View Full Version : 2009 PBL PG Flex Linoleum Cup Finals: Harbour Centre vs Magnolia Purewater

02-02-2009, 03:13 PM
Will it be a six-peat for the Batang Pier or an upset for the Wizards? :)

Finals Schedule
Game 1 - The Arena in San Juan
2:30pm Harbour Centre vs Magnolia

Game 2 - Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig City
2:30pm Magnolia Purewater vs Harbour Centre

Game 3 - Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig City
2:30pm Harbour Centre vs Magnolia Purewater

Game 4 - The Arena in San Juan (if necessary)
2:30pm Magnolia Purewater vs Harbour Centre

Game 5 - Ynares Sports Arena (if necessary)
2:30pm Harbour Centre vs Magnolia Purewater

Exciting battle seen in PBL finals
PBL Press Release

Two teams with a long history of winning tradition duke it out for the 2009 Philippine Basketball League PG Flex Linoleum Cup championship.

Magnolia Purewater stands in the way of Harbour Centre’s bid for a record sixth straight league title in an interesting storyline expected to add color and drama to their best-of-five Finals that formally gets underway tomorrow at The Arena in San Juan.

The Batang Pier have been unbeaten in all of their five previous trips to the Finals and are looking forward to keep that perfect run going with another title for a fitting end to one of the most dominant dynasties ever seen in the league.

Minutes after Magnolia sealed the championship showdown with its come-from-behind 88-83 win over Bacchus Energy Drink in their do-or-die duel Saturday, Mikee Romero, the PBL chairman and owner of Harbour Centre, announced the impending departure of the Batang Pier from the league, stressing the title series will be the last appearance for the multi-titled franchise.

“Harbour Centre would be retiring the whole team name and next season, the team would be known as Team R2 Builders,” said Romero. “This would be the last time the Harbour Centre jersey would be worn.”

Their farewell stint serving as a motivational tool, the Batang Pier go into the title series more determined in their bid for league immortality opposite a team they are facing in the finals for the first time.

Magnolia, a long-time powerhouse which dominated the league during the 80s and early 90s, won’t be without its own battle cry, however.

Title-less since Arwind Santos and Kelly Williams rallied the Wizards from an epic 0-2 deficit to beat Rain or Shine for the 2004-05 PBL Heroes Cup, Magnolia is aching to win another championship behind a new crew bannered by Neil Raneses, veteran Al Magpayo, JP Alcaraz and former Harbour Centre stalwart Dylan Ababou.

The Wizards came from a 1-2 series deficit in the semifinals against the Energy Warriors to make the finals for the first time in four years.

Having gone the full route in the Final Four gave the Wizards barely 72 hours to prepare against the well-rested, fully-charged Batang Pier.

Behind the full force of Reed Juntilla, Jerwin Gaco, Al Vergara, Rico Maierhofer, Mark Barroca and JR Cawaling, Harbour Centre made short work of Hapee Complete Protectors with a 3-0 sweep of their own playoff series.
The semis romp gave the Batang Pier their sixth straight finals stint, tying the league record set by Welcoat in the late 90s.

02-03-2009, 11:00 PM
UAAP superstars Edwin Asoro and JR Cawaling waxed hot from the perimeter in the payoff fourth period and Harbour Centre won Game 1 of the PG Flex Cup Finals running away 84 - 71 over Magnolia Pure Water.

02-05-2009, 05:18 PM
Looks like the real Magnolia finally showed up, playing much steadier ball en route to the 84 - 80 victory over Harbour Centre. Neil Raneses, held to only five points in their Game 1 loss, exploded for a game-high 25 to lead the Wizards and was chosen best player. Raneses also filled up the box score with five boards, three assists, two steals and three blocks. The series is now tied at 1 - 1.

02-05-2009, 07:18 PM
Harbour will win this at Game 4........ ;D

02-07-2009, 09:22 AM
Everyone keeps saying it is Neil Raneses that is the benchmark for Magnolia, i.e. if he plays well Magnolia does well, and indeed Raneses has been adjudged best player in their key wins this season. But if anyone is key to Magnolia doing well it would have to be JP Alcaraz. When Alcaraz was jammed by the tough Harbour Centre D in Game 1 Magnolia just could not execute and they lost. Raneses, getting no pointguard support, finished with only five points in Game 1. When Alcaraz played well in Game 2, Raneses wound up with a game-high 25 and they evened the series. It should be interesting to see if Alcaraz can keep it up because the Harbour Centre backcourt is the best in the league and should be itching to bounce back.

02-07-2009, 11:40 AM
I believe the telling factor for this series will be the performances of the veterans of both teams.

For Magnolia: Neil Raneses, JP Alcaraz, Eder Saldua and Al Magpayo and
for Harbour: Reed Juntilla, Edwin Asoro, Jerwin Gaco and Al Vergara.

02-07-2009, 04:16 PM
Congratulations to Bacchus' Paul Lee for winning the Best Player of the Conference. The guys deserves it, nobody expected him to come out and perform like that in this conference. The system gave him the freedom to perform big time this conference.

02-08-2009, 10:09 AM
Yeah, he deserves it.

BTW, Harbour in 5.

02-10-2009, 05:22 PM
Congratulations to the Harbour Centre Batang Pier for winning their sixth straight PBL championship!

They came through in the second half, their defense was well played, they crashed the boards, Benedict Fernandez hit some big shots in the third quarter while Mark Barroca and Nick Stephens delivered in the homestretch.

It's a great end to one of the greatest teams in PBL history, putting them alongside Tanduay, Welcoat, ESQ, Magnolia and Hapee, among others.

02-10-2009, 10:35 PM
Congratulations to the Batang Pier. A well deserved win!

ankle breaker
02-10-2009, 11:04 PM
what's the score? put in the boxscores please.

02-11-2009, 09:36 AM
Mark Barroca came alive in the payoff fourth period as Harbour Centre won an historic sixth straight PBL title. Barroca scored eight of his team's last nine points to win it all running away 88 - 73. The FEU pointguard, current developmental team superstar and overall crowd favorite was also adjudged Finals MVP. In an interview after the game he was humble and all praises for his team and coach, "Binigyan kasi ako ng confidence ni Coach Jorge, tsaka siempre buong team namin ang nag-step up." He finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals. His FEU teammate Benedict Fernandez led the Batang Pier with 18 markers, while former pro Neil Raneses led all scorers with 24 points.

02-11-2009, 05:17 PM
PBL: Harbour rallies to achieve league history
02/11/2009 | 12:40 PM
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MANILA, Philippines – Harbour Centre made Philippine Basketball League (PBL) history Tuesday winning its sixth straight title rallying to beat Magnolia Purewater, 88-73, at The Arena in San Juan City.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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