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Richard
04-07-2009, 10:32 PM
This Thread is for the 2009 PBL PG Flex Unity Cup

Richard
04-07-2009, 10:49 PM
Some news: regarding this:
taken from: http://www.ngetstudio.com/PBL/news/?id=c1e8d087-3fc6-40ef-88eb-6e2be9e045dd
and www.gmanews.tv

The Philippine Basketball League's upcoming season will only have five teams but commissioner Chino Trinidad said that despite the low turnout, he still expects an exciting conference.

"Though we have only five teams the show must go on. Looking on the positive side, all five teams have equal chances of winning the title since they have all the tools to be a contender," said Trinidad.

The country's top amateur league, which opens its season-ending conference on April 16, lost two teams due to the decision of Toyota Otis and Burger King to take leave of absence.

The five participating teams are Magnolia Purewater, Hapee Toothpaste, Pharex, Bacchus Energy Drink and Oracle (formerly Harbour Centre).

Magnolia will have in its arsenal former San Beda star Ogie Menor and University of the East' Marcy Arellano, who both played for Burger King in the last conference.

Expect a solid conference for Magnolia because of the addition of Menor and Arellano to the team which already has amateur standouts Al Magpayo, Neil Raneses and rising star Dylan Ababou.

But Happe will also have a star-studded line up with the acquisition of former La Salle ace JV casino and Jose Rizal University's James Sena.

"We have a very competitive team this time but I hope we can translate it to victories," said team manager Bernard Young. "JV has already started practicing with us."

Casio and Sena will be playing with former UAAP MVP Jervy Cruz of University of Santo Tomas and ex-Ateneo star Chris Tiu.

Oracle, known before as Harbour Centre Batang Pier, will still bring it its never say die attitude into the conference with the likes of Rico Maierhofer, Edwin Asoro and Jonathan Fernandes in their fold.

Far Eastern University stars Mark Barroca, JR Cawaling, Aldrich Ramos and Mark Baracael, and Letran's RJ Jazul will also be playing for Oracle.

Bacchus also strengthened its squad with the acquisition of former Letran center Brian Faundo, San Sebastian's Jason Ballesteros, and UST's Christian Luanzon and Brian Ilad.

Pharex, on the other hand, got the services of La Salle's James Mangahas, San Beda's Dave Marcelo, Nestor David and Fil-Am Joey Deas. GMANews.TV

Richard
04-09-2009, 12:04 AM
Oracle faces Licealiz in PBL opening
(April 7, 2009)

Source:http://pbl.org.ph/news.php

Two of the three teams that will carry new names take the spotlight on April 14 when they slug it out in the opening of the 2009 PBL PG Flex Unity Cup at the San Juan gym.

Oracle, which is out to extend the winning tradition of sister team Harbour Centre, tackles Licealiz (formerly Hapee Toothpaste) at 4 p.m. to cap what is expected to be another explosive opening day of the country’s premier amateur basketball league.

The 2 p.m. encounter between last conference finalist Magnolia Purewater and Pharex is likewise worth watching as both teams have beefed up their line-ups to boost their respective title campaigns in the season-ending tournament.

Harbour Centre, the flagship company of PBL chairman Mikee Romero, was officially retired two months ago after extending its championship run to six, a feat that is likely to stand for years or decades to come.

Oracle, however, is hard-pressed to follow the footsteps of Harbour Centre since the four other teams, including Cobra (formerly Bacchus Energy), now have what it takes to challenge its dominance.

Coaches and team officials are in one in saying that the race for the championship this time round will be a lot more interesting and emotional than in the past tournaments.

Even Romero admits that it’s going to be an uphill climb for his team this time, saying: “There will be no room for complacency this time since all teams are very strong.”

PBL Commissioner Chino Trinidad said the format that rewards the top three finishers after the double-round elimination outright semis berths will only make each more exciting.

“That’s the beauty of the format that we’re going to use this conference, every game counts his time,” said Trinidad.

The last two placers after the elims will face each other in a best-of-three quarterfinal series. The No. 1 team, on the other hand, can choose its semifinal opponent among the third, fourth and fifth placed teams after the classification round.

Cobra, composed mostly of star players from University of the East, sees action on Thursday against Oracle. The Lawrence Chongson-mentored squad was the tournament’s biggest revelation last conference after barging to the semis for
the first time.

Richard
04-09-2009, 12:07 AM
HERE IS THE SCHEDULE FOR THE DOUBLE-ROUND ELIMINATIONS OF THE 2009 PBL PG FLEX UNITY CUP:

2009 PBL PG-FLEX UNITY CUP

Elimination – 1st Round

Apr 14 (Tue) – San Juan Gym
Game Nos. 1) 2:00PM MAGNOLIA PUREWATER vs. PHAREX (C/S9)
2) 4:00PM LICEALIZ vs. ORACLE TITANS

Apr 16 (Thu) – San Juan Gym
Game Nos. 3) 2:00PM ORACLE TITANS vs. COBRA ENERGY DRINK
4) 4:00PM LICEALIZ vs. MAGNOLIA PUREWATER

Apr 18 (Sat) – Ynares Sports Center, Pasig City
Game Nos. 5) 2:00PM PHAREX vs. ORACLE TITANS
6) 4:00PM COBRA ENERGY DRINK vs. LICEALIZ

Apr 21 (Tue) – San Juan Gym
Game Nos. 7) 2:00PM COBRA ENERGY DRINK vs. PHAREX (C/S9)
8) 4:00PM ORACLE TITANS vs. MAGNOLIA PUREWATER

Apr 23 ( Tue) – Ynares Sports Center, Pasig City
Game Nos. 9) 2:00PM PHAREX vs. LICEALIZ
10) 4:00PM MAGNOLIA vs. COBRA ENERGY DRINK

Elimination – 2nd Round
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Apr 25 (Sat) – San Juan Gym
Game Nos. 11) 2:00PM LICEALIZ vs. ORACLE TITANS
12) 4:00PM COBRA ENERGY DRINK vs. PHAREX

Apr 28 (Tue) – San Juan Gym
Game Nos. 13) 2:00PM PHAREX vs. LICEALIZ (C/S9)
14) 4:00PM MAGNOLIA PUREWATER vs. COBRA ENERGY DRINK

Apr 30 (Thu) – San Juan Gym
Game Nos. 15) 2:00PM ORACLE TITANS vs. MAGNOLIA PUREWATER
16) 4:00PM LICEALIZ vs. COBRA ENERGY DRINK

May 2 (Sat) – San Juan Gym
Game Nos. 17) 2:00PM ORACLE TITANS vs. COBRA ENERGY DRINK
18) 4:00PM PHAREX vs. MAGNOLIA PUREWATER

May 5 (Tue) – San Juan Gym
Game Nos. 19) 2:00PM MAGNOLIA PUREWATER vs. LICEALIZ (C/S9)
20) 4:00PM PHAREX vs. ORACLE TITANS


Source: http://pbl.org.ph/schedules.php

Richard
04-10-2009, 09:47 PM
Oracle, Magnolia favored
(April 9, 2009)

Licealiz may have some of the finest players in its fold right now but in the eyes of Magnolia Purewater coach Koy Banal, Oracle, formerly Harbour Centre, is the team to beat in the 2009 PBL PG Flex Unity Cup which fires off on Tuesday at the San Juan gym.

Looking at the championship experience of Oracle, Banal believes the Mikee Romero-owned team will be hard to beat owing to its time-tested chemistry.

“They are almost intact as they lost only two players in Al (Vergara) and Reed (Juntilla), so they remain highly competitive,” said Banal, who selected San Beda’s Ogie Menor, University of the East star Marcy Arellano and Jose Rizal University’s Marvin Hayes during the dispersal draft to boost their title bid this time.

One of the leading products of San Miguel Corporation, Magnolia Purewater, however, is determined to end a three-year title drought this conference after losing to Harbour Centre in the finals last conference.

While Banal acknowledges that his team now has depth and maturity with the acquisition of Menor and Arellano, he said they have to come out and play with much passion and athleticism to achieve their goal this time.

“Everybody has equal chances but for us to advance to the finals and win the championship, we have to commit ourselves in playing our best each game. We have to build a new character that will help us beat the odds this time,” said Banal.

Banal’s observation that Oracle enjoys a slight edge in experience over the rest was shared by Pharex coach Carlo Tan and Cobra assistant coach Joel Palapal.

“I think the league is stacked with potential champions, but Oracle is still the team to beat. They have the experience and cohesion for winning the last six championships,” said Tan, who picked up young talents in La Salle’s James Mangahas, San Beda’s Dave Marcelo, Nestor David and Fil Am Joey Deas as a way to challenge his current players to become more assertive.

“They also have the height, so kumpleto pa rin sila in every position. I think sila ng Magnolia ang top favorites ngayon,” said Palapal.

Oracle team manager Erick Arejola, however, downplayed their chances this time since five of their players, including new recruits RJ Jazul and Mark Baracael, are members of the Philippine team under the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.

“What if they (RP team members) are out of the country, that’s our predicament right now,” said Arejola. “What we can only promise to our fans is that we will play as hard as we can and bring our never-say-die attitude to another level.”

Arejola, on his part, rated Magnolia high in his list of favorites along with Licealiz (formerly Hapee Toothpaste) due to their solid line-ups.

Licealiz will be bannered practically by the finest stars of UAAP led by Ateneo’s Chris Tiu and La Salle’s JV Casio. Aside from the two, the Lamoiyan franchise owned by Dr. Cecilio Pedro has also former UAAP MVP Jervy Cruz and JRU’s James Sena to lean on.


Takem from: http://pbl.org.ph/news.php

irateluvmachine
04-13-2009, 05:43 AM
wow...talk about "lean and mean". i don't recall the PBL having 5 teams in the past...6 teams yes, but i think this is the fewest teams ever in a PBL conference...

maroonmartian
04-14-2009, 04:09 PM
MAs marami pa ata teams yung WPBL ;D

I just hope more teams would join kasi I think 5 teams is really not that exciting. What would be the format. At best 6 teams na sila.

joelex
04-14-2009, 04:54 PM
Dapat siguro mag merge na lang sila with LIGA Pilipinas and do away with the age limit. Retain the home away format to sort of relive MBA days. The PBL is skating on thin ice now. Tsk tsk.

McCoy
04-20-2009, 01:48 PM
isa sa dahilan kya nabawasan ang team dahil sa age limit na in-impose ng PBL, walang nang makuhang de-kalidad na player mga team kya nag-leave nlng karamihan ksi lagpas na mga player nila sa age limit. kya ayun naglipatan sa mga team Liga Pilipinas. hindi kya pinapasikat ng PBL ang Liga!?

nuss
04-25-2009, 11:00 PM
What's wrong with having an age limit? Mas mabuti nga yon para hindi nagkakaagawan ng players. This is more in line with the PBL's thrust of developing the next pool of players. Nagkataon lang na nasagasaan na rin ng mga preseason collegiate tournaments yung current PBL conference.

Maybe some adjustments should be done.

Then again, maybe merging with Liga Pilipinas might not be a bad thing after all. :lol:

On second thought, Chino hates Eala's guts for calling on his refs in the NCAA finals. Sucks to be him then. :D

eightyfiver
05-29-2009, 08:28 AM
Pharex came out like a house on fire to hack out a 81-72 victory over Oracle. Chris Ross played true to form with significant contribution from bench players Orbiztondo and Villamin.

Ian Saladaga played like an ironman reminiscent of Dante Gonzalgo.

It was a highly physical game and Pharex had the biggest casualty with the ejection of Matias in the 3rd quarter after he incurred 2 technical fouls for rough play.

Melegrito was used sparingly. Apparently being reserved for the possible return of Barroca. Matindi ang bantyan ng dalawa noong 1st game, halos magpalitan ng mukha. But still an interesting sidelight ensued as name-calling and jeering heated up between the Melegrito horde and the Oracle screaming faggots.

eightyfiver
05-29-2009, 08:30 AM
double post-

eightyfiver
05-29-2009, 08:31 AM
double post-

Sam Miguel
06-07-2009, 09:17 AM
Referee Raffy Britanico must have a hell of a backer in the PBL office. He whistled in three of the five games in the Finals without having to go through drawing lots.

This is the same Raffy Britanico who was suspended after he bungled a lot of important calls in Game 4 of the Harbour-Magnolia Finals last conference.

How does he manage to still keep his job...?

Joescoundrel
06-15-2009, 07:17 AM
Sports is one field that is very much straightforward. A season or a campaign can easily be gauged as to whether to deem it a success or a failure. Athletes that compete in individual events such as boxing or running will know right away if they succeeded or failed. A decorated belt would be worn by a champion boxer. A gold medal would hang around the neck of the champion marathoner or sprinter. Even in the world of team sports it is just as black and white. At the end of the Super Bowl, the World Series, the Stanley Cup or the NBA Finals the winning team hoists the championship trophy aloft.

Indeed, success and failure in sports, unlike other facets of life, is pretty clear cut: one either won or lost. There is even a popular adage that goes “no one remembers who came in second.” Except perhaps the one who actually did come in second.

It was a rather foul-weathered evening just last week, and the Pharex Bidang Generix had just come off a bitter loss to the multi-titled Oracle Titans, formerly Harbour Centre. Truth be told no one ever thought the Bidang Generix would even make the Finals. That was in fact their first ever trip to the Philippine Basketball League Finals. For anybody else that would have been a feat in itself and they might have rested on that accomplishment already. Not these guys. “Of course since we finally made the Finals for the first time, we are going to go for it (the championship),” said youthful head coach Carlo Tan in a previous post-game interview.

Every one was there: players and their families or significant others, coaches and staff and their families and significant others, and of course the team owners and executives. At the rate they were throwing jokes and teasing each other and partaking of all the great food and free-flowing beer, one might have thought they had won the championship. There was Badong Canlas playing impromptu babysitter to Ian Saladaga’s little boy. There was Tan regaling the coaches’ table with his love story, “I got married then showed up for practice the next day and told Jean ‘I got married’ and he looked real surprised,” related Tan. There was Bryan Faundo giving Raymond Aguilar a good-bye and makeup kiss before Faundo went home. “Those two (Faundo and Aguilar) got into a fight the very first time Bryan showed up in practice,” explained Tan.

As bad as the micro monsoons were that evening, it seemed there was no dampening the spirit at the restaurant. Pharