacia is from polomolok, south cotabato while piodo is from davao though they played college ball in cebu.


MLKP is probably not pursuing Neil Raneses and Jayford Rodriguez is already in the team..Piodo is also not in the team but is currently an assistant coach at USJ-R seniors team..While Dacia is from somewhere else, he would have already completed the length of residency to be considered local

thadzonline
06-07-2008, 11:51 PM
i think dacia and manigo are already on the team.
i heard they are are pursuing neil ranises and jayford rodriguez too.
what i don't understand is why they are adding bruce dacia who are not from cebu.
dacia is from polomolok, south cotabato

bruce played for the cebu gems back in the day....


and he has long been an MLKP mainstay...btw, Cebuana Lhuillier who managed the Cebu Gems is a different entity from M. Lhuillier who will handle the Cebu Niños

jordan
06-08-2008, 02:58 AM
i thot manigo is playing for davao?? but davao is not joining ryt???

thadzonline
06-08-2008, 10:56 AM
Montaña was supposed to be the corporate backer of Davao so yeah you are right about that one

zytrexx
06-08-2008, 01:21 PM
they should pick this guy....
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m294/zytrexx/slaughter.jpg

thadzonline
06-08-2008, 03:36 PM
hmmmm...nice job on the cf but the number on the jersey kinda overlapped with the team name :p

zytrexx
06-08-2008, 03:49 PM
its still a preview

thadzonline
06-09-2008, 10:07 AM
ohh ok...the SWU lineup is also at the Southern Scout column of the gameface.ph homepage in case it interests you

ankle breaker
06-10-2008, 12:30 AM
who are they going to replace reed juntilla now he joined red bull instead of the niños.

thadzonline
06-10-2008, 11:53 AM
ang dami panga talent kung sa guard lang ang kulang nila...andyan sila Niño Ramirez, Allain Abellanosa who are among those who have just done playing for their college teams and marami pang ibang prospective guards..mas mahirap ireplace pag big man ang nawala

ankle breaker
06-10-2008, 10:34 PM
well, you are right. but juntilla's talent is irreplaceable. ramirez and abellanosa has talents but they haven't got what juntilla has.

jordan
06-10-2008, 10:42 PM
but speaking of abellanosa?? diba he played for mandaue landmasters?? where is he now?? i think all he need is exposure because he's not used pa playing commercial games.

ankle breaker
06-11-2008, 09:31 PM
i think he's still in cebu. playing for some commercial teams.

jordan
06-11-2008, 10:32 PM
i think he's still in cebu. playing for some commercial teams.


ic, but sayang xa coz he has talent kulang lang bilib sa sarili, madaling madala ng pressure sa laro.

thadzonline
06-12-2008, 10:33 AM
i think he's still in cebu. playing for some commercial teams.


ic, but sayang xa coz he has talent kulang lang bilib sa sarili, madaling madala ng pressure sa laro.


typical of the current crop of Webmasters siguro with the exception of a Junmar Fajardo

ankle breaker
06-12-2008, 10:07 PM
when you are still young and you feel like being dejected, you will succumbed to pressure and will easily give up. no fighting spirit, so to speak.

digitalsuperman
06-18-2008, 06:33 AM
Cebu City Niños to play on the road without Enriquez (http://www.sunstar.com.ph/static/ceb/2008/06/18/sports/cebu.city.ni.os.to.play.on.the.road.without.enriqu ez.html)

THE M. Lhuillier-Cebu Niños will open its Liga Pilipinas battle on the road as the multi-titled squad travels to Ilocos Sur this week to the Santo Domingo People’s Center for the 2008 Liga Pilipinas league.

The Niños of beme–dalled coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba and sports patron Michel Lhuillier will challenge three teams, host Ilocos Sur Bravehearts of Gov. DV Savellano, Taguig Batang Global of Mayor Freddie Tinga and the Quezon Red Oilers of Gov. Raffy Nantes in the five-day joust that will culminate with a one-game finals on June 22.

The competition is sanctioned by the Sama–hang Basketbol ng Pili–pinas.

Alcoseba has made major movements after losing his top point guard Woodrow Enriquez.

Enriquez will be sidelined for at least six weeks due to a fractured bone on his left arm, sustained during the recent Liga South pre-season tournament.

To fill the playmaking and scoring void left by Enriquez, Alcoseba tapped the services of guards Mark Jonas Ababon and Arturo Atablanco hope
Alcoseba also acquired 6-foot-7 center Rino Berame and 6-foot-4 bruiser Ariel Mepaña to help the team’s rebounds and defense. This will be the first time that Berame and Atablanco, a former Duterte-Davao Agila, will suit up for Cebu’s ball club.

Returnees Ababon and Mepaña played for the Niños when the team was still called the M. Lhuillier Jewelers.

The new recruits hope to blend well with holdovers Stephen Padilla, Bruce Dacia, Danny Aying, Mar–lon Basco, Ronald Capati, Jayford Rodriguez, Jerry Cavan, Michael Luga and Richard Ian Saladaga in delivering the historic first Liga championship to Cebu.

This will be the first time in four years that the Ninos will visit the northern part of the country. The Jewelers won the only regional competition, the United Regional Basketball Lea–gue, in 2004 over the Ilocos Sur Snipers.

After the Ilocos Sur trip, the Ninos will host one mini tournament and travel to two more cities to earn more points. The dates and participants of these mini tournaments will be announced later.

A team will earn points based on their performances in the mini tournaments that they join. A mini tournament champion is crowned every week. The top-ranked teams based on total points at the end of all the mini tournaments will advance to the national playoffs.

ankle breaker
06-18-2008, 09:22 PM
so ano na nangyari sa road game nila?

dieseldust
06-24-2008, 02:41 PM
totoo bang M Lhuillier uniforms ang ginagamit ng Cebu Team sa Liga? bwisit na man o. >:(

Lyna
06-24-2008, 03:10 PM
yeah.. i guess so.. may pic sila sa thread ng ano ba yun.. yung may date ata June 18-22.. try mo.. MLhuiller na red ang jersey nila...

thadzonline
06-24-2008, 04:42 PM
hindi pa cguro tapos ang bagong uniforms

ankle breaker
06-24-2008, 10:50 PM
oo nga. ang sagwang tingnan kasi palagi naman nakikita sa cebu yan.

jordan
06-24-2008, 10:56 PM
oo nga. ang sagwang tingnan kasi palagi naman nakikita sa cebu yan.


i think sagwa is not the term but puol!!! hahaha its nice to look at new uniforms para maiba. boring na at paulit-ulit. maganda sana if new image.. hahahhaha ;D ;D

dieseldust
06-25-2008, 06:07 AM
pwede man nila ibutang corporate name sa sponsor sa luyo..ayaw sa front, please lang. Iapil pa ra ba gyung "Kwarta Padala", baduya gyud oi! mawagtangan man sad ta'g gana motan-aw ani* >:( >:(

Lyna
06-25-2008, 09:33 AM
Baduy ba? dili man tana mo matter ang uniform ana, its the game that counts.. saon manang tyada og uniform tas banga.. dba?

dieseldust
06-25-2008, 09:51 AM
true..but bdauy gyapon tan-awn....hehehe! mg watch ka ug games nya name sa corporate sponsor makita, gnahn kaha ka? d nato mafeel ang spirit sa regional basketball...pero ako ra sad ni ;D

Lyna
06-25-2008, 10:40 AM
hala sponsori...

dieseldust
06-25-2008, 12:33 PM
haskang paita anang tubaga oi..tsk!

Lyna
06-25-2008, 02:45 PM
Supportahan gud.. saon.. di sponsoran..

jordan
06-25-2008, 06:18 PM
hahahaha sponsor jud?? hahahahah

ankle breaker
06-25-2008, 09:50 PM
atong sponsoran.atong nganlan ug money lenders, ok mo ana?

jordan
06-25-2008, 10:47 PM
atong sponsoran.atong nganlan ug money lenders, ok mo ana?

ahtot money lenders??
pareho rag thot!!! hahaha

ankle breaker
06-26-2008, 04:48 AM
atong sponsoran.atong nganlan ug money lenders, ok mo ana?

ahtot money lenders??
pareho rag thot!!! hahaha

hahahaha. atot aning cebu oi. maypa ilang ininglison. money transfers nalang.

thadzonline
06-26-2008, 07:03 AM
hahaha...pwede loan sharks?

dieseldust
06-26-2008, 12:25 PM
kuyaw if mahimo ni'g Cebu "Prenda, Lukat, Tubo" Niños!

jordan
06-26-2008, 08:39 PM
kuyaw if mahimo ni'g Cebu "Prenda, Lukat, Tubo" Niños!


hahaha pede!!!! sugot mo?? hahaha kuyaw nag mage ang sto nino... hahaha

ankle breaker
06-26-2008, 09:24 PM
kuyaw if mahimo ni'g Cebu "Prenda, Lukat, Tubo" Niños!


hahaha pede!!!! sugot mo?? hahaha kuyaw nag mage ang sto nino... hahaha

aw mgdala nya nag pangdoral ang mga players sa cebu. sideline nila o di gani community outreach program. libre doral sa mga alahas. ;D

digitalsuperman
06-27-2008, 06:49 AM
hahaha...pwede loan sharks?
murag nahan ko ana .. cebu loan sharks!

digitalsuperman
06-27-2008, 07:01 AM
After conquering Ilocos, Niños eye Pagadian next[/

AFTER conquering Ilocos Sur, the M. Lhuillier-Cebu Niños are now training their eyes for the next pocket tournament that will be hosted by the Pagadian Explorers in Week 3 of the 2008 Liga Pilipinas Championships tour elimination phase from July 2 to 6 in Pagadian City.

The Niños, champion of the Ilocos Sur leg, will be challenged by the host team and the winner of the Mis-Or leg Pagadian, MisOr Meteors and the Trace Laguna Stallions.

Currently on the top of the team standings with 12 points, the Niños are closely followed by the Explorers with 10, Ilocos Bravehearts with seven, while Baguio Victory and MisOr Meteors have six points each. Taguig Batang Global has five and Laguna Stallions with two points.

What makes the Pagadian leg interesting is two of the teams have axe to grind against the host .

Revenge

The Meteors is seeking revenge against the Explorers who booted them out in the race for the championship twice. Aside from the vengeance theme, the winner of the league will surely push the team ahead of the race for the top four spots to gain an automatic slot to the quarterfinals.

In each pocket tournament, a champion will earn 10 points, five for the runnerup and three points for the third placer.

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/static/ceb/2008/06/27/sports/after.conquaering.ilocos.ni.os.eye.pagadian.next.h tml

jordan
06-29-2008, 12:57 PM
kuyawa nya pagadian sugot ra ana?? pang kayu man kayu sa sunod pocket games...

ankle breaker
07-01-2008, 10:09 PM
no chance. cebu all the way to glory.

Lyna
07-02-2008, 08:30 AM
mao... ey, updates ha.. sugod na ba?

Wlay tga pagadian diri?

jordan
07-02-2008, 02:44 PM
mao... ey, updates ha.. sugod na ba?

Wlay tga pagadian diri?


last nlng ka lyna ha, cebu ninos ni nga forum.. hahaha
peace!!!

ankle breaker
07-02-2008, 09:53 PM
you're lost lyna. create a pagadian thread. hehehehe

Lyna
07-03-2008, 10:48 AM
There is a Pagadian thread dearie.. Am not asking if this is about Pagadian Explorers...

AM asking if there is a forumer who comes from Pagadian and could give us an update.. argh!

thadzonline
07-03-2008, 01:02 PM
pildi sa Pagadian ang Niños, 57-55, Rob Labagala stole off Mark Ababon and made a layup with 0.3 seconds left..Jayford Rodriguez's shot off an alley-oop at the buzzer was nullified after game officials reviewed the tape..sayang

Lyna
07-03-2008, 01:49 PM
kuya thadz, paano mo pa nalaman yan? san po u? PAgadian?

niwey thanks..


PAGADIAN CITY – Guard Roberts Labagala made a crucial steal on Mark Ababon then ran down the court for the winning lay-up with 0.3 of a second left to push the host Pagadian Explorers to a thrilling 57-55 stoppage of the M. Lhuillier-Cebu Ninos on Day One of the Liga Pilipinas-Pagadian City Leg Wednesday evening at the Pagadian City Gym.

Earlier, Explorers forward Jan Villaver tied the game at 55-55 with 2:46 left. Both teams exchanged turnovers and botched plays. Ninos coach Yayoy Alcoseba sued for time, with the ball going to Ababon who just stood at the top of the key waiting for the remaining 11 seconds to lapse. Ababon then drove strong to the hoop only to lose the ball to Labagala.

The Ninos then tried one final play, a perfect inbound alley-oop pass to Jayford Rodriguez who sank the basket at the buzzer. However, the referees promptly reviewed the game video and nullified Rodriguez’ field goal giving the win to the wards of Coach Eric Samson.

Explorers’ team owner Mayor Sammy Co watched the game to see Labagala score 18 points and Mark Yee register another monster game with 12 points and 20 rebounds. Marlon Basco led the Ninos with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Stephen Padilla sank four triples for 12 points.

In the first game, the Trace-Laguna Stallions leaned on a triple by Leomer Losentes with 15 seconds left to outlast the Misamis Oriental Meteors, 68-64.

Losentes, a varsity star at Saint Francis of Assisi in Las Pinas City, shattered a 64-64 deadlock, 67-64. In the ensuing play, Ramil Tagupa issued an errant pass meant for Eric de la Cuesta, returning the ball to the Stallions of Erwin Genuino and Coach Nomar Isla. De la Cuesta was forced to foul Jerwin Gaco, who split his charities for the final tally.

It was a sorry loss for the team of Gov. Oscar Moreno and Coach Jun Noel, who led for majority of the contest. The Meteors erected their biggest lead of the game early in the third period, 40-27.

The Stallions turned to the bull-strong Gaco, who singlehandedly rallied his team with 11 points in the fourth quarter. Gester Ebuen tied the game for the last time, 64-64, with one minute on the clock on two free throws and setting the stage for Losentes’ heroics.

Gaco finished with 21 points and nine rebounds. Ebuen, Ricky Ricafuente and Alex Angeles followed with eight markers each. Alano Caputolan paced the Meteors with 14 and 11 rebounds while Frank Nailon added 13 points..

How They Scored:

First Game

LAGUNA (68) – Gaco 21, Angeles 8, Ebuen 8, Ricafuente 8, Santos 7, Losentes 4, Dedicatoria 4, Retaga 3, Raymundo 3, Cruz 2, Valderama 0.

MISAMIS ORIENTAL (64) – Caputolan 14, Nailon 13, Paterno 12, Faundo 5, Tagupa 4, de la Cuesta 4, Concha 4, Farochillen 2, Saguindel 2, Espiritu 0, Micutuan 0.

Period Scores: 13-20, 25-34, 44-44, 68-64.

Second Game

PAGADIAN (57) – Labagala 18, Yee 12, Villaver 8, Daja 5, Alberto 4, Kong 4, Orquillas 3, Saludsod 3, Cortez 0, Alvarado 0, Quilo 0.

CEBU (55) – Basco 14, Padilla 12, Ababon 10, Saladaga 4, Cavan 4, Aying 3, Rodriguez 2, Dacia 2, Mepana 2, Capati 1, Berame 1, Atablanco 0.

Period Scores: 18-16, 30-36, 50-48, 57-55.


TAGUIG CITY BOX SCORES


First Game

PAMPANGA (93) - Oreta 24, Vizcarra 15, Dillinger 11, L. Rodriguez 10, Misa 8, Nicdao 8, Bansil 8, Alcaraz 3, Luanzon 2, Mercado 2, Villamin 2, Evangelista 0.

QUEZON (77) - Magsumbol 27, Mondragon 15, Macanig 11, Williams 8, Garrido 7, Canizares 6, Lingao-Lingao 2, Mendoza 1, Casino 0, Panzo 0, Chua 0, Manabat 0, Bolado 0.

Period Scores: 18-20, 40-42, 74-53, 93-77.

Second Game

TAGUIG (89) - Bautista 13, Gatumbato 13, Matias 11, Marquez 10, Ortiguerra 9, F. Rodriguez 9, Bombeo 8, Reguera 8, Javier 6, Fajardo 2, F. de Leon 0, Latoreno 0.

LIPA-BATANGAS (80) - Custodio 22, Vergara 16, Estrada 14, Sanders 6, Lim 6, Alfad 5, Neo 4, Junio 3, de Castro 2, Moody 2, R. David 0, Magcawas 0, Lustestica 0.

Period Scores: 22-12, 37-27, 64-49, 89-80.

thadzonline
07-03-2008, 03:10 PM
lol...im from Cebu, but I have access to some early reports...palaaway ai

Lyna
07-03-2008, 03:15 PM
niwey, you still have your chance.. ^_^

hhehehehhe.. peace!

jordan
07-03-2008, 03:17 PM
There is a Pagadian thread dearie.. Am not asking if this is about Pagadian Explorers...

AM asking if there is a forumer who comes from Pagadian and could give us an update.. argh!


yaw ka lagot.. hehe peace

Lyna
07-03-2008, 03:30 PM
^CooL lng ko.. ^_^ was ko naglagot... hehheheheh

jordan
07-03-2008, 03:51 PM
ok. ;D

ankle breaker
07-03-2008, 10:21 PM
There is a Pagadian thread dearie.. Am not asking if this is about Pagadian Explorers...

AM asking if there is a forumer who comes from Pagadian and could give us an update.. argh!

sorry auntie lyna. didn't mean anything at all.

Lyna
07-04-2008, 03:21 PM
panalo ang Cebu sa Laguna.. Yey..

so standings are? 1-1
Pagadian 2-0

sinu next makakalaban nila? check ko muna sa iba..

jordan
07-04-2008, 05:30 PM
haha updated jud kayu intawn...

thadzonline
07-04-2008, 08:43 PM
Cebu 105, Laguna 68(that's what you call domination)

Pagadian 68, MiOr 62

Cebu 1 point
Pagadian 2 points

hehe

ankle breaker
07-04-2008, 09:29 PM
i think cebu vented its ire on laguna. imagine, 35 big points trashing. i think 105 is the highest so far and the winning margin is the biggest for this league. something that deserves a spot in the record book of liga.

Lyna
07-07-2008, 08:21 AM
For Finals,

Cebu VS Pagadian

Who will be the champion for the Week 3 leg.. ^^,

niwey, wala pa ring masyadong publicity.. limited lang ang makakakita pa rin.. hahayz..

Rom_YJ_Gold
07-07-2008, 10:54 AM
congratz cebu for defeating the pagadian explorers in the week 3 leg.. ;D

thadzonline
07-07-2008, 09:28 PM
72-67, Cebu Niños win Pagadian leg

ankle breaker
07-07-2008, 09:30 PM
cebu is showing their might at the early stage. it's a good thing that they are winning this early because i think it will be an uphill climb then when they will meet the other powerhouse teams such as pampanga buddies and the taguig global.

Lyna
07-08-2008, 10:34 AM
waaaaaaaaaaaaa!!! nasaag ko!! !hehehhehe

Congrats!!! see, told you.. You still have a chance ^_^

sKy
07-08-2008, 11:41 AM
I would love to see Cebu go against Pampanga. I'm wondering how they would do.

I'm back to posting. Haha. ::)

ankle breaker
07-08-2008, 09:43 PM
I would love to see Cebu go against Pampanga. I'm wondering how they would do.

I'm back to posting. Haha.* ::)

i think cebu had already beaten pampanga in the 1st leg.

thadzonline
07-09-2008, 09:49 AM
nope, Cebu have not met Pampanga yet..The Niños battled with Quezon, Ilocos Sur and Taguig in the 1st leg while Cebu was also not a participant in the Pampanga leg won by the Buddies

ankle breaker
07-09-2008, 10:02 PM
oh ok. its nice. it will be an anticipated match up if that's the case. when they will meet?

digitalsuperman
07-13-2008, 12:14 PM
guys, kitakita ta ninyo sa coliseum karong wednesday..

naa mo idea pila ang ticket?

thadzonline
07-14-2008, 10:58 AM
tag 100 siguro lower box ana bai

digitalsuperman
07-15-2008, 05:42 PM
ah ok..sige2x..kaya ra..haha.

ankle breaker
07-17-2008, 11:19 PM
champ ba ang cebu sa cebu leg or pildi sa pagadian?

thadzonline
07-18-2008, 09:59 AM
wa pa mahuman ang Cebu leg wui, ongoing pa, karon pa Sunday mahibaw-an kung kinsa champs sa Cebu leg

ankle breaker
07-18-2008, 10:05 PM
bitaw, akong nakita nga semis pa sila.pero at least na proven na nga maayo ang cebu. pildi gud nila ang buddies.

Liga Pilipinas
07-18-2008, 10:21 PM
bitaw, akong nakita nga semis pa sila.pero at least na proven na nga maayo ang cebu. pildi gud nila ang buddies.

Every one has been waiting for and talking about this game so here it is as fresh and as hot as it can be . . .

Games Saturday (July 19) – Mandaue City Sports and Cultural Complex
4:00 PM Smart-Pampanga Buddies vs. Trace-Laguna Stallions
5:30 PM M. Lhuillier-Cebu Ninos vs. Zamboanga Amores

* * *CEBU CITY – The M. Lhuillier-Cebu Ninos survived a big scare from the Smart-Pampanga Buddies, 82-73, in the final preliminary round game of the ML Kwarta Padala Liga Pilipinas Cebu Leg Friday (July 18) before a full house at the New Cebu Coliseum.

* * *The Ninos’ defense held the Buddies scoreless for the final 2:24 of the ball game, their last score coming via a Khiel Misa charity, 73-76.* Stephen Padilla then scored on a drive off an assist by the posting Marlon Basco, 80-73, and 1:11 remaining.* Basco added two more free throws for the final tally.

* * *The Buddies of Coach Aric del Rosario started strong, taking the first period, 22-8.* Suddenly, the Ninos found a savior in Danny Aying who came off the bench and sank two quick triples to turn the momentum in their favor.

* * *Bruce Dacia and Aying then conspired in a 15-6 run to begin the third period, deadlocking the score at 61-61 entering the final period on two Aying free throws with a second left off a foul by Christian Nicdao.

* * *Aying finished with 20 points followed by Dacia with 16 to keep the Ninos of Michel Lhuillier and Coach Yayoy Alcoseba undefeated in three starts.* Larry Rodriguez topped the Buddies with 15 points followed by Misa with 14.

* * *In the first game, the Trace-Laguna Stallions of Erwin Genuino and Coach Nomar Isla relied on a 13-0 final period run to erect a 75-63 advantage with 6:41 to play and put away the Zamboanga Amores of Coach Ednie Morones, 87-80.

* * *It will be the Ninos versus the Amores and the Buddies testing the Stallions in today’s crucial semifinals at the Mandaue City Sports and Cultural Center starting at 4:00 PM.* Sunday's finale will shift back to the New Cebu Coliseum.

How They Scored:

Second Game

* * *CEBU (82) – Aying 20, Dacia 16, Ababon 11, Padilla 10, Saladaga 8, Basco 8, Capati 7, Rodriguez 2, Mepana 0.

* * *PAMPANGA (73) – Rodriguez 15, Misa 14, Oreta 10, Bansil 6, Alcaraz 6, Bansil 6, Dillinger 5, Vizcarra 5, Villamin 5, Nicdao 3, Luanzon 2, Mercado 2, Legaspi 0, Evangelista 0.

* * *Period Scores: 8-22, 32-41, 61-61, 82-73.

dieseldust
07-19-2008, 06:40 AM
I saw the game last night and I was so exciting..Reminds me a lot of the MBA. Tnx Liga!

Rom_YJ_Gold
07-19-2008, 11:33 AM
wow! gusto ko manood ng live.. kaso dito ako sa manila.. haha!

Ganun pa din ba jersey ng Cebu? Ayaw ko kasi ng jersey nila eh.. ;D

dieseldust
07-19-2008, 02:11 PM
yup...M. Lhuillier pa rin, pangit talaga tingnan! Buti pa yung Pampanga, ang ganda ng jersey

melonade0205
07-20-2008, 08:33 PM
amny news yet who won the leg?

Liga Pilipinas
07-21-2008, 07:53 PM
amny news yet who won the leg?

* * *CEBU CITY – After winning pocket tournament in faraway Ilocos Sur and Pagadian City, the M. Lhuillier-Cebu Ninos successfully defended their home turf and annexed the ML Kwarta Padala Liga Pilipinas Cebu Leg over the visiting Smart-Pampanga Buddies, 81-73, in front of a huge crowd Sunday (July 20) at the New Cebu Coliseum.

* * *The well-played game was marred by a pair of technical fouls on the Buddies for too much complaining that threw their game off-track in the waning minutes of the game.* Bruce Dacia made five out of the six free throws awarded him that caused the Ninos to erect a 77-73 lead with still 2:29 to play.

* * *Both sides traded turnovers and botched plays, until the wards of Michel Lhuillier and Coach Yayoy Alcoseba plucked three consecutive offensive rebounds that allowed them to melt the clock further.

* * *After a Cebu timeout at the 14-second mark, Dacia suddenly found himself scoring on an unmolested slam dunk, 79-73.* In the ensuing play, Ron Capati intercepted the ball from the inbounding Emmerson Oreta for another thundering slam for the final tally.

* * *Dacia punctuated his weeklong fine performance with a 27-point effort en route to being name Leg MVP.* Capati, a native of Pampanga, had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.* Stephen Padilla also had 12 points.* Larry Rodriguez was the high man for the Buddies with 15 markers and six rebounds.* Oreta followed with 13 points.

* * *Earlier, the Trace-Laguna Stallions displayed awesome form in overwhelming the Zamboanga Amores in the battle for Third Place, 92-63.* The Stallions of Erwin Genuino and Coach Nomar Isla finally broke their “weekend jinx” and went home with three Liga Tour Points.* The Stallions finished last in the previous two legs they joined.* The Amores could only muster nine points in the third canto, signalling their eventual downfall.

* * *Glen Bolocon, originally from Cebu City’s Mabolo District, led the Stallions’ charge with 26 points in 28 minutes of play.* Jerwin Gaco had 13 points and 14 rebounds while Abby Santos also had 13 points and 13 rebounds.* Jojo Omandam topped the Amores with 15 points while Christopher Concepcion added 13.

How They Scored:

Third Place Game

* * *LAGUNA (92) – Bolocon 26, Gaco 13, Santos 13, Angeles 7, Valderama 7, Tolentino 6, Ebuen 6, Dedicatoria 6, Lingao-Lingao 5, Roldan 2, de Guia 1, Losentes 0, Ricafuente 0.

* * *ZAMBOANGA (63) – Omandam 15, Concepcion 13, Naron 12, Chua 7, Bolias 7, France 4, Parreno 3, Navarro 2, M. Mercado 0, J. Tan 0, Ramirez 0, Morales 0.

* * *Period Scores: 27-20, 46-40, 72-49, 92-63.

Championship Game

* * *CEBU (81) – Dacia 27, Padilla 12, Capati 12, Saladaga 10, Ababon 9, Aying 7, Basco 4, Cavan 0, J. Rodriguez 0, Mepana 0.

* * *PAMPANGA (73) – L. Rodriguez 15, Oreta 13, Dillinger 11, Vizcarra 11, Alcaraz 10, Luanzon 7, Misa 4, F. Mercado 2, Nicdao 0, Flor 0, Bansil 0.

* * *Period Scores: 20-18, 41-42, 59-61, 81-73.

ankle breaker
07-21-2008, 10:40 PM
cebu lang yata ang may commercial name sa kanilang jersey. lahat nang teams eh pangalan ng province or city yung nakalagay. tapos ang sponsors name, parang patch lang ata. panget jersey nang cebu. wala na sigurong pang gastos para magpagawa nang bagong uniforms.

Liga Pilipinas
07-22-2008, 03:24 PM
http://photos-026.friendster.com/e1/photos/62/00/64500026/1_189204496l.jpg


CONGRATULATIONS
CEBU NINOS
Champions
LIGA PILIPINAS
Cebu Leg (July 16 to 20, 2008)


IAN SALADAGA * MICHAEL LUGA * JERRY CAVAN
JAYFORD RODRIGUEZ * STEPHEN PADILLA * MARLON BASCO
MARK ABABON * DANILO AYING * RONALD CAPATI
BRUCE DACIA (MVP) * JAY-R ATABLANCO * ARIEL MEPANA
RINO BERAME

HEAD COACH RAUL "YAYOY" ALCOSEBA

COACH ALFREDO ENRIQUEZ * COACH LAWRENCE MERCED * COACH JAY RAMIREZ
COACH LOU REGIDOR * COACH MIKE REYES * COACH RAMON ALCOSEBA

TEAM OWNER MICHEL J. LHUILLIER

melonade0205
07-22-2008, 07:01 PM
http://photos-026.friendster.com/e1/photos/62/00/64500026/1_189204496l.jpg


CONGRATULATIONS
CEBU NINOS
Champions
LIGA PILIPINAS
Cebu Leg (July 16 to 20, 2008)


IAN SALADAGA * MICHAEL LUGA * JERRY CAVAN
JAYFORD RODRIGUEZ * STEPHEN PADILLA * MARLON BASCO
MARK ABABON * DANILO AYING * RONALD CAPATI
BRUCE DACIA (MVP) * JAY-R ATABLANCO * ARIEL MEPANA
RINO BERAME

HEAD COACH RAUL "YAYOY" ALCOSEBA

COACH ALFREDO ENRIQUEZ * COACH LAWRENCE MERCED * COACH JAY RAMIREZ
COACH LOU REGIDOR * COACH MIKE REYES * COACH RAMON ALCOSEBA

TEAM OWNER MICHEL J. LHUILLIER


sir. with regards to this photo, perhaps you could also provide us some photos of the Pampanga Buddies when they won the Pampanga Leg sa pampanga thread..thanks

The_Big_Cat
07-22-2008, 08:00 PM
Si Bruce Dacia pala ang nag MVP.
Ilonggo yan. Taga Polomolok, South Cotabato.

melonade0205
07-23-2008, 10:26 AM
this week im vying for Cebu for obvious reasons.. for us [pampanga] to have a higher chance of grabbing the 2nd spot if we win the last leg next week.

goodluck Cebu Ninos, one more against Pagadian!

thadzonline
07-23-2008, 10:42 AM
I guess Cebu, Pampanga and Pagadian will already make the quarterfinals outright, so for Pagadian and Pampanga it's just a matter of placing/ranking

crisbart
07-23-2008, 01:53 PM
maau unta ug ilisan na ang jersey sa Cebu oi..

Ila ra uniform ang walay tatak nga Cebu,,

ilisi nna nnyo oi..

cge man lang ghapon mo ug comercial

dieseldust
07-24-2008, 07:47 AM
^^ Mao, mkalagot kau tan-awn. Pirti ra bang bati-a. Small logo/patch lang unta ibutang

ankle breaker
07-24-2008, 10:42 PM
wa nay kwarta si lhuiller. gamay na ang namrenda sa ilaha maong wala na magpatahi ug bag-ong uniform. ;D

korn666333
07-29-2008, 10:39 PM
ihangad nalang na ninyo sa langit.

Please name it again CEBU GEMS!

Para dami na manunuod!

dieseldust
07-30-2008, 06:15 AM
bitaw, we dont need a new monicker. Cebu Gems sounds alright!

thadzonline
07-30-2008, 09:36 AM
the Gems monicker is owned by Cebuana Lhuillier which is a "rival" entity of M. Lhuillier ;D

dieseldust
07-30-2008, 01:30 PM
^^^nayahahahah! Igsuon ra bitaw na sila thadz, pwede ra man siguro sabot2 lang ;D

ankle breaker
07-30-2008, 09:34 PM
the best name for cebu is:
cebu city yayoy's grill lhuiller gems.

ankle breaker
08-05-2008, 11:58 PM
hopefully cebu will win it all in this liga inaugural season.

Liga Pilipinas
08-22-2008, 11:42 AM
How They Scored:

CEBU (91) -- Basco 20, Dacia 17, Padilla 13, Bucao 12, Saladaga 10, Mepana 8, Tangkay 5, Capati 4, Rodriguez 2, Ababon 0, Aying 0.

LAGUNA (85) -- Gaco 16, Cruz 14, Valderama 12, Ebuen 11, Ricafuente 11, Santos 8, Bolocon 6, Angeles 5, Dedicatoria 2, Losentes 0, Retaga 0, de Guia 0.

Period Scores: 16-16, 43-34, 65-60, 91-85.

thadzonline
08-22-2008, 11:52 AM
the only news here is Tangkay and Bucao now joined Cebu..The result was kinda expected..lol ;p

ankle breaker
08-22-2008, 09:15 PM
is that a wise move? adding tangkay and bucao in the middle of the tournament. hopefully it will. anyway, the result showed that they won but tangkay was only good for 5 pts.

digitalsuperman
08-22-2008, 11:20 PM
tangtang diay si luga ug atablanco..

Liga Pilipinas
08-23-2008, 03:29 AM
How They Scored:

CEBU (99) -- Capati 17, Basco 12, Dacia 12, Bucao 11, Berame 10, Rodriguez 8, Padilla 8, Cavan 6, Saladaga 6, Enriquez 3, Tangkay 2, Aying 2, Mepana 2.

LAGUNA (73) -- Gaco 19, Losentes 15, Santos 12, Ricafuente 11, Cruz 6, Bolocon 4, Valderama 2, Ebuen 2, Lingao-Lingao 2, Retaga 0, Angeles 0, Roldan 0, Dedicatoria 0, de Guia 0.

Period Scores: 27-14, 56-30, 80-56, 99-73.

digitalsuperman
08-23-2008, 09:52 AM
tangtang diay si ababon..

thadzonline
08-23-2008, 11:02 PM
Ababon is still listed in the active roster..

digitalsuperman
08-24-2008, 12:51 AM
bro thadz, how about luga and atablanco? are they still on the roster or reserve sila?

thadzonline
08-24-2008, 09:29 PM
im not sure maybe we can ask Servinio

ankle breaker
08-25-2008, 08:54 PM
luga and atablanco is now placed in team's reserve roster.

digitalsuperman
08-25-2008, 09:48 PM
thats bad..whatta waste..atablanco was a good PG but just too small..i hope davao can put their acts together next year so that they can join..im sure atablanco will their franchise player..

ankle breaker
08-26-2008, 09:10 PM
if im davao, i would choose bob ilanga over atablanco as team's PG and franchise player. he's a more solid and veteran than JR. that if davao will put a team in liga next year.

Liga Pilipinas
08-29-2008, 01:13 AM
How They Scored:

CEBU (82) – Cavan 15, Basco 14, Enriquez 10, Capati 10, Saladaga 7, Padilla 6, Berame 6, Rodriguez 5, Dacia 5, Bucao 2, Mepana 2, Tangkay 0, Aying 0.

LAGUNA (71) – Gaco 15, Santos 15, Cruz 12, Ricafuente 8, Losentes 7, Dedicatoria 6, Retaga 3, Bolocon 3, Ebuen 2, Angeles 0, Valderama 0.

Period Scores: 26-20, 41-38, 64-60, 82-71.

(Ninos win series, 3-0)

CrossOver
08-31-2008, 09:52 AM
Hindi ako taga Cebu pero sa laro ng team na to mukang ito ang mag-hahari sa Liga Pilipinas ngayong taon.

Good Luck sa Cebu team!

ankle breaker
09-01-2008, 09:08 PM
salamat crossover. malalaman yan pagkatapos nang linggong eto.

Liga Pilipinas
09-09-2008, 03:10 AM
SEMIFINALS vs. LIPA-BATANGAS BARAKOS

How They Scored:

September 2 Game (New Cebu Coliseum)

* * *CEBU (99) -- Basco 17, Padilla 15, Rodriguez 12, Ababon 7, Berame 8, Eniquez 7, Dacia 7, Tangkay 5, Cavan 5, Mepana 5, Saladaga 4, Bucao 4, Capati 2, Aying 0.

* * *LIPA-BATANGAS (80) -- Custodio 18, Sanders 14, Estrada 12, Lim 7, Moody 5, Junio 5, David 4, de Castro 4, Camaso 4, Neo 3, Alfad 2, Habit 2.

* * *Period Scores: 30-21, 53-42, 79-60, 99-80.

* * *(Ninos lead series, 1-0)

September 3 Game (New Cebu Coliseum)

* * *CEBU (83) -- Rodriguez 15, Basco 12, Padilla 11, Dacia 10, Ababon 9, Saladaga 6, Tangkay 5, Aying 5, Enriquez 4, Bucao 4, Capati 1, Berame 1, Mepana 0.

* * *LIPA-BATANGAS (72) -- Sanders 17, Lim 12, Custodio 11, Vergara 11, Estrada 7, Moody 6, Neo 5, Junio 2, Alfad 1, David 0, de Castro 0, Camaso 0.

* * *Period Scores: 21-19, 39-37, 57-56, 83-72.

September 7 Game (Lipa City Youth and Cultural Center)

* * *LIPA-BATANGAS (83) – Sanders 20, Vergara 16, Camaso 13, Custodio 12, Estrada 8, David 4, Alfad 2, de Castro 2, Moody 2, Neo 2, Lim 2, Junio 0, Habit 0.

* * *CEBU (74) – Ababon 15, Saladaga 13, Basco 12, Rodriguez 8, Bucao 6, Aying 5, Capati 4, Berame 4, Enriquez 2, Dacia 2, Mepana 1, Tangkay 0, Padilla 0.

* * *Period Scores: 32-10, 51-33, 67-59, 83-74.

September 8 Game (Lipa City Youth and Cultural Center)

* * *CEBU (96) – Dacia 18, Ababon 17, Capati 15, Basco 11, Saladaga 10, Padilla 10, Mepana 8, Enriquez 4, Aying 3, Tangkay 0, Cavan 0, Bucao 0.

* * *LIPA-BATANGAS (89) – Custodio 21, Vergara 14, Sanders 12, Camaso 12, Junio 12, Estrada 9, Lim 5, de Castro 2, Moody 2, Alfad 0, David 0, Neo 0.

* * *Period Scores: 29-26, 52-49, 75-69, 96-89.

* * *(Ninos win series, 3-1)

ankle breaker
09-09-2008, 10:20 PM
yehey, cebu is the first liga finalist and hopefully the 1st ever champion.

Rom_YJ_Gold
09-10-2008, 10:40 PM
Goodluck sa Cebu..!!! ;D

I hope kayo ang manalo sa championship... ;)

melonade0205
09-19-2008, 03:22 PM
Congrats!

thadzonline
09-19-2008, 08:46 PM
from the start of the season, it was expected hehe

CrossOver
09-21-2008, 11:36 PM
Congrats sa Cebu Team!

ankle breaker
09-23-2008, 12:38 AM
kudos to cebu city niños aka m. lhuiller jewelers. hopefully a new uniform will be in next conference with the name cebu city.

Liga Pilipinas
09-24-2008, 07:08 AM
LIGA CHAMPS BATTLE RED BULL


* * *CEBU CITY – As a way of thanking their fans, newly-crowned Liga Pilipinas First Conference champions M. Lhuillier-Cebu Ninos will play an exhibition game against the Red Bull Barakos of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) this Friday (September 26) at the New Cebu Coliseum.* Game time is at 6:00 PM.

* * *M. Lhuillier coach Yayoy Alcoseba will field the same roster that won the historic first Liga Pilipinas title last week at the expense of the Taguig Batang Global, 3-0.* Leading the way for the Ninos will be Liga Pilipinas Most Valuable Player Marlon Basco, Bruce Dacia and Stephen Padilla.

* * *Completing the Ninos’ roster are Woodraw Enriquez, Danny Aying, Ron Capati, Jercules Tangkay, Mark Ababon, Ian Saladaga, Rino Berame, Ariel Mepana, Ronald Bucao, Jerry Cavan and Jayford Rodriguez.

* * *Meanwhile, the Barakos of Coach Yeng Guiao will feature 2008 PBA Most Improved Player and Mythical Second Team member Cyrus Baguio of Iligan City and other Vis-Min players in Cebuano guard Warren Ybanez and rookie shooter Jeff Chan of Bacolod City.* In addition, Fil-American forward Mike Hrabak has several relatives in Cebu from his mother’s side.

* * *Aside from Chan, Red Bull Bull tabbed two Liga Pilipinas alumni in the last PBA Rookie Draft in Larry Rodriguez of the Smart-Pampanga Buddies and Anthony Cuevas of Taguig.

* * *The PBA’s 2008-2009 season will open on October 4.* Other returnees for the Barakos are 2005 Rookie of the Year Rich Alvarez, Celino Cruz, Jojo Duncil, Magnum Membrere, Leo Najorda and Carlo Sharma.* In the last month, the team has traded draft picks for Gabby Espinas from Air21 and signed free agent Paolo Hubalde from Barangay Ginebra and 2005 Coca-Cola draftee Al Magpayo.

* * *Red Bull has finished in Third Place in the last three PBA conferences dating back to the 2006-2007 season.* They have three PBA titles under their belt, the last one coming during the 2005-2006 Fiesta Conference.

* * *M. Lhuillier, Southern Philippines’ most successful ball club, has made it a tradition to play host against PBA teams.* In the last two years, they defeated Santa Lucia while losing close games to San Miguel, Talk ‘N Text and Ginebra.

* * *Tickets for Friday’s game will be available at the gate at popular prices.

ankle breaker
09-24-2008, 09:14 PM
this is something nice that we can look forward to see this week. hopefully it's going to be an entertaining game not a one-side one.

Liga Pilipinas
09-27-2008, 01:01 AM
Sports

M. Lhuillier stuns PBA’s Red Bull
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel
Saturday, September 27, 2008


The big-hearted M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños rattled Red Bull of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) with their leech-like trapping defense underneath the final three-minute mark of the contest, rallying from 12 points down to stun the Barakos, 89-87, in their well-attended exhibition match last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

Staring imminent defeat with a 74-85 deficit with a little over three minutes left to play, Niños head coach Raul “Yayoy” D. Alcoseba wisely shuffled his cards by checking in a smaller five-man crew of Stephen Padilla,Woodrow Enriquez, Richard Ian Saladaga, Bruce Dacia, and Danny Aying.

Alcoseba’s gambit paid off as it forced the baffled Red Bull to a spare of errors, enabling the Niños to counter with an 11-to-nothing attack for an 85-all deadlock with 2:03 to go in the game.

Alvin Magpayo ended Red Bull’s two-minute scoring drought with two free throws to regain a 87-85 lead. In the ensuing sequence, Saladaga missed a short jumper, but Magpayo failed to ice the match for the Barakos as he flubbed his attempt with 14 seconds remaining.

After grabbing the defensive rebound, the Niños dashed for a fastbreak play that was completed by Saladaga with a tough layup aside from fishing out a foul. He completed the three-point play to push M. Lhuillier in front, 88-87, 14 ticks left before the final buzzer.

In their possession, Magpayo again muffed a wide open shot, thus, boosting further the Niños’ great escape. In an effort to save time, Nat Cruz fouled Danny Aying, whose first shot rolled in and out of the rim but made his second for a shaky M. Lhuillier 89-87 edge with only 5.8 seconds left in the contest.

That forced Red Bull coach Yeng Guiago to call for two straight timeouts. Those were the only instance Guago sued for a one-minute break the entire game.

But that did not do any good for his team because for the third time, Red Bull blew its chance to avoid an embarrassing defeat as Magnum Membrere was way off his target from the left corner. Saladaga picked up the ball with two seconds to go and then passed it off to Mark Jonas Ababon as the gameclock expired, prompting the entire M. Lhuillier bench and their legion of loyal disciples to float in cloud nine.

“I applied full court press and fortunately it worked. They commited a lot of errors because they we’re surprised by it. There was the element of surprise,” said a visibly ecstatic Alcoseba, who walked out of the Coliseum grinning ear-to-ear and with his sparkling. “Our victory shows what kind of team Cebu Niños are made of. And so long as the Sto. Niño is behind us, it is very difficult to beat us.”

With their breath-taking Red Bull conquest, M. Lhuillier somehow erased the sting of its previous setback to Brgy. Ginebra wherein a Rafi Reavis buzzer-beater robbed the Niños of a win over the Gin Kings, 90-92, in February of this year.

Overall, the Southern Philippines ’ legendary ballclub now has a 2-3 win-loss card in the last three years against professional teams. In August of 2006, the Niños whipped the Santa Lucia Realtors, 82-69, but lost successive games to San Miguel Beermen, 91-97, and Talk ‘N Text Phone Pals, 97-101.

Padilla topped the Niños of sports patron Michel J. Lhuillier with 24 points spiked with a rare-point play in a 10-0 spurt that gave M. Lhuillier their biggest lead at nine points, 54-45. Red Bull easily erased the deficit and even took a dozen-point advantage, 81-69, before folding up in the face to Cebu’s stifling pressure defense.

Padilla was backed up by Saladaga with 13 points, while Aying and Dacia pitched in 11 points apiece. More than the win, it was a timely birthday gift for Dacia, who will turn a year older today. Carlo Sharma paced Red Bull with 14 points followed by Jojo Duncil with 13 markers.


The scores
M. Lhuillier (89) - Padilla 24, Saladaga 13, Aying 11, Dacia 11, Capati 7, Ababon 7, Mepaña 6, Enriquez 6, Bucao 2 , Berame 2

Red Bull (87) -Sharma 14, Duncil 13, Hrabak 9, Rodriguez 9, Espinas 8, Baguio 6, Magpayo6, Najorda 6, Alvarez 5, Membrere 3, Cruz 2, Hubalde 2
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Palaro

Red Bull miluhod sa Cebu Niños
Ni Yoyo R. Abayan
Saturday, September 27, 2008


Mipakita na sab og laing milagro ang M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños dihang ilang gidagit ang 89-87 nga kadaugan batok sa Red Bull Barakos sa Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) atol sa ilang exhibition game kagabii didto sa Cebu Coliseum.

Ang Cebu Niños gibiyaan og 11 puntos, 74-85 sa nahabiling tres minutos sa duwa, apan si coach Raul ‘Yayoy’ Alcoseba mibahig ug mihimo og kausaban sa iyang game plan ug iyang gipasulod ang mga gagmitoy’ng si Stephen Padilla, Woodrow Enriquez, Richard Ian Saladaga, Bruce Dacia ug Danny Aying.

Ang mga batos ni Alcoseba mipatuman og trapping defense ngadto sa Red Bull hinungdan nga nakamugna og daghang sayop ug naghatag og higayon sa Cebu Niños paglusad og 11-0 run aron pagtabla sa iskor, 85-all sa nahabiling 2:03 sa duwa.

Si Alvin Magpayo maoy miugkat sa naghuwaw nga iskor sa Red Bull sud sa duha ka minutos pinaagi sa iyang duha ka free throws aron pagsakmit og balik sa labaw, 87-85. Sa sunod nga posisyon, si Saladaga nasipyat sa iyang short jumper, apan si Magpayo napakyas paghatod sa Red Bull ngadto sa kadaugan kay nasipyat sab kini sa 14 segundos sa duwa.

Human mailog ang defensive rebound, ang Niños mihimo og fastbreak play pinaagi sa lay-up ni Saladaga, kinsa nakakubit sab og foul. Nakompleto ni Saladaga ang three-point play aron hatagan ang M. Lhuillier og uno punto, 88-87 sa daginutong segundos sa regulasyon.

May purohan pa unta nga modaog ang Red Bull kay ila ang ball possesion, apan si Magpayo napakyas gihapon sa iyang tirada nga nakabuhi sa dugo sa Cebu Niños.

Si Danny Aying maoy mikandado sa kadaugan dihang iyang napasulod ang usa sa* *duha ka free throws human makakuha og foul gikan ni Nat Cruz.

Sa kinatibuk-an, ang Southern Philippines’ legendary ballclub adunay 2-3 win-loss record sa katapusang tulo ka tuig batok sa mga professional teams.

Niadtong Agosto sa tuig 2006, ang M. Lhuillier milubong sa Sta. Lucia Realtors, 83-69, apan napilde sila sa sunod nga duha ka mga duwa batok sa San Miguel Beermen, 91-97 ug sa Talk N’ Text Phone Pals, 97-101.

Si Padilla maoy topscorer sa Cebu Niños ni sports patron Michel J. Lhuillier pinaagi sa pagtimbre og 24 puntos.

Nakakuha sab siya og maayong suporta gikan nilang Saladaga kinsa adunay 13 puntos, samtang sila si Aying ug Dacia mibugha og 11 puntos matag usa.

Si Carlo Sharma mao sab ang nangulo sa Red Bull sa iyang 14 puntos, gisundan ni Jojo Duncil nga adunay 13 puntos.


Puntos Matag Usa
M. Lhuillier (89) - Padilla 24, Saladaga 13, Aying 11, Dacia 11, Capati 7, Ababon 7, Mepaña 6, Enriquez 6, Bucao 2 , Berame 2

Red Bull (87) - Sharma 14, Duncil 13, Hrabak 9, Rodriguez 9, Espinas 8, Baguio 6, Magpayo6, Najorda 6, Alvarez 5, Membrere 3, Cruz 2, Hubalde 2.
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Saturday, September 27, 2008
Niños surprise Red Bull


THE unsuspecting Red Bull Barakos became an addition to the list of victims of the M. Lhuillier-Cebu Niños as the PBA squad succumbed to an 89-87 defeat to the multi-titled commercial squad during the friendly game held at the Cebu Coliseum last night.

The fearless Richard Ian Saladaga scored all of his 13 points in the second half including a conventional three point play in the final 14.8 seconds of the game that gave the Niños the win.

Saladaga also pulled the crucial rebound after Magnum Membrere missed a triple that could have given the Barakos the win.

The former USJ-R Jaguar was also a vital part when the Niños did the full court trap that resulted to an 11-0 run.

Red Bull, winner of three PBA titles, had an 11-point lead for the first six minutes and was also ahead at 85-74 after Al Magpayo scored a jumper at the 3:40 mark.

Cebu coach Yayoy Alcoseba then called a time out to map out the final defensive stance that tied the game at 85-all with 2:03 left in the game.

Magpayo gave Red Bull its last taste of the lead with two free throws 20 seconds later.

After both squads missed their attempts, Saladaga fearlessly challenged three Barakos on a fastbreak play and got a foul and a conversion for an 88-87 Cebu lead.

Coach Yeng Guiao, who had not called a single time out, was forced to call back-to-back time outs to map out his final strategy.

However, Magpayo missed the attempt at the three- point play and Cebu skipper Danny Aying grabbed the defensive board and got fouled by Nat Cruz to stop the clock.

Aying split his charities and Guiao called his final time out with 5.8 seconds to no avail. (RCM)
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Cebu Daily News Sports

Niños shock Barakos

By Iste Sesante Leopoldo
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 09:36:00 09/27/2008


The M. Lhuillier-Cebu Niños continued its winning streak, this time shocking one of the Philippine Basketball Association’s (PBA) finest.

The Niños, fresh from a championship finish in the maiden season of the Liga Pilipinas, escaped PBA powerhouse Red Bull Barakos with an 89-87 squeaker in yesterday’s friendly encounter at the Cebu Coliseum.

Ian Saladaga played the hero’s role for the Niños as he scored all of his 13 points in the second half and completed a crucial three-point play with 14.8 ticks left in the game.

He capped off his sterling performance with a rebound off a miss by Magnum Membrere from beyond the arc in the game’s final play.

Ex pro Stephen Padilla led the Niños with 24 points while Danny Aying and Bruce Dacia added 11 each.

Red Bull, which is preparing for the upcoming PBA season set to start on Oct. 4, is currently testing its new roster after letting go of key players during the off season and acquiring new ones from trades, the Rookie Draft and the free-agent pool.

The Barakos played without released players Mick Pennisi, Topex Robinson, Paolo Bugia, Mark Andaya and Kiko Adriano and tested new recruits Gabby Espinas, Paolo Hubalde, Jeff Chan, Larry Rodriguez and Al Magpayo.

The holdovers from the 2007-08 Red Bull squad that finished third in the import-laced 2008 Fiesta Cup are Cyrus Baguio, Warren Ybanez, Jojo Duncil, Leo Najorda, Mike Hrabak, Carlo Sharma, Magnum Membrere, Rich Alvarez and Celino Cruz.

12 players scored for the Barakos with Sharma leading the way with 14 markers.

The result of the game came as quite a surprise especially since the Barakos were coming off big win against Coca-Cola in the PBA pre-season tournament.

BOX SCORES:

M. LHUILLIER 89 - Padilla 24, Saladaga 13, Dacia 11, Aying 11, Capati 7, Ababon 7, Enriquez 6, Mepaña 6, Berami 2, Bucao 2.

RED BULL 87 - Sharma 14, Duncil 13, Baguio 10, Hrabak 9, Rodriguez 9, Espinas 8, Najorda 6, Magpayo 6, Alvarez 5, Membrere 3, Hubalde 2, Cruz 2.

Liga Pilipinas
11-11-2008, 02:03 AM
Note: The following article is from an independent external source and does not necessarily reflect the official stand of Liga Pilipinas, Pinoy Basketbol Incorporated (PBI) and Pinoy Basketbol Management Incorporated (PBMI).
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Sports

CCC-CSD Builders to face Cebu Niños in exhibition match

Monday, November 10, 2008


Newly-crowned Aloguinsan Mayor’s Cup Open champion Carmen Copper Corporation-Construction Services Department (CCC-CSD) Builders get a shot at bigtime basketball as they go up against the inaugural Liga Pilipinas national champion M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños in a goodwill encounter on November 28 at the CCC Recreation Center in Lutopan, Toledo City.

CCC-CSD team consulant Romy Cal said the Niños of coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba have already given their nod for the exhibition duel billed as “Reunion Match.”

Majority of the Builders particularly the troika of Jerry Jaca, Aldrin Ocañada and Raul Redulosa passed the standards of coach Alcoseba’s system and have had played for the Michel J. Lhuillier-owned ballclub for several years.

In order to put up a good fight, the Builders have hired the services of 6-foot-11 Gregory Slaughter of the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers and star guard Armand ponce of the University of San-Jose Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars.

In the preliminary, the Security/Administration Division will play against the Mine Underground Division.

The Builders-Niños showdown is sponsored by the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish Pastoral Council led by its president Mrs. Tessie Ledesma Cal.

If plans do not miscarry, coach Alcoseba plans to bring one of the best games in the Visayas Amateur Athletic Association (VAAA) to Lutopan. - GGM

Liga Pilipinas
11-28-2008, 02:37 AM
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CCC Builders battle M. Lhuillier in Lutopan tonight
Updated November 28, 2008 12:00 AM*


CEBU - The Carmen Copper Corporation (CCC) Builders of coach Boboy Cal will host the multi-titled M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños in an exhibition match tonight at the CCC Recreation Center in Lutopan, Toledo City.

Builders consultant Romy Cal said prior the CCC-M. Lhuillier duel, the PPD/Mine Underground Division will square off against the Admin/Security Division in the preliminary match.

The Lutopan goodwill is supported by Tessie Cal, the president of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish Pastoral Council.

The Builders, the champion of the 1st Aloguinsan Mayor’s Cup Open tournament last month, are beefing up their roster in order to put up a good fight against the Niños of coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba.

The Builders will be reinforced by ex-pro Jimwell Torion and USJ-R Jaguar speed demon Armand Ponce plus a surprise big man. They can also count on Jerry Jaca, Aldrin Ocañada, Raul Redulosa, Melbert Sayson, Jared Kane Abatayo, Roy Arnado, and Jan Monatalbo.

The Niños, the inaugural champion of Liga Pilipinas, have a more formidable lineup composed of top gunner Stephen Padilla, Marlon Basco, Ron Capati, Gerry Cavan, Jayford Rodriguez and the very elusive guard Woodrow Enriquez. (GGM) (THE FREEMAN)

Liga Pilipinas
12-01-2008, 01:25 AM
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M. Lhuillier thumbs down CCC Builders in friendly
Updated December 01, 2008 12:00 AM*


CEBU - Bull-strong center Ron Capati and slippery guard Woodrow Enriquez sparked a late fourth-quarter comeback to rally the inaugural Liga Pilipinas champion M.Lhullier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños past the Carmen Copper Corporation-Construction Services Department (CCC-CSD) Builders, 111-104, in their basketball exhibition match last Saturday at the CCC Sports Complex in Lutopan, Toledo City.

The Niños were trailing most of the way, but a go-ahead triple by Enriquez, 101-100, with 3:12 left to play set up the stage for M. Lhuillier's great escape after being down by as much as 13 points, 32-45, on back-to-back baskets by Jerry Jaca in the second quarter.

Capati then scored three straight points to pad the Niños' lead to four, 104-100. He and Enriquez went on to score the team's last nine points until the last basket by Bruce Dacia came in for the final outcome.

Capati and Enriquez finished with 14 points apiece. It was 3-point bomber Stephen Padilla who paced M. Lhuillier with 18 markers followed by Rino Berame with 17. The other double-digit scorer for the Niños was Gerry Cavan with 12.

Big man Marlon Basco scored only seven points for the Niños, but his presence helped neutralize CCC's 6-foot-8 beanpole June Mar Fajardo.

The Builders of coach Boboy Cal took a 29-19 lead at the end of the first period courtesy of a buzzer-beating triple by former RP Youth member Wilbert Sayson.

Jaca, who had a short stint with M. Lhuillier, led the Builders with 24 points, while Aldrin Ocañada, who is also a former Jeweler, chipped in 19. Fajardo scored 13, while Sayson had 11.

The last time the Builders were on top was at 100-98 on Roy Arnado's undergoal stab that drew a loud applause from the copper-mining firm fanatics.

In the preliminary game, the Security Division defeated the PPD/Machine Shop, 102-93.


The scores
First game

Security (102) - Barcenas 21, Perras 16, Godornes 16, P. Sullano 14, Pardillo 8, Ocariza 6, Pepelot 5, Tuquib 5, E. Sullano 3, Leponira 3, Talisik 3, Lindo 2

PPD/Machine shop (93) - M. Pepito 36, Villarin 16, Obando 13, Ricafort 8, Carillo 6, Blanco 4, Paparate 4, Moniva 2, Diaz 2, Pepito 2

Second game

MLKP-Cebu Niños (111) - Padilla 18, Berame 17, Capati 14, Enriquez 14, Cavan 12, Dacia 9, Ababon 8, Aying 8, Basco 7, Tangkay 4

CCC-CSD (104) - Jaca 24, Ocañada 19, Fajardo 13, Sayson 11, Arnado 10, Delos Santos 8, Redulosa 8, Abatayo 5, Montalbo 4, Juliane 2. – GGM (FREEMAN NEWS)


Builders gi-bulldozer sa Niños
Updated December 01, 2008 12:00 AM*


CEBU - Nagkumboya sa usa ka kalit nga rally ang kusgan nga si Ron Capati ug maabtik nga point guard nga si Woodrow Enriquez kinsa parehong mi-iskor og 14 puntos aron baswaton ang mas tag-as nga Liga Pilipinas inaugural champion M.Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños pinaagi sa pag-iskor og 111-104 nga kadaugan batok sa host Carmer Copper Corporation-Construction Services Department (CCC-CSD) Builders atol sa ilang kulba-hinam nga exhibition match kaniadtong Biyernes didto sa CCC Sports Complex sa Lutopan dakbayan sa Toledo.

Ang three-pointer ni Enriquez maoy naghatag pagbalik sa abante sa Niños nga kanunay gyud naggukod gikan sa sinugdanan, 101-100 sa may 3:12 ang oras sa fourth period. Ang ilang mga krusyal nga tirada mao sa’y hinungdan nga kalit lang napapas ang 13 puntos nga labaw sa Builders sa second period, 32-45 pinaagi sa back-to-back nga undergoal basket ni Jerry Jaca kinsa kanhi sab usa ka beteranong commercial player.

Mitampo sab dayon si Capati og sagunson tulo ka puntos aron pag-inat sa labaw sa Niños ngadto sa upat ka puntos, 104-100. Sila si Capati ug Enriquez maoy mi-iskor sa kataposang siyam ka puntos alang sa Niños sa daginotong oras sa maong sangka ug dayon mi-iskor sab si Bruce Dacia alang sa 111-104 nga kadaugan.

Ang mas tag-as nga Niños wala na gani makahuna-huna og gamit ni Ariel Mepaña ug ang iyang kanhi kauban sa UV Lancers ang 6-8 nga higante nga si Rino Berame maoy nagmangtas sa undergoal ug mitampo kini’g 17 puntos apan si Stephen Padilla maoy nakahipos og labing daghan pinaagi sa iyang 18 puntos.

Ang lain pa gyung big man sa Niños nga si Marlon Basco igo lang mi-iskor og pito ka puntos apan ang iyang depensa ngadto sa laing higante nga si Jun Mar Fajardo, ang 6-8 nga sentro sa UC, maoy usa sa nakatabang sa ilang tinguha pagpukan sa Builders.

Si Fajardo nga nakahimo sab og daghang blockshots ngadto sa iyang mga kaatbang sa Niños, mi-iskor og 13 puntos alang sa Builders ni coach Boboy Cal nga gi-abangan sa ilang team consultant nga si Romy Cal.

Ang Builders nakamaneho ug 29-19 nga labaw pagkahuman sa first period dihang nakapasulod og buzzer-beating triple ang kanhi sakop sa RP Youth team nga si Wilbert Sayson kinsa nakatampo ug 11 puntos.

Si Jaca kinsa nakaduwa sab sa ML Jewelers, maoy nangu sa Builders sa iyang 24 puntos samtang si Aldrin Ocañada nga kanhi sab usa ka Jeweler, mibahug sab og 19 puntos ug si Roy Arnado may 10 puntos.

Ang Niños migamit og hugot nga depensa aron makarekober sa iyang dakung biya ug hinay-hinay silang nakasikit sa kadugayan aron taposon ang halftime sa iskor 50-56 pabor gihapon sa Builders.

Mibuhi og 8-0 run ang Niños pagsugod gyud sa fourth period ug ang kalit nga five-point swing ni Basco ug three-pointer ni Dacia maoy nakahatag kanila ug 58-56 nga abante.

Sa wala madugay, nagsugod daon ug sinukliay sa mga tirada ang duha ka teams hangtod nga nakuha sa Niños ang momentum. Kataposang nakalabaw ang Builders sa iskor, 100-98 sa undergoal basket ni Arnado.

Si Gerry Cavan maoy ika-limang player sa Niños nga nakahimo’g double figures sa iyang 12 puntos.

Wala mokuyog si coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba didto sa Lutopan ug iyang gisalig ang iyang mga batus ngadto sa iyang mga coaching staff nga naglangkub nilang Tata Merced, Jay Ramirez ug Lou Regidor nga pulos mga kanhi PBA players.

Sa preliminary game, ang Security Division mibuntog sa PPD/ Machine Shop sa iskor , 102-93.


Puntos kada usa
Security (102)— Barcenas 21, Perras 16, Godornes 16, P. Sullano 14, Pardillo 8, Ocariza 6, Pepelot 5, Tuquib 5, E. Sullano 3, Leponira 3, Talisik 3, Lindo 2

PPD/Machine shop (93)—M. Pepito 36, Villarin 16, Obando 13, Ricafort 8, Carillo 6, Blanco 4, Paparate 4, Moniva 2, Diaz 2, Pepito 2

Second Game:

MLKP-Cebu Niños (111)— Padilla 18, Berame 17, Capati 14, Enriquez 14, Cavan 12, Dacia 9, Ababon 8, Aying 8, Basco 7, Tangkay 4

CCC-CSD (104)— Jaca 24, Ocañada 19, Fajardo 13, Sayson 11, Arnado 10, Delos Santos 8, Redulosa 8, Abatayo 5, Montalbo 4, Juliane 2 Halftime: 50-56. - Gabby G. Malagar (BANAT NEWS)

Liga Pilipinas
12-11-2008, 02:24 AM
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M. Lhuillier gets Fil-Am

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


A FILIPINO-American from Florida, USA is the latest addition to the powerhouse roster of reigning Liga ng Pilipinas First Conference champions M. Lhuillier Cebu Ninos basketball squad.

Roderick “Derick” Montano, a run-and-gun artist from an elite Fil-Am team in Orlando was named by head coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba as the 15th member of the M. Lhuillier franchise that prepares to defend its title next month at the Liga ng Pilipinas Second Conference.

Montano led Florida’s Fil-Am squad to a runner-up finish at the prestigious North American Basketball Association (NABA) Inter-Cities Championships in Detroit, Michigan where he averaged 24 points per game. The tournament was won by Team Detroit led by former Barangay Ginebra power forward Rudy Hatfield.

Experience

In Orlando, Montano is the starting shooting guard of the Legacy Medical Vipers, one of Florida’s most powerful Fil-Am teams at the Filipino Basketball League of Orlando (FBL) where he averages 25 points, 12 rebounds per game.

“Derick is a promising addition to the Ninos,” Alcoseba said. “He has the talent and the speed. He can shoot and he can jump.”

Montano was earlier named by the Florida Sports Development Institute (FSDI) as one of the Top Five Filipino-American cagers in the state of Florida along with John Arigo of Coca Cola, Rob Reyes of Talk & Text, Mike Dizon of Bacchus; and Adrian Sosa of Emory University (NCAA), Atlanta, Georgia.

Introduction

Prior to his arrival in Cebu City, the Cebu-born player had lived and worked in Orlando, Florida.

He was introduced to the M. Lhuillier franchise by his previous team manager Balt Quinain Jr., chief executive officer of Legacy Medical Center in Orlando. Quinain and M. Lhuillier vice-president Michael Lhuillier were classmates at UP High.

Montano will join a squad oozing with PBA experience that include: Marlon Basco, Bruce Dacia, Stephen Padilla, Ron Capati, skipper Danny Aying and Hercules Tangkay.

The rest of the Lhuillier squad include: Woodrow Enriquez, Mark Ababon, Rino Berami, Ariel Mepaña, Ronaldo Bucao, Jerry Cavan, Richard Ian Saladaga and Jayford Rodriguez. (PR)

amamangloy
12-24-2008, 07:59 PM
I've played against Montano back in high-school before he went to the US...

thadzonline
12-24-2008, 10:05 PM
bai, how good is he? Ive heard you two are related. And how tall?

amamangloy
12-29-2008, 08:22 PM
bai, how good is he? Ive heard you two are related. And how tall?


he's about 5-10, back then he was a small forward, but he might slide to off-guard in Liga. ( i guess he has played 1 or 2 in the US)

amdgc82
01-01-2009, 07:11 AM
In 2009 Liga Pilipinas Season: M. Lhuillier to field in all-Cebuano lineup
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel Updated January 01, 2009 12:00 AM*

CEBU – As part of their efforts to nurture homegrown talents, M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu City Niños head coach Raul "Yayoy" D. Alcoseba said they will be parading an all-Cebuano roster in the second season of the Liga Pilipinas set to kick off on January 14 in General Santos City.

Alcoseba said those players who are not from Cebu, particularly Bruce Dacia, Marlon Basco, and Ron Capati, will suit up with their respective home provinces. Dacia is reportedly set to don the jersey of GenSan-Pacman MP Warriors of boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao.

"Although we lost some of our star players because of our decision to field in an all-Cebuano lineup, that doesn't mean that the strength of our team will dimish," said Alcoseba, sending an early warning to their rivals on their serious title-retention bid.

To fill in the void left by the three towers, Alcoseba is adding up some deadly weapons in his offensive arsenal in the likes of UV's 6-foot-11 beanpole Greg Slaughter, and guards Alex Cainglet and Reed Friad Juntilla.

"6-foot-7 center Rino Berame is also improving a lot and I can count him in as one of my reliables," said Alcoseba. In last year's maiden season of Liga Pilipinas, the Cebu Niños swept all four pocket tournaments on the way to bag the historic championship of the country's newest Community-based league sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) and backstopped by Smart Communications.

Still at the cornerstone of the Cebu Niños campaign are Stephen Padilla, Woodrow Enriquez, Danny Aying, Jonar Mark Ababon, Jayford Rodriguez, Ronald Bucao, Jojo Tangkay, Gerry Cavan, Ariel Mepaña, and Richard Ian Saladaga.

"We are looking forward to another exciting season of Liga Pilipinas and we are determined to defend our title at all cost. This is a team that the Cebuanos will surely be proud of because they are all homegrown talents," said Alcoseba.

Aside from the Cebu Niños and GenSan MP Warriors, the rest of the Liga Pilipinas entries include the Baguio Cardinals, Iloilo Bravehearts, Ilocos, Laguna Stallions, Lipa Barakos, Misamis Oriental Cotta, Pampanga Buddies, Quezon Red Oilers, Taguig Batang Global, Pagadian Explorers,Tagaytay, and Zamboanga Amores.

In last season's finale, the Niños swept Harbour Centre-Taguig in their best-of-three series, 107-91, to etch their names in Liga history books. – THE FREEMAN

dieseldust
01-02-2009, 08:37 AM
Salamat, ginawa na ring Bravehearts ang Ilo-Ilo

ram
01-05-2009, 02:46 PM
Salamat, ginawa na ring Bravehearts ang Ilo-Ilo


Hmmmn...nagkamali lang yan sa pag edit ng comma...sa Ilocos yang Braveeharts na monicker diba???

dieseldust
01-06-2009, 10:03 PM
;D Oo nga pala, katabi lng yung Ilo-ilo at Ilocos

ankle breaker
01-23-2009, 10:24 PM
so what happened to the fil-am derrick montano that was reported earlier? was he discarded because he really can't cope up with the matchups in the liga?

dieseldust
01-29-2009, 12:16 PM
Ang gulo namn nito oh..akala ko ba tinanggal na si Basco at Dacia sa Cebu dahil gusto ni Yayoy na pure Cebuanos ang mga players nya

ankle breaker
01-29-2009, 11:12 PM
hindi maatim nang niños na tanggalin sina basco at dacia. si basco ang MVP nung 1st conference at go to guy sa post. Tapos si dacia naman ang nagbibigay nang adrenaline sa running game nila. hindi kayang buhatin nina woodrow at nang ibang players kung wala ang dalawang ito. ang mangyayari sila ang kaunaunahang champion sa liga na maging kulelat sa 2nd conference. at iyon ay di gustong mangyari nang ML cebu niños. ma pride kasi yang si yayoy ang michel lhuiller.

dieseldust
02-03-2009, 12:11 AM
:) Ganun ba, i-dapat d nlng nila sinabi na tanggalin yung dalawa, ayon na-dyaryo na tuloy.

Any updates on Montano? will he suit up for the Ninos or with any other Liga teams?

thadzonline
02-11-2009, 09:23 AM
I havent read that Dacia and Basco was discarded but was instead placed in the reserve list along with Capati prior to the season. If they are in the RL that means they are still with the team and just got reactivated

dieseldust
02-13-2009, 12:10 PM
^^^Tnx Thadz :)

Liga Pilipinas
02-22-2009, 09:53 AM
http://i413.photobucket.com/albums/pp215/ligapilipinas/100_1795.jpg

CONGRATULATIONS

M. LHUILLIER-CEBU NINOS

CHAMPION
Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference II Manila Leg
(February 18 to 21, 2009)

dieseldust
02-22-2009, 03:04 PM
waaaahhhh!!!ganun pa rin ang unis! >:(

a_ron
02-22-2009, 08:26 PM
Si Dacia gyd ang Missing piece sa Ninos, if wala pa nila gbalik si Dacia sa line-up di cla mu c hampion ani na Liga..

Liga Pilipinas
02-25-2009, 08:35 AM
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This Saturday at USC Gym: M. Lhuillier takes on Smart-RP team
Updated February 25, 2009 12:00 AM*


CEBU, Philippines - The invincibility of defending Liga Pilipinas national champion M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños will once again be put to a major test as they clash head-on with the Smart Gilas-RP National Team of noted Serbian coach Rajko Toroman in a basketball exhibition match this Saturday afternoon at the University of San Carlos (USC)-Main Gym.

It’s a surefire blockbuster encounter pitting the best commercial team in the land against the brightest amateur hoop stars of the country.

The MLKP-Cebu Niños of team owner Michel J. Lhuillier and decorated coach Raul “Yayoy” D. Alcoseba have just snatched the Manila leg title of the 2009 Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference II with a 93-84 whacking of the Quezon Red Oilers at the San Andres Sports and Civic Center in Malate, Manila.

Though still young and in the jelling process, the Nationals can’t be taken for granted having beaten the gritty Chinese squad to win the championship of the first China-Asean CBO Men’s Invitational Basketball Tournament last December in Guangxi, China.

It was the first international victory for the RP developmental squad, the core of which will banner the national team in the 2009 SEA Games in Laos, the 2010 Asian Games in China and 2011 FIBA Asia Men’s Championship qualifier for the London Olympics.

“It’s going to be a battle of experience against youth. I’m pretty sure those who are going to watch the game will enjoy it,” said Alcoseba, who is organizing the goodwill encounter as part of the Cebu City Charter Day celebrations.

Reigning CESAFI MVP Greg Slaughter of the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers and his UAAP counterpart Rabeh Al-Husaini from the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles will spearhead the RP Team’s campaign alongside Fil-Am Joey Deas, University of Santo Tomas (UST) Tigers wingman Dylan Ababou, high-scoring Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws guard Mark Barocca, Ateneo heartthrob Chris Tiu, Mac Baracael, and Ogie Menor among others.

Deas, a 5-10 guard from Rockhurst University in Kansas, traces his roots in Cebu.

The Niños, on the other hand, will squeeze the most from a plethora of talents in the likes of ex-pro stars Stephen Padilla, Marlon Basco, Bruce Dacia, Ron Capati, Jercules Tangkay, and Danny Aying. The rest of their reliables are Jonas Mark Ababon, Woodrow Enriquez, Ariel Mepaña, Rino Berame, Ronaldo Bucao, and Alex Cainglet.—EBV* *(BANAT NEWS)

Liga Pilipinas
02-28-2009, 09:28 AM
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M. Lhuillier takes on RP Team this pm
Updated February 28, 2009 12:00 AM*


CEBU, Philippines - The Cebuano hoop buffs will be treated once more to an explosive hardcourt action as the defending Liga Pilipinas national champion M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños clash with the Smart-Gilas RP Developmental Team in a goodwill encounter at 6 pm today at the University of San Carlos (USC)-Main gym.

Game today

(USC-Main Gym)

6 pm Smart-RP Team vs. M. Lhuillier Cebu Niños

Tickets are reasonably priced at P50 for general admission and P100 for ringside.

It will be a typical showdown of youth against experience as the Smart-Gilas, a collection of collegiate stars in the country, goes up against the M. Lhuillier-backed Cebu Niños, arguably the best commercial team in the land.

The other highlight of the match is the duel of two great coaching minds, Serbian mentor Rajko Toroman and Cebu’s legendary bench tactician Raul “Yayoy” D. Alcoseba.

The 53-year-old Toroman shot to fame when he steered Iran to the FIBA-Asia Championship in 2007, thereby earning a ticket to last year’s Beijing Olympics.

Toroman is expected to count the most from his twin towers in 6-foot-11 Greg Slaughter of the University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers and Rabeh Al-Hussaini of the Ateneo Blue Eagles. They both bagged the MVP awards in powering their respective teams to the championship in the 2008 season of the CESAFI and UAAP, respectively.

Toroman could also rely on University of Santo Tomas (UST) Tigers wingman Dylan Ababou, high-scoring Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws guard Mark Barocca, Ateneo hearthrob Chris Tiu, La Salle star JV Casio, and FEU’s Mac Baracael.

Though formed just three months ago, the Smart-Gilas RP Team already showed a lot of promise. They won the title of the first China-Asean CBO Men’s Invitational Basketball Tournament last December in Guangxi, China.

It was the first international victory for the RP developmental squad, the core of which will banner the national team in the 2009 SEA Games in Laos, the 2010 Asian Games in China and 2011 FIBA Asia Men’s Championship qualifier for the London Olympics.

Early this month, Smart-Gilas fought to a 95-all draw with Burger King in a game preceding Game 4 between Alaska and Talk ‘N Text in the KFC-PBA Philippine Cup Finals and lost to Rain or Shine by just three points, 81-84, in an exhibition match at the Araneta Coliseum.

Fresh from dominating the Manila leg of Liga Pilipinas, the Niños will again parade Stephen Padilla, Marlon Basco, Bruce Dacia, Ron Capati, Jercules Tangkay, and Danny Aying to form the core of his offensive arsenal.

They will be joined by the likes of Jonas Mark Ababon, Woodrow Enriquez, Ariel Mepaña, Rino Berame, Ronaldo Bucao, and Alex Cainglet.– EBV (THE FREEMAN)
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Niños face Smart-Gilas tonight
Saturday, February 28, 2009

THE old guards of the M. Lhuillier-Cebu Niños will be tested against the younger and taller Smart-Gilas Pilipinas Team in a special friendly match tonight at 6 p.m. at the University of San Carlos main gym on Sanciangko St.

The Niños, the country’s longest running commercial ball club with the most number of victories, need to be tested against a top-caliber team at par with the country’s professional ball clubs.

“This game is what we need. The Smart Gilas team is a very strong team, they are young, tall and talented. We need more than our veteran smarts to beat them,” said Cebu head coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba.

The Niños failed to make the championship round in its debut leg in the 2009 Smart-Liga Pilipinas Conference II in Ilocos Sur a month ago.

Last Saturday, they won the Manila leg title after sweeping the competition.

Alcoseba turned over the Manila leg trophy to team owner Michel Lhuillier last Thursday.

“In Ilocos we didn’t have any tune-up game and we were coming from a very long layoff. We were able to get our games back in the Manila leg but we needed to be 100 percent because we will be hosting a very tough competition next week,” added Alcoseba.

Gilas Pilipinas’ squad will banner topnotch collegiate players including UV’s Gregg Slaughter, JV Cassio, Chris Tiu, Mark Barroca, RJ Jazul, Dylan Ababou, JR Cawaling, Rey Guevara, Jason Ballesteros, and Mac Baracael. (RCM)
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Cebu Niños vs. RP Team
Ni Lemuel P. Maglinte Updated February 28, 2009 12:00 AM*


CEBU, Philippines - Sukdon sa Liga Pilipinas national champion M. Lhullier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños ang abilidad sa Smart Gilas-RP National Team dihang mag-abot ang ilang dalan sa usa ka exhibition game karong adlawa sa alas-6 sa gabii diha sa University of San Carlos (USC)-main gym.

Ang MLKP-Cebu Niños ni team owner Michel J. Lhuillier ug coach Raul 'Yayoy' D. Alcoseba bag-o lang milangkat sa kampiyonato sa Manila Leg sa 2009 Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference II human gipilde ang Quezon Red Oilers, 93-84 didto sa San Andres Sports and Civic Center, Malate, Manila.

Bisan pa'g kulang og kasinatian, dili usab angay'ng kompiyansaan ang National Team kay nakakuha sab kini og maayong rekord human gisakmit ang korona sa 1st China-Asean CBO Men’s Invitational Basketball Tournament niadtong Disyembre sa miaging tuig didto sa Guangxi, China.

Mao kadto ang unang daog gawas sa nasud sa RP developmental squad ni Serbian coach Rajko Toroman agi'g pagpangandam sa mga dagkung kompetisyon -- 2009 SEA Games didto sa Laos , 2010 Asian Games didto sa China ug sa 2011 FIBA Asia Men's Championship qualifier sa London Olympics.

Si reigning CESAFI MVP Greg Slaughter sa University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancer ug UAAP MVP Rabeh Al-Husaini sa Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles mao ang mangulo sa RP Team.

Mokompleto sa komposisyon sa RP squad mao sila si Joey Deas ug Dylan Babou (UST), Mark Baroca ug Mac Baracael (FEU), Ogie Menor (SBC) ug Chris Tiu sa Ateneo.

Ang Cebu Niños langkuban nilang Stephen Padilla, Marlon Basco, Bruce Dacia, Ron Capati, Jercules Tangkay, Danny Aying, Jonas Mark Ababon, Woodrow Enriquez, Ariel Mepaña, Rino Berame Ronald Bucao ug Alex Cainglet.* *(BANAT NEWS)

Liga Pilipinas
03-02-2009, 03:15 AM
Note: The following articles are from independent external sources and does not necessarily reflect the official stand of Liga Pilipinas, Pinoy Basketbol Incorporated (PBI) and Pinoy Basketbol Management Incorporated (PBMI).
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M. Lhuillier outlasts RP Team
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel Updated March 02, 2009 12:00 AM*


CEBU, Philippines - The M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-backed Cebu Niños further entrenched their status as the best commercial squad in the land as they quelled a spirited resistance by the undermanned but hard-fighting Smart Gilas-RP Development Team to hack out an emphatic 82-76 victory in their exhibition game on Saturday night witnessed by a sizeable crowd at the University of San Carlos (USC)-Main gym.

The Cebu Niños of team owner Michel J. Lhuillier and decorated coach Raul "Yayoy" D. Alcoseba held off the Nationals to only two points in the final three-minute mark of the contest and then shot a perfect 6-of-6 from the foul line with 34 ticks left before the final buzzer to preserve the shaky win.

Though vanquished, the RP mainstays deserved a hearty pat on their backs for putting up a gallant stand despite playing minus Ateneo stars Rabeh Al-Husaini and Chris Tiu, who reportedly missed their flight.

Led by high-scoring Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws guard Mark Barocca and La Salle superstar JV Casio, the Nationals easily wiped out an early deficit 15-7 using a fluid 13-2 run that saw them ahead by three at the end of the first period, 20-17.

From there, the wards of Serbian coach Rajko Toroman were in complete control and even took as much as 11 points lead, 52-41, on Casio's triple with just two minutes gone by in the third canto. The Niños seized back the lead, 60-57, but the Nationals countered 12-2 blast for a 69-62 cushion on back-to-back 3-pointers by Jay-R Cawaling and Mac Baracael with 8:38 left to play.

Not wanting to be outdone, the Niños rallied back with finesse to forge three deadlocks, the last was at 74-all on Marlon Basco's undergoal stab with a little over two minutes remaining. They could have wrested the driver's seat outright, but Cebu's top pointman Woodrow Enriquez flubbed his charities.

Fortunately for the hosts, Barocca was whistled for an offensive foul with 48 seconds to go. That spelled disaster for the Nationals.

In the ensuing sequence, high-flying forward Bruce Dacia sank two free throws off a Baracael foul and Enriquez added four more freebies as the Niños practically put the win in their bag, 80-76, with 15 seconds remaining in the gameblock. Stephen Padilla settled the final tally with a buzzer-beating breakaway layup.

Padilla topscored for the Niños with 17 points spiked with five treys followed by Ariel Mepaña with 16. Enriquez and Dacia each scored 14, while Basco tossed in 10 markers.

Barocca, the Zamboanga City-native wingman who wowed the spectators with his flashy moves and sweet-shooting touch, paced the Nationals with 19 points, while Baracael added 15. Cawaling and Casio had 11 points apiece.

The revelation for the Nationals was the 19-year-old Cebuano forward Aldrich Ramos. He banged in 10 markers, but it was his two nifty shotblocks that made him an instant celebrity among Cebuano fans.

Save for his intimidating presence at the shaded lane, 6-foot-11 center Greg Slaughter did not make much of an impression finishing only with three points.


The scores
M. Lhuillier-Cebu (82) - Padilla 17, Mepaña 16, Enriquez 14, Dacia 14, Basco 10, Tangkay 6, Aying 3, Capati 2

Smart-RP Team (76) - Barocca 19, Baracael 15, Casio 11, Cawaling 11, Ramos 10, Slaughter 3, Arao 3, Taylor 2, Ballesteros 2

Quarterscores:20-17, 46-38, 63-62, 82-76. - THE FREEMAN
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Nationals fall
Monday, March 2, 2009


THE M. LHUILLIER-Cebu Niños showed the stuff they are made of, sweeping the younger and taller Smart-Gilas Pilipinas Team with an 82-76 come-from-behind victory in the friendly match the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas set up last Saturday night at the University of San Carlos Gym.

The Nationals, who were playing without three key players Chris Tiu, Rabeh Al-Hussaini and Ryan Buenafe, were leading most of the time only to break down into pieces in the waning moments of the game.

The Niños did not buckle down when they were down by 11 points, 41-52, early in the third quarter. Instead, they mobilized their veterans to pull a 19-5 run to take the lead for the first time, 60-57, with 2:40 left to play in the third.

It was also their veteran smarts that clamped down the offense of the Nationals when the Niños were trailing, 64-70, early in the fourth.

“We used varied defensive patterns that left their point guard scrambling for the answer. But honestly, this RP squad has a lot of potentials. They are good, they have the skills and they are young,” said Niños coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba after the game.

Veterans

Stephen Padilla keyed on the Niños mighty comeback in the third as he drilled three of his five triples that got the Niños to the driver’s seat.

What was amusing in that stretch was when Alcoseba sent all five former pro players inside the court and at the same time they were playing without a legitimate pointguard.

However, the lead was quickly regained by the Nationals as Aldrich Ramos quickly scored two baskets and Jay-R Cawaling scored on a fast break to give Smart-Gilas a 63-60 lead before the quarter ended with Jercules Tangkay scoring on a put-back.

Cawaling and spitfire Marck Barocca scored back-to-back triples and 7-footer Gregg Slaughter split his free throws and gave the Nationals the 70-64 lead, still with 7:55 left to play.

From there, it was all uphill for the Nationals as the Niños used their experience and veteran smarts to hold the opponents without a field goal for the five minutes and 50 seconds.

Embattled

While the Niños made a living from the free throw line, Barocca was the lone player of the Nationals to score in the final 3:48 of the game.

Helping the Niños battle the inside was Ariel Mepaña who has slowly regained his confidence. Mepaña scored 16 while Woodrow Enriquez and Bruce Dacia added 14 points each and Marlon Basco finished with 10 markers.

Barocca topped the RP squad with 19, Mac Baracael added 15, JV Casio and Cawaling had 11 points each and Ramos, who has Cebuano parents, added 10. (RCM)
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RP Team nasugamak sa Cebu Niños
Updated March 02, 2009 12:00 AM*


CEBU, Philippines - Gipamatud-an sa M.Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños nga sila gihapon ang numero unong commercial squad sa nasud dihang ilang gipaluhod ang batan-ong Smart Gilas-RP Development Team sa iskor nga 82-76 sa ilang exhibition game niadtong miaging gabii didto sa University of San Carlos (USC)- Main gym.

Ang Cebu Niños ni team owner Michel J. Lhuillier ug coach Raul “Yayoy” D. Alcoseba nipatuman og hugot nga depensa dihang gilimitahan nila og dos puntos ang National Team sa nahabiling tres minutos sa duwa.

Gawas sa lig-ong depensa, gipakita usab sa Niños ang ilang kabangis sa opensa pinaagi sa pagpaulan og mga puntos lakip na ang unom ka free-throw shot sa nahabiling 34 segundos sa final period.

Ang gwardiya gikan sa Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws nga si Mark Barocca ug La Salle superstar JV Casio mao ang nangulo sa opensa sa Nationals nga naglabaw og tres puntos sa dayung tapos sa first quarter, 20-17.

Gikan didto ang Nationals nga gipangulohan ni Serbian coach Rajko Toroman nipadayun sa ilang nindot nga opensa ug gilubong nila ang Niños og 11 puntos, 52-41 sa second half.

Tungod sa bangis nga atake sa National Team, nahigmata ang mga sinaligan sa 2008 Liga Filipina champion. Ang sentro nga si Marlon Basco mipasulod sa itsa aron tablahon ang duwa 74-all sa nahibiling dos minutos sa duwa, samtang ang free-throw ni Woodrow Enriquez maoy nikandado sa ilang kadaugan.


Puntos matag usa :
M. Lhuillier-Cebu (82) - Padilla 17, Mepaña 16, Enriquez 14, Dacia 14, Basco 10, Tangkay 6, Aying 3, Capati 2

Smart-RP Team (76) - Barocca 19, Baracael 15, Casio 11, Cawaling 11, Ramos 10, Slaughter 3, Arao 3, Taylor 2, Ballesteros 2

Quarterscores:20-17, 46-38, 63-62, 82-76. —Lemuel P. Maglinte (BANAT NEWS)

joelex
03-02-2009, 03:07 PM
Uh-oh. Shades of the BAP-Cebuana Lhuiller RP team losing to the lowly Paranaque Jets.

Now where oh where are the detractors.

JonarSabilano
03-02-2009, 03:41 PM
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joelex
03-02-2009, 08:16 PM
Bets? ;D ;D ;D <gulp gulp gulp!>

JonarSabilano
03-03-2009, 09:52 AM
Bets?* ;D ;D ;D <gulp gulp gulp!>


Ayan naman pala e. Di kasi sumasagot sa kabilang thread. I thought you chickened out already.

Bet still stands.

Liga Pilipinas
03-03-2009, 10:09 AM
CEBU CITY – A blockbuster combination of teams awaits the fans of Liga Pilipinas as the defending National Champion M. Lhuillier-Cebu Ninos play hosts to last conference’s runner-up Harbour Centre-Taguig Batang Global, the currently undefeated Misamis Oriental Meteors and the always dangerous Smart-Pampanga Buddies as the Cebu City Leg of the 2009 Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference II unfolds at the New Cebu Coliseum this Wednesday (March 4).

The Ninos of sports patron Michel J. Lhuillier and multi-titled coach Raul “Yayoy” D. Alcoseba hope to become the first team to win a leg championship at home in the current conference backed by Smart, ML Kwarta Padala, Air 21, Accel, Burlington, Laptop Phoneshop Exchange and Molten and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP). The Ninos also aim to maintain their unblemished record of 11 straight wins at the home dating back to last conference.

Currently at Sixth Place in the Liga Tour Standings with 19 points, the Ninos need to do well in order to move into the top four spots and gain home court advantage in the opening round of the National Playoffs later this month. The legendary franchise is coming off a successful conquest of the Manila Leg last February 21 wherein they won all their four games. The Ninos salvaged Third Place in the Ilocos Sur Leg, marking the first time they failed to capture a leg crown after sweeping all four leg assignments last conference.

The Meteors of Gov. Oscar S. Moreno and Coach Jun Noel are the only undefeated team in the conference with eight wins in as many games en route to two leg titles in Zamboanga and Laguna. Their 30-point total is expected to rise and close in to the current league leader Trace-Laguna Stallions who have ended their four leg assignments with 44 points by annexing the Iloilo Leg last weekend at the Pototan Astrodome over the host Iloilo Mang Inasals, 65-63.

The Batang Global with 14 points and Buddies with 16 points are in a tight battle for the eighth and last playoff slot. Their head-to-head match-up on Thursday will have a great say on who gets the coveted slot. This is the fourth and final leg assignment for both teams. Watching earnestly in the sidelines are the idle MP Warriors of GenSan, whose 17-point output puts them in Seventh Place but with no more legs to play, and 10th Place Iloilo with 14 points and will see action in next week’s final leg to be hosted by the Meteors.

The Buddies are the only team among the three visitors who have previously played the Ninos this conference, hacking out a 90-86 victory last January 30 during the Ilocos Sur Leg. The Buddies of Coach Allan Gregorio eventually took home the said leg by beating the Stallions in overtime the following day, 82-77. However, the Buddies finished last in their other two legs at home in Pampanga and at Laguna.

The Batang Global of Mayor Freddie R. Tinga, who are now handled by Cebuano coach Robert Flores, began Conference II with a runner-up finish in Pampanga but have since struggled with a pair of Third Place finishes in Zamboanga and at home in last week’s Taguig City Leg.

Last conference, the Ninos won all their games against the Buddies, Batang Global and Meteors by an average of 13 points a game. The Batang Global got swept in the very first Liga National Finals, 0-3. The Meteors lost twice during the Pagadian City Leg while the Buddies dropped both meetings during the Cebu City Leg.

joelex
03-03-2009, 04:56 PM
Bets?* ;D ;D ;D <gulp gulp gulp!>


Ayan naman pala e. Di kasi sumasagot sa kabilang thread. I thought you chickened out already.

Bet still stands.


Dude, i dont really like taking advantage of some ignorant basketball fan, so this Cebuana team should be enough for those cases. But if you insist, CHINA-A vs YOUR BELOVED SMART GILAS RP TEAM straight up.

Dapat ikaw na ang national hero e. :D :D :D

JonarSabilano
03-03-2009, 05:15 PM
Bets?* ;D ;D ;D <gulp gulp gulp!>


Ayan naman pala e. Di kasi sumasagot sa kabilang thread. I thought you chickened out already.

Bet still stands.


Dude, i dont really like taking advantage of some ignorant basketball fan, so this Cebuana team should be enough for those cases. But if you insist, CHINA-A vs YOUR BELOVED SMART GILAS RP TEAM straight up.

Dapat ikaw na ang national hero e. :D :D :D


In 2011 (the team as it is meant to be), as stated in my original bet, and not 2009 (the team as it is)?



^ Just for the sake of competition, I'll make a wager with the person behind the "joelex" handle. Let's say a whole case of San Mig Pale Pilsen on me if Toroman's developmental pool (never mind the PBA-sponsored team) does not finish within the Top 3 of the 2011 FIBA-Asia Tournament, redeemable after the tournament ends, barring any other conditions such as acts of God or FIBA suspensions. Any other takers?


Notice that I referred to the team as "developmental pool", not as the SMART GILAS - RP team. This is because in the post prior I replied to, you were making remarks about Philippine basketball AS A WHOLE. Matuto kang magbasa ng context clues, dude.

Anyway, if the developmental pool manages to beat China in the 2011 tournament AND get into the Top 3, I suggest you add another case of San Mig Premium to your wager aside from the San Mig Pale. Tutal, ikaw naman ang hindi matatahimik hangga't hindi natatalo ang China.

joelex
03-04-2009, 12:27 AM
This is a SIMPLE argument and i wont stoop down to context clues just to rebut. This is just for spare time so wag mo masyado dibdibin. 2011 pa pala yung taya mo, kaya palat lakas ng loob mo. I'm a little lazy to dig down all the details of your posts so to make you happy, good luck na lang to whatever RP team you're dreaming that could turn the tables of world basketball. :)

Good night brother! :)

JonarSabilano
03-04-2009, 01:30 AM
This is a SIMPLE argument and i wont stoop down to context clues just to rebut. This is just for spare time so wag mo masyado dibdibin. 2011 pa pala yung taya mo, kaya palat lakas ng loob mo. I'm* a little lazy to dig down all the details of your posts so to make you happy, good luck na lang to whatever RP team you're dreaming that could turn the tables of world basketball.* :)

Good night brother! :)



Ganito lang yan ka-simple, bord.

Huwag na huwag magsasalita nang tapos. :)

Liga Pilipinas
03-05-2009, 10:08 AM
CEBU CITY – The visiting Harbour Centre-Taguig Batang Global did what they failed to do last conference, beat the M. Lhuillier-Cebu Ninos, in the process snapping the defending National Champion’s 11-game winning streak at home, 80-78, at the start of the Cebu City Leg of the 2009 Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference II at the New Cebu Coliseum.

Bull-strong Harold Sta. Cruz provided the marginal free throws with 18 seconds left off a Bruce Dacia foul, 79-78. In the earlier sequence, Dacia committed a five-second inbound violation to return the ball to the Batang Global of Mayor Freddie Tinga and Coach Robert Flores, a native of Consolacion, Cebu.

After Coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba burned back-to-back timeouts, the Ninos had a chance to salvage the game but Mark Ababon missed a strong drive to the hoop. Marlon Basco was forced to foul Lou Gatumbato in the rebound scramble, with the former M. Lhuillier player sinking a free throw for the final tally with five ticks on the clock. With no more timeouts, Stephen Padilla missed a desperation corner triple at the buzzer.

The Ninos of Michel Lhuillier led comfortably entering the final two minutes, 78-72. Two costly turnovers led to unmolested Taguig lay-ups by Marlon Adolfo and Marvin Ortiguerra to threaten, 77-78.

It was a sorry loss for the Ninos who dominated the entire ballgame up to the final two minutes. The Ninos led by as much as 14 points early in the second period, 27-13.

Adolfo and Ortiguerra led Taguig with 15 markers each, with Ortiguerra adding nine rebounds. Dacia paced the Ninos with 21 points followed by Basco with 19 points and nine rebounds.

In the first game, the Misamis Oriental Meteors of Gov. Oscar Moreno and Coach Jun Noel stretched their undefeated run to nine games by disposing of the Smart-Pampanga Buddies, 82-73. With Taguig winning, the Batang Global have closed in with the Buddies for the eighth and final playoff spot in the conference made possible by Smart, ML Kwarta Padala, Air 21, Accel, Burlington, Laptop Phoneshop Exchange, Nature’s Spring and Molten and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

The Meteors led from start to finish, leading by as much as 20 markers on a Dexter Micutuan basket with eight minutes left in the third period, 48-28. However, the Buddies under Coach Allan Gregorio slowly battled back to trim the deficit to as low as eight points entering the final two minutes, 66-74, behind big men Don Camaso and Francis Mercado. Sadly, the Buddies got spent rallying and could only muster a Mercado free throw in the next minute to seal their fate.

Micutuan led the Meteors with 17 points followed by Mark Yee also with 17 points plus nine rebounds and three blocks. Camaso topped the Buddies with 16 points and seven rebounds while Khiel Misa added 13 points and five assists.

Liga Pilipinas
03-06-2009, 09:24 AM
CEBU CITY – A day after seeing their 11-game win streak at home end, the defending National Champion M. Lhuillier-Cebu Ninos vented their ire on the erstwhile undefeated Misamis Oriental Meteors, 70-65, on Day Two of the Cebu City Leg of the 2009 Smart-Liga Pilipinas Conference II at the New Cebu Coliseum Thursday night.

Playing with intensity and smooth teamwork from the opening buzzer, the Ninos of Michel Lhuillier and Coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba raced to several 21-point leads, the last coming with 4:14 left in the third period on a Stephen Padilla triple, 56-35.

Hoping to extend their nine-game winning run this conference, the Meteors of Gov. Oscar Moreno and Coach Jun Noel slowly chipped away at the Ninos’ lead.

Mark Yee completed a three-point play off Marlon Basco and Joey Mente added one free throw to put the Meteors at the their closest, 60-68, with 1:40 to play. Bruce Dacia bailed out the Ninos with a timely basket in the next sequence that restored their 10-point lead, 70-60. Both sides then had trouble scoring, with Mente breaking a silence albeit quite late with a triple with 36 ticks to go, 63-70. Yee added another field goal at the buzzer for the final count.

The game came at a cost as big men Erian Daja and Ariel Mepana were thrown out with 5:16 in the fourth period after a rebound scuffle and the Ninos on top, 64-52.

Basco paced the Ninos with 17 points and 12 rebounds followed by Ron Capati with 11 and Padilla with 10. Yee led the Meteors with 16 points and seven rebounds followed by Mark Kong with 12 points and six rebounds.

In the first game the Smart-Pampanga Buddies blasted the Harbour Centre-Taguig Batang Global, 76-72, allowing the Buddies to create space in their battle with the Batang Global for the eighth and last playoff berth in the upcoming National Playoffs of the conference supported by Smart, ML Kwarta Padala, Air 21, Accel, Burlington, Laptop Phoneshop Exchange, Nature’s Spring and Molten and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

A four-way tied ensued between all four teams at 1-1, thus rendering the leg’s Day Three games as double knockout affairs with the winners advancing to the leg finals Saturday at the University of San Carlos-Main Gym.

Don Camaso scored on a twisting reverse lay-up with 20 seconds to play to put the Buddies of Coach Allan Gregorio on top, 74-72. The Batang Global had a chance to steal the game but Ronnie Zagala missed a drive to the hoop and Emmerson Oreta grabbed the defensive rebound plus a foul with 10 ticks remaining. Oreta calmly sank both free throws to settle the final tally.

In an exciting windup, Camaso bombarded Taguig with three triples and three free throws in a 16-3 run that gave the Buddies a 70-62 lead with three minutes to play. Suddenly, Zagala unleashed nine straight points against a lone Oreta free throw to knot the game at the 46-second mark, 72-72.

Camaso sank six triples to total 27 points on top of nine rebounds for the Buddies. Nino Gelig followed with 12 points. Chester Tolomia topped Taguig with 19 points while Lou Gatumbato added 15.

Liga Pilipinas
03-07-2009, 09:39 AM
* * *CEBU CITY – It will be the host M. Lhuillier-Cebu Ninos and the Misamis Oriental Meteors for the championship of the Cebu City Leg of the 2009 Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference II after both teams worked extra hard to beat separate opponents Friday evening, the last day of the preliminary round at the New Cebu Coliseum.

* * *The Ninos of Michel Lhuillier and Coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba beat the Smart-Pampanga Buddies, 89-86, while the Meteors of Gov. Oscar Moreno and Coach Jun Noel survived the Harbour Centre-Taguig Batang Global, 62-56, in a pair of games decided within the final 30 seconds.* The winners ended with similar 2-1 win-loss cards while the losers dropped to 1-2.

* * *Danny Aying hit a 20-foot jumper with 27 seconds left to push the Ninos on top for good, 87-86.* After Coach Allan Gregorio called a timeout, Terrell Theophile and Don Camaso missed back-to-back shots and Marlon Basco collared the defensive rebound plus a foul with two seconds to go.* Basco sank both free throws and the Buddies tossed a desperation heave at the buzzer.

* * *The Buddies erected a 10-point lead after three periods, 68-58.* But the Ninos began the final period with a seven-point blitz in the opening minute to threaten, 65-68.* Basco would then give the Ninos the lead entering the final two minutes, 85-84.* Theophile briefly restored the lead to the Buddies with a follow-up at the 47-second mark, 86-85.

* * *Aying finished with 16 points spiked with three triples.* Bruce Dacia also had 16 points.* Camaso and Khiel Misa paced the Buddies with 19 markers and five rebounds each.

* * *The Ninos beat the Meteors, 80-75, last Thursday in the conference backed by Smart, ML Kwarta Padala, Air 21, Accel, Burlington, Laptop Phoneshop Exchange, Nature’s Spring and Molten and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

* * *In the first game, the Meteors with Gov. Moreno in attendance leaned on game-long brilliance of center Mark Kong then turned to team leader Mark Yee for the finishing touches to frustrate the Batang Global.

* * *Taguig guard Lou Gatumbato sank four straight free throws to tie the game with 12 seconds on the clock, 56-56.* Yee then drove strong to the basket and fished a foul with 1.5 ticks left, drawing a big howl from the Taguig bench.* The referees promptly penalized the Batang Global with back-to-back technical fouls and Yee dutifully made all six free throws to seal the deal for the Meteors.

* * *Trailing at the half, 25-26, the Meteors turned to the seven points of Kong and with help from Yee, Welland Munoz and Joey Mente built a big 12-point lead entering the fourth period, 47-35.

* * *Kong topped the Meteors with 21 points and eight rebounds followed by Yee with 18 points and 11 rebounds.* Gatumbato paced the Batang Global with 12 while Ronnie Zagala added 10 markers.

Liga Pilipinas
03-09-2009, 05:53 PM
CEBU CITY – The red hot Misamis Oriental Meteors captured their third straight 2009 Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference II leg championship Saturday night (March 7) by nipping the host M. Lhuillier-Cebu Ninos, 69-68, at the University of San Carlos-Main Gym.

Mark Yee bailed out the Meteors of Gov. Oscar Moreno for the second straight game with two free throws off an Ariel Mepana foul with 0.3 seconds left in the game. After the buzzer, Ninos coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba and several team members plus a few fans confronted the referees. Timely intervention by Liga officials led by Commissioner Noli Eala prevented the incident from blowing up any further.

Earlier, Stephen Padilla put the Ninos of Michel Lhuillier on top for the last time via triple at the 23-second mark, 68-67. Meteors coach Jun Noel sued for time, with the ball going to Mark Moreno who missed a corner jumper, followed by two tip-in attempts by Rocky Sanchez and Yee. In the mad scramble for the rebound, Mepana fouled Yee.

Sanchez, a one-time National University Bulldog, proved to be the surprise package for the Meteors by dropping eight points in the fourth period, capped by two free throws with 2:14 to play that put them a 67-63 advantage after trailing at the period’s start, 52-55. The Ninos took the first half, 38-29, on the hot hands of Mark Ababon, Jerry Cavan and Mepana.

Veteran guard Joey Mente was eventually named as the leg’s Most Valuable Player and led the Meteors with 14 points. Center Erian Daja also had 14 points. Mepana topped the Ninos with 13 markers. Padilla and Ababon finished with 11 points, with Ababon adding nine rebounds and five assists.

With the win, the Meteors continued their slow climb up the Liga Tour standings with 42 points, two behind Liga leader Trace-Laguna Stallions with 44. The Ninos, despite the painful loss, improved to Fifth Place with 26 points, surpassing the Ilocos Sur Bravehearts who have 24.

In the opener, the Smart-Pampanga Buddies bagged Third Place and at the same time eliminated the Harbour Centre-Taguig Batang Global from the National Playoffs later this month, 88-81. The Buddies of Coach Allan Gregorio closed their Tour Points total at 20, good for Seventh Place, while the Batang Global of Mayor Freddie Tinga and Coach Bert Flores finished the Tour Phase with 16, one less than the Eighth Place MP Warriors of GenSan with 17.

Balikbayan point guard Joshua Urbiztondo played his best Liga game so far by unloading 11 points in a 22-8 run to close out the third canto, with Emmerson Oreta sinking a half-court heave at the buzzer to push the Buddies on top entering the fourth period, 63-60.

The Buddies temporarily ceded the lead, but Urbiztondo banged in a triple to put his team ahead for good with 3:05 to play, 79-78. The former Fresno Pacific varsity player then added three free throws and pulled off a crucial steal in the final minute of play to secure the win.

Urbiztondo finished with six triples en route to 23 points while Don Camaso followed with 17 points. Ronnie Zagala paced Taguig with 20 points while Erwin Sta. Maria added 13.

The final leg of the Liga Tour commences this Wednesday (March 11) with the staging of the Misamis Oriental Leg that will be co-hosted by the cities of Gingoog and Cagayan de Oro. The Meteors and Ninos renew their rivalry along with Iloilo and the Quezon Red Oilers. The Meteors hope to be the very first and only team to successfully defend their home court in the conference supported by Smart, ML Kwarta Padala, Air 21, Accel, Burlington, Laptop Phoneshop Exchange, Nature’s Spring and Molten and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

Liga Pilipinas
03-09-2009, 05:54 PM
MARCH 4 SCORES

First Game

* * *MISAMIS ORIENTAL (82) – Micutuan 17, Yee 17, Mente 14, Paterno 10, Tagupa 9, Daja 6, Kong 4, Moreno 3, Sanchez 2, Latoreno 0.

* * *PAMPANGA (73) – Camaso 16, Misa 13, Theophile 10, Evangelista 10, Mercado 9, Sta. Maria 4, Cruz 4, Oreta 3, Urbiztondo 2, Gelig 2, Nicdao 0, Kalaw 0, Bansil 0.

* * *Period Scores: 23-13, 42-26, 62-49, 82-73.

Second Game

* * *TAGUIG (80) – Adolfo 15, Ortiguerra 15, Zagala 13, Sta. Maria 11, Gatumbato 8, Sta. Cruz 5, Reguera 4, Kiram 3, Butel 2, Tolomia 2, Burtscher 0, Malabanan 0.

* * *CEBU (78) – Dacia 21, Basco 19, Padilla 12, Ababon 7, Capati 6, Mepana 5, Enriquez 3, Cavan 3, Tangkay 2, Aying 0, Berame 0.

* * *Period Scores: 13-21, 41-45,* 59-61, 80-78.

MARCH 5 SCORES

First Game

* * *PAMPANGA (76) – Camaso 27, Gelig 12, Theophile 10, Mercado 8, Oreta 5, Nicdao 4, Urbiztondo 4, Misa 2, Sta. Maria 2, Evangelista 2, Kalaw 0, Cruz 0.

* * *TAGUIG (72) – Tolomia 19, Gatumbato 15, Zagala 13, Ortiguerra 7, Butel 6, Reguera 5, Sta. Cruz 3, Adolfo 2, Sta. Maria 2, Malabanan 0, Kiram 0, Gamboa 0.

* * *Period Scores: 16-19, 29-39, 49-49, 76-72.

Second Game

* * *CEBU (70) – Basco 17, Capati 11, Padilla 10, Dacia 9, Enriquez 6, Ababon 4, Aying 4, Mepana 4, Tangkay 3, Cavan 2.

* * *MISAMIS ORIENTAL (65) – Yee 16, Kong 12, Micutuan 9, Go 8, Tagupa 5, Mente 4, Daja 4, Moreno 2, Paterno 2, Sanchez 0.

* * *Period Scores: 24-12, 45-24, 63-44, 70-65.

MARCH 6 SCORES

First Game

* * *MISAMIS ORIENTAL (62) – Kong 21, Yee 18, Mente 10, Munoz 4, Latoreno 4, Moreno 3, Numeran 2, Go 0, Paterno 0, Sanchez 0, Micutuan 0, Tagupa 0.

* * *TAGUIG (56) – Gatumbato 12, Zagala 10, Tolomia 9, Sta. Cruz 7, Reguera 5, Butel 4, Gamboa 4, Kiram 3, Sta. Maria 2, Adolfo 0, Ortiguerra 0.

* * *Period Scores: 7-12, 25-26, 47-35, 62-56.

Second Game

* * *CEBU (89) – Aying 16, Dacia 16, Padilla 14, Ababon 13, Capati 13, Basco 11, Enriquez 4, Cavan 2, Tangkay 0, Berame 0.

* * *PAMPANGA (86) – Misa 19, Camaso 19, Gelig 16, Theophile 12, Urbiztondo 7, Sta. Maria 5, Nicdao 4, Mercado 2, Oreta 2, Kalaw 0, Vizcarra 0, Evangelista 0.

* * *Period Scores: 22-24, 46-48, 58-68, 89-86.

MARCH 7 SCORES

Third Place Game

PAMPANGA (88) – Urbiztondo 23, Camaso 17, Gelig 10, Oreta 10, Theophile 7, Misa 6, Sta. Maria 6, Mercado 5, Nicdao 4, Kalaw 0, Bansil 0, Cruz 0.

TAGUIG (81) – Zagala 20, Sta. Maria 13, Ortiguerra 12, Reguera 9, Tolomia 8, Gatumbato 8, Adolfo 4, Gamboa 4, Sta. Cruz 3, Burtscher 0, Malabanan 0.

Period Scores: 17-24, 31-42, 63-60, 88-81.

Championship

MISAMIS ORIENTAL (69) – Mente 14, Daja 14, Micutuan 11, Sanchez 8, Kong 5, Moreno 4, Tagupa 4, Yee 4, Munoz 3, Latoreno 2, Go 0, Paterno 0.

CEBU (68) – Mepana 13, Padilla 11, Ababon 11, Cavan 8, Capati 8, Cavan 7, Enriquez 4, Tangkay 4, Dacia 2, Aying 0.

Period Scores: 19-15, 29-38, 52-55, 69-68.

Liga Pilipinas
03-16-2009, 04:12 PM
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CONGRATULATIONS

M. LHUILLIER-CEBU NINOS

CHAMPION
Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference II Misamis Oriental Leg
(March 11 to 14, 2009)

Liga Pilipinas
04-07-2009, 03:57 PM
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M. Lhuillier in twin battle versus PBA's Talk 'N Txt
Updated April 07, 2009 12:00 AM*


CEBU, Philippines – Defending Liga Pilipinas national champion M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños will treat their fans to an exciting hardcourt showdown this Holy Week as they play a pair of goodwill games against the Talk ‘N Txt Tropang Texters of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) tomorrow and on Thursday at the Cebu Coliseum. Game time is both set at 4 pm.

The Niños of team owner Michel J. Lhuillier and head coach Raul “Yayoy” D. Alcoseba just came off a three-game sweep of Trace-Laguna Stallions in their best-of-five semifinal series to make a return trip to the Liga national finals.

As they await for their championship opponent, there’s practically no rest for the Niños as they challenge the formidable Tropang Texters of coach Chot Reyes in what promises to be another explosive encounter between the pros and the undisputed best commercial squad in the country.

Bannered by prolific reinforcement Tiras Jamaal Wade, the Tropang Texters are currently at fifth place in the import-laced PBA conference alongside Purefoods with identical 3-3 win-loss records.

The other top guns for the Tropang Texters are Ali Peek, Jimmy Alapag, Jared Dillinger, and Ranidel de Ocampo. Also to be counted upon by TNT are the likes of Mark Cardona, Jason Castro, Harvey Carey, Rob Reyes and Yousif Aljamal.

The Niños, on the other hand, will squeeze the most from the deadly one-two punch of Bruce Dacia and Marlon Basco. They could also depend on the likes of Stephen Padilla, Woodrow Enriquez, Danny Aying, Ron Capati, Gerry Cavan, Mark Ababon, Jojo Tangkay, and productive recruits Abby Santos and Mike Dizon.

On February 22 last year also at the Coliseum, Talk ‘N Txt and M. Lhuillier also figured in a friendly encounter, with the Tropang Texters narrowly beating the gritty Niños, 101-97. Interestingly, it was the first win of Chot Reyes since taking over the coaching chores of TNT from Derrick Pumaren. – EBV (THE FREEMAN)
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Cebu Niños battle TNT in friendly
03/19/2009 - 02:11Tuesday, April 7, 2009


THE Cebu Niños won’t be getting any rest in the Holy Week as they will play two friendly games with PBA’s Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters tomorrow and Thursday at the Cebu Coliseum.

“It is just a tune up game (for both the Niños and the Tropang Texters). Since the PBA is on a two-week rest, it’s better that we play two games before we go back to our respective leagues,” Cebu head coach Raul Alcoseba told Sun.Star Cebu. (RCM)
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Pals, Niños collide anew

Cebu Daily News
First Posted 14:33:00 04/07/2009


While it’s leisure time for most teams due to the Holy Week, it’s business as usual for the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños and the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters.

The Niños and the Tropang Texters will try to make good use of the long break as they play in a pair of exhibition games on Wednesday and Thursday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The two squads will use the goodwill games as part of their preparation for their respective campaigns in separate battlefields.

The Niños of team owner Michel J. Lhuillier and head coach Raul "Yayoy" D. Alcoseba just came off a three-game sweep of Trace-Laguna Stallions in their best-of-five semifinal series to make a return trip to the Liga National Finals.

As they wait for their championship opponent, there's practically no rest for the Niños as they challenge the formidable Chot Reyes-coached Tropang Texters, who are trying to move up in the standings in the ongoing 34th PBA Fiesta Conference.

Spearheaded by American Tiras Jamaal Wade, the Tropang Texters are tied at fifth place with the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants with similar 3-3 (win-loss) records.

Leading the strong local crew for the Tropang Texters are Mark Cardona, Ali Peek, Jimmy Alapag, Jared Dillinger, and Ranidel de Ocampo.

Talk ‘N Text will also have Jason Castro, Harvey Carey, Rob Reyes and Yousif Aljamal.

The Niños, on the other hand, will bank on Bruce Dacia, Marlon Basco, Stephen Padilla, Woodrow Enriquez, Danny Aying, Ron Capati, Gerry Cavan, Mark Ababon, Jojo Tangkay, and productive recruits Abby Santos and Mike Dizon.

On February 22 last year, Talk ‘N Text and M. Lhuillier also figured in a friendly encounter with the Tropang Texters hacking out a close 101-97 victory. /Editorial Assistant Calvin D. Cordova
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Cebu Niños batok Talk N' Text
Ni Lemuel P. Maglinte Updated April 07, 2009 12:00 AM*


CEBU, Philippines – Ang defending Liga Pilipinas national champion* *M. Lhullier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños modalit sa ilang fans og kulbahinam nga aksiyon niining Semana Santa dihang makigbatok sila og duha ka exhibition games batok sa Talk N’ Txt Tropang Texters sa Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) ugma ug sa Huwebes Santo diha sa Cebu Coliseum.

Ang duwa gikatakda sa alas-4 sa hapon.

Ang Niños ni team owner Michel J. Lhullier ug head coach Raul 'Yayoy' Alcoseba bag-o lang miharos batok sa Trace-Laguna Stallions sa ilang "best-of-five" series aron pag-angkon og luna sa Liga national finals.

Samtang naghulat sila sa ilang* *makontra sa kampiyonato, ang Cebu Niños moharong una batok sa All-Filipino Cup champion Tropang Texters ni coach Chot Reyes.

Gipangulohan sa ilang import nga si Tiras Jamaal Wade, ang Tropang Texters anaa karon sa ikalimang dapit sa standings uban sa Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants kinsa pulos nagkupot og 3-3 win-loss records.

Lain pang mga sinaligan sa Tropang Texters naglakip nilang Ali Peek, Jimmy Alapag, Jared Dillinger, Ranidel De Ocampo, Jason Castro, Harvey Carey, Rob Reyes, Yousif Aljamal ug Mark Cardona.

Sa laing bahin, ang Niños pangulohan nila ni Bruce Dacia ug Marlon Basco.

Si coach Alcoseba maglaum sa ilang beteranong point guard Stephen Padilla.Mokompleto sa line-up sa Niños mao sila si Woodrow Enriquez, Danny Aying, Ron Capati, Gerry Cavan, Mark Ababon, Jojo Tangkay, Abby Santos ug Mike Dizon.

Ikaduha na kini nga higayon nga magsangka ang duha ka kampo, kay niadtong Pebrero 22, 2008 nagsugat ang ilang dalan diin ang Tropang Texter midaog sa iskor nga 101-97. –BANAT NEWS

Liga Pilipinas
04-09-2009, 04:42 AM
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M. Lhuillier stuns Talk 'N Txt
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel Updated April 09, 2009 12:00 AM*


CEBU, Philippines – The Talk 'N Txt Tropang Texters started the game with a 13-0 run. The final outcome flashed on the electronic scoreboard stood at 101-96 in favor of the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala Cebu Niños.

In a spectacular comeback that is one for the books, the Niños shook off an ice-cold start and then toiled hard in overtime to humiliate the Tropang Texters in their exhibition match witnessed by a sizeable crowd last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

It was a rather unexpected result as the Tropang Texters, armed with a prolific but hot-tempered import Tiras Jamaal Wade, appeared to have sailed to a smooth-sailing victory as they kicked off the game with 13 straight points. Mark Ababon broke M. Lhuillier's six-minute scoring drought by sinking a short-jumper and later Padilla sank back-to-back triple to set the tone for the Niños daring comeback.

But the Niños, living up to their lofty billing as the country's best commercial squad, rallied back with aplomb on the way to tie the count at 75-all and eventually tale a six-point edge, 82-76, on a 9-2 run with 3:39 left in the regulation period. Wade then took matters in his own hands by scoring eight straight points to knot the count at 86-all with 30 seconds left to play.

The Niños actually could have won outright but Woodrow Enriquez missed a looper, thus, the extension.

In the extra five-minute period, things seemed to have gone in M. Lhuillier's favor. After Wade split his charities that pulled TNT within 93-96, Enriquez hit a difficult layup and then issued a lob pass leading to a breakaway layup by Bruce Dacia that gave the Niños a 100-93 breather with 20 seconds remaining. That sealed the Tropang Texters' doom.

The Niños, however, should brace for one big war in their rematch at 3 pm today still at the same venue as the Tropang Texters will surely unleash all the weapons in their offensive arsenal to get even.

Dacia topped the Niños with 23 points, while Padilla and Mark Jonas Ababon chipped in 16 markers apiece. Danny Aying banged in 11 points folollowed by Jojo Tangkay with 10. Wade, who was slapped with a technical foul late in the fourth period for elbowing Ariel Mepaña and shoving Aying, paced Talk 'N Txt with 20 points, while Jimmy Alapag and Renren Ritualo each cashed in 16 points. –THE FREEMAN

digitalsuperman
04-09-2009, 08:53 PM
i saw the game between TnT and Niños... the ninos lost:(

thadzonline
04-23-2009, 03:43 PM
sayang wala ka back-to-back ang Niños sa Liga Pilipinas, pildi sa MisOr..

Liga Pilipinas
08-26-2009, 12:53 AM
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Four PBA teams to gang up on M. Lhuillier
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel (The Freeman) Updated August 26, 2009 12:00 AM


CEBU, Philippines - The sports-loving Cebuanos brace themselves for bigtime basketball action not just one but four times in succession starting off with the showdown between the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu City Niños and the San Miguel Beermen this Saturday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Teams from the PBA play regularly each year in the Queen City of the South, but this marks for the first time in the history of Cebu hoopdom that four squads from the country’s pro league will be coming over to strut their wares in just a one-month span.

“This is part of M. Lhuillier’s commitment to provide the Cebuanos a hardcourt entertainment they truly deserve,” said the highly-esteemed league organizer and legendary coach Raul “Yayoy” D. Alcoseba.

The M. Lhuillier-San Miguel encounter is part of the community outreach project of Cebuano cage star Dondon Hontiveros. Part of its proceeds will go to charitable institutions.

M. Lhuillier will face next the Alaska Aces on September 4, take on the Purefoods Chunkee Giants on September 14 and then mix it up with the Brgy. Ginebra Gin Kings on September 21.

“It’s unprecented in Cebu basketball history that four PBA teams will play in Cebu within a month. The Cebuanos will surely love this because it’s a rare chance for them to see dozens of their PBA idols play right before their eyes,” said Alcoseba.

“The PBA teams are very tough to beat, but we will definitely put up a good fight and try to score at least one victory,” he added.

Alcoseba recently steered the Cebu Niños to the Cebu leg championship of the Smart-Liga Pilipinas Conference 3. They dismantled the Trace-Laguna Stallions in the final to earn 15 points.

M. Lhuillier’s upcoming joust against the PBA heavyweights is very timely as they are girding up for the MisOr leg of liga Pilipinas slated from September 9 to 12 in Cagayan de Oro City. That stage will feature the return of Mandaue-Cebu Landmasters as well as the grudge rematch between Cebu and reigning champion MisOr Meteors. (THE FREEMAN)
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Niños vs. 4 PBA teams
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
By Rommel C. Manlosa


THE M. Lhuillier Kwar-ta Padala-Cebu Niños are bent to give the Cebuanos the ultimate basketball entertainment as they wage war, in an exhibition game, against four PBA teams starting this Aug. 28 at the Cebu Coliseum.

After winning the Cebu leg of the 2009 Smart-Liga Pilipinas Conference 3 last Saturday, the M. Lhuillier franchise team will play one PBA team per week.

M. Lhuillier coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba announced this during the turnover of the Liga Cebu leg trophy to team owner Michel Lhuillier last Monday.

“We are committed to bring top class basketball entertainment to Cebu, that is why we accepted this offer to play against four different PBA teams,” Alcoseba told reporters.

Games

The Aug. 28 match against San Miguel Beer-men will be followed by the game against the Alaska Aces on Sept. 4.

Ten days after, the Niños will play against Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants and against the Barangay Ginebra Kings on Sept. 21.

Although the Sept. 21 date with the Kings is still tentative, the coming of PBA’s most popular ball club is already certain.

First time

The Niños lost to the Beermen, 91-97, on Sept. 20, 2006 while this is the first time the M. Lhuillier squad is scheduled to play against the Aces and the Giants. It will be their second against the Kings.

M. Lhuillier lost to the Kings, 92-90, with Raffy Reavis playing hero in Ginebra’s campaign.

In between, the Niños are scheduled to travel to Cagayan de Oro City to play its second leg tournament against host team Misamis Oriental Meteors, MP-GenSan Warriors and the Mandaue-Cebu Landmasters on Sept. 9-12.



Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 26, 2009.

Liga Pilipinas
08-28-2009, 01:23 AM
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Niños battle Beermen
Thursday, August 27, 2009
By Rommel C. Manlosa


THE championship-caliber game of the PBA’s winningest ball club, the San Miguel Beermen, will be tested by the Cebu City’s most decorated ball club, the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños, in an exhibition match at the Cebu Coliseum at 6 p.m.

This will be the third time that the Dondon Hontiveros-led team will play the Yayoy Alcoseba-mentored team.

“My record with coach Yayoy is 1-1. I lost to him the first time we met—that was a fundraiser game for the victims of the landslide in St. Bernard in 2005. The second time I brought the entire San Miguel team and we won in 2006,” Hontiveros said during the press conference held yesterday at Yayoy’s Grill.

Hontiveros gathered an all-PBA selection in 2005 to generate funds for the Ginsaugon, Southern Leyte landslide while the 2006 match benefited the Don Bosco Boys’ Home.

In 2007, Hontiveros and the SMB played the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. All-Stars to help raise funds for the school-based league.

And just like the previous three games, tonight’s game will also be a fund raiser and this year’s beneficiary will be the Rise Above Cebu Foundation.

“Every time we play San Miguel or any PBA team for that matter, we always give our best shot for the Cebuanos. We already defeated Sta. Lucia, Red Bull and Talk ‘N Text and we proved to be at par with the other teams as well,” said Alcoseba.

Absentees

Except for five players, the entire San Miguel squad, the winner of the 2009 PBA Fiesta Conference, will play tonight.

Those absent are the newly-signed Arwind Santos, Mick Pennisi, Danny Seigle, Jay Washington and rookie James Ryan Sena.

“Arwin and Mick were given time to rest by coach Chot (Reyes) after playing for the country at the Fiba-Asia tournament in Tianjin. Seigle is still recuperating from injury, J-Wash is not coming and James Sena still has obligations with JRU,” said Hontiveros.

Hontiveros was joined by fellow Beermen Samigue Eman and Lory Tugade during the press conference.

M. Lhuillier, on the other hand, will be reinforced by former PBA player Don Camaso.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 28, 2009.

naz-T
08-28-2009, 10:20 AM
^^^Should be Coach Siot. or Nagkaroon ng trade ng coach between TNT and SMB

Liga Pilipinas
08-29-2009, 02:23 AM
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Beermen outlast Niños
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel (The Freeman) Updated August 29, 2009 12:00 AM


CEBU, Philippines - Spunky guard Jonas Villanueva came out as the brightest star of the night as the San Miguel Beermen outlasted the hard-fighting M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños, 82-73, in their exhibition match at the full-packed Cebu Coliseum.

Villanueva, who unloaded a game-high 20 points, stole the show from Cebuano hearthrob Dondon Hontiveros as he peppered the Niños with four 3-pointers including three straight tomahawks during a searing 11-5 run that translated a 49-50 San Miguel deficit into a 60-52 advantage heading into the final period.

Villanueva was not done from there as he opened the last quarter with a breakaway layup off his own steal and then dished out a nifty assist leading to a double-hander slam by Danny Ildefonso that sent the pro-SMB crowd into frenzied celebration.

After Ariel Mepaña broke M. Lhuillier’s silence with a triple, the Beermen countered with a 6-0 blitz to post their biggest lead of 15 points, 70-55, with 6:34 left to play.

Just when everybody though it’s going to be a blowout, the Niños staged a courageous fightback masterminded by Richard Ian Saladaga, Marlon Basco and Bruce Dacia to chop the deficit down to only three points, 76-73, with 1:29 to go in the game.

The Niños could have gotten closer, but three costly errors by Mepaña with less than a minute remaining sealed their doom. In between Mepaña’s turnovers, Villanueva sealed his heroics by drilling in four straight free throws before Bonbon Custodio sank a pair of freebies for the final tally.

Hontiveros finished with seven points to match his jersey number. He tickled the crowd though when he broke the ice of the match with a 3-point dagger. The spectators were delighted more when a few seconds later Stephen Padilla knocked in a trey for the game’s first deadlock.

The Niños actually dictated the tempo of the game and led by as much as six points three times, the last was at 16-10 with three minutes remaining in the first period. The Beermen replied with a 9-0 blast to grab the upperhand, 21-16.

The Beermen squandered a 46-36 edge in the third canto but Villanueva transformed himself into a one-man wrecking crew to bridge the reigning PBA champion into a breath-taking triumph.

Villanueva was backed up by Ildefonso with 16 points.

Mepaña and Saladaga topped the Niños with 13 points each, while Dacia had 10 points.

The scores

San Miguel (82) - Villanueva 20, Ildefonso 16, Cortez 9, Calaguio 8, Custodio 8, Hontiveros 7, Gonzales 7, Eman 3, Racela 2

M. Lhuillier (73) - Saladaga 13, Mepaña 13, Dacia 10, Basco 8, Nailon 7, Padilla 7, Santos 6, Ababon 5, Enriquez 4

Quarterscores:12-16, 32-34, 60-52, 82-73 (FREEMAN NEWS)

Liga Pilipinas
09-02-2009, 02:01 AM
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M. Lhuillier battles Alaska on Friday
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel (The Freeman) Updated September 02, 2009 12:00 AM


CEBU, Philippines - Cebu's multi-titled M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños gird up for another daunting mission as they clash head-on with another PBA heavyweight, the Alaska Aces this Friday at the Cebu Coliseum. Gametime is set at 6 pm.

Five days ago at the same arena, the Niños of team owner Michel J. Lhuillier and legendary coach Raul "Yayoy" D. Alcoseba put up a gallant stand albeit for a losing cause against the reigning PBA Fiesta Conference champion San Miguel Beermen led by Cebuano hotshot Dondon Hontiveros. They wiped out an 18-point deficit but still fell short in the end losing by a decent nine points, 73-82.

Ranged against the Aces, Alcoseba gamely admits his hardcourt bravehearts brace for another uphill battle.

"Scoring a victory against any PBA team is a very difficult task. But as what we have accomplished in the past, we always put up a good fight. I believe that with the fighting spirit of my players, they're capable of pulling a major upset given the opportunity," said Alcoseba, who spurred M. Lhuillier to the Cebu leg championship of Smart-Liga Conference 3 fortnight ago.

The Aces have a strong following in the Queen City of the South owing to their team owner Wilfred Uytengsu's Cebuano blood lineage. They will be bannered by the deadly one-two punch of Joachim "Sonny" Thoss and Willie Miller, who suited up for Powerade Team Pilipinas that settled for eight place in the 25th FIBA-Asia Championships recently in Tianjin, China.

They will see action alongside former Ateneo standouts LA Tenorio and Larry Fonacier as well as Reynel Hugnatan and John Ferriols, the erstwhile star players of Negros Slashers who were among the key figures in further heating up the Negros-Cebu Gems rivalry way back in the MBA days.

Also expected to don the Alaska uniform in their Cebu joust are Anthony de la Cruz, Ervin Sotto, Jeffrey Cariaso, Mark Borboran and Joe Devance.

The Niños, on the other hand, will rely on a couple of former PBA mainstays in their fold in the likes of Marlon Basco, Bruce Dacia, Don Camaso and Stephen Padilla, who once played for Alaska in his shortlived PBA career.

Alcoseba should also squeeze the most from Abby Santos, Woodrow Enriquez, Mark Ababon, Ariel Mepaña, Richard Ian Saladaga, and Franklin Nailon in their quest to come up with a tough but highly probable stunner over the Aces. - THE FREEMAN

Liga Pilipinas
09-04-2009, 01:30 AM
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Another Acid Test For Cebu Niños, M. Lhuillier takes on Alaska tonight
(The Freeman) Updated September 04, 2009 12:00 AM


CEBU, Philippines - The M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños will tackle another PBA heavyweight, this time the Alaska Aces in a surefire blockbuster showdown at 6:00 tonight at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Niños of team owner Michel J. Lhuillier and decorated coach Raul “Yayoy” D. Alcoseba are up not only against an extremely tough opposition but also against a highly partisan crowd that will surely cheer for the pros.

Cebu has always been identified as an Alaska territory. That is not surprising though as the Alaska franchise is owned by the Uytengsu family, which traces their roots in the Queen City of the South.

The Aces have two crowd magnets in their fold in Willie Miller and Joachim “Sonny” Thoss, who helped propel the Powerrade Team Pilipinas to an eight place finish in the 25th FIBA-Asia Championships recently in Tianjin, China.

Although the MBA had already faded away half a decade ago, the bittersweet memories of the scathing rivalry between the Cebu Gems and the Negros Slashers are expected to be rekindled with former Negros stars Reynel Hugnatan and John Ferriols donning the Alaska uniform this time.

For the M. Lhuillier side, only one Gem will confront them though in Stephen Padilla. Interestingly, Padilla suited up for the Alaska Aces in his shorlived career in Asia’s first play-of-pay league.

The Aces will also parade former Ateneo standouts LA Tenorio and Larry Fonacier alongside Anthony de la Cruz, whose mother is a Cebuana, Ervin Sotto, Jeffrey Cariaso, Mark Borboran, and Joe DeVance.

Padilla, on the other hand, needs the support of Bruce Dacia, Marlon Basco, Don Camaso and Woodrow Enriquez to shore up the Niños’ bid of pulling off a big upset.

Alcoseba may as well take a rabbit out of his hat in the likes of Abby Santos, Richard Ian Saladaga, Mark Jonas Ababon, Ariel Mepaña, Franklin Nailon, and Rino Berami.

Last week, M. Lhuillier dismantled an 18-point deficit but eventually lost by a decent nine points, 73-82, to the reigning PBA Fiesta Conference champion San Miguel Beermen led by Cebuano hotshot Dondon Hontiveros.

After the Aces, M. Lhuillier will take on the Purefoods Chunkee Giants on September 14 and then the Brgy. Ginebra Gin Kings on September 21 to end its four-game marathon against the PBA squads. – EBV (THE FREEMAN)
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Niños vs. Aces tonight
Thursday, September 3, 2009
By Rommel C. Manlosa


THE M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños will venture into untested waters as they wage war against the Alaska Aces in an exhibition game tonight at the Cebu Coliseum.

This will be the first time that the Aces will come to play in an exhibition game against M. Lhuillier.

“We all know that Alaska also has a long, storied career in the PBA. Just like San Miguel Beer, Alaska is also one of the most feared teams in the league and playing against them is an honor. That is why we will try to play with our best,” M. Lhuillier head coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba told Sun.Star Cebu yesterday.

Alaska will come in full force with two-time MVP Willie Miller, his fellow Powerade RP Team player Joachim “Sonny” Thoss, veteran swingman Jeffrey Cariaso, former USJ-R Jaguar John Ferriols, veterans Reynel Hugnatan, Anthony de la Cruz and Ervin Sotto, youthful sensations Mark Borboran, LA Tenorio, Larry Fonacier, Kevin de la Peñs and Joe Devance.

Test

The Aces will also put to the test their rookie players picked from the rookie draft last Aug. 2: the surprise No. 5 pick Michael Burtscher, a 6’5” Filipino-Swiss player and second-round pick Sean Co.

“By the look of its line-up alone, you can already say that Alaska is a tough team with a front court having an average height of 6’6” and a very quick and dangerous backcourt with Willie Miller and LA Tenorio taking turns at the point plus the wing with Joe Devance, Larry Fonacier and Kevin de la Peña—a young but dangerous squad,” added Alcoseba.

Loss

Last week, the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala squad played and lost to the San Miguel Beermen, 82-73, its second to the PBA’s winningest ball club who also handed them a 97-91 defeat in September 2006.

Alcoseba, on the other hand, pinned hopes on his recruit Don Camaso to take the battle to the Aces.

Camaso once saw action with the Aces in 2003 and 2004 season and will play along with another former Alaska player Stephen Padilla, and ex-PBA teammates Bruce Dacia and Marlon Basco.

PBA hopefuls Abby Santos, Ariel Mepaña, Richard Ian Saladaga, Franklin Nailon, Woodrow Enriquez, Rino Berami, Jan Malinao and Mark Ababon will try to make impressions in this game.

The game will start at 6 p.m.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 4, 2009.

Liga Pilipinas
09-05-2009, 12:54 PM
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M. Lhuillier Jewelers dump Alaska Aces by 20 points
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel (The Freeman) Updated September 05, 2009 12:00 AM


CEBU, Philippines - The M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños recorded what is by far their biggest and most impressive victory against a PBA squad, a 20-point annihilation of the Alaska Aces in their one-sided exhibition match last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

Longtime Alaska assistant coach Luigi Trillo said in a post-game interview that they came here plainly to play and have fun, but an Aces’ fan who refused to be identified commented they should have at least put up a decent fight being one of the PBA top guns that carry a shining badge of championship tradition.

Counting their Alaska demolition, M. Lhuillier of team owner Michel J. Lhuillier and decorated coach Raul “Yayoy” D. Alcoseba have had already slayed five PBA squads in recent memory including the Sta. Lucia Realtors, Red Bull Barako, Talk N’ Txt Phone Pals, and the PBA selection manned by Cebuano hotshot Dondon Hontiveros and John Ferriols.

While the Niños were on fire on all range in the final half, the Aces, in sharp contrast, yielded a somewhat lackluster showing - they misfired their medium-range jumpers, committed a spate of passing errors, and were not agrressive on the defensive end.

The Niños made the most out of the opportunity, limiting the Aces to just seven points in the first nine minutes of the final period as they went on to build an insurmountable 25-point advantage, 75-50, with 53 seconds left to play behind the blistering offensive of Bruce Dacia, Ariel Mepaña, and Franklin Nailon.

The Aces were actually down by just seven, 45-52, early in the fourth quarter, but the Niños staged a crippling 17-5 rally capped by Nailon’s 5-0 blitz to break the game wide open, 69-48. Over, the spirited Niños outclassed the Aces in the final 10 minutes of the contest, 23-12.

After the Niños broke the ice of the match with five straight points, the Aces never had a taste of the lead nor even just tie the score. The Niños mounted their first double-digit edge, 29-19, and the best the wards of coach Tim Cone could muster was to close in at 27-29 with 1:24 left before halftime.

The Aces again pulled within 41-43 but the Niños quickly restored a nine-point headway at the end of the third canto, 52-43.

Mepaña netted 18 points in his finest performance for M. Lhuillier in a game of such magnitude. Dacia unloaded 14 markers, while Nailon, Woodrow Enriquez, and Richard Ian Saladata scored nine each.

The Aces, who played without star player Willie Miller, John Ferriols, Joe DeVance and Brandon Cablay due to various reasons, was led by Reynel Hugnatan with 12 points followed by LA Tenorios with 10.


The scores

M. Lhuillier (75) - Mepaña 18, Dacia 14, Enriquez 9, Saladaga 9, Nailon 9, Santos 7, Padilla 6, Ababon 3

Alaska (55) - Hugnatan 12, Tenorio 10, Fonacier 9, Burtcher 9, Borboran 8, Thoss 5, Cariaso 5, De la Cruz 2, De la Peña 2

Quarterscores:16-12, 34-29, 52-43, 75-55. – THE FREEMAN
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Niños down Aces
Saturday, September 5, 2009
By Rommel C. Manlosa


THE M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños once again showed that they’re more than just an amateur ball club when they showed the Alaska Aces a different brand of basketball that ended up in a 75-55 spanking in an exhibition game in front of a highly adoring Cebuano fans at the jampacked Cebu Coliseum last night.

Ariel Mepaña stepped into the leadership shoes as the 6’4 power forward powered his way to dominate the middle against taller and bigger counterparts to score a game-high 18 points.

“In fairness to Alaska, they were playing without their regular guys. Four were not suiting up and they came from a long break.

But I gave it to the boys, we played a very good game compared to the game against San Miguel,” M. Lhuillier head coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba said after the game.

The Niños started the game on a bright note and crushed all of the Aces’ attempts for a comeback. The Niños dominated the rebounding department from start to finish to take a 20-point win.

Alaska was the fourth PBA team that succumbed to the prowess of M. Lhuillier. In 2007, M. Lhuillier defeated Sta. Lucia and beat Talk ‘N Text and ousted Red Bull last year.

Although they lost to San Miguel Beer last month, M. Lhuillier is hoping to extend its streak over PBA squads when it plays Purefoods TJ Giants in another exhibition game at the Cebu Coliseum on Sept. 14. Lined up after that is a rematch with Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings.

Alaska, winner of 12 PBA titles, was playing without its two-time MVP Willie Miller who came into the game in shirt and jeans along with Joe Devance and John Ferriols, while Sonny Thoss was still off sync.

“We executed our game plan and when we did it we were winning, unlike the game against San Miguel when we the guys played an individual game. What is important with this win is that we made an impression as we look forward to our trip to Cagayan de Oro City for the Misamis Oriental Leg (in the Liga Pilipinas).

I hope we can carry the momentum (of this win) to the MisOr Leg,” Alcoseba said.

With the Aces clearly groping for form, the Niños blew the game wide open in the fourth with Bruce Dacia nailing two triples, Mepaña scoring seven points and Franklyn Nailon scoring five of his nine points before fouling out at the 5:50 mark.

Jeffrey Cariaso nailed a triple and Keven de la Peña scored on a garbage lay-up for the final count.

Dacia scored 14 points for the Niños while Reynel Hugnatan topped the Aces scorers with 12 points.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 5, 2009.

Liga Pilipinas
09-11-2009, 03:00 AM
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Purefoods up next for M. Lhuillier
(The Freeman) Updated September 11, 2009 12:00 AM


CEBU, Philippines - It’s James Yap and his comrades’ turn to show off their hoop skills before the scrutinizing eyes of Cebuano fans as the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants clash with the multi-titled M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños in a charity exhibition match this Monday at the Cebu Coliseum. Showtime begins at 6 pm.

Though heavily favored, the Giants must not in any way take the Niños lightly as the storied M. Lhuillier franchise has slowly built a distinct reputation of being a PBA slayer having defeated a bunch of pro squads in the past such as Red Bull Barako, Talk n’ Txt Phone Pals, Sta. Lucia Realtors and most recently the Alaska Aces.

In their head-on collision against the Dondon Hontiveros-led San Miguel Beermen kicking off their four-game marathon against PBA teams two weeks ago, M. Lhuillier wiped out an 18-point deficit but went on to lose by a decent nine points, 73-82.

M. Lhuillier though bounced back in style, drowning the Alaska Aces by 25 points on the way to a 75-55 blowout seven nights ago.

That should serve as an ominous warning for the Giants.

Aside from the charismatic James Yap, the other crowd-pleaser on the Giants side for sure is Cebuano hotshot Roger Yap, who once played for the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars in his collegiate years with the defunct Cebu Amateur Athletic Association (now the CESAFI).

Completing the Purefoods roster in their Cebu joust are Peter June Simon, Don Allado, Kerby Raymundo, Richard Yee, new acquisition Raffy Reavis, and rookies Chris Timberlake and Rico Maeirhoffer.

The Niños, on the other hand, will squeeze the most from Bruce Dacia, Stephen Padilla, Woodrow Enriquez and Marlon Basco as they attempt to knock out another PBA heavyweight.To accomplish that gargantuan mission, they need the support of Ariel Mepaña, Mark Jonas Ababon, Richard Ian Saladaga, Abby Santos, and Franklin Nailon.

After Purefoods, the Niños will train their sights next on the Brgy. Ginebra Kings on September 21 still at the Coliseum.—EBV (FREEMAN NEWS)

Liga Pilipinas
09-14-2009, 12:54 AM
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Roger Yap: We're here for business
(The Freeman) Updated September 14, 2009 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - After learning of M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala's 20-point demolition of the Alaska Aces last week, Cebuano hardcourt star Roger Yap gamely admitted that they felt a bit embarrassed and ashamed being part of the highly-respected PBA institution. Now that it's their turn to clash head-on with Cebu's legendary squad, Yap firmly declared they are here on a business and that they will carry PBA's pride when the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants take on the M. Lhuillier-backed Cebu Niños in a charity exhibition match beginning at 7:00 tonight at the Cebu Coliseum.

"We are here to play and not on a vacation. We will give our best so that the Cebuanos will enjoy the match," said Yap in a press conference arranged by OverCoffee Management. Inc. yesterday at the Old Spaghetti House in SM City-Cebu.

"In every game we take, we always mean business. That's the order of our coach (Ryan Grerogio). We play to win," added Yap.

Yap's teammate Niño "KG" Canaleta, nicknamed "The Flying Carpet" in the pro league, said they too were ashamed after hearing the news of M. Lhuillier's 75-55 annihilation of the Aces.

"Nong nabalitaan namin na tinambakan ng 20 points ang Alaska dito sa Cebu, nahiya rin kami kasi PBA team dapat may pride. Parang nag-relax yung Alaska," said the former University of the East (UE) Red Warrior.

Yap, on the other hand, said he is very thrilled seeing action for the first time before his Cebuano fans as a pro.

"I'm so excited because I've been in the PBA for nine years and this is the first time that I will be playing before my fellow Cebuanos," said Yap, who once suited up for the Cebu Polytechnic College (CPC) Hawks and the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars during his collegiate days in the defunct Cebu Amateur Athletic Association (now the CESAFI).

In their Cebu tour of duty, Yap and Canaleta will show their stuff alongside Rommel Adducul, Marc Pingris, Paul Artadi, Don Allado, Peter June Simon, Jondan Salvador, Jonathan Fernandez, and rookies Chris Timberlake and Rico Maierhoffer.

Cebu has a special place in Pingris' heart having donned the Gems' uniform during the shortlived MBA league. He is also married to Danica Sotto, who traces their family roots in the Queen City of the South.

Although upbeat on their winning chances, the visiting Giants should not underestimate the Niños of team owner Michel J. Lhuillier and coach Raul "Yayoy" Alcoseba, who are riding on the crest of their back-to-back leg championship in the Smart-Liga Pilipinas Conference III.

Among the lethal weapons in M. Lhuillier's offensive arsenal are Bruce Dacia, Stephen Padilla, Woodrow Enriquez and Marlon Basco. They can also count on Abby Santos, Ariel Mepaña, Richard Ian Saladaga, Jonas Ababon, and Franklin Nailon.

Co-presented by Mega C Health Ventures, Inc. and Radical Ads in partnership with KFC, dyAB Cebu Radyo Patrol, MOR 97.1 FM, Cebu Parklane International Hotel, Nature's Spring, and San Miguel Beer, the fund-raising event is for the benefit of Rise Above Foundation (formerly Channel of Hope). – Emmanuel B. Villaruel (THE FREEMAN)

Liga Pilipinas
09-15-2009, 05:29 PM
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Giants dwarf Niños
(The Freeman) Updated September 15, 2009 12:00 AM


CEBU, Philippines - The Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants came in fighting mood but had to work extra hard before getting past the tough-fighting M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños, 73-65, in their charity exhibition match last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

Before the game started, Purefoods coach Ryan Gregorio revealed that they really made a lot of preparations for their Cebu joust upon learning of M. Lhuillier’s 20-point annihilation of the Alaska Aces last week.

Their efforts paid off although at times they were threatened by the exuberant Niños.

The Giants, who were without star players James Yap and Kerby Raymundo, were ahead by nine points early on, 35-26, but the Niños charged back with savvy to wrest the driver’s seat at the end of the third period, 49-47.

The Niños held on to the lead for the last time at 61-59 on a triple by Stephen Padilla as Marc Pingris, Peter June Simon and Cebuano hotshot Roger Yap connived in a searing 14-1 rally that vaulted the Giants to their biggest advantage at 11 points, 73-62, with only 18 seconds left to play.

In the ensuing sequence, Padilla completed a meaningless 3-point play to settle the final tally.

Simon topscored for the Giants with 18 points followed by Pingris with 11. The high-leaping Niño “KG” Canaleta finished with 10 markers highlighted by a pair of slam dunks that drew a loud applause from the delighted spectators.

Brucia Dacia led the Niños with 18 points, while Abby Santos chipped in 14.

M. Lhuillier holds a 1-2 win-loss record in their four-game marathon against PBA squads. They lost to the Dondon Hontiveros-led San Miguel Beermen, 73-82, but bounced back in style with its 75-55 whipping of Alaska.

Up next for the Niños are the Brgy. Ginebra Gin Kings on September 21.

The scores

Purefoods (73) - Simon 18, Pingris 11, Canaleta 10, Allado 8, Maierhoffer 6, Fernandez 6, Salvador 6, Yap 6, Artadi 2

M. Lhuillier (65) - Dacia 18, Santos 14, Mepaña 13, Padilla 9, Saladaga 5, Basco 2, Enriquez 2

Quarterscores:15-14, 28-26, 47-49, 73-65 – EBV (THE FREEMAN)
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Purefoods mauls Niños
Monday, September 14, 2009


THE M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños played excellent basketball for 35 minutes but the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants executed a well-oiled offense and no let-up defense in the final five minutes to beat the Niños, 73-65, in their friendly match last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Giants, winner of seven PBA titles, did not allow the Niños to pull another humiliation as they played just like the champion squad that they are from start to finish to make a strong impression.

Purefoods started strong with Niño Cañaleta showing his dunking prowess as he hammered two tomahawk dunks in the opening quarter.

However, the Cebuanos were unfazed with the size, height and skills advantage of the Giants as they executed a no-nonsense game that had coach Ryan Gregorio on his toe s all the time.

The game had 12 lead changes and six deadlocks as the Niños played toe-to-toe with the tall line-up of the Giants.

After leading 15-14 at the end of the first quarter, M. Lhuillier found themselves down 21-15 early in the second.

However, Ariel Mepaña was quick to give back Cebu the lead as he scored five in a quick 7-0 run that saw M. Lhuillier leading 22-21 with 3:48 at the second quarter.

Purefoods regained the lead with Jean-Marc Pingris, a former Cebu Gems player of the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA), Peter June Simon, and Cebuano hotshot Roger Yap combining for a 7-2 answer that had the Giants leading 28-26 at the bend.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 15, 2009

Liga Pilipinas
09-21-2009, 12:36 AM
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Ginebra, M. Lhuillier vow explosive duel
(The Freeman) Updated September 21, 2009 12:00 AM


CEBU, Philippines - Expect a surefire blockbuster showdown between PBA's crowd-darling Brgy. Ginebra Gin Kings and Cebu's legendary M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Jewelers as both camps assured to fight to the fullest and give their all-out best when they lock up horns in a charity exhibition match at 7:00 tonight at the Cebu Coliseum.

"We've got new players and I want to see how can we get to play with each other," said Ginebra coach Joseph "Jong" Uichico in a press conference set up by OverCoffee Management, Inc. yesterday at Chika-an Restaurant in Parkmall. "We will try to accomplish what we have come here for and that is for us to jell at the earliest possible time. This is a tune-up for us and at the same time a bonding with the team."

Uichico's latest recruits are former Ateneo stalwarts Enrico Villanueva, Rich Alvarez and Paolo Bugia, Kevin White, and flashy guard Celino Cruz.

The Ginebra stars that the Cebuanos are longing to watch though are Junthy Valenzuela of Cebu, RP Team member Cyrus Baguio of Iligan, Ronald Tubid of Iloilo and ace slotman Erik Menk.

"Nung nabalitaan namin na tinambakan ng 20 puntos ng M. Lhuillier ang Alaska, sabi ko pwede nang mag-PBA ang M. Lhuillier," said Valenzuela in slight jest. "Sa tingin ko, lahat ng PBA teams dadaan sa karayom kapag kalaban ang M. Lhuillier," added the Bogo-native product of Salazar Institute of Technology (SIT) Skyblazers.

Valenzuela was referring to M. Lhuillier's 75-55 annihilation of the Alaska Aces two weeks ago.

Alvarez, for his part, said they treat the Jewelers with high respect owing to their vast experience that vaulted them to become the undisputed king of commercial hoopdom in the country.

"We have so much respect to the team. We will just do our best," said Alvarez.

"Last year, muntik na kaming matalo sa M. Lhuillier. Magagaling din sila at huwag lang kaming magkompiyansa," butted in Tubid, who served as the model for the icon of Beato Pedro Calungsod, the Cebuano saint-in-the-making.

Completing the Ginebra roster in their Cebu joust are Marco Januz Sauler, Sunday Salvacion, Douglas Kramer, Crispin Tiamson, Leopoldo Trillana, and Carlo Cereno.

M. Lhuillier coach Raul "Yayoy" D. Alcoseba, on the other hand, gamely acknowledged that they are taking up another uphill battle but said they are ready to give the visiting Gin Kings a run for their money.

"We will try to win because we lost to Purefoods (in our previous game)," said Alcoseba, who steered the MLKP-backed Cebu Niños to their third straight leg championship in Smart-Liga Pilipinas Conference III, the latest was in Quezon Province two nights ago.

"It's not that we win or lose, the important thing is that we will be able to give the fans a hardcourt entertainment they deserved. Hopefully, we will have a good game tomorrow (today)," added the decorated bench tactician.

As usual, Alcoseba will bank on his 'Super Five' in Bruce Dacia, Stephen Padilla, Woodrow Enriquez, Marlon Basco and Ariel Mepaña. Ginebra must also be wary of the other M. Lhuillier offensive guns in the mold of Abby Santos, Mark Jonas Ababon, Richard Ian Saladaga, Warren Ybañez, and Franklin Nailon.

The fund-raising event is for the benefit of the Rise Above Foundation (formerly Channel of Hope). – EBV (THE FREEMAN)
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Gin Kings on a mission vs. Cebu


THE Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings are on a mission in their trip to Cebu—team building and to have their players adapt to their system—-and a win against the Cebu Niños tonight would only be an icing in the cake.

The PBA’s most beloved ballclub is scheduled to face the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños in an exhibition game tonight at the Cebu Coliseum starting at 6 p.m.

“It is a very good opportunity for us that we get this invitation to come here in Cebu because we were having team bonding and team building activities. I also want to see if we can gell quickly,” said Ginebra head coach Jong Uichico during the press conference yesterday.

Uichico was joined by Junthy Valenzuela, Enrico Villanueva, Cyrus Baguio, Billy Mamaril, Ronald Tubid and Rich Alvarez and M. Lhuillier Cebu Niños head coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba.

“It will be an exciting ball game. We have a lot of respect for Ginebra but we cannot afford to loss. That is why we will try to beat them,” said Alcoseba.

The Niños are fresh from a four-day trip from Lucena City in Quezon Province, where they’ve won their third straight Liga Pilipinas leg title.

Tonight’s game however is a gauge to both teams—the Niños are seeking to sweep their elimination round assignments in Liga Pilipinas, while Ginebra will try to get ready as it plays only its second tune-up game before the regular PBA Conference opens on Oct. 11.

Except for the injured Jay-Jay Helterbrand, Uichico will field his regulars.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 21, 2009.

Liga Pilipinas
09-22-2009, 11:51 AM
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Ginebra dodges M. Lhuillier bullet
(The Freeman) Updated September 22, 2009 12:00 AM


Explosive wingman Cyrus Baguio unloaded 11 of his 17 points in the final quarter as the Brgy. Ginebra Kings scraped through a precarious 76-71 victory over the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños in their charity exhibition match last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

Game today

(Mandaue City Cultural and Sports Complex)

6 pm Brgy. Ginebra Kings vs. Mandaue-Cebu Landmasters

Following through the same storyline in their last year’s encounter, the Gin Kings of coach Joseph “Jong” Uichico found the Niños a very tough constumer to handle.

So tough the challenge mounted by M. Lhuillier was that the Gin Kings needed a spirited endgame push sparked by the Iligan City-native Baguio before finishing off the gritty Cebuano cagers.

It was a close-knit match that was accounted for four deadlocks and 13 lead changes.

The last time the Niños were on top was at 61-60 as sharp-shooting playmaker Celino Cruz knocked in a triple to put Ginebra on top for good, 63-61 with still 6:21 left to play.

It was then showtime for Baguio.

The former Southwestern University Baby Cobra who once held the Slam Dunk king title in the Cebu Amateur Athletic Association (now the CESAFI) converted a beautiful acrobatic shot and then hit a booming triple in between back-to-back baskets by Enrico Villanueva and Willie Wilson to give the Gin Kings their biggest lead, 72-63, at the final 3:18 mark of the contest.

The Niños countered with a 7-2 run to threaten at 70-74 with a little over a minute to go in the game.

The wards of coach Raul “Yayoy” D. Alcoseba could have gotten closer but Bruce Dacia and Stephen Padilla went 1-of-4 from the foul line that further sealed M. Lhuillier’s doom.

Cruz answered a split charities by Padilla with his third triple of the night to settle the final outcome. He finished with 13 points.

Bruce Dacia topscored for M. Lhuillier with 16 points followed by Nailon with 10.

M.Lhuillier, thus, ended their four-game marathon against tough PBA squads with a 1-3 record. They won against Alaska Aces, 75-55, but lost to San Miguel Beermen, 72-83, Purefoods TJ Giants, 65-73, and most recently to Ginebra.

The scores

Ginebra (76)- Baguio 17, Cruz 13, Villanueva 9, Mamaril 8, Bugia 6, Caguioa 6, Tubid 5, Wilson 4, Menk 4, White 2, Kramer 2

Cebu (71) – Dacia 16, Nailon 10, Ybañez 9, Mepaña 9, Padilla 9, Enriquez 7, Saladaga 5, Basco 3, Santos 3 (Emmanuel B. Villaruel)
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Kings rule!
Monday, September 21, 2009
By Rommel C. Manlosa


THE Barangay Ginebra Kings played solidly in the fourth quarter to take down the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños, 76-71, in an exhibition game at the jampacked Cebu Coliseum last night.

Cyrus Baguio came off the bench to lead the Gin Kings to victory as he scored a game-high 17 points. He also had nine in the final quarter that zapped away all the efforts of the Niños for good.

The M. Lhuilllier Kwarta Padala squad played exceptionally in the first three quarters and engaged Ginebra in torrid exchange of basket despite the huge disparity in size and height.

Bruce Dacia and Ariel Mepaña delivered the goods quickly for M. Lhuillier as they combined efforts to give Cebu a 9-4 lead.

Ginebra’s hulking frontline of Erick Menk and Enrico Villanueva put Ginebra ahead, 10-9, the first of 19 lead changes.

However, just as Baguio started to make his presence felt off the bench, Dacia was left to handle the scoring duties while Mepaña, coach Yayoy Alcoseba’s most improved player, started to wither under the wings of his counterparts down low.

Cebu’s last taste of the lead was at 61-60at the final 6:29 of the game when the Gin Kings dropped a telling 12-2 run, capped by Baguio’s triple, gave Ginebra the lead for good 72-63 at the 3:18 mark.

M. Lhuillier’s final attempt to take over the game started with Stephen Padilla’s triple and the four free throws of Dacia and Woodrow Enriquez that put Cebu within 74-70 still with 69 seconds remaining.

But their free throws faltered when these were badly needed and Ronald Tubid secured the game for good for Ginebra in the final 16.8 seconds at the free throw line.

Point guard Celino Cruz also contributed double digits for the Gin King with 13, while Dacia who had a brilliant performance all night long, finished with 16 for Cebu.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 22, 2009.

Liga Pilipinas
09-28-2009, 01:42 AM
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M. Lhuillier battles Cebu Landmasters in friendly match tonight in Balamban
(The Freeman) Updated September 28, 2009 12:00 AM


CEBU, Philippines - The M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños and the Mandaue-Cebu Landmasters will once again cross paths in the hardcourt, this time via a goodwill encounter starting at 7:00 tonight at the Balamban Sports Complex.

M. Lhuillier and Cebu Landmasters had already clashed once this year, with the Niños prevailing by just five points, 77-72, during the Misamis Oriental leg of the Smart-Liga Pilipinas Conference III three weeks ago at the Xavier University gymnasium in Cagayan de Oro City. The Niños went on to snatch the MisOr leg championship.

Overall, the Niños of team owner Michel J. Lhuillier and legendary coach Raul "Yayoy" D. Alcoseba are unfeated in sweeping three Liga Pilipinas legs, so far, including at home and in Quezon Province. They currently pace the standings with 45 points that earned them automatic berth to the "Super Five" that will determine the National Champion this November.

As usual, the likes of Bruce Dacia, Stephen Padilla, Ariel Mepaña, Woodrow Enriquez and Mark Ababon will be at the cornerstone of the Niños' offense. They are expected to draw heavy support from Marlon Basco, Richard Ian Saladaga, Warren Ybañez, Abby Santos, Franklin Nailon, and Mark Magsumbol, who will make his debut under M. Lhuillier's fold.

The Cebu Landmasters, who takes pride for fighting to a 79-all draw with PBA's Brgy. Ginebra Gin Kings a week ago at the Mandaue City Cultural and Sports Complex, will bank on Boyet Bautista, Francis Mercado, Alex Cainglet, JP Alcaraz, Rino Berami and Enrico Llanto.

Meanwhile, M. Lhuillier will take on another PBA squad in Coca-Cola Tigers in a charity exhibition match this Friday at the Cebu Coliseum.

In the past four weeks, M. Lhuillier posted a 1-3 win-loss record in its four-game marathon against PBA heavyweights. They beat the Alaska Aces to the pulp, 75-55, but lost to San Miguel Beermen, 82-83, Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants, 73-65, and to Brgy. Ginebra Gin Kings, 76-71.

Playing against five PBA teams in just one-and-a-half month span is unprecedented in the history of M. Lhuillier franchise. – EBV (THE FREEMAN)

Liga Pilipinas
09-30-2009, 06:23 AM
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M. Lhuillier joins aid effort for 'Ondoy' victims
By Emmanuel B.Villaruel (The Freeman) Updated September 30, 2009 12:00 AM


CEBU, Philippines - The M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños have joined the growing list of magnanimous-hearted individuals both from the government and private sectors who readily lend a hand to those who are in dire need of help.

M. Lhuillier coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba announced during their team practice yesterday that proceeds of their charity game against the PBA’s Coca-Cola Tigers will be donated to the victims of tropical storm “Ondoy” that ravaged Metro Manila and outlying Luzon provinces, leaving hundreds of thousands homeless.

“Through the M. Lhuillier Foundation, we are going to donate the net proceeds of our game against Coca-Cola to help fund the relief efforts for the victims of typhoon Ondoy,” said Alcoseba.

“It’s our own little way of extending help to our countrymen who are in need specially that a member of our coaching staff is one of the victims,” added Alcoseba, referring to his assistant Willie Generalo, a councilor in Cainta, Rizal which is one of hardest hit by country’s worst storm-induced flood in 40 years.

The MLKP-Cebu Niños will clash with the Coca-Cola Tigers this Friday at the Cebu Coliseum. Showtime starts at 7 pm.

“I’m counting the support of the Cebuanos for this cause. I hope they will watch our game against Coca-Cola because they will surely enjoy it at the same time thay are able to help those who are in need at this point of time,” said Alcoseba.

Alcoseba said they are lowering the prices of tickets to make it affordable to the public - P50 for general admission, P100 for upper box, P200 for lower box, and P300 for VIP/ringside.

Meanwhile, Cebuano star playmaker Dale Singson, who recently had a return trip to the PBA, will once again dazzle his hometown fans this time donning the Coca-Cola Tigers’ jersey.

The other Coca-Cola stalwarts to watch out for are Paul Asi Taulava, Dennis Espino, Alexander Cabagnot, Ricky Calimag, rookie Christopher Ross and Larry Rodriguez, who once had a brief stint with the Cebu Gems in the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA).

Completing the Coca-Cola roster are Marvin Cruz, Mark Macapagal, Francis Allera Karl Kenneth Bono, Ryan Rizada and Norman Gonzales.

Expected to shoulder the offensive load for M. Lhuillier are the likes of Bruce Dacia, Ariel Mepaña, Stephen Padilla, Woodrow Enriquez, Mark Jonas Ababon and Marlon Basco. The other top guns in Alcoseba’s arsenal include the newly-signed Mark Magsumbol, Richard Ian Saladaga, Warren Ybañez, Abby Santos and Franklin Nailon. (FREEMAN NEWS)
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Tigers, Niños play for Ondoy victims
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
By Rommel C. Manlosa


WHAT was supposed to be a friendly match between the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños and Coca-Cola Tigers this Friday at the Cebu Coliseum, was given a whole new meaning after the teams decided to donate the day’s gate receipts to the victims of typhoon Ondoy.

“The proceeds of the exhibition game between M. Lhuilleir and Coca Cola Tigers will be given to the victims of the typhoon Ondoy in Manila, through the M. Lhuillier Foundation. We also want to help one of our team members, Willie Generalao, who was among the victim of the said calamity,” said M. Lhuillier head coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba during a brief media meeting yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Generalao, the team’s consultant since 2004, is a current barangay official in Cainta, Rizal—one of the most affected areas.

“We encourage the Cebuanos to come and watch the game because it will not only give them quality basketball entertainment but it will also give them a chance to help our countrymen in need. By watching the game, we can give the victims some financial aid,” added Alcoseba.

The ticket prices are also lowered to make it more affordable for spectators.

The general admission ticket is pegged at P50, P100 for the upper box seats, P200 for the lower box and P300 for the ringside seats.

The Coca-Cola Tigers will parade its new acquisitions Ken Bono, Larry Rodriguez, Marvin Cruz, Norman Gonzales, Jojo Duncil and Cebuano point guard Dale Singson along with its Filipino-American guard Chris Ross, who is the No. 3 overall pick in the last rookie draft.

M. Lhuillier on the other hand will also be displaying its new addition Mark Magsumbol, who will have his baptism of fire against Coca-Cola.

“I am appealing to the Cebuano basketball fanatics to come out and watch. This is going to be a good game, a good entertainment for a cause,” stressed Alcoseba.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 30, 2009.

Liga Pilipinas
10-02-2009, 10:25 AM
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M. Lhuillier faces Coke in charity game tonight
(The Freeman) Updated October 02, 2009 12:00 AM


CEBU, Philippines - The M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños face another uphill battle as they collide with the Coca-Cola Tigers in a charity game at 6:00 tonight at the Cebu Coliseum.

Net proceeds of the fund-raising event will be donated to the victims of tropical storm “Ondoy” that ravaged Metro Manila and outlying Luzon provinces.

Coca-Cola of coach Kenneth Duremdes is the fifth PBA team that M. Lhuillier will challenge in just six-week span.

The Niños have posted a 1-3 win-loss record, so far. They clobbered the Alaska Aces, 75-55, but lost to the San Miguel Beermen, 82-73, Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants, 73-65, and to the Brgy. Ginebra Kings, 76-71.

Against the roaring Tigers, the Niños of team owner Michel J. Lhuillier and coach Raul “Yayoy” D. Alcoseba bear a tedious task dealing with the likes of Paul Asi Taulava, Ryan Rizada, Alex Cabagnot, rookie Christopher Ross and Cebuano playmaker Dale Singson.

The other Coca-Cola wards to watch out for are Dennis Espino, Mark Macapagal, Norman Gonzales, Philip Allera, Ricky Calimag, Karl Kenneth Bono and Larry Rodriguez.

For the Niños’ side, they will count the most from Bruce Dacia, Stephen Padilla, Ariel Mepaña, Woodrow Enriquez and Mark Jonas Ababon.

Also expected to step up for M. Lhuillier are Marlon Basco, Richard Ian Saladaga, Abby Santos, Franklin Nailon, Warren Ybañez and newcomer Mark Magsumbol.

Tickets are priced at P50 for general admission, P100 for upper box, P200 for lower box, and P300 for ringside/VIP. – EBV (FREEMAN NEWS)

Liga Pilipinas
10-03-2009, 09:49 AM
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Tigers outlast Niños
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel (The Freeman) Updated October 03, 2009 12:00 AM


CEBU, Philippines - The Coca-Cola Tigers were lucky enough to have a “Rock” to lean on in troubled times.

Bull-strong center Paul Asi Taulava unloaded 11 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter to help the roaring Tigers of PBA escaped past the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños, 83-79, in their charity game last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

Proceeds of the event will be donated to the victims of tropical storm Ondoy that devastated Metro Manila and outlying Luzon provinces.

Sensing danger in the face of tenacious resistance by the gritty Niños, Taulava wisely made use of his huge frame and brute force to swallow the defense of M. Lhuillier.

At the height of the very close battle, Taulava came in to wreak havoc on the Cebuano hosts.

After Bruce Dacia scored on a 5-0 blitz to put he Niños on top for the last time, 70-69, Taulava bulldozed his way against every M. Lhuillier blocking his way to nail five straight points and give the lead back to Coca-Cola for good, 74-72.

The Niños threatened for the last time at 73-74 as Alex Cabagnot knocked in a 3-pointer and then Larry Rodriguez made back-to-back clutch hits to give the Tigers an 81-76 breather with a little over a minute left to play.

The Niños actually had several chances to send shivers down Coca-Cola’s spines but Basco, who had a nearly flawless sniping from the long-range territory, shot a measly 1-of-4 from the foul line.

Compounding their woes was the sub-par performance of Stephen Padilla from beyond the arc.

Nevertheless, the Niños could still hold their heads up high as it was their lowest losing margin in their five-game marathon against PBA squads in six-week span.

Taulava paced the Tigers with 13 points, even as four other cashed in double figures. Ricky Calimag scored 11, while Christopher Ross, Rodriguez, and Cabagno each dished out 10 markers.

Basco, who went 4-of-5 from the three-point land, paced the Niños with 21 points. Dacia was the only other double-digit scorer for the M. Lhuillier side with 12 (FREEMAN NEWS)
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Taulava powers Coke past Niños
Friday, October 2, 2009
By Rommel C. Manlosa


ASI Taulava was silent for three quarters but when his services were needed, most, he delivered big time.

The 6’9” star led the Coca Cola Tigers, 83-79, over the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños in a charity game for the victims of typhoon Ondoy at the half-filled Cebu Coliseum last night.

Seeing action only in the second and fourth quarters, Taulava scored 11 of his 13 points in the fourth period to keep the M. Lhuillier squad at bay.

Taulava scored Coke’s first seven points in the fourth when Cebu tried to take over the game with Bruce Dacia, Marlon Basco and Warren Ybañez taking charge for the Niños.

The Niños double- teamed Taulava but he still proved to be one of the most dominating big men in the PBA as his presence alone forced the M. Lhuillier big men to settle for safe shots or resort to sending him to the free throw line.

Coke started the game with Norman Gonzales leading an early 6-0 run but M. Lhuillier came back as Marlon Basco hit three triples to give Cebu a 19-13 lead with 1:56 into the first quarter.

Francis Allera then stepped up and had eight in Coke’s 14-6 run for a 41-36 lead at the half.

Cebu quickly regained the lead early in the third but Coke answered with rookie Chris Ross leading a 10-0 run.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 3, 2009.
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Tigers down Niños
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News

First Posted 08:52:00 10/03/2009


The multi-titled M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Ninos gave Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) squad Coca-Cola Tigers all they got but faded at crunchtime to lose, 79-83, in their exhibition game yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Man-mountain Asi Taulava imposed his dominating presence inside the shaded lane as the 6-foot-9 Fil-Tongan registered 11 of his 13 points in the fourth canto including a nifty assist to Larry Rodriguez that sealed the Tigers’ win

The Ninos fell behind by six in the early goings but turned their game up a notch as they buried four three-pointers to seize the lead, 22-20, after the first quarter. Taulava then anchored an 8-0 run capped by two three-pointers by rookie wingman Francis Allera for the Tigers’ 41-36 lead at halftime.

M. Lhuillier grabbed the lead back, 43-41, with seven unanswered points at the onset of the second half but Coke retaliated with a fiery, 10-0 run sparked by PBA 3rd pick Chris Ross, who sank six straight points, to help the Tigers erect a 51-43 lead.

The Ninos gamely put up a fight in the final stretch and last tasted the lead at 72-71, after a basket by Marlon Basco. But the Tigers were not to be denied as Taulava sank three straight points and point guard Alex Cabagnot made a three-pointer to put them up by four, 77-73. M. Lhuillier last threatened at, 76-79 but Taulava found Rodriguez inside for an undergoal stab with 1:10 left in the match, that snapped the wind out of the Ninos' sails.

Four other players scored in twin digits for Coke with Ricky Calimag scoring 11 and Ross, Rodriguez and Cabagnot adding 10 each. Basco had 21 points while Dacia contributed 12 markers for the Niños.

BOX SCORES:

Coke (83) Taulava 13, Calimag 11, Ross 10, Cabagnot 10, Rodriguez 10, Allera 8, Gonzales 7, Cruz 6, Bono 4, Macapagal 4

M. Lhuillier (79) Basco 21, Dacia 12, Santos 9, Enriquez 8, Mepana 8, Saladaga 6, Padilla 6, Ybanez 7, Magsumbol 2.

Liga Pilipinas
10-22-2009, 10:40 AM
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Niños aim to stay perfect in Liga
Wednesday, October 21, 2009

By Rommel C. Manlosa


LEAGUE leader M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños are seeking to stay undefeated through their four tour assignments in the 2009 Smart-Liga Pilipinas Conference 3 when they play their leg next week in Zamboanga City.

After three legs, the Niños hold a perfect 45 Liga Pilipinas Tour points to clinch the first seat to the Super Leg which will start next month.

“We can not afford to be complacent at this stage although we are already in the Super Leg; the last tour assignment is as important as our first, the second or the third,” Niños coach Yayoy Alcoseba told Sun.Star Cebu.

In their final leg, the Niños will face arch-nemesis Misamis Oriental Meteors, guest squad EKB-Apayao Rapids and the host Zamboanga Uno Latinos.

On the other hand, the teams who are expected to join Cebu in the Super Leg are the Quezon Red Oilers, who finished their assignments with a total of 35 points, Forward Taguig with 32 points and the Meteors (26 points).

The teams which are ranked third to fifth places at the end of the elimination round will get the twice-to-beat incentive in the wildcard round to determine the other three teams in the Super Leg.

“The team is in perfect shape. Thanks to the weeks of rests, the injuries were healed and all the players are in perfect conditioning.”



Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 22, 2009.

Liga Pilipinas
11-10-2009, 12:45 AM
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Padilla makes most triples in Liga
Monday, November 9, 2009

By Rommel C. Manlosa


STEPHEN Padilla proved that he is still the deadliest shooter in the league as the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños ace gunner came up with the highest number of three point conversions at the close of the Smart-Liga Pilipinas tour elimination phase of Conference 3.

Padilla sank a total of nine triples in Cebu’s 123-97 win over the Zamboanga Uno Latinos last October 28 in the Zamboanga City Leg.

Two other Cebuano gunners tied at the second place—former M. Lhuillier player Alex Cainglet, who now plays for the Mandaue-Cebu Landmasters squad and Patrick Cabahug, the star guard of the Misamis Oriental Meteors. Both had six conversions each.

Cainglet scored his triples in Mandaue’s game against the Uno Latinos last Oct. 17 in Mandaue City, while Cabahug scored his during the Meteors’ win over EKB-Apayao Rapids last Oct. 28 in the Zamboanga City Leg.

The other Niños who topped the statistics were forward/centers Marlon Basco and Ariel Mepaña.

Basco topped the Total Rebounds Made and the Offensive Rebounds Made departments, while Mepaña led the Defensive Rebounds Made.

Basco pulled down a total of 18 rebounds including 12 on offensive boards in MLKP’s 96-90 win over the Rapids last Sept. 16 at the Quezon Leg, while Mepaña’s 13 defensive rebounds made during the finals of the Quezon Leg against the Quezon Red Oilers came out as the league’s best output.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 10, 2009.

Liga Pilipinas
11-13-2009, 10:35 AM
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Meneses replaces Abarrientos for PBA Legends vs ML Niños exhibition

Cebu Daily News

First Posted 10:11:00 11/12/2009


JOHNNY “Flying A” Abarrientos will not able to entertain his Cebuano fans as he begged off from an upcoming exhibition match against the ML Kwarta Padala Cebu Ninos on Nov. 26 at the New Cebu Coliseum.

The MLKP Niños are the reigning champions of the Zamboanga Leg of the Liga Pilipinas.

Abarrientos will be replaced by another Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) legend Vergel “The Voyager” Meneses for the 12-man Legends lineup. No reason was cited for Abarrientos’ withdrawal.

A press conference will be held this Nov. 16, 2009 at the Marco Polo Plaza Hotel in Lahug at 3:00 pm with the members of the competing teams.

The Legends will be headed by Purefoods head coach Ryan Gregorio and will be composed of former Purefoods superstar and current Team Manager of Purefoods Alvin “The Captain” Patrimonio, Rey Evangelista, Bong Hawkins, Johnny Abbarientos, Ronnie Magsanoc, Victor Pablo, Joey Sta. Maria, Al Solis and Elmer Cabahug.

The Ninos will be spearheaded by Coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba and team owner Michael J. Lhuillier and will be manned by Bruce Dacia, Stephen Padilla, Ariel Mepaña, Woodrow Enriquez, Mark Ababon, Marlon Basco, Richard Ian Saladaga, Abby Santos, Franklin Nailon, Warren Ybañez and Mark Magsumbol.

Ticket prices are P600 ringside, P500 stage, P350 lower box, P200 upper box and P50 for general admission. Tickets are available at the Ayala Center Cebu Customer Care, Royal Concourse and at the New Cebu Coliseum.

Ticket hotline is (032)316-2238 and 0922-744-4400.

Correspondent Dale Rosal

Liga Pilipinas
11-15-2009, 01:11 AM
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PBA Legends battle Cebu Niños tomorrow
(The Philippine Star) Updated November 15, 2009 12:00 AM


MANILA, Philippines - Four-time MVP Alvin Patrimonio and former stars of Philippine basketball will be pitted against ML Kwarta Padala Cebu Niños at the New Cebu Coliseum tomorrow, at 6:30 p.m.

ML Kwarta Padala Cebu team is coached by Councilor Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba who remains unbeaten in Liga Pilipinas Conference 3. Purefoods head coach Ryan Gregorio’s Legends squad will be bannered by Vergel Meneses, Jerry Codiñera, Bong Hawkins, Rey Evangelista, Victor Pablo, Joey Santamaria, Ronnie Magsanoc, and Cebu’s Al Solis and Elmer Cabahug.

Tickets available at Ayala Center Cebu Customer Care, SM City Cebu Dept. Store Customer Service, Royal Concourse, and the New Cebu Coliseum. Ticket prices are at P600 ringside, P500 stage area, P350 lower box, P200 upper box, and P50 general admission. Information: Facedown Production and Events at (032) 316-2238 and 0922-744-4400.

Liga Pilipinas
11-17-2009, 01:33 AM
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NCAA’s Red Lions face 3 Cebu teams
Monday, November 16, 2009


THE National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) firepower San Beda College Red Lions will be in Cebu to play a series of exhibition matches against local collegiate and commercial teams.

The Red Lions will be facing the University of San Carlos Warriors, the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños and collegiate powerhouse University of the Visayas Green Lancers starting today.

San Beda will face the Warriors today, the Niños on Wednesday and the Lancers on Thursday.

All games will be at 5:30 p.m. at the USC gym.

These are going to be good tune up matches for all the involved teams as the three school-based teams are looking forward to the Philippine Collegiate Championship 2009, while the Niños are gearing up for the Super Leg of the 2009 Smart-Liga Pilipinas Conference 3.

“This is going to be an action-packed hardcourt battle because San Beda is no ordinary team. They are one of the most winningest teams in the history NCAA. Given their rich basketball tradition, they will surely give Cebu teams a run for our money,” said organizer and M. Lhuillier head coach Raul Alcoseba.

The Red Lions, the runner-up in this year’s NCAA season, UAAP champions Ateneo de Manila Univeristy Blue Eagles, the University of the East Red Warriors, University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers, the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, UV and other top teams are automatically seeded into the Round of Sweet 16 of the PCCL.


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

Liga Pilipinas
11-18-2009, 01:46 AM
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Ex PBA superstars force Niños to a tie
By Jonas Panerio, Dale Rosal
Cebu Daily News

First Posted 09:37:00 11/17/2009


The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Legends relived the glories of days past as they battled the former Liga national champios M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños to an 80-all standoff in their exhibition match last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The PBA stars came back from an eight-point deficit in the final period and even held the lead in the final seconds before settling for the tie. Since the match was just an exhibition game, no overtime session was played.

Vergel Meneses and Joey Santamaria were the topscorer for the PBA veterans with 14 points each. Bruce Dacia had 20 to lead M. Lhuillier.

The PBA legends got off to a quick start as they were on top, 11-5, after a basket by Jerry Codinera. But the Niños, who are gearing up for their stint in the Super Leg of the Liga Pilipinas Conference 3, came roaring back and sank four three-pointers in the period to come away with a 29-24 lead after the opening canto.

The PBA legends came right back at the Niños behind the quarterbacking of Ronnie Magsanoc and the low-post effectiveness of Bong Hawkins, and led 39-35 before ending the half with a 46-42 lead.

The Niños came out of the break with renewed energy as they rode the hot shooting of Ian Saladaga, Bruce Dacia and Abby Santos in a 17-5 salvo that put them on top 65-57.

They maintained that lead at 72-64 before the PBA legends responded with a sizzling 13-3 run of their own that gave them back the lead, 77-75, after a three-point shot by Magsanoc, with just 1:33 left in the game.

Dacia tied the match at 77-all with a jumper but Meneses completed a three-point play that put his team in the driver's seat, 80-77, with 56 ticks left in the game.

Ninos' guard Mark Ababon then converted on three free-throws in the waning seconds of the game to tie the count and end the exciting match.

Liga Pilipinas
11-19-2009, 10:00 AM
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M. Lhuillier slaughters San Beda Red Lions
(The Freeman) Updated November 19, 2009 12:00 AM


CEBU, Philippines - The M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños taught San Beda College a neat lesson in basketball after they crushed the visiting Red Lions, 100-83, in their exhibition match last night at the University of San Carlos gym.

Even as it was just a tune-up game for the Niños in line with the upcoming Super leg of the Liga Pilipinas Conference 3, they did not took the Red Lions for granted.

The likes of Stephen Padilla, Bruce Dacia, Mark Ababon and Ian Saladaga carried most of the load for the Niños in the opening half, but they just led by two at the bend, 51-53.But that was all the Red Lions could do, as the Niños came back strong with Ariel Mepana leading the charge with eight points in the third quarter.

The Niños never looked back to seal the 13-point romp.

The Red Lions’ opened their 3-day joust in Cebu with a 76-71 triumph over the University of San Carlos, but M. Lhuillier proved too much to handle for them.

A Cebuano player under the Red Lions’ fold in JR Tecson was also seen at the gym last night, but he was not able to play to the dismay of some local supporters and friends as the coaching staff wanted to focus on the new players especially as he is no longer playing for the next NCAA season.

The Red Lions face another tough challenge today as they go up against the nine-time CESAFI champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers.

The scores

M.Lhuillier (100) – Saladaga 13, Ababon 11, Nailon 11, Santos 11, Basco 8, Enriquez 8,Magsumbol 8, Mepana 8 , Dacia 7, Padilla

San Beda (73) - Daniel 18, Lanete 16, Delarosa 9,J.Pascual 9, Villahermosa 7, Caram 6, K.Pascual 6, Lim 5,Koga 4, A.Somerad 3,Sorela 2,D.Somerad 2—Caecent No-ot Magsumbol (FREEMAN NEWS)
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Red Lions get rough beating from ML Niños in tune-up
Cebu Daily News

First Posted 07:48:00 11/19/2009


THREE-TIME NCAA champions San Beda Red Lions got a neat lesson in dominance after being routed by former Liga national champions M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Ninos, 87-100, in an exhibition match yesterday at the University of San Carlos gym.

The Ninos displayed the veteran smarts and the offensive firepower that have made them the top seed in the upcoming “Super Leg” of the Liga Pilipinas Conference 3, as they pummeled the Red Lions in the third period, 36-26.

Behind the three-point sniping of Stephen Padilla along with Ian Saladaga and Mark Ababon, the Niños established a 22-14 lead in the first quarter and maintained that edge at halftime, 44-34.

The Red Lions threatened to come back as they unleashed a furious 15-7 run anchored on 6-foot-8 American center Sudan Daniel and wingman Garvo Lanete that cut the lead down to just two, 51-53 before the Ninos, responded with two straight baskets by Ariel Mepana to push the lead back to six.

The Ninos then unloaded a, 23-7 run including eight from Saladaga that gave them a 20-point bulge, 80-60, heading into the final period where the lead reached a high of 22 at, 93-71.

Padilla led the Ninos with 15 points while Nailon and Saladaga each had 13 points. Daniel paced San Beda with 18 points while Lanete chipped in 16.

The loss by San Beda came on the heels of their 76-71 win over the USC Warriors last Tuesday.

Today, the Red Lions will meet nine-time Cesafi champions University of the Visayas Green Lancers in a potential match-up in the PCCL round-of-eight. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

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12-01-2009, 01:24 AM
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Pages: Michel Lhuillier opens up on life, basketball
Monday, November 30, 2009


John Pages
Match point

HE IS the owner of the most dazzling and victorious basketball organization outside of the PBA. The team that carries his name, “M. Lhuillier,” has won just about every single regional tournament among our 7,107 islands.

Yet, for all the trophies the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños has accumulated, Michel Lhuillier himself has not watched—in person, live—an M. Lhuillier ballgame in a long time.

“It’s been four or five years since I’ve seen my team play,” he said. “I get nervous. And I don’t want to die of a heart attack!”
We laughed.

Michel Lhuillier, the business tycoon who owns the most extensive fleet of pawnshops in the nation, sounded overjoyed when we spoke yesterday. He has reason to be.

In the 2009 Smart-Liga Pilipinas Super Leg Conference 3, his team won a record 21 games—undefeated—including an 89-54 annihilation job on the Misamis Oriental Meteors in the championship game last Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum.

“We feel very good. Fantastic,” said Lhuillier, who is also the chairman of the Cebu City Sports Commission. “We worked hard for it. If feels good when you prepare and work hard and win.

I congratulate our team. It was a team effort and it was not an easy thing to do.”

Lhuillier credited his players, the Cebuanos, his support staff and, above all, one person.

“Coach Yayoy. Councilor Yayoy. Businessman Yayoy. I don’t know what to call him anymore,” said Lhuillier. “He’s been with me for more than 23 years. What can I say about him? I believe in him. He’s good. He’s outstanding. He has a knack for it. He feels for it. He’s so involved in the game and some misunderstand it when he reprimands players. He loves the game.

He also knows all about the NBA and the PBA. In terms of scouting, he knows what positions to shop for when the team has weaknesses.”

Do the players ask for your advice? I queried.

“Me? They call me ‘Mr. Bonus.’ Because, after the team wins, the players expect a bonus!” Again, we laughed.

How about the future of the M. Lhuillier outfit? Unbeatable in the Liga Conference 3, is it true that, having conquered the regional basketball scene all over the nation, it’s time to try the PBA?

“It’s getting to be difficult now. I don’t know of many teams who want to play with us anymore. That’s why we’ve got to play the PBA teams in exhibition games. And, of course, they’re much taller and bigger and their salaries, heavier,” he said.

I’ve been offered to put up a PBA team. But it’s not for my business. It’s too expensive. You need P100 million to maintain a team. Now, they’re offering me P40 to P50 million for a PBA franchise. With those amounts, I have better use of my money. I’d rather have a strong enough team that can play once-in-a-while with the PBA.

The PBA is definitely a money game. I’ve spoken to Manny Pangilinan about this. It’s how much you have. It’s a money game. You buy the players. The one who spends the most, wins.”

His favorite sports?

“I love basketball. But basketball was not for me. I’m not tall. I only played in the Intramurals. But I’ve always loved basketball. In La Salle, where I studied, I tried-out
and came in only as the 20th player. I never made the cut.

Instead, I became the ballboy. Also, the one who gives the orange juice and towels to the players.

That’s why I told myself, ‘When I have enough money, I’ll put up my own team!’

In La Salle, you have to join sports. I made the soccer team. But the sport I enjoyed the most, because of the self-discipline, was track-and-field. I aimed to be the best in college. My event was the 400 meters. I trained for 12 years and aimed to be No. 1. But, in the end, I only came in No. 3.

Never mind if I trained so hard. This, compared to a guy named Nacho who barely trained but came in No. 1. Well, he had the physique of an athlete.

But I kept on striving. I keep on trying and trying. Up until today. I’ve had defeats but, because of determination, I’ve had more victories than defeats in life. It’s by trying and trying that I get to succeed.”(www.pages.ph)


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 1, 2009.

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12-05-2009, 01:44 AM
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Loss prods Niños to shape up
Friday, December 4, 2009

By Rommel C. Manlosa


THE M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños rose from the ashes and sowed terror around the league, winning all their assignments in the recently- concluded 2009 Smart-Liga Pilipinas Conference 3.

It was a fitting finale to a comeback that started with a humiliating loss.

Right after a frustrating loss in the Conference 2 finals back in April, the Niños re-grouped and re-tooled to form the meanest team around the league.

And it paid off as they won all of their 21 games and the precious Super Leg crown.

Throughout the four elimination legs, the Niños had an average winning margin of 21 points and increased it to 31-plus in the Super Leg.

“We learned the lesson when we lost in Game 5 in Conference 2.

We disbanded for two months and we took a serious and hard look in evaluating the performance of our players. We also hired new players,” said Cebu head coach Raul Alcoseba.

Aside from this, the coaching staff reviewed their system to check why they lost to the Misamis Oriental Meteros for the Conference 2 title.

“That (loss) was very painful, embarrassing and shameful. So we needed to rebuild, not the people, but our system. We wanted to make sure that that won’t happen again,” added Alcoseba.

To perfect their game, the Niños played a series of exhibition matches against PBA teams.

Confidence

The M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala lost to the San Miguel Beermen, Purefoods TJ Hotdogs, Ginebra San Miguel and Coca Cola Tigers and won against Alaska Aces. They also fought to a draw with former stars of the PBA and battered a young but tall Iranian U-16 squad.

All of those games boosted their confidence.

“Our series of exhibition games against PBA teams helped us a lot. The players gained lots of confidence and in turn, they played more solid games. We perfected our plays. I can’t say that there were no flaws but we played with much desire to win,” said Alcoseba.

M. Lhuillier team captain Stephen Padilla said the players hit a low when they disbanded.

“The guys were low on morale when we lost, more when we stopped receiving our salaries for two months. Some of us played with the Cebu Landmasters (in the pre-season), some played around for money to help make ends meet. So when coach Yayoy called us back and met us before we re-organized, the guys made a promise to play with our best and this (is) the fruit of our renewed goal.

It was tough but we are glad we made this. All the previous 20 wins would have been nothing if we lost the all-important championship game that’s why we played with our best and showed that the loss was just a fluke,” said Padilla.

Padilla won the Super Leg MVP title.

Now, the Niños are looking for a grander victory when they seek their third Liga Pilipinas title as the league opens in the last week of January.

“I know the teams are out to get our neck. Some might be retooling and others might be keeping the same guys to gel more, but we will be ready for whatever they will throw on us. We will also try to make this team a bit more stronger,” said Alcoseba.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 5, 2009.

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12-16-2009, 11:59 AM
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M. Lhuillier-backed Cebu Niños to celebrate magical run in Liga tonight
(The Freeman) Updated December 16, 2009 12:00 AM


CEBU, Philippines - The M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala Cebu Niños will formally turn over the national championship trophy they seized in the Liga Pilipinas Conference 3 to team owner Michel J. Lhuillier at 7:00 tonight in time for their annual Christmas party at Yayoy’s Grill and Resto Bar.

“This championship trophy means a lot not only for us for for the entire Cebuano community. This turnover may be simple but very symbolic in nature in the sense that this will be the team’s way of repaying the unflinching support accorded to us by our boss (Lhuillier),” said M. Lhuillier’s legendary coach Raul “Yayoy” D. Alcoseba.

“The M. Lhuillier management has been very supportive both financially and morally to our campaign and it is just fitting that we have to strive and struggle hard to succeed in every endeavor we undertake,” said Alcoseba.

The Niños are still in state of euphoria following their historic feat. They were so dominant that they became the first team in the two-year history of the community-based league to finish a conference with a perfect record. They swept all their 21 games and capped their magical run with a 35-point rout of the MisOr Meteors to regain their title in grand fashion.

During the Super Leg last month, the Niños pursued their foes like a hungry lion looking for prey. Ranged against four of Liga’s best teams, they asserted their supremacy beyond expectations as they thrashed their rivals with an average of 25.0 points.

As an added icing to their victory cake, Woodrow Enriquez romped off with the regular season MVP award, while Stephen Padilla, who once suited upf for the Cebu Gems in the MBA and Alaska Milk and Air 21 in the PBA, ran away with the Super Leg Finals MVP.

“I encouraged my players beforehand that we have to win back the championship. We were so embarrassed when we lost our title right before our fans during the previous conference. I told them we cannot afford to lose again at home and I’m very happy and proud that we achieved our goal. Finishing the entire season undefeated is an added bonus,” said Alcoseba.—EBV (FREEMAN NEWS)
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Niños to turn over 3 trophies to Lhuillier
Tuesday, December 15, 2009

By Rommel C. Manlosa


THE Liga Pilipinas Conference 3 titlist, M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños, will formally turn over all the trophies they have won at the recently-concluded conference to its team owner Michel Lhuillier at the Yayoy’s Grill and Resto Bar tonight.

Among those that will be turned over is the Conference 3 National trophy, which was won via a perfect 21-0 record at the MLKP-Cebu Niños Christmas and Thanksgiving Party.

“This championship trophy means a lot not only for us, but for the entire Cebuano community. This turnover may be simple, but very symbolic in nature in the sense that this will be the team’s way of repaying the unflinching support accorded to us by our boss (Lhuillier),” said M. Lhuillier head coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba.

“The M. Lhuillier management has been very supportive both financially and morally to our campaign and it is just fitting that we have to strive and struggle hard to succeed in every endeavor we undertake.”

The M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala squad is the first team to finish the conference with a perfect record in the 2-year existence of Liga Pilipinas, capped by a 35-points route over its arch-rival Misamis Oriental Meteors in the Super Leg finals.

Aside from the title, the Niños also took the Conference MVP award with point guard Woodrow Enriquez taking the title while Stephen Padilla was named Super Leg MVP.

Alcoseba was named Coach of the Conference, while Marlon Basco and Ariel Mepaña were part of the Mythical 5 Selection.

With their recent achievement, the Niños will be facing a tougher opposition when the Liga Pilipinas unfolds its year opening conference in January.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 16, 2009.

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12-18-2009, 01:53 AM
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Lhuillier open to idea of joining PBA
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel (The Freeman) Updated December 18, 2009 12:00 AM


CEBU, Philippines - M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños team owner Michel J. Lhuillier entertains with gusto the idea of his decorated ballclub’s joining the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) as guest team next season.

After their fairytale run in the Liga Pilipinas Conference 3 where the Niños carved history by clinching the national championship undefeated, Lhuillier said he got an invite from PBA executives to join pro league and that he is seriously considering it especially if it is within the bounds of their financial resources.

In light of this, Lhuillier instructed his trusted hardcourt lieutenant Raul “Yayoy” D. Alcoseba to conduct a thorough study to determine the benefits associated with the undertaking and find out if such venture would yield a desirable result to their organization.

“I think we’re running out of opponents. I told Yayoy (Alcoseba) to study how much budget we need to play in the PBA as guest team next year. If it will fit in our advertising budget, why not?” said Lhuillier during their victory/Christmas party the other night at Yayoy’s Grill and Resto Bar.

Although he viewed it as a challenge, Alcoseba said they will carefully weigh things first because linking up with the PBA entails a lot of crucial factors, chief of which is the financial aspect.

“That will be a challenge for us pero kinahanglan pa gyud natong tan-awon ang figures kay mura’g dako gyud ni’g gasto,” matod ni Alcoseba.

Lhuillier, on the other hand, relishes with pride the Cebu Niños’ regaining their throne in grand fashion.

The Niños were so dominant that they became the first team in the two-year-old Liga Pilipinas to finish a conference with a perfect record. They swept all their 21 games capped by a 35-point rout of the MisOr Meteors to galvanized their stature as the country’s best commercial squad.

“They lost last year, it’s a lesson for them. We really prepared this year. The idea of winning 21 straight is historic. I’m very pleased of what happened because we’re carrying the name of Cebu ,” said an obviously ecstatic Lhuillier.

Lhuillier, Alcoseba and the rest of the team were joined in their celebration by Cebu Mayor Tomas Osmeña and Vice Mayor Mike Rama.

Osmeña lavished the Niños with praise and kind words for their momentous feat that is a symbol of pride for the Cebuanos.

“A lot of good players started here in Cebu because there are a lot of basketball courts in our barangays. This is the participation of our city government, we introduce basketball to the kids and when they grow up, we let the private sector like Michel Lhuillier to give them opportunities,” said Osmeña, who is vying for congressional post in Cebu City South District come the May 2010 polls. (FREEMAN NEWS)
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Niños eye PBA stint
Thursday, December 17, 2009


By Rommel C. Manlosa


IF plans push through, Cebuanos may finally have a team of their own in the PBA.

Cebu’s top ball club, the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños, is seriously considering a stint in the Philippine Basketball Association now that they have proven their worth in the regional leagues.

And no less than the MLKP big boss, pawnshop magnate Michel J. Lhuillier, announced their intention to try the team’s luck with the top pros.

“It seems that we’ve run out of opponents to play. That is why I am asking coach Yayoy (Alcoseba) to make a study on how big the expenses will be if we’re going to play in the PBA as a guest team,” Lhuillier told his players during the turnover ceremony and Christmas party at the Yayoy’s Grill and Resto Bar last Wednesday night.

The Niños played four PBA teams this season, and won once against the Alaska Aces.

Lhuillier was in high heavens when the team rose from its second conference downfall last April and scored an amazing 21-game winning streak en route to winning the Conference 3 national title.

High spirits

“I was in high spirits when I learned that we won the championship. But I did not expect it to come that way (winning all 21 games). We learned a lot when we lost in the last conference. That was the reason I didn’t go (to the games) because I was a little apprehensive,” Lhuillier told reporters.

Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña, who joined the Niños’ celebration, is thankful to the team and to Lhuillier for giving honors to the City.

And a greater honor would be to see action in the PBA, Asia’s first pro league.

“Yes, I am seriously considering (playing in the PBA) as what I had already intended few years back. But this time, it’s a lot more different because we will no longer pay the franchise fee, which was too taxing if you’re going to play in the PBA.

I want the numbers and I want to know how much, before I’ll take the offer,” said Lhuillier.

Exposure

After the Niños won Conference 3, Smart Sports director Patrick Gregorio endorsed to PBA Chairman Ricky Vargas the idea of inviting ML Kwarta Padala as a guest team in the professional league.

With the Niños’ clout with the Visayas and Mindanao basketball followers, Vargas endorsed the idea to the board, which is now taking the matter seriously.

“Of course if we’re going to play in the PBA, we have to beef up our line-up because you all know that I don’t want to lose. Plus the team will be based in Manila. That’s an added expense but I think we can cope with the expenses because we now have 124 partners worldwide with our money remittance services,” said Lhuillier.

The Niños called it a season yesterday and will be back to start their practice in the second week of January.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 18, 2009.

Liga Pilipinas
12-23-2009, 02:01 AM
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Niños recall a year of highs, lows through 21 wins
Tuesday, December 22, 2009

By Rommel C. Manlosa


PROVIDING quality basketball entertainment and winning a national title were all what M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños wanted to give back to their Cebuano supporters.

A perfect winning record of 21 games was never part of the plan.

Yet it came, together with four leg titles and the National Super Leg championships as their ultimate price for the team’s hard work and determination.

But most glories usually come at the heels of a downfall.

Last April, the same Niños that won Liga Pilipinas’s inaugural title were brought down to their knees following a humiliating Game 5 defeat in the hands of their archnemesis, the Misamis Oriental Meteors, for the Conference 2 title.

Humiliated

The Conference was tumultuous for the Niños as they also yielded the Leg title to the Meteors nearly two months before their Conference Finals meeting.

“We were humiliated and when we lost Game 5 to the Meteors, especially in front of our team owner Michell Lhuillier and his family who came to sit at the bench with us,” M. Lhuillier coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba told Sun.Star-Cebu.

The victory earned the Meteors the ticket to represent the Philippines to the 2nd CBO-Asean Basketball Invitational in Guangxi, China, which they virtually won.

Like a true-blue warrior, the Niños re-grouped and Alcoseba retooled the team for the huge bounce.

The Niños parted with some of their veteran players and invested on young players.

One of their new recruit was a former Meteor starter Franklyn Nailon, a Cebuano banger who became a role player at the middle.

“I never minded becoming a second stringer. In fact, I am thankful that the Niños took me in because the team helped me a lot in improving some facet of my game,” said the former UC Webmaster center.

Part of their re-tooling process was playing against PBA teams.

Experience

The Niños played against the San Miguel Beermen, the Alaska Aces, the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants, the Barangay Ginebra Kings, the Coca Cola Tigers and former superstars of the league—the PBA Legends, and through these exhibition games, they became more cohesive and battle-ready.

“Our games with the PBA teams helped us a lot. It gave confidence to the players and it also perfected our plays.

Although we lost mostly in those series of exhibition matches, but the experience we gained was very crucial in our campaign to the Liga games,” added Alcoseba.

The Niños’s neighbors, the Mandaue-Cebu Land-masters, however, were a stark contrast.

Although the neophyte team was able to make it to the Wildcard Phase, it failed to win a single Leg title—including its own hosting of a week tour leg.

“That was the reason for our victory. We never gave up. We practiced hard, we were more determined. When we were called to play, we play with our hearts,” said Niños team captain Stephen Padilla.

Aside from the National title, the Niños bagged most of the individual awards, too—the Conference MVP title went to guard Woodrow Enriquez, the coach of the conference was won by Alcoseba, the MVP of the Super Leg was Padilla, while centers Marlon Piodo and Ariel Mepaña were named to the Mythical 5 Selection.

The Niños worked harder and were rewarded with the title. Next year will be another quest for excellence and if things go their way, the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala squad will be a fixture to the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) in the future.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 23, 2009.

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Niños: Teams in Liga will get stronger
Wednesday, January 6, 2010

By Rommel C. Manlosa


THE M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños are hoping for a fruitful 2010 as they wage another year of hardcourt battle for supremacy.

Following a roller coaster ride in 2009, the Niños are now looking to dominate the regional basketball scene once again with their newfound strength.

“Our feat last year is all behind us now. We savored it for a while and now we’re back to reality, back to the drawing board and back to zero,” said M. Lhuilleir Kwarta Padala head coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba.

The planned entry as guest team to the PBA is yet to be finalized, pending the financial and budget proposal that team owner Michel Lhuillier was asking.

“This year we are expecting a tougher competition. Those teams (in Liga Pilipinas) are going to hire stronger players and maybe they will take a cue from us. That’s why we have to be on guard all the time,” said Alcoseba.

There will be no “major” changes on the Niños lineup but Alcoseba is looking for some new additions to make the team stronger.

“The opening of the Liga Pilipinas conference is just around the corner, maybe late this month (January) or early February, that is why we have to prepare and be ready for whatever things come our way,” said Alcoseba.

The players took their holiday vacation last Dec. 17 and are expected to report for their first practice this year in the second week of the month.

This year, the Niños plan to host a short tournament prior to the opening of the Liga Pilipinas and to hold a series of exhibition matches against PBA teams.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 07, 2010.

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Cebu Niños beef up roster with acquisition of Cruz and Mondragon
(The Freeman) Updated January 21, 2010 12:00 AM


CEBU, Philippines - Making sure that no stone will be left unturned in their title retention bid, the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala Cebu Niños have recruited big men Nat Cruz and Hafer Mondragon to further beef up their offensive arsenal preparatory for the 2010 Liga Pilipinas season, which is set to kick off on February 3 at a still undetermined venue.

With an average ceiling of 6-foot-5, Cruz and Mondragon will surely add breadth and provide a new dimension to the already formidable M. Lhuillier roster.

They will pick up the slack left by John Malinao and JR Escobal, who were recently released by the M. Lhuillier management as part of its minor shake-up for the forthcoming Conference 4 of the Community-based cage league sponsored by SMART Communications and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

“They’re both a welcome addition to the M. Lhuillier family. With their heft and height, they will surely give our team a major boost as we look forward to defending our title,” said M. Lhuillier’s legendary coach Raul “Yayoy” D. Alcoseba.

Cruz formerly played for the Ilocos Sur Bravehearts, while Mondragon previously suited up with the Quezon Red Oilers, thus, reuniting him with Mark Magsumbol under the Cebu Niños jersey.

“I’m sure they’re a big help in our campaign in the Liga Pilipinas this seaon,” said Alcoseba.

The Cebu Niños made history in the two-year old league by winning the national championship via an incredible 21-game sweep during the Liga Conference 3. It also marked for the first time in M. Lhuillier franchise that it won the overall crown of a major tournament undefeated.

Flashy guard Woodrow Enriquez went on to snatch the regular season MVP award, while prolific outside gunner Stephen Padilla romped off with the Finals MVP trophy for his stellar performance during the five-team Super Leg where the Niños thrashed their opponents by an average of 25 points.

“I know we’re a marked team this year but we’re ready for the challenge as we have always been,” said Alcoseba. – EBV (FREEMAN NEWS)
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Cebu Niños beef up roster
Thursday, January 21, 2010

By Rommel C. Manlosa


THE M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños added two players as it guns for for another Liga Pilipinas title.

M. Lhuillier head coach Raul “Yayoy” Aloceba signed up veteran center Nat Cruz and prolific swingman Hafer Mondragon in time for the new season on Feb. 3.

Cruz, who has been playing for various teams from Mindanao, finally caught the attention of Alcoseba, while Mondragon is a hardworking swingman who can also play the power forward position.

Cruz last saw action with the EKB-Apayao Rapids, while Mondragon was with the Quezon Red Oilers squad.

“They’re both welcome additions to the M. Lhuillier family. With their heft and height, they will surely give our team a major boost as we look forward to winning another title,” Alcoseba said.

However, with Cruz and Mondragon around, two of the players from last year’s roster Jan Malinao and Lito Escobal were released.

“We need to retool our team since we are the marked team and the addition of Cruz and Mondragon could be a big boost to our campaign with the Liga Pilipinas this conference,” said Alcoseba.

Cruz averaged 24.1 minutes last season, making 9.8 points, 6,3 rebounds and 1.6 assists in seven games with the Rapids.

Mondragon. who joined the Red Oilers during the wild card phase, normed 8 points per game.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 22, 2010.

Liga Pilipinas
02-24-2010, 11:59 AM
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Niños-Gilas match moved
Tuesday, February 23, 2010

By Rommel C. Manlosa


THE two-day exhibition matches between the Smart-Gilas Pilipinas and the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños is moved to March 5 and 6 still at the Cebu Coliseum.

From the original Feb. 26 and 27 date, the much anticipated game between the country’s representatives to the Asian Games in November, was moved a week later.

One of the reasons for the postponement is the pending arrival of coach Rajko Toroman who is still in the US to scout for a candidate for naturalization.

Replacement

Toroman and team manager Frankie Lim went in the US in search for a replacement of the problematic Jamal Sampson who was dumped by the SBP heirarchy after a mediocre performance at the Dubai International Basketball tournament late in January.

Toroman has made sure that he can now find a worthy pivot player who can help the Gilas in its campaign in international competition, especially in the country’s bid to earn a ticket to the London Olympics in 2012.

Slaughter

The coming of the Gilas is to give Cebuanos a closer look at the national team, which is composed mostly of collegiate players that include Cebu’s Gregg Slaughter who has improved a lot since he decided to leave the University of the Visayas Green Lancers to concentrate on his task in helping the team earn a slot to the London Olympics.

The Niños meanwhile had been boosting its rooster to make it bigger and quicker in its effort to duplicate its 82-76 win over the youthful Gilas in Feb. 28 last year.

SBP is aiming to bring the Gilas to the rest of the country, as part of its effort to bring the team closer to the Filipinos.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 24, 2010.

Liga Pilipinas
03-02-2010, 09:26 AM
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M. Lhuillier hires top grade import for match vs. Gilas
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel (The Freeman) Updated March 02, 2010 12:00 AM


CEBU, Philippines - The management of reigning Liga Pilipinas national champion M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala has hired the services of former PBA import and NCAA star Jason Dixon to fortify the Cebu Niños’ arsenal preparatory for their series of exhibition matches starting off with a two-day showdown with the Smart Gilas Team Pilipinas on March 4-5 at the Cebu Coliseum.

With his hulking 6-foot-9 figure and intimidating 275-pound frame, Dixon will surely bring a new dimension to the Niños especially on the defensive end as they go up against the taller and bigger Gilas national team of Serbian coach Rajko Toroman.

“We will play against Gilas which is a very tall team and against PBA teams which have imports. At least we have someone who can help us in rebounding and defense. That’s really what we need,” said M. Lhuillier’s legendary coach Raul “Yayoy” D. Alcoseba.

Dixon, a product of Virginia Liberty of the prestigious NCAA Division I in the United States, recently powered the Philippine Patriots to the inaugural championship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Basketball League where they completed a two-game sweep of Satria Muda-Indonesia in their best-of-three finals series.

In 19 games with the Patriots wrapped into a total of 638 minutes, the 36-year-old Dixon averaged 15.2 points, 11.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. He posted 43.3 percent in field goal anchored on 100-of-231 shooting.

Dixon also had a stint in the PBA as import of the Coca-Cola Tigers two years ago.

Asked on what the Cebuano and M. Lhuillier fans could expect of him, the soft-spoken Dixon who described himself as an ‘all-around’ player quickly replied:”Nothing special, just inside presence and more rebounds. Defense and inside scoring.”

Alcoseba said that Gabe Freeman also wants to play with M. Lhuillier, but he opted to only have one reinforcement to give the locals substantial playing time.

Against Gilas, Dixon and the rest of the Niños are up against a formidable and star-studded crew powered by 6-foot-11 tower Greg Slaughter, Dylan Ababou, Japeth Aguilar, Jason Ballesteros, Mark Barocca, Joseph Evans Casio, Ricardo Cawaling, Rafael Joey Jazul, Magi King Sison, Marcio Lassiter and Chris Tiu.

The Smart Gilas are set to arrive in Cebu this Thursday. The following day, Toroman will conduct a free coaching clinic from 10am to 12nn at the Cebu Coliseum.

“We’re ready for the challenge,” said Alcoseba, whose team is also girding up for a pair of goodwill encounters against the import-laced PBA squads. M. Lhuillier will clash with the Talk ‘N Txt Tropang Texters on March 12-13 and then square off against the Brgy. Ginebra Gin Kings on March 15-16.

For the Smart Gilas-M. Lhuillier duel, tickets are priced at P50 for general admission, P100 for upperbox, P200 for lowerbox and P300 for ringside. (FREEMAN NEWS)
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Niños get tougher
Monday, March 1, 2010

By Rommel C. Manlosa


THE M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños has brought in an import for their two friendly matches against the Smart-Gilas Pilipinas national team on March 4 and 5 at the Cebu Coliseum.

“We are in dire need for a big man to help us compete with the tall Gilas team. That is why when I asked Danny Espiritu (basketball talent agent) if Dixon is available, I was able to talk to him and asked him to come to Cebu and play a couple of games for us,” Alcoseba said.

The 6’9” Dixon played for the US NCAA Division 1 team University of Virginia and for the the Coca Cola Tigers in the PBA reinforced conference in 2008.

Dixon, who was presented to the local media during their scrimmage yesterday, helped the Philippine Patriots win the first Asean Basketball League title by sweeping Satria Muda of Indonesia.

“I’m an all-around player. I can give the team the needed points inside. I can provide more rebounds and defense at the shaded lane,” Dixon said.

Dixon was only one of two imports and his partner, Gabe Freeman, has also shown interest to play for the Niños.

“Freeman wanted to come and play also but I wanted to give local players their playing time so I did not hire Freeman. Dixon is the right player, because we need the height to put up a fight against the taller Gilas players,” said Alcoseba.

Aside from Gilas, the Niños are set to play two PBA teams—the Talk ‘N Text Phone Pals and the Barangay Ginebra Kings—and Dixon is expected to see action in all four.

The Phone Pals will play the Niños on March 12 and 13, while the Kings’ turn will be on March 15 and 16.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 2, 2010.

Liga Pilipinas
03-04-2010, 08:10 AM
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M. Lhuillier takes on Gilas today
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel (The Freeman) Updated March 04, 2010 12:00 AM


CEBU, Philippines - Basketball loving Cebuanos will witness a highly entertaining hardcourt battle as the reigning Liga Pilipinas national champion M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños go up against the star-studded Smart Gilas Team Pilipinas in two-day exhibition match that will start today at the Cebu Coliseum.

Showtime is set at 5 pm.

The Smart Gilas of Serbian coach Rajko Toroman are tipped as the pre-game favorite as the Niños of team owner Michel J. Lhuillier and decorated coach Raul “Yayoy” D. Alcoseba have beffed up their roster with a 6-foot-9, 275-pound monster in Jason Dixon.

The 36-year-old Dixon, a former NCAA star who reinforced the Coca-Cola Tigers in the PBA two years ago, teamed up with Gabe Freeman in powering the Philippine Patriots to the first ever title of the ASEAN Basketball League.

With due respect to Dixon, the M. Lhuillier-sponsored Niños have already been reaping honors in major competitions even before his arrival. In the previous Liga Pilipinas conference, the Niños completed a magical 21-game sweep to regain their national crown. Also, they have a reputation of giving PBA teams a run for their money and even beat them sometimes.

On hand to provide Dixon the needed support are the likes of Bruce Dacia, Stephen Padilla, Woodrow Enriquez and Marlon Basco.

The rest of the M. Lhuillier reliables are Mark Ababon, Ariel Mepaña, Ian Saladaga, Franklin Nailon, Mark Magsumbol, Abby Santos and Hafer Mondragon.

On the side of Smart Gilas, they will parade a young and talented crew composed of 6-foot-11 tower Greg Slaughter, Dylan Ababou, Japeth Aguilar, Jason Ballesteros, Mark Barocca, Joseph Evans Casio, Ricardo Cawaling, Rafael Joey Jazul, Magi King Sison, Marcio Lassiter and Chris Tiu.

After Smart Gilas, M. Lhuillier will clash with the Talk ‘N Txt Tropang Texters on March 12-13 and then square off against the Brgy. Ginebra Gin Kings on March 15-16.

For the Smart Gilas-M. Lhuillier duel, tickets are priced at P50 for general admission, P100 for upperbox, P200 for lowerbox and P300 for ringside. (FREEMAN NEWS)
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ML-Niños face RP squad today

Cebu Daily News

First Posted 07:58:00 03/04/2010

Game today (Cebu Coliseum)

5 pm – M. Lhuillier-Cebu Ninos vs Smart Gilas

THE Smart Gilas RP squad gun for revenge when they take on the Liga Pilipinas national champions M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Ninos in a pair of exhibition games, starting today at the Cebu Coliseum.

It was exactly a year ago that the Ninos dealt the neophyte Gilas team a, 72-66 pounding in a friendly match at the University of San Carlos gym. Now, wiser and more experienced with their guest participation in the PBA and in several international meets, the Rajko Toroman-coached squad is back in Cebu to test the mettle of the veteran Ninos.

Former University of the Visayas stalwart and two-time Cesafi MVP, 7-foot Greg Slaughter, will be back on his old stomping grounds, only this time, he will be on the other side of the fence as he joins a host of former collegiate stalwarts including skipper Chris Tiu, JV Casio, Mark Barroca, Mac Baracael, Dylan Ababou, Japeth Aguilar, Jason Ballesteros, JR Cawaling, Magi Sison, Marcio Lassiter, RJ Jazul and Dylan Ababou.

The Ninos will counter with 6-foot-10 Philippine Patriots import Jason Dixon who helped the Patriots rule the recent ASEAN Basketball League where he averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds.

/Correspondent Jonas Panerio

Liga Pilipinas
03-05-2010, 09:09 AM
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Smart Gilas trips M. Lhuillier Niños
By Caecent No-ot Magsumbol (The Freeman) Updated March 05, 2010 12:00 AM


CEBU, Philippines - RP Smart Gilas bounced back with and 83-71 victory last night to beat M. Lhuillier-Cebu Niños in the first game of their two-part exhibition at the Cebu Coliseum.

The win actually evens things up for both teams as the Cebuanos stopped the national squad in their first meeting last year.

Today’s game set at 5 p.m. will be some sort of a decider.

The RP Smart Gilas came in full force with stars Chris Tiu, Japeth Aguilar and Marcio Lassiter joining the squad for this Cebu stint.

The Niños, however, took command in the early going and were up by as much as 12 points before Gilas broke the ice.

The presence of import Jason Dixon added some muscle to coach Yayoy Alcoseba’s team at the start, but later in the game, this also appeared to have been to their disadvantage.

After a strong start, Dixon failed to deliver the points later in the game and veteran point guard Woodrow Enriquez also lost his cool when he was slapped a foul.

Game officials awarded Gilas two technical freethrows plus ball possession after Enriquez flared up, which helped turn the game around.

Dylan Ababou, Tiu, Mac Baracael and JV Casio stepped up and powered Gilas’ 13-0 run to help their team go up by 12, 61-49.

The Niños tried to get back the lead, but seemed to lack the firepower.

Gilas’ Japhet Aguilar made a back-to-back slam dunks and Cebuano Greg Slaughter also chipped in for the nationals to the delight of the spectators.

There were some calls that went in favor of the Niños, that RP coach Rajko Taroman threatened not to finish the game with six minutes and 28 seconds left.

The proverbial cooler heads prevailed and the game continued.


The scores:

RP GILAS (83 ) – Tiu16, Casio 14, Lassiter 14, Baracael 11, Ababou 10, Aguilar 10, Slaughter 6 Barroca 2

MLKP NIÑOS (71 ) – Dixon 19, Padilla 13, Santos 10, Poligrates 8, Mepaña 7, Dacia 4, Magsumbol 3, Basco 2, Enriquez 2. - THE FREEMAN)
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Gilas just too good
Friday, March 5, 2010

By Rommel C. Manlosa


THE Smart-Gilas Pilipinas team displayed a variety of offensive weapons and showed no mercy to the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños, 83-71, in the first of their two-game exhibition matches at the Cebu Coliseum last night.

The victory evened the head-to-head match-up between the Nationals and the Niños, who hired American Jason Dixon for the exhibition matches, at one game each.

The Niños won their first encounter, 82-76, in February last year and the two will get to settle the score at 5 p.m. still at the Cebu Coliseum.

Gilas’ win also ended the Niños’ string of 26 victories dating back to the Liga Pilipinas regular season.

Coming in full force, Gilas showed the Cebuanos the brand of basketball they will display in the various international competitions, including the Asian Games this November, and they didn’t disappoint.

From the basic half-court execution and outside shooting, to the razzle-dazzle fast break plays, the Gilas brought put the Cebuano fans to the edge of their seats from the start to finish.

Japeth Aguilar provided the highlights of the games with two alley-oop dunks to make sure of another full house game today.

However, the game also had its drama.

With 6:28 left, Gilas coach Rajko Toroman motioned his players to proceed to the dugout after team captain Chris Tiu was called for an offensive foul.

However, he did not carry out the plan and instead pleaded his case to the referees for almost five minutes before deciding to continue with the game.

Following that incident, Aguilar brought the house down with back-to-back alley-hoop dunks that secured the game for the Gilas.

