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The_Big_Cat
02-27-2009, 05:57 PM
Sta. Lucia to test retooled Burger King in Fiesta Cup opener
02/27/2009 | 04:07 PM


How good are the revamped Burger King Titans?

Leave the job of scrutinizing all up to the Sta. Lucia Realtors.

The two teams clash in a lone opener Saturday ushering the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Fiesta Conference in Dumaguete City.

The ball club that was formerly known as Air21 got a lot of hype during the season break especially after national coach Yeng Guiao was hired to replace Bo Perasol, the guy who guided the team to its best finish (runner-up) in this same tournament last season and who now acts as assistant coach to Kenneth Duremdes at Coca-Cola.

This is the third team Guiao will handle after Swift and Red Bull. He had a combined five titles with those teams, and would surely like it very much to accomplish more with a ball club that has the materials to do so.

Burger King lost key men during the break. It decided to trade Don Allado and KG Canaleta to Purefoods and sent JC Intal and Doug Kramer to Ginebra. What it got in return were bangers Beau Belga and Chad Alonzo.

Still, the Titans have managed to keep the core of the team. Gary David is there and so with perennial most valuable player contender Arwind Santos and Wynne Arboleda.

Burger King will play the Realtors without Homer Se (injury), though, but is still expected to engage Sta. Lucia in a tight battle for board control with import Shawn Daniels, the man who led the franchise to a third place finish in the 2006-07 Fiesta Conference.

“This is a young, talented team that is willing to learn. So far, so good they’re responding to the system," said Guiao, who now tries his magic touch in tandem with fellow winner Mikee Romero following a successful nine-year stint with Barako Bull (formerly Red Bull).

Sta. Lucia took in former Coca-Cola import Anthony Johnson as reinforcement. Johnson is a noted scorer who can play on the long court, a weapon the Realtors could use to free space for Dennis Espino down low.

Johnson also had a brief stint with the Realtors while they competed in the Brunei Cup two years ago.

On Sunday, action returns to the Araneta Coliseum with Talk ‘N Text, backstopped by hulking import Tiras Wade, taking on the Brian Hamilton-led Purefoods in the main 6:30 p.m. game. Rain or Shine, with Charles Clark III as its reinforcement, squares off with Barako Bull (Scooter McFadgon) in the opener.

The defending champion in this tournament is Ginebra, which sees action on Wednesday against Coca-Cola. – GMANews.TV

Dark Knight
02-27-2009, 08:31 PM
Ill be rooting for Burger King and Purefoods this conference.

pepman
02-28-2009, 06:41 PM
My Ranking:
1. Brgy. Ginebra (12-2)
2. Talk 'N Text (12-2)
3. Alaska (11-3)
4. Coca-Cola (10-4)
5. Burger King (10-4)
6. Rain or Shine (9-5)
7. San Miguel (8-6)
8. Purefoods (7-7)
9. Sta. Lucia (6-8)
10. Barako Bull (5-9)

Semis: BK vs. BGK- BGK in 6
TnT vs. Alaska- TnT in 6
Finals: TnT vs. BGK- TNT in 7
3rd Place: Alaska

Finals MVP: Mark Cardona
BPC: Jay-jay Helterbrand
Best Import: Rod Nealy

The_Big_Cat
02-28-2009, 08:30 PM
Burger King Titans crush Realtors in PBA debut
02/28/2009 | 07:52 PM


MANILA, Philippines - Burger King debuted in the 2009 Motolite PBA Fiesta Conference in grand fashion as the Titans crushed the Sta. Lucia Realtors, 96-87, Saturday in the import-flavored tournament’s opener at the Lamberto Macias Sports Complex in Dumaguete City.

The Titans overhauled a 9-point deficit with a third quarter explosion spearheaded by Wynne Arboleda, Marvin Cruz and Gary David to take the lead for good and notch their first win in the league.

David paced Burger King with 16 points plus three assists and a block even as import Shawn Daniels provided a solid presence all throughout to give Burger King a good start.

The Titans created the most buzz during the conference break.

Previously carrying the Air21 Express brand, the franchise changed its name and underwent a major facelift in personnel, taking in national coach Yeng Guiao and trading away veteran Don Allado and young players KG Canaleta, Doug Kramer and JC Intal in exchange for big men Beau Belga and Chad Alonzo and future picks. GMANews.Tv

coreytaylor
03-26-2009, 12:37 PM
tsk tsk tsk celino cruz was the reason BK lost yesterday... he was shooting ill-advised shots and making turnovers that brought Welcoat back to the game.. oh well, gigil lang siguro dahil nakapasok sa laro :D

hhmm, i wonder what the result would have been if arwind and gary started that game... tsk tsk tsk esep esep coach yeng* ;)