The Niños, however, did not give away the game in a silver platter and even managed to hold on to the lead until the 7:30 mark of the third.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 5, 2010.
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Gilas beat Niños

By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 06:48:00 03/05/2010

Game today:

Cebu Coliseum

5 p.m. – Smart Gilas vs. M. Lhuillier-Cebu Niños

PBA top pick Japeth Aguilar and the rest of the Smart Gilas RP squad put on an aerial show as they stunned the reigning Liga Pilipinas National champions M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños, 83-71, in their exhibition game yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Chris Tiu, the Gilas team captain and former Ateneo star, led six players in double figures with 16 points while Marcio Lassiter and JV Casio each had 14 markers. Mac Baracael had 11 while Aguilar and Dylan Ababou ended up with 10 points apiece.

The Gilas showed that they have become a better squad since being bested by the Niños, 66-72, exactly a year ago in their game held at the University of San Carlos (USC) gym. They stood up to the pressure after seeing their double-digit lead get whittled down to just four in the fourth period.

The Gilas were ahead, 67-63, after a free-throw by Ninos' new recruit Jason Dixon, when Aguilar went on a tear, first skying high for a thunderous alley-oop slam dunk off a feed by Casio. The next possession saw more of the same, only this time, Aguilar stuffed the ball off another alley-oop pass from Lassiter.

A jumper by Aguilar and a lay-up by Casio completed the 8-0 run that pushed their lead back up to 12, 75-63. The Gilas were not threatened from thereonend as they handed the Niños their first loss in 25 games. The Niños' last loss came in April of 2009, when they were bested by the Misamis Oriental Meteors in Game 5 of the Liga Pilipinas 2nd conference finals.

Early on, the Niños appeared primed to give the Gilas yet another loss as they raced to a 10-point lead, 23-13, in the first period behind the 11 points of Dixon. The lead remained at nine, 41-32, at halftime.

The winds, though, blew a different tune for the Niños in the third canto as the Gilas tied the game at 43-all after an 11-0 surge. They went on a 13-0 run later in the period to take a 61-49 lead. Starring in that run were Casio, Baracael, Ababou and Tiu as the Gilas sank four three-point shots in the third period alone.

Dixon paced the Ninos with 19 markers. They will get a crack at vengeance today when they take on the Gilas once again at the same venue.

Liga Pilipinas
03-06-2010, 08:23 AM
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M. Lhuillier hits back at Gilas
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel (The Freeman) Updated March 06, 2010 12:00 AM


CEBU, Philippines - The M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños wasted away a 20-point lead in the third quarter, but toiled hard when it mattered most to scrape through a 79-76 victory and get even with the Smart Gilas Team Pilipinas in their two-day exhibition match before a sizeable crowd last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

After closing the first half with a buzzer-beating triple, streak-shooter Stephen Padilla opened the third period with another 3-point bomb to give the Niños of team owner Michel J. Lhuillier and coach Raul “Yayoy” D. Alcoseba their largest lead at 46-26.

That huge advantage, however, suddenly disappeared as the Nationals of Serbian coach Rajko Toroman suddenly turned red-hot and whipped up a furious 28-7 rally to briefly snatch the driver’s seat, 54-53, their first since getting off to a 6-3 start.

After a 54-all standoff going into the final canto, the two protagonists figured in an intense hardcourt battle that left the large throng of spectators holding their breath until the final buzzer.

Smart Gilas could only tie the score at 65-all at the spirited M. Lhuillier stalwarts bravely guarded at lead five points edge, the last was at 76-71 with 36 seconds left to play.

At that point, the Niños nearly flirted with disaster after import Jason Dixon was whistled for a technical foul for throwing the ball at Barroca.

In that swing though, Gilas could only make two points on Barroca’s free throw as they commited a costly miscue in their possession.

Smart Gilas, showing the courage and fortitude that made them worthy to fight for the flag and country in major international competitions and hopefully in the 2012 London Olympics, threatened for the last time at 76-77 on Casio’s trey with only four second to go.

In the ensuing sequence, Dixon was quickly fouled by Greg Slaughter and the former NCAA star and one-time PBA import calmly deliver the goods to give M. Lhuillier a 79-76 cushion.

Still, Smart Gilas has a chance to square the count, but Casio, who found an open spot from the right wing, misfired his 3-point attempt, with Ariel Mepaña securing the ball as the final buzzer honked, leaving the entire M. Lhuillier bench and their legion of fans to burst into frenzied celebration.

Padilla exploded with 21 points, Bruce Dacia added 19 and Dixon finished with 15 points for the Niños, who will face next PBA’s Talk N’ Txt Phone Pals on March 8 to 9 at the Cebu Coliseum.

Afterwhich, the Niños will take on the Brgy. Ginebra Kings on March 12 at the USC-Main Gym.

The Scores:

M.Lhuillier-Cebu (79) - Padilla 21, Dacia 19, Dixon 15, Mepana 8, Santos 4, Saladaga 4, Basco 3, Ababon 2, Enriquez 2

RP Gilas (76) –Baracael 15, Barroca 13, Lassiter 10, Casio 9, Abubou 9, Ballesteros 7, Aguilar 7, Tui 4 (FREEMAN NEWS)
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Hometown enemies
Friday, March 5, 2010

By Rommel C. Manlosa


THE M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños displayed the poise of a veteran to avenge a frustrating defeat last Thursday with pulsating 79-76 victory over the Smart-Gilas Pilipinas National Men’s Team at the Cebu Coliseum last night.

The win wrapped up a two-game exhibition series and the Niños will again host two matches against the Talk ‘N Tex Phone Pals on March 8 and 9 at the Cebu Coliseum.

Yesterday, the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala squad stamped its dominance over the youthful Gilas, 2-1 in their head-to-head match-up, though Smart Sports director Patrick Gregorio said Gilas could be back for more matches.

“Definitely we will be back. Gilas will travel to Australia, Serbia and Las Vegas in the coming days. But we will be back,” Gregorio told Sun.Star Cebu.

Despite the defeat, Gilas achieved what they came for--generate support and bring the national team closer to the fans outside of Manila.

“The reason we came here is to bring the team closer to the people in the provinces and you can see how they turned up in this game in terms of support. Tinalikuran nila yung M. Lhuillier and they rooted for Gilas,” added Gregorio.

The crowd booed the Niños and cheered every Gilas basket and defensive stop.

The Niños were shooting like crazy early as they sank four triples en route to a 22-10 lead after the first quarter.

Gilas was struggling all throughout the first half and allowed the Niños to erect their biggest lead, 46-26, early in the third period.

It was at this situation when the nationals changed gears, holding Cebu to just two points in the next 5:10 to make it within 48-45 with 4:17 to play in the third.

The Niños answered with a short 5-0 blitz but Gilas countered with a 9-0 rally to take the lead for the first time back since 8-7 in the first quarter.

The Niños held their slim lead all throughout the final period, thanks to the all out games of Stephen Padilla, Bruce Dacia and reinforcement Jason Dixon.

Dacia, who scored only four, last Thursday, finished with 19 points, while Padilla had 21 points including five triples.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 6, 2010.
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NIÑOS BOUNCE BACK

By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 08:34:00 03/06/2010


Revenge is a dish best served cold and the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños did just that as they got back at the Smart Gilas RP team, 79-76, in an intensely-fought exhibition match yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Seething after the 71-83 whooping that they got at the hands of the Gilas last Thursday, the reigning Liga Pilipinas national champions managed to return the favor but not without an epic struggle.

Cebu wasted a 20-point lead and had to lean on the endgame performance of Jason Dixon to turn back the Nationals.

It was a wild and wooly final minute of the match as after JV Casio hit a booming three to help the Gilas come within just one, 71-72, Dixon responded with a three-point play to up the lead to four once again, with 48.2 ticks left on the clock.

Then, business picked up as Dixon was fouled by Mark Barroca. Dixon, though, took exception and retaliated with an elbow and also threw the ball at the former Far Eastern University star, earning himself a technical foul and the ire of the crowd in the process.

Dixon split his charities while Barroca sank both his free-throws to trim the lead down to just three, 73-76. The Gilas once again missed on their next possession, after which they fouled Niños' forward Ariel Mepana, who made just one free-throw to push the lead to four.

The Gilas did not go away quietly as Casio once again hit a three to come within a single point, with just 4.6 seconds left in the game.

Dixon was once again fouled and made both free-throws to give the Ninos a three-point cushion. The Gilas had a chance to tie the game but Marcio Lassiter's three-point attempt from the right baseline was short as time expired.

Bruce Dacia led the Niños with 19 points while Dixon ended up with 15 markers. Gunner Stephen Padilla added 13 points. The Gilas were paced by Barroca's 15 markers.

Liga Pilipinas
03-08-2010, 12:40 AM
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M. Lhuillier to parade new import against Talk N' Txt
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel (The Freeman) Updated March 08, 2010 12:00 AM


CEBU, Philippines - Jason out. Jason in. With Jason Dixon leaving for the United States, coach Raul "Yayoy" D. Alcoseba has recruited Jason Forte to beef up the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños when they play against PBA heavyweight Talk N' Txt Tropang Texters at 6 pm today in the first of a two-part exhibition duel at the Cebu Coliseum.

Although Forte is virtually unknown to local cage fans, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound guard carries along with him an inch-thick of shining credential while playing for the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles in the prestigious NCAA Division in the US.

According to the official site of the Southern Mississipp Athletics, Forte, who just turned 26 years old last February 7, is "a very versatile player who adds depth in the backcourt and on the front line ... One of the more athletic players on the team ... The strongest player in the weight room."

During his high shool days, Forte played for coach Ronald Norman at Bay Springs, where he put together an outstanding basketball career, averaging 29 points, nine rebounds, six assists and two steals a game as a senior. He had his career-best scoring game as a junior when he scored 55.

In addition to that, Forte was first team all-state as a senior and all-division MVP as both a junior and senior.

Given that impressive statistics, Forte is without doubt a welcome addition to the star-studded M. Lhuillier roster that includes Bruce Dacia, Stephen Padilla, Marlon Basco, Ariel Mepaña, Abby Santos, Franklin Nailon, Mark Ababon, Richard Ian Saladaga, and Woodrow Enriquez.

Just like in their previous three meetings, M. Lhuillier faces an uphill battle but the Tropang Texters of coach Chot Reyes must not in any way take their foes lightly as the Niños have already proven themselves that they're a tough nut to crack and are even capable of slaying PBA goliaths.

That Tropang Texters will count the most from the likes of Ranidel de Ocampo, Jared Dillinger, Don Allado, Mark Cardona, Harvey Carey, Migs Noble, Yousif Aljamal, Gilbert Lao, and Ali Peek.

The Tropang Texters recently traded Yancy de Ocampo and Ren-Ren Ritualo to Air 21 in exchange for the vastly improved Ronald Joseph Quiñahan, Mark Yee and Aaron Aban.

Yee, an acquisition from Liga Pilipinas becoming the first player ever from San Sebastian-Cavite to make the PBA, is only in his second year in the majors.

Quinahan, from University of the Visayas, is a third-year pro while Aban, from Letran, is in his fourth year.

During the previous PBA Conference, the Tropang Texters advanced to the semifinals but was eventually eliminated by the Brgy. Ginebra Kings.

They were slapped by the league with a record fine of over P1 million for walking out in Game 4 of their best-of-five series. The team walkout was triggered by the highly questionable flagrant foul Penalty 2 called on Ranidel de Ocampo, who hit a driving Ginebra guard Ronald Tubid with an elbow to the head.

M. Lhuillier will again face Talk 'N Txt tomorrow still at the Cebu Coliseum before taking on Ginebra this Friday at the University of San Carlos (USC)-Main gym. – THE FREEMAN
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Niños face TNT today
Sunday, March 7, 2010

By Rommel C. Manlosa


AFTER the Smart-Gilas Pilipinas National team, Cebu’s pride M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños will next take on the Talk ‘n Text Tropang Texters of the PBA in two exhibition matches today at 5 p.m. and tomorrow at the Cebu Coliseum.

Carrying the momentum of an overwhelming 79-76 deciding win against the Gilas last Friday, the Niños will again face another tall order against the battle-scarred Tropang Texters.

TNT caused an uproar of sorts in the PBA when it walked out of Game 4 of their quarterfinal series against the Ginebra Kings, earning a fine of more than P1 million.

The PBA has since increased the fine for walkouts to P10 million.

TNT’s presence will also allow the Cebuanos to see former collegiate star, Joseph Ronald Quiñahan, who used to play for the University of the Visayas.

Quiñahan was traded from Burger King at the off season and will be joining Ali Peek, Ranidel de Ocampo, Nic Belasco and Harvey Carey in the frontcourt.

The games against the Niños will also allow TNT to test its import Eric Hicks, who is a good defensive player with excellent shot blocking ability.

It is not the first time the Texters will be facing the Niños.

In February 2008, TNT defeated the Niños, 101-97, with Don Allado leading the charge of the PBA squad.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 8, 2010.

Liga Pilipinas
03-09-2010, 08:34 AM
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Tropang Texters dodge M. Lhuillier scare anew
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel (The Freeman) Updated March 09, 2010 12:00 AM


CEBU, Philippines - In a carbon copy of their previous encounters, the Talk N’ Txt Tropang Texters were once again pushed to the limit before fending off the exuberant M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños, 87-79, in the first of their two-game exhibition duel last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

Game today

(Cebu Coliseum)

6 pm M. Lhuillier vs. Talk N’ Txt

After kicking off the match with an 8-0 blast, the Tropang Texters of coach Vincent “Chot” Reyes were in full control, but the multitude of defensive patterns employed by the Niños somehow wore them down as the game progressed.

Wielding a very tall lineup led by versatile import Eric Hicks, the Tropang Texters dwarfed M. Lhuillier on all range, but the big fighting heart of the Niños worked wonders as they nearly scored a major upset over the PBA heavyweights.

The Tropang Texters posted their biggest lead at 13 points, 29-16, with just two minutes gone by in the second period, but the Niños bravely came back with Abby Santos leading the charge, hitting 11 of his 13 points in a daring rally that put them down by just six, 35-41, with 53 seconds before halftime.

New import Jason Forte, who had an ice-cold start, then took over the scoring chores in the third period where the Niños tied the count twice before briefly wresting the driver’s seat, 63-22, on Forte’s 3-points to start the final quarter.

MacMac Cardona quickly put Talk N’ Txt back on top with a looper and later Ali Peek sank an undergoal stab as the Tropang Texters regained control for good, 66-63.

The Niños showed they weren’t done yet as they patiently crept back to knot the count at 70-all, but that proved to be their last gasp of breath as the Tropang Texters rolled up a 7-0 run to secure a 77-70 edge entering the final five-minute of the contest.

The Niños threatened for the last time at 78-81 on back-to-back triples by Stephen Padilla as Hicks and spunky playmaker Jimmy Alapag made crucial baskets that came to be the knocking blows for the M. Lhuillier squad.

Forte, a former NCAA star, could have at least put up some thrill to the tight endgame battle, but shot a measly 1-of-6 from the foul line.

Also at point when they needed to score, Padilla bungled three straight 3-point attempts that further compounded their woes.

The Niños hope to get even when they face the Tropang Texters anew at 6 pm today still at the Cebu Coliseum.

Hicks topscored for the Tropang Texters with 25 points highlighted by a couple of monster slam dunks. Cardona added 14 markers, while Alapag and Peek each tallied 11 markers.

Forte paced the Niños with 22 points, 20 coming in the final half. Padilla nailed all his 18 points from beyond the arc, while Santos finished with 13 points. (FREEMAN NEWS)
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Explosive TNT
Monday, March 8, 2010

By Rommel C. Manlosa


AMERICAN Eric Hicks had a monster game and the Talk ‘n Text Tropang Texters doused the comeback of the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu, 87-79, in the first of the two-game exhibition matches at the Cebu Coliseum last night.

Hicks led a strong opening salvo of the Tropang Texters as he scored 11 of his game-high 25, in the first quarter to give TNT a 21-9 lead. Hicks highlighted his game with four monster dunks to the delight of the crowd.

While the post players of TNT were scoring at will, the Niños had to improvise their shots and got all of its 14-points from the outside.

It took a basket by Franklyn Nailon at the 5:17 of the second for the Niños to score its first basket in the shaded lane, and it became the starting block for the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala squad’s rousing comeback.

The Niños took the momentum with a quick 8-2 run before the end of the first half.

A 9-2 blitz midway in the third period tied the game for the first time at 54- and the Niños took the lead for the first time with reinforcement Jason Forte’s basket early in the final quarter, 63-62.

Forte, who replaced Jason Dixon as M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala’s import, tried to make up for his cold first quarter as he tried to give TNT a run for their money.

But Hicks proved to be the focal point of the Tropang Texters’ offense as he anchored a telling 11-2 run that pulled the PBA squad ahead, 81-72 for good.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 9, 2010.
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READY FOR BATTLE
Talk ‘n Text displays eagerness for PBA Fiesta Cup
Dominates M Lhuillier Cebu Niños

By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 08:25:00 03/09/2010


Game today:

Cebu Coliseum

6 p.m. – M. Lhuillier-Cebu Niños vs. Talk N Text

The Talk N Text Tropang Texters showed that they are primed and ready to do battle in the upcoming PBA Fiesta Conference as they defeated the reigning Liga Pilipinas national champions M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala- Cebu Niños, 87-79, in their exhibition tiff yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Texters are raring to bounce back from their disappointing finish in the recent Philippine Cup, which saw them get ousted from the quarterfinal round by the Brgy. Ginebra Gin Kings in a five-game series that they were leading, 2-0.

Import Eric Hicks was an impressive pick-up for head coach Chot Reyes as the former University of Cincinatti Bearcat scored 25 points to lead the way for the Texters. He scored 11 in the first period alone that helped TnT surge ahead, 24-14. They ended the first half on top by eight, 43-35.

However, the proud Niños refused to be dogged on their own floor as they battled all the way back behind the play of their own import, Jason Forte.

Forte, a former standout of the Southern Mississipi Golden Eagles, started off badly as he made just one of his eight attempts. He made up for it by exploding in the third canto for 12 points and towed the Niños to within just one, 61-62, entering the final period of action.

The Texters though, responded with aplomb as they went on a 7-0 run behind the baskets of Jimmy Alapag, Harvey Carey and Hicks to lead, 77-70.

Stephen Padilla nailed back-to-back three-point shots to pull Cebu to within three, 78-81, with 1:20 left.

Hicks then, scored on an inside foray to push the lead back up to five, 83-78 and was never threatened from thereon.

Carey added 14 for the Texters while Ali Peek contributed 13 markers. Alapag wound up with 11 points.

Forte led the Ninos with 22 points and got 17 more from Padilla.

The two teams square off once again today at 6 p.m.

coreytaylor
03-09-2010, 03:48 PM
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M. Lhuillier to parade new import against Talk N' Txt
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel (The Freeman) Updated March 08, 2010 12:00 AM


CEBU, Philippines - Jason out. Jason in. With Jason Dixon leaving for the United States, coach Raul "Yayoy" D. Alcoseba has recruited Jason Forte to beef up the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños when they play against PBA heavyweight Talk N' Txt Tropang Texters at 6 pm today in the first of a two-part exhibition duel at the Cebu Coliseum.

Although Forte is virtually unknown to local cage fans, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound guard carries along with him an inch-thick of shining credential while playing for the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles in the prestigious NCAA Division in the US.

According to the official site of the Southern Mississipp Athletics, Forte, who just turned 26 years old last February 7, is "a very versatile player who adds depth in the backcourt and on the front line ... One of the more athletic players on the team ... The strongest player in the weight room."

During his high shool days, Forte played for coach Ronald Norman at Bay Springs, where he put together an outstanding basketball career, averaging 29 points, nine rebounds, six assists and two steals a game as a senior. He had his career-best scoring game as a junior when he scored 55.

In addition to that, Forte was first team all-state as a senior and all-division MVP as both a junior and senior.

Given that impressive statistics, Forte is without doubt a welcome addition to the star-studded M. Lhuillier roster that includes Bruce Dacia, Stephen Padilla, Marlon Basco, Ariel Mepaña, Abby Santos, Franklin Nailon, Mark Ababon, Richard Ian Saladaga, and Woodrow Enriquez.

Just like in their previous three meetings, M. Lhuillier faces an uphill battle but the Tropang Texters of coach Chot Reyes must not in any way take their foes lightly as the Niños have already proven themselves that they're a tough nut to crack and are even capable of slaying PBA goliaths.

That Tropang Texters will count the most from the likes of Ranidel de Ocampo, Jared Dillinger, Don Allado, Mark Cardona, Harvey Carey, Migs Noble, Yousif Aljamal, Gilbert Lao, and Ali Peek.

The Tropang Texters recently traded Yancy de Ocampo and Ren-Ren Ritualo to Air 21 in exchange for the vastly improved Ronald Joseph Quiñahan, Mark Yee and Aaron Aban.

Yee, an acquisition from Liga Pilipinas becoming the first player ever from San Sebastian-Cavite to make the PBA, is only in his second year in the majors.

Quinahan, from University of the Visayas, is a third-year pro while Aban, from Letran, is in his fourth year.

During the previous PBA Conference, the Tropang Texters advanced to the semifinals but was eventually eliminated by the Brgy. Ginebra Kings.

They were slapped by the league with a record fine of over P1 million for walking out in Game 4 of their best-of-five series. The team walkout was triggered by the highly questionable flagrant foul Penalty 2 called on Ranidel de Ocampo, who hit a driving Ginebra guard Ronald Tubid with an elbow to the head.

M. Lhuillier will again face Talk 'N Txt tomorrow still at the Cebu Coliseum before taking on Ginebra this Friday at the University of San Carlos (USC)-Main gym. – THE FREEMAN
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Niños face TNT today
Sunday, March 7, 2010

By Rommel C. Manlosa


AFTER the Smart-Gilas Pilipinas National team, Cebu’s pride M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños will next take on the Talk ‘n Text Tropang Texters of the PBA in two exhibition matches today at 5 p.m. and tomorrow at the Cebu Coliseum.

Carrying the momentum of an overwhelming 79-76 deciding win against the Gilas last Friday, the Niños will again face another tall order against the battle-scarred Tropang Texters.

TNT caused an uproar of sorts in the PBA when it walked out of Game 4 of their quarterfinal series against the Ginebra Kings, earning a fine of more than P1 million.

The PBA has since increased the fine for walkouts to P10 million.

TNT’s presence will also allow the Cebuanos to see former collegiate star, Joseph Ronald Quiñahan, who used to play for the University of the Visayas.

Quiñahan was traded from Burger King at the off season and will be joining Ali Peek, Ranidel de Ocampo, Nic Belasco and Harvey Carey in the frontcourt.

The games against the Niños will also allow TNT to test its import Eric Hicks, who is a good defensive player with excellent shot blocking ability.

It is not the first time the Texters will be facing the Niños.

In February 2008, TNT defeated the Niños, 101-97, with Don Allado leading the charge of the PBA squad.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 8, 2010.


Looks like the writer is not updated. ;D

Liga Pilipinas
03-10-2010, 11:09 PM
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Niños jam Talk n’ Text, 99-95
Tuesday, March 9, 2010

By Rommel C. Manlosa


THE M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños outscored Talk 'n Text Tropang Texters, 23-9, for six minutes and 37 seconds to build a double-digit lead en route to a 99-95 win to cap a two-game exhibition series at the Cebu Coliseum last night.

MLKP's win allowed the Cebuanos to close the head-to-head matchup with Philippine Basketball Association (PBBA) squad mentored by Chot Reyes to 1-2.

The Niños are expected to use the momentum of that win against the Alaska Aces this Friday at the USC Gym and in Bogo City Coliseum on Saturday.

Coach Raul "Yayoy" Alcoseba used a clever defensive alignment to neutralize the size advantage of the Texters.

Learning lessons from their 79-87 defeat last Monday, the Niños worked harder on their inside defense as Reyes softened on his starting line-up.

This proved to be beneficial to the Cebu team as they quickly recovered from a 7-2 deficit to build a 15-9 lead, midway in the opening period.

The Texters, however, were quick to regain bearing as Eric Hicks and Mark Yee combined for a 10-0 run to take back the lead 19-15.

The Niños were trailing by as many as seven points, 24-31, when American import Jason Forte combined forces with Bruce Dacia to lead an 18-4 run, leading M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala in building a seven-point lead, 42-35, with 2:43 left in the first half.

M. Lhuillier was able to hang on to the lead until the 4:49 mark of the third period, when the game became close for six minutes and 22 seconds until Talk 'n Text grabbed the lead, 72-71.

Jimmy Alapag's triple for a 75-71 at the 8:11 mark of the final period was the last time the Tropang Texters got hold of the lead.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 10, 2010.
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NIÑOS GET BACK
M Lhuillier-Cebu exacts revenge vs Talk ‘n Text

By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News

First Posted 07:46:00 03/10/2010


The M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños got the better of the Talk N Text Tropang Texters, 99-95, to come away with an even slate against the PBA squad in the conclusion of their two-game exhibition series yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Seemingly more focused and intent on getting back at the Texters, which handed them a 79-87 loss last Monday, the Niños rode the game-long brilliance of import Jason Forte along with the inspired efforts of local gunners Stephen Padilla and Woodrow Enriquez to down the multi-titled Chot Reyes-mentored PBA team.

Forte, who struggled in the first half of their game last Monday, started off early as he scored 17 of his 29 points in the first half, including eight in the second canto where he combined with Enriquez to overhaul an 18-21 deficit, and take a 47-42 halftime lead.

The Texters, who are preparing for the upcoming battles in the PBA Fiesta Conference, retaliated with an 8-2 salvo at the start of the third period to take a 50-49 lead behind the baskets of Ranidel de Ocampo, Harvey Carey and Jason Castro. The two teams battled to a standstill and were tied at 67-all, heading into the penultimate period.

The two squads went at it as the lead went back and forth until the Ninos gained their second wind and went on a brief 6-1 rally that put them ahead, 83-78. A shot clock-beating jumper by Padilla, a putback by Mark Ababon and a fastbreak lay-in by Padilla then erected the biggest lead of the ballgame at 10, 94-84, with 1:17 left in the game.

The Texters went on a last-ditch effort to get back into the game as they sliced the lead down to four, 92-96, but that was the closest they would come to as the Niños held on to the lead as time expired.

The Texters were led by the 16 points of Carey, the 14 of Alapag and the 13 points each made by Mark Yee and de Ocampo.

Up next for the Niños will be a two-game tiff against the 2010 PBA Philippine Cup finalist Alaska Aces starting this Friday at the University of San Carlos Gym. The game on Saturday will be held in Bogo.
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Niños nakabawos sa Texters
Ni Lemuel P. Maglinte (Banat) Updated March 10, 2010 12:00 AM


CEBU, Philippines - Mipabuto og 29 puntos si Jason Forte aron hatagan ang M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños og 99-96 nga kadaugan batok sa Talk N’ Text Tropang Texters sa ilang exhibition game kagabii diha sa Cebu Coliseum.

Human mapilde sa Tropang Texters sa unang adlaw sa ilang exhibition niadtong Lunes sa gabii sa iskor nga 87-79, ang Cebu Niños ni team owner Michel J. Lhuillier ug legendary coach Raul 'Yayoy' Alcoseba mipatuman sa ilang hugot nga depensa aron anklahan ang mga tag-as nga bisitang PBA team.

Misalir usab ang fastbreak plays sa Cebu Niños nga maoy nakaluya sa naghangak nga Tropang Texters.

Ang Niños miposte og tres puntos nga labaw sa first period ug giinat pa kini sa dayong human sa halftime, 47-42 pinaagi sa init nga opensiba gikan nila ni Forte ug Woodrow Enriquez.

Ang kanhi NCAA star gikan sa Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles nga si Forte ug si Enriquez nagkumboya og 20 puntos sa unang-duha ka kuwarter.

Napugngan usab sa Niños ang import sa Texters nga si Eric Hicks, kinsa igo lang nakatigom og 10 puntos sa kinatibuk-ang duwa. Ang iyang kabugnaw, gitubos nilang Ranidel De Ocampo ug Jimmy Alapag aron ilogon ang labaw gikan sa Niños, 66-63 sa nahabiling 1:44 sa third period.

Sa final period, giladlad ang tanang tinagoang abilidad sa 6-foot-6 nga si Forte, kinsa midukduk og 10 puntos aron tablahon ang duwa, 77-all sa 6:07 sa duwa.

Wala sab kapugngi si Bruce Dacia, kinsa mitusak og 3-pointer ug dayon mipasulod sa iyang lay-up aron hatagan ang Cebu Niños og sayes puntos nga labaw, 86-80 sa katapusang 3:54 sa duwa.

Nakasikit og balik ang Texters human sa duha ka tres ni Jimmy Alapag, 92-96 sa katapusang 30 segundos, apan pakyas kini pag-ilog sa daog kay nahutdan kini sa oras.


Puntos Matag Usa

Cebu Niños (99) - Forte 29, Dacia 21, Padilla 17, Enriquez 16, Ababon 5, Santos 4, Saladaga 4, Basco 2, Magsumbol 1

Talk N’ Text (96) - Carey 16, Alapag 14, Yee 13, De Ocampo 13, Hicks 10, Peek 8, Belasco 8, Castro 4, Isip 3, Aban 2, Cardona 1. – BANAT NEWS

Liga Pilipinas
03-12-2010, 07:32 AM
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M. Lhuillier battles Alaska at USC gym
(The Freeman) Updated March 12, 2010 12:00 AM


CEBU, Philippines - After playing four exhibition matches against formidable rivals in just one-week span, the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños brace for another tough challenge as they go up against the Alaska Aces in another two-part goodwill encounter beginning today at the University of San Carlos (USC)-Main gym.

Living up to their lofty billing as the country’s best commercial ballclub, the Niños of team owner Michel J. Lhuillier and head coach Raul “Yayoy split both their two-game series against the Smart Gilas Philippine Team and the Talk N’ Talk Tropang Texters.

Against the PBA visitors, Talk ‘N Txt drew first blood, 87-79, but the Niños, drawing all-around performance from versatile import Jason Forte, whipped back at the Tropang Texters, 99-95, in the second game.

The Niños hope to ride on the momentum of that stunning victory when they square off against the Aces, who advanced into the KFC PBA Philippine Cup but was eventually sweep by Purefoods TJ Giants, 4-0, in their best-of-seven finals series.

The Aces of coach Tim Coach are definitely out for revenge as they were dumped by 20 points by M. Lhuillier, 75-55, the last time they fought on September 4 last year.

At that time though, some of Alaska’s top guns were out of commission such as Willie Miller, John Ferriols, Joe Devance and Brandon Cablay.

The other Alaska stars to watch out for include Reynel Hugnatan, LA Tenorio, Larry Fonacier, Mark Borboran, Sonny Thoss, Jeffrey Cariaso and Tony de la Cruz.

Now that Alaska is coming back with a complete lineup beefed up by a 6-foot-6 import that is yet to be known, the Niños are definitely in for one big war.

Thus, Forte and the likes of Bruce Dacia, Stephen Padilla, Abby Santos, Mark Ababon and Woodrow Enriquez should work doubly hard as they seek to slay another PBA giant.

The other reliables in Alcoseba’s offensive arsenal are Marlon Basco, Ariel Mepaña, Ian Saladaga, Mark Magsumbol, Nat Cruz, Hafer Mondragon, Franklin Nailon and Mario Basco.

Tomorrow, M. Lhuillier and Alaska will collide anew, this time in faraway north at the Don Celestino Memorial Sports Complex in Bogo City. – EBV (FREEMAN NEWS)
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Aces hope to settle score vs. Niños
Thursday, March 11, 2010

By Rommel C. Manlosa


VENGEANCE will be the motivation of the Alaska Aces when they play back-to-back exhibition matches against the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños at the USC Gym at 5 p.m. today and at the Don Celestino Martinez Sr. Coliseum in Bogo City tomorrow.

The Aces, which lost to Purefoods in the PBA finals this year, got humbled by the Niños, 75-55, last Sept. 4.

That loss created a lot of ripples around PBA, and the Niños showed they are not to be taken lightly even in an exhibition match.

Coach Tim Cone is expected to field his complete lineup today, including Willie Miller, Brandon Cablay, John Ferriols, Earvin Sotto, Joe Devance, import Diamon Simpson and new player Samigue Eman.

Also expected to suit up are Larry Fonacier, Michael Burtscher, LA Tenorio, Reynel Hugnatan, Jeffrey Cariaso, Anthony de la Cruz, Mark Borboran Kevin de la Peña, Joachim Thoss and Ariel Capus.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 12, 2010.

Liga Pilipinas
03-13-2010, 11:13 PM
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M. Lhuillier slays Alaska: But top pointman Enriquez hospitalized after a bad fall late in the third quarter
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel (The Freeman) Updated March 13, 2010 12:00 AM


CEBU, Philippines - Abby Santos grabbed two crucial offensive rebounds and then knocked in a pair of free throws with five seconds left as the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños gamely overhauled a 13-point deficit early in the final period to come up with a nerve-wracking 88-87 conquest of the formidable Alaska Aces in the first of their two-part exhibition series last night at the University of San Carlos (USC)-Main gym.

Unfortunately, the Niños of team owner Michel J. Lhuillier and head coach Raul “Yayoy” D. Alcoseba will miss the services of top playmaker Woodrow Enriquez when they take on the Aces anew today at the Don Celestino Martinez, Sr. Memorial Coliseum.

Enriquez suffered a bad fall with 2:23 left in the third quarter. He laid flat on the hardcourt for a couple of minutes before he was whisked away to a hospital on a stretcher. As of this writing, Enriquez was reportedly in stable condition but is set to undergo further tests to determine the extent of his injury.

Flashy import Jason Forte topscored for the Niños with 24 points, including 10 in a 14-2 rally that turned an 11-20 M. Lhuillier deficit into a 25-23 lead with two minutes gone by in the second period.

The Aces of coach Tim Cone quickly regained the upperhand, 29-27, and was in control from there onwards. The Alaska mainstays stared at victory as they were up by five, 87-82, entering the final two-minute zone of the contest.

It turned out to be their last gasp of breath as the were held scoreless by the Niños from thereon. Stephen Padilla drilled in a triple and later Forte split his charities to pull the Niños within just a hairline, 86-87, with only 38 seconds to go.

After Alaska failed to convert in its possession, Santos was quickly fouled by Samigue Eman while going for a follow-up shot. With the crowd cheering fervently at the sidelines, Santos calmly sank his charities that dame like daggers that plunged into the Aces’ hearts.

With 5.8 seconds left, the Aces still had the chance to steal win but Larry Fonacier’s 3-point shot bounced off the rim as the time expired.

Padilla finished with 22 points spiked with six triples, while Enriquez added 10 as M. Lhuillier proved its 75-55 demolition of the Aces on September 4 last year was no fluke.

Simpson led Alaska with 26 points, while LA Tenorio and Reynel Hugnatan tossed in 11 and 10 points, respectively.

The scores

M. Lhuillier (88) - Forte 24, Padilla 22, Enriquez 10, Ababon 8, Santos 6, Cruz 6, Dacia 6, Saladaga 4, Basco 2

Alaska (87) - Simpson 26, Tenorio 11, Hugnatan 10, Eman 8, Fonacier 8, De la Cruz 6, Cariaso 6, Thoss 5, De la Peña 3, Borboran 2, Cablay 2

Quarterscores:19-20, 42-42, 57-58, 88-87 (FREEMAN NEWS)
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Niños beat Aces but lose MVP
Saturday, March 13, 2010

By Rommel C. Manlosa


HEIGHT mismatch worked for the advantage of the Alaska Aces but this did not stop the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños from pulling a nerve wracking 88-87 win in the first of the two-game exhibition match held at the University of San Carlos gym last night.

It was Alaska’s second straight loss to the Niños. They also lost, 75-55, last September.

Today, the Aces will be looking for their first victory over the Niños but only the people from Northern Cebu will witness that game since it will be held at the Don Celestino Martinez Sr. Sports Coliseum in Bogo City starting at 6 p.m.

However, long time M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala guard Woodrow Enriquez, who was named the MVP in the last conference, will not be there to help his team. The former Cebu Doctors University Stallion is still at the Chong Hua Hospital under close observation, after a bad fall at 2:23 of the third period.

Enriquez laid motionless for minutes before he was carried off the court in a stretcher. He underwent an MRI scan at the hospital after it was suspected that he suffered a cracked spine.

In the game, Abby Santos sank two pressure-packed free throws in the final 5.8 seconds to give the Niños the victory.

Santos succeeded in collaring the offensive rebound after Bruce Dacia missed a triple, and Santos was fouled on his way to the basket against a taller Aces front line for the winning free throws.

That capped a comeback by the Niños, who erased a 13-point deficit through guns of Stephen Padilla, Dacia and Mark Ababon.

Padilla who scored 22 points, including six triples, combined forces with Jason Forte who also scored 24 points that lifted the Niños to victory.

Playing with the usual 48 minutes, Alaska was all business from the start as coach Tim Cone maximized the use of his new center Samigue Eman and import Diamon Simpson to dominate the opening quarter 20-11 before Forte scored the next eight points to close the first quarter.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 13, 2010.
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COSTLY VICTORY
M Lhuillier Cebu Niños escape Alaska anew, loses Liga 3 MVP Enriquez to injury

By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 10:12:00 03/13/2010


Game today :

Don Celestino Martinez Memorial Complex

6 p.m. – M. Lhuillier-Cebu vs. Alaska

The reigning Liga Pilipinas national champions M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños has had the Alaska Aces' number since humiliating them late last year in a lopsided win.

Last night was no different as the Niños once again claimed a victory over the multi-titled squad, this time, with an 88-87 squeaker in their exhibition game at the University of San Carlos Gym.

The win, though, came with a dire cost as they lost Liga 3rd Conference MVP Woodrow Enriquez to an injury late in the third period.

The recent Sportswriters Association of Cebu (SAC)-awardee was taken out of the gym on a stretcher and brought immediately to the hospital after he landed badly on a drive-and-dish play with 2:23 left in the third canto.

He landed awkwardly on his side after he drove down the lane and kicked the ball out to import Jason Forte. After falling, he did not move and seemingly had trouble breathing, prompting medical personnel to tend to him. He was rushed to the Chong Hua Hospital where he was set to undergo an MRI as of press time.

The Ninos rallied from 13 points down in the fourth period and banked on two pressure-packed free-throws by Abby Santos with 5.8 seconds remaining in the game to eke out the victory, their second over the Aces in just a span of a few months.

The Ninos routed the Aces, 75-55, in an exhibition game held in September of last year.

Forte topped the Niños with 24 points while Stephen Padilla wound up with 22.

Import Diamon Simpson paced the Aces, runners-up in the recent PBA Philippine Cup, with 26 markers.

The Aces had control of the game in the third period, which they ended with a 9-2 run anchored on the six points of Simpson. They extended that lead to 13, 73-60, in the early moments of the final stanza.

The two teams battle once again today at the Don Celestino Memorial Complex in Bogo City.

Liga Pilipinas
03-14-2010, 10:51 AM
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Injured Enriquez undergoes surgery
By Marigold P. Lebumfacil (The Freeman) Updated March 14, 2010 12:00 AM


CEBU, Philippines - Cebuano basketball star Woodrow Enriquez yesterday underwent a cervical spine surgery at the Chong Hua Hospital where he was immediately admitted after suffering a bad fall that left him motionless for a couple of minutes on the floor during their exhibition match against the Alaska Aces the other night at the University of San Carlos (USC)-Main gym.

Pio Solon, the team physical therapist of the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños, said the operation, which lasted for nearly three hours, was highly successful and was done to speed up the recovery of Enriquez from what appears to be a career-ending injury for the spunky playmaker.

According to nurseonline.org, "cervical spine injuries are injuries of the cervical spine and this is very serious because in time of trauma this may cause severe neurologic problem and presence of edema and swelling which may cause loss of spinal cord function. These are the person who had met an accident with head , back and neck injury and keep them immobilized in a hard board stretcher until emergency team gave an emergency management.

But based on his observation, Solon said everything seems fine as Enriquez is conscious and his vital signs are stable.

"We don't want to make this as a 'serious' issue because we don't want him to be a cause of worry for everyone. As of now, we don't know everything. We still have to wait for three days yet. We're hoping everything will be fine," said Solon.

Solon likewise released an official statement by the M. Lhuillier management in relation to the condition of Enriquez. "As of now, Woodrow is recovering from his injury. Several procedures were performed to ascertain the severity of his injury. We are not rushing the recovery process. He is being attended to by very competent medical personnel and the whole team including the team management have extended their all-out support."

In a separate interview, Woodrow's wife Cathy Enriquez said his husband still cannot move the half portion of his body.

"At first, I really did not expect that the extent of his injury would be that serious. I'm happy though that the operation was successful. I'm asking everyone to help us pray for his speedy recovery," appealed a teary-eyed Cathy Enriquez.

Woodrow is confined at Chong Hua's Intermediate Care Unit (ICU).

During their game against the Aces, in which they won via an 88-87 cliffhanger, Enriquez suffered a bad fall after dishing out an off-balanced assist underneath the basket at the 2:23 mark of the third period. He laid flat on the hardcourt for a few minutes before he was whisked away by ERUF personnel on a stretcher to Chong Hua Hospital.

Inronically, the traumatic incident came one night after Enriquez received a major award for excellence in basketball during the 28th Sportwriters Association of Cebu-San Miguel Beer (SAC-SMB) All-Cebu Sports Awards last Thursday night at Casino Español de Cebu. (FREEMAN NEWS)
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Woodrow’s career over?
Saturday, March 13, 2010

By Rommel C. Manlosa


WOODROW Enriquez might be facing the end of his basketball career.

Enriquez, whose lightning quickness and on-court antics earned him several MVP titles, including the Conference 3 MVP, for the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños, is now praying that the MRI scan will not confirm the earlier diagnosed spinal column injury.

“Woodrow is recovering well but we have no knowledge yet on his injury. Last night the doctors said that it might be an injury in the spine but we don’t have the MRI results yet,” said M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala assistant coach Mike Reyes.

The entire Cebu Niños coaching staff, including Woodrow’s father Fredo, have no idea how bad the injury of the diminutive guard is.

Enriquez laid motionless for several minutes after he fell in an attempt to drive to the basket with 2:23 remaining in the third quarter in an exhibition match against Alaska Aces last Friday at the University of San Carlos Gym.

He left the court on a stretcher.

The Niños and the Aces were playing another exhibition match in Bogo City last night.

M. Lhuillier head coach Raul Alcoseba could not be reached for comment. Alcoseba earlier sent a text message to Sun.Star Cebu that his prized point guard is recovering from injuries.

Alcoseba did not elaborate.

According to Reyes, Enriquez’s injury could be likened to that of Eugene Tejada, whose bright basketball career ended when he fell hard on the floor in December 2008.

Tejada was paralyzed from the waist down.

“I just hope that it is not as serious as the injury of Tejada but usually when it involves a spine injury, it means the end of your career,” said Reyes.

The last time Enriquez was sidelined was during the pre-season tournament of the Liga Pilipinas Conference 1 when he dislocated his left arm and was sidelined in the entire elimination phase.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 14, 2010.

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03-15-2010, 01:14 AM
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Alaska gets even with M. Lhuillier
(The Freeman) Updated March 15, 2010 12:00 AM


CEBU, Philippines - Fighting with a wounded pride, the Alaska Aces got even with the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niño, 87-75, in their rematch the other night at the full-packed Don Celestino Martinez, Sr. Memorial Coliseum in Bogo City.

More than their determination to seek payback against the Niños, the Aces were lucky enough that almost all players who were fielded in by M. Lhuillier coach Raul "Yayoy" D. Alcoseba had an off-night save for Haffer Mondragon who netted 15 points.

Although they were upbeat before the game, the poor showing of the Niños may be attributed to the absence of their top playmaker Woodrow Enriquez, who is now on the road to recovery after undergoing a cervical spine surgery following a bad fall during their first game with Alaska last Friday night at the USC-Main gym.

Import Diamond Simpson topped Alaska with 32 points, while Sonny Thoss and Samigue Eman chipped in 11 and 10 markers, respectively.


The scores

Alaska (87) – Simpson 32, Thoss 11, Eman 10, Fonacier 7, Hugnatan 7, Borboran 5, Dela Cruz 4, Tenorio 3, Burtscher 2, Ferriols 2

M. Lhuillier (75) – Mondragon 15, Forte 14, Ababon 10, Mepaña 6, Poligrates 6, Cruz 5, Dacia 5, Padilla 5, Magsumbol 3. – Caecent No-ot Magsumbol (THE FREEMAN)
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Alaska finally beats Niños
Sunday, March 14, 2010

By Edri K. Aznar


THE Alaska Aces finally scored one against the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala, 87-75, in the second of their two-game exhibition matches at the Don Celestino Martinez Sr. Memorial Sports Coliseum in Bogo City last Saturday.

With the Aces playing exceptionally well, the Niños fell under the spell as Alaska worked on their height advantage to beat the Niños for the first time in three games.

The loss of their flashy guard Woodrow Enriquez, who is still at the hospital recovering from the injury last Friday, was also a factor in the game.

Enriquez underwent surgery last Saturday to relieve the pressure from the spinal column.

“As of now Woodrow is recovering from his injury. Several procedures were performed to ascertain the severity of his injury. We are not rushing the recovery process. He is being attended to by a very competent medical personnel and the whole team, including the team management which have extended, their all-out support,” M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala team trainer Pio Solon told Sun.Star Cebu yesterday.

Enriquez will be subjected to more tests in the coming days to know if he can still play basketball.

Enriquez played a major role in the Niños first two wins against the Aces, 75-55, last September and, 88-87 , last Friday.

It was during that Friday’s win that Enriquez got injured and without the former Cebu Doctors University Stallion standout, the Niños lost as they were one flashy guard short against the taller Aces.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 15, 2010.

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03-21-2010, 01:33 AM
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Enriquez still in serious condition
Saturday, March 20, 2010

By Rommel C. Manlosa


ONE week after suffering a bad fall in an exhibition match for the Cebu Niños, Woodrow Enriquez is still breathing with the aid of an apparatus as he continue to battle the spinal column injury at his hospital bed.

However Enriquez, according to a team official, is “gradually recovering” from the injury both physically and mentally.

“(Woodrow) is gradually recovering. (But) still having a hard time breathing on his own,” M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños strength and conditioning coach Pio Solon said in his text message.

However, Solon would neither deny nor confirm sketchy reports that Enriquez can no longer move half of his body.

“That’s serious (report). We can’t tell for certain as of now,” he said.

Enriquez suffered a bad fall against the Alaska Aces during their exhibition match at the University of San Carlos Gym last year.

The former Cebu Doctors’ University standout and the reigning Liga Pilipinas MVP, laid motionless for nearly 10 minutes before he was carried out on a stretcher.

The MRI scan confirmed the diminutive point guard suffered a spinal column injury, which was why he couldn’t move.

Enriquez underwent surgery last Saturday to relieve the pressure on his spinal column.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 20, 2010.

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05-09-2010, 01:34 AM
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Yayoy, champion coach, banks on legislative competence
Friday, May 7, 2010


How important is sports in your agenda?

Yayoy Alcoseba (YA): It is very important because I believe that through sports, we can shape our youth through the values and discipline that are attached to any sport.

And as the vice chairman of the Cebu City Sports Commission and the co-chairman for sports in the south district, I have been active in the grassroots development in the city, and I will continue doing this if I will get re-elected.

What sports would you prioritize and why?

(YA) I am very particular on sports that are not so popular and don’t need huge venues.

I am referring to chess, table tennis, darts and other low-budget sport events.

All my life, I have been sports-minded and I’m also a basketball coach but since basketball and boxing need bigger venues, I want to focus more on the sports that are less popular, less expensive, easy to organize and don’t need bigger venues.

What programs will you implement to help school-based sports (i.e. Cviraa, Palaro, district and or provincial meets)?

(YA) Since these school-based sports are already in place, I want the city to focus more on the barangays and its public schools. As you can see, the public schools have a vast ground for talents, only these talents are not tapped properly.

That is why, my thrust now is to involve private corporations and NGOs to sponsor the training of the athletes from the public schools – this way, we can have a wider range of talent pool and maybe endorse them to private schools that grant athletic scholarships.

How will you improve non school-based sports?

We already have existing programs on the community-based sports such as the Inter-Sitio and Inter-barangay tournaments, which the supports.

We are eyeing to attract out-of-school youth to go back to school and we are trying to help develop these talents through continued exposures and tournaments.

Do you think being known as a sportsman is an advantage in your political bid? Why?

As a basketball coach for many years, yes I enjoyed popularity and of course it helped. But popularity is just one aspect, it does not guarantee that you get elected to office. Sports is just one sector of society and the other sectors probably don’t know me. So I don’t give all the credits to being a sportsman when I won and if I’ll win again, I believe my work and competence as a legislator are the reasons I got elected into office.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 8, 2010.

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06-15-2010, 10:13 AM
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Niños show they’re the team to beat
Sunday, June 13, 2010

By Rommel C. Manlosa


THE Liga Pilipinas powerhouse squad M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños proved once more they are the team to beat after winning the opening leg of the Tournament of the Philippines (TOP) last Saturday.

Just like last year, when they won all their games, they are still undefeated in the joint tournament of the Philippine Basketball League and Liga Pilipinas.

“Our target is to win all the games para makuha nato ang automatic slot sa semifinals,” Alcoseba told Sun.Star Cebu yesterday.

M. Lhuillier’s sweep in the Manila Leg earned them 15 points and extended their winning streak to 25.

“I am very happy because we won the first leg championship despite of our long layoff. We managed to recover during the championship. Although we won our first three elimination-round games, we were not playing 100 percent as a team. Maayo gani kay nigawas na ang among duwa pag finals,” said Alcoseba.

The Niños defeated Ani-FCA, 89-85, Treston-Laguna, 81-70, and Ascof Lagundi, 87-73, in the eliminations. They beat Lagundi again, 83-70, in the finals.

Alcoseba said the new league is tough.

“TOP is a higher level of competition. Players and teams from Manila are here to compete and it’s a good experience because we feel like it is Cebu against everybody else,” said Alcoseba.

The coach admitted the team still misses the services of the injured Woodrow Enriquez, who was sidelined for good after getting a spinal injury in an exhibition game against Alaska last February.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 14, 2010.

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06-21-2010, 12:28 AM
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Cebu Niños seek spare guard
Saturday, June 19, 2010

By Rommel C. Manlosa


THE M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños are still searching for a point guard to boost their campaign in the Tournament of the Philippines.

“In this kind of tournament, where you need to play every day, we really need to have a spare point guard,” coach Yayoy Alcoseba told Sun.Star Cebu.

The Niños only have Mark Ababon and Warren Ybañez as their playmakers after longtime guard Woodrow Enriquez was officially ruled out of the lineup because of a spinal injury.

Enriquez’s father, Fredo, who is also a long -time assistant of Alcoseba, confirmed his son can no longer play basketball.

“Woodrow is doing fine now. He can move, but his movements are limited. He is under rehabilitation and his basketball days are over. He can no longer play,” said Fredo, a former PBA player.

Fredo was grateful to team owner Michel Lhuillier for the support they gave his son.

“The company spent almost P2 million for the hospitalization and rehabilitation of Woodrow. In addition, his (service) contract was renewed despite his being out of action,” he said.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 20, 2010.

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09-25-2010, 02:15 AM
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Cebu Niños face Alaska Aces today
By Rommel C. Manlosa
Saturday, September 25, 2010

THE M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños will play with all their might as they face the 2010 PBA Fiesta Cup champions Alaska Aces in an exhibition game at the University of San Carlos Gym at 5 p.m.

The Cebuano squad, fresh from reaping the first Tournament of the Philippines (TOP) Conference 1 title, is set to face the re-energized Aces, who’ve lost two of three matches against the Niños.

Alaska signed up the versatile Elmer Espiritu from the rookie draft to play with the explosive Cyrus Baguio and added Jerwin Gaco.

“It’s going to be an all-out war. Nobody from each side is going to give an easy game, ” Alcoseba said.

The first game of that back-to-back exhibition match was the time when the Niños lost its long-serving point-guard Woodrow Enriquez who is now paralyzed after a spinal column injury.

“This is a sort of gauge for us because we are now serious in our intention to join the PBA. There is a very huge possibility that we (M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala) will join the PBA. That is why we will have a different approach towards this match,” said Alcoseba.

The Niños will only have one chance as their game against B-Meg on Sunday was scrapped.

“Coach Tim (Cone) asked me if it was possible that they will be the one who will play B-Meg on Sunday, so I gave way,” said Alcoseba.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 25, 2010.

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09-26-2010, 09:46 AM
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M. Lhuillier zaps Alaska anew
By Emmanuel V. Villaruel (The Freeman) Updated September 26, 2010 12:00 AM


CEBU, Philippines - Among the regular PBA visitors here in Cebu, it seems that the Alaska Aces are the favorite whipping boys of the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala.

Game Today

(USC-Main gym)

5 pm

M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala vs. B-Meg Derby Ace

Last night, the M. Lhuillier Jewelers repeated its mastery over Alaska, hacking out a resounding 93-82 victory over the reigning PBA Fiesta Conference champion in their exhibition match at the University of San Carlos (USC)-Main gym.

The win, M. Lhuillier's third in four meetings against the Uytengsu-owned franchise this year, was a fitting morale-booster as the Jewelers of team owner Michel J. Lhuillier and legendary coach Raul "Yayoy" Alcoseba faces a tougher mission against the James Yap-led B-Meg Derby Ace Llamados at 5:00 this afternoon still at the USC gym.

As in their previous encounters, M. Lhuillier dictated the tempo of the game and was in full command after taking a 24-15 lead at the end of the first period.

After M. Lhuillier posted a commanding 56-37 advantage with just a minute gone by in the third period, the Aces of coach Tim Cone couldn't do nothing to even just trim the deficit down to a single digit.

Bruce Dacia, who was hitting at will on all angles, cashed in 24 points, even as three others dished out twin figures. Marlon Basco added 15 points, while Ian Saladaga and Nathaniel Cruz connived for 24 markers for the Jewelers, whose biggest lead stood at 20 points - the last was at 89-69 on Froilan Baguion's basket at the final 3:38 of the contest.

Joe Devance topped Alaska with 16 points followed by Tony de la Cruz with 14. Cyrus Baguio scattered 13 points in his first hardcourt showing under the Aces' uniform.


The scores

M. Lhuillier (93) - Dacia 24, Basco 15, Saladaga 13, Cruz 11, Padilla 8, Nailon 8, Baguion 5, Poligrates 5, Santos 4,

Alaska (82) - Devance 19, De la Cruz 14, Baguio 13, Eman 10, Tenorio 7, Espiritu 6, Custodio 6, Soto 3, Robinson 3, Borboran 3

Quarterscores:24-15, 46-34, 75-58, 93-82 (FREEMAN)
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MLKP Cebu Niños beat Alaska Aces, again
By Rommel C. Manlosa
Saturday, September 25, 2010

THE dominance of the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños over the Alaska Aces continued, as the Cebuano squad beat the pro team, 93-82, last night at the University of San Carlos (USC)Gym.

Today, the 2010 PBA Fiesta Cup champions will play the James Yap-led 2009 PBA Philippines Cup kings B-Meg Derby Ace Llamados at 5 p.m. still at the USC Gym.

This was the Niños’ third win over the Aces in four games.

Coming from an exhausting victory in the Tournament of the Philippines (TOP) National Finals, the Niños started strong, showing no rust despite the two-week layoff.

High-flying Bruce Dacia proved unstoppable as he displayed an outside-inside scoring game to finish with the game-high 24 points.

Cebu got off hot early and was able to control the pace of the entire game.

With Alaska still groping for form, Cebu outscored the taller opponents 24-15 at the end of the first quarter.

The Aces tried to regain composure but their poor spacing and lack of intensity gave them away.

The Niños erected a double-digit lead following a triple each from Nat Cruz and Dacia early in the second period, 30-19.

From there on, the Aces failed to cut down the lead to a single digit as they struggled to score from all angles.

20-point lead

Unlike the Aces, the Niños had it easy and with the breaks of the games going their way, the Niños were able to build a 20-point lead twice, 83-63, and, 89-69, in the final 3:30 of the game.

Alaska made its final push, but an 11-2 rally was not enough to turn the game around.

Aside from Dacia, three other Niños scored in double digits. Marlon Basco scored 15, Richard Ian Saladaga added 13 and Cruz finished with 11.

Joe Devance topscored for the Aces with 19 points, while Tony de la Cruz had 14. High-flying Cyrus Baguio finished with 13 and Samigue Eman added 10.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 26, 2010.
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ML Cebu-Niños beat Aces anew in friendly game

Cebu Daily News

First Posted 07:15:00 09/26/2010

Filed Under: Basketball


Game Sunday:

USC Gym

5 p.m. – BMEG Derby Ace vs. M. Lhuillier

THE ALASKA Aces once again found their kryptonite in the reigning Tournament of the Philippines champions M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños.

The Niños bagged their third victory in four games over the powerhouse PBA squad, this time with a resounding 93-82 win yesterday at the University of San Carlos gym.

Alaska, champions in the recently-concluded Fiesta Conference, were made to look listless as they trailed from the opening tip until the final buzzer.

The Niños, who clobbered the Aces 75-55 in their match last year, replicated that feat as they pushed their advantage to a high of 20, 89-69, late in the game before Alaska made several shots in the waning moments to keep the margin of defeat at a respectable rate.

The Niños gained more than respect from the Aces and showed that they are worthy of being in the big leagues, a feat which they hope will come to fruition next year as hinted by Ninos head coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba in a press conference earlier this week.

M. Lhuillier also beat Alaska, 88-87, in their match early this year. Alaska's only win against the Ninos came in Bogo City where they prevailed, 87-75.

Bruce Dacia led the way for the Niños with 24 points while Marlon Basco added 15 points. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

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02-22-2011, 05:39 PM
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P350T at stake in Barili hoopla
By EBV (The Freeman) Updated February 22, 2011 12:00 AM


CEBU, Philippines - A whopping P350,000 in cash prize is at stake for the top performers of the 1st Guibuangan Invitational Cup commercial basketball tournament set from February 24 to 27 at the Guibuangan Sports Complex in Barili, Cebu.

Aside from trophies, the champion will receive P130,000, while the second placer will pocket P100,000. The third and fourth will pocket P70,000 and P50,000, respectively.

The competing squads in the four-day joust organized by former Cebu Gems assistant coach Rex Salvaña are the multi-titled M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niño, Misamis Oriental (MisOr Meteors), San Man Corporation of Davao and Pacman-GenSan Warriors of boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao.

The competition follows a single round robin format, with the top two placers slugging it out for the championship in a winner-take-all affair.

The event is hosted by Barili Vice Mayor Marlon Garcia, Association of Barangay Council (ABC) president Norman Anore, Guibuangan Brgy. Capt. Nelson Gingoyon and Hon. Calceditha Alquisola (FREEMAN)

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03-21-2011, 03:29 PM
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Cebu Niños face Montaña in Davao finals
By Rommel C. Manlosa
Sunday, March 20, 2011


THE M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños moved a win away from defending the title as they face home team and corporate rivals Montaña Pawnshop for the Mayor Inday Sara Duterte 74th Araw ng Dabaw Invitational Basketball Tournament at the Davao City Recreation Center-Almendras Gym.

The Niños and the Jewelers tote identical 2-0 win-loss slates, and were playing for the championship round at press time last night.

The winner of the event, which is also sanctioned as a Liga Pilipinas Conference 4 pre-season, will get P75,000.

The Niños earlier beat Sanman Corp., 102-78, with Richard Ian Saladaga topping the scorers with 21 points. Mark Ababon, Stephen Padilla and Nat Cruz all finished with 15 points for the win.

During the opening day of the tournament, MLKP-Cebu also defeated CM Farm five, 94-74, for their first victory.

Montaña, on the other hand, beat Goldstar Corp., 92-81, and CM Farms, 111-95, to forge a showdown with the Cebuano heavyweights.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 21, 2011.
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Goldstar stuns M. Lhuillier
By Charles Raymond A. Maxey
Sunday, March 20, 2011


GOLDSTAR Hardware scored a major upset in its final game, dealing defending champion M. Lhuillier-Kwarta Padala of Cebu a stinging defeat in the Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Araw ng Dabaw Invitational basketball tournament.

Ronald Capati unloaded 35 points against his former team and Neil Raneses added 15 as Goldstar toppled the mighty M. Lhuillier, 91-85, before a highly appreciative Saturday crowd at the fully-airconditioned Davao City Recreation Center.

In the second game, Montaña Pawnshop beat Sanman Corporation, 95-76, to grab the solo lead in the five-team field with a 3-0 slate and needs only to beat M. Lhuillier in its final game to seal the crown.

It was another stunning win for the Goldstar dribblers, who opened the tournament with two straight defeats only to bounce back with a two-game win streak.

The loss jeopardized M. Lhuillier's bid to retain its title. It needs to beat Montaña in its final match to force a 3-1 slate and rely on the quotient system to eventually break the tie.

On Friday, Goldstar topped Sanman, 112-104, and its victory over M. Lhuillier gave the team a 2-2 card. M. Lhuillier is at second with 2-1.

Montaña was to shoot for the crown last night against the Cebuano dribblers starting at 7 p.m. following the 5 p.m. showdown between CM Farm and Sanman.

The champion in the tournament sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) 11 under Regino "Boy" Cua will receive P75,000 while the second and third placers will pocket P50,000 and P35, respectively.

The fourth placer will get P25,000 and fifth P10,000.

The teams that competed also got a bonus after Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte gave them P20,000 each just for participating in the event, one of the highlights of this year's Araw ng Dabaw celebration.


Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 21, 2011.

Liga Pilipinas
03-22-2011, 03:49 PM
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NIÑOS WIN IN DAVAO
Multi-titled Cebuano commercial hoop squad rules Araw ng Dabaw tournament

By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 07:04:00 03/22/2011

Filed Under: Basketball

The M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños added another title to their trophy case as they captured the championship in the Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Araw ng Dabaw Invitational basketball tournament after outlasting the Montana Pawnshop, 94-80, late Sunday night at the packed Davao City Recreation Center.

The Niños of head coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba and team owner Michel Lhuillier asserted their might behind their defense all-game long as they led from start to finish, including a huge 47-32 lead at halftime.

Versatile wingman Ian Saladaga led the way for the Niños with 24 points and was named as the league MVP. He also got P5,000 from lawyer Mans Carpio, the husband of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.

MLKP claimed the title as it finished the tournament with a 4-1 (win-loss) record. A loss to Goldstar Hardware in their previous outing put the Niños' title hopes in danger as they had to face the hometown favorites Montana in their last game as the latter also shared the same 4-1 record. Fortunately, the Niños regained their focus and ran away with the lead from the get-go en route to the victory.

Bruce Dacia scored 16 while Nat Cruz added 15 markers for the visiting Niños, which got a whopping P75,000 as the cash prize.

Montana was led by Henry Fernandez, who notched 17, while Eugene Torres tacked on 15. The runners-up went home with P50,000 while CM Farms, which finished third, received P35,000.

As an added bonus, all five participating teams received P20,000 each from Mayor Duterte for participating in the tournament, which was organized as part of the 74th Araw ng Dabaw celebration.
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M. Lhuillier keeps 'Aeaw' cage crown
By Charles Raymond A. Maxey
Tuesday, March 22, 2011


M. LHUILLIER Kwarta-Padala of Cebu used a suffocating defense and a fiery offense anchored on main gunner Ian Saladaga to crush Montaña Pawnshop, 94-80, and capture the Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Araw ng Dabaw Invitational basketball tournament crown before a capacity crowd at the fully-airconditioned Davao City Recreation Center Sunday night.

M. Lhuillier jumped to a 7-0 lead using a man-to-man defense and utilized the early advantage as a springboard to the lopsided victory as the home team simply fell apart from a maze of errors and sloppy plays.

With the win, the Cebuano dribblers retained the crown they won last year and pocketed the P75,000 champion's purse in the five-team field organized by Liga Dabaw and staged as one of the sports highlights of the 74th Araw ng Dabaw celebration.

M. Lhuillier, mentored by Yayoy Alcoseba, bagged P95,000 all in all as Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte also gave P20,000 to each of the teams just for competing in the five-day event.

It was a double celebration for M. Lhuillier as Saladaga emerged the tournament's Most Valuable Player (MVP). He had a game-high 24 points in the final game aside from providing the spark for his team with timely baskets down the stretch.

Both M. Lhuillier and Montaña actually finished the single round-robin tournament tied at three wins and one loss each, but the former was declared the champion because of "the team that beat the other" rule.

Bruce Dacia and Nat Cruz provided scoring support for Saladaga with 16 and 15, respectively.

Monta¤a was led by Henry Fernandez with 17 points. Eugene Torres had 15 and Dado Asyon 13.

Montaña finished second to pocket P70,000 while CM Farm and Goldstar Hardware ended up third and fourth, respectively. CM Farm received P55,000 and Goldstar got P45,000. Sanman Corporation ended up fifth and received P30,000.

Liga Dabaw vice chair Atty. Mans Carpio, the husband of the mayor, awarded the cash prizes and trophies to the winners right after the final match.

Atty. Caprio was assisted by Liga Dabaw secretary general William "Butch" Ramirez, assistant city administrator Erwin Alparaque and Regino "Boy" Cua, Region 11 director of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) which sanctioned the tournament.


Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 22, 2011.

Liga Pilipinas
04-18-2011, 03:38 PM
Note: The following articles are from independent external sources and does not necessarily reflect the official stand of Liga Pilipinas, Pinoy Basketbol Incorporated (PBI) and Pinoy Basketbol Management Incorporated (PBMI).
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Lhuillier revamps lineup
By Rommel C. Manlosa
Sunday, April 17, 2011


DEFENDING champions M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños made a major revamp in their lineup for the upcoming campaign in the Liga Pilipinas Conference IV, which is set to open on April 27 in Sto. Domingo People’s Center in Ilocos Sur.

The Niños parted ways with long-serving center and Conference I MVP Marlon Basco along with Tournament of the Philippines vital players Mark Magsumbol, Hafer Mondragon, point guard Eliud Poligrates and ex-PBA player Ariel Capus.

To replace the five, coach Raul Alcoseba tapped center Angelus Raymundo and re-hired wingmen Jayford Rodriguez and Mark Abadia. Ferdinand Lusdoc and CBA’s Talisay City team Fil-Am Nic Monaco were also added.

Froilan Baguion is also set to return.

Retained for Conference IV were TOP MVP Stephen Padilla, Bruce Dacia, Mark Ababon, Richard Ian Saladaga and bigmen Franklyn Nailon, Abby Santos and Nat Cruz.

Liga Pilipinas will have at least seven teams this conference—Niños, Misamis Oriental, Laguna, Ilocos Sur, MP GenSan-Warriors, Mandaue-Cebu Landmasters. The league is still waiting for the confirmation of two other teams.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 18, 2011.

Liga Pilipinas
05-16-2011, 08:46 PM
Note: The following articles are from independent external sources and does not necessarily reflect the official stand of Liga Pilipinas, Pinoy Basketbol Incorporated (PBI) and Pinoy Basketbol Management Incorporated (PBMI).
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Petron Blazers beat Niños
Monday, May 16, 2011


THE Petron Turbo Blazers rode on the heroics of Arwind Santos and their imposing height advantage to beat the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños, 94-90, in an exhibition game at the Cebu Coliseum last Saturday evening.

The SMC franchise was staring at defeat when the Niños displayed the form that made them one of the top amateur ball clubs in the country and a Liga Pilipinas powerhouse team.

After a few exchanges of leads early in the first quarter, Cebu established control behind the combined efforts of Abbey Santos, Nat Cruz, Richard Ian Saladaga, Frank Nailon and Bruce Dacia for a 13-2 run that gave MLKP a 28-18 lead a little over two minutes left.

Petro climbed back and was within 33-33 when Jayford Rodriguez ignited a 17-0 run as the Niños built a 50-31 lead with 3:22 left before the bend.

Feeling a little frustrated with the way his Blazers played defense, coach Renato Agustin called a timeout and sent back Santos and Petron managed to cut the lead to 54-39 at the end of the first half.

Rampage

Dacia and Saladaga kept the double-digit lead for the Cebuano squad despite the scoring rampage of Santos, who had 10 points in the third that got Petron closer 76-66 entering the final quarter.

The pros then started to make their moves in the final period. Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Joseph Yeo, Paolo Hubalde and Santos took turns in hitting the basket, as Petron tied the game for the only the third time at 85 with still 4:46 left to play.

A triple by Felix Belano gave M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala their last taste of the lead as the Cebuanos completely lost hold of the game after missing four successive free throws in the final three minutes.

Petron then dropped the telling 9-2 run, which was capped by Santos’ two-handed slam in the final 5.5 seconds, to steal the win.

Arwind Santos scored 21 points, Yeo added 10 and Jay Washington finished with 14 for the first public appearance of the Petron Turbo Blazers, the former San Miguel Beer.

Saladaga topscored for the Cebu Niños with 16 points, while Rodriguez and Abby Santos finished with 15 points each.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 16, 2011.
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Petron blazes past M. Lhuillier
By Lemuel P. Maglinte (The Freeman) Updated May 16, 2011 12:00 AM


CEBU, Philippines - New name, new brand of game.

The Petron Blazers, formerly the San Miguel Beermen, impressively dismantled an 18-point deficit in the second period to turn back the reigning Liga Pilipinas champion M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños, 94-90, in their goodwill encounter the other night at the Cebu Coliseum.

Although not yet the real test for them, the Arwind Santos-led Blazers somehow showed to their Cebuano fans that they are back in fighting form after a dismal showing in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.

It was not a smooth-sailing journey to victory though for the Blazers.

In a rather rough and physical game, the Niños were in control in the early goings, coasting to a 15-point advantage at halftime, 54-39.

But Petron of coach Ato Agustin charged back with savvy in the second half to whittle the deficit down to a manageable six points, 77-82, midway in the fourth period.

The two protagonists figured in an intense shootfest in the closing minutes of the contest, with the Blazers launching a barrage of triples that was countered by Niños' triggermen in Felix Belano and Jayford Rodriguez.

The Blazers enjoyed their first taste of lead, 91-88, on Joseph Yeo's three-point play, but Abby Santos reduced it to a one point deficit after converting a running hook shot, 90-91.

After Hubalde split his charities, the Niños had a chance to retake the lead but Ian Saladaga muffed a 3-point attempt in the last 18 seconds of the match.

That miss was so costly for the M. Lhuillier-backed crew as in the ensuing play, Petron made a fast-break play that was completed by Arwind Santos with an electrifying two-hander slam to the delight of spectators.

The scores

Petron (94) – Santos 21, Yeo 20, Washington 14, Al-Hussaini 8, Tugade 6, Hubalde 6, Pennissi 5, Duncil 4, Cabagnut 3, Guevarra 3, Ildefonso 2, Miranda 2

M.Lhuillier (90) – Saladaga 16, Santos 15, Rodriguez 15, Dacia 14, Cruz 10, Belano 7, Baguion 6, Nailon 4, Padilla 2, Abadia 1

Quarterscores:21-25; 39-54; 66-76; 94-90. – THE FREEMAN
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GOOD SIGN SO FAR
Newly renamed Petron Blaze Boosters pull off impressive win over MLKP-Cebu Niños
By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 07:23:00 05/16/2011


If the Petron Blaze Boosters are to make their mark in the upcoming PBA Governor's Cup, they can pinpoint Cebu as the place which started the ball rolling.

This after they came all the way back from an 18-point deficit to defeat the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños, 94-90, in a heated and intensity-filled exhibition game last Saturday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

The Blaze Boosters, formerly the San Miguel Beermen, are looking forward towards changing their fortunes after a disastrous showing in the Commissioner's Cup, where they finished in dead last in the standings.

And for a while there, the visitors appeared headed towards another humiliating defeat as they got down, 52-70, midway through the third period as the Niños shot torridly from the field and let go of a 13-5 run anchored on Ian Saladaga and Bruce Dacia.

However, Petron, with their pride at stake, came alive and roared back into the ballgame behind the efforts of Joseph Yeo, Arwind Santos, Paolo Hubalde and Rabeh Al-Hussaini.

After a long pursuit, they finally caught up and tied the game at 85-all off a Santos fade-away jumper.

The Niños got a brief respite from the onslaught as they took the lead once more at 88-85 after a three-pointer by Felix Belano.

Petron kept on coming and took a 91-88 lead off a 6-0 run that saw two slashing lay-ups from Yeo and two free-throws from Hubalde.

An inside stab by Abby Santos got the Niños within one on their next attack and they actually had a chance to take the lead after the Blaze Boosters missed on their possession. However, Saladaga missed a three-point attempt from the wing off a great feed from Jayford Rodriguez.

After a free-throw make by Hubalde which pegged the score at 92-90, the Niños still had one more chance for a tie or even the lead but the bungled it as the ball was tapped away from Belano, which led to a soaring dunk from Santos for the final tally.

Santos ended up with 21 points while Yeo had 20. Jay Washington also added 14.

The Niños were paced by the 16 of Saladaga and the 15 each of Rodriguez and Abby Santos.

The Niños are gearing up for the Liga Pilipinas V 2nd leg, which kicks off this Wednesday at the same venue.

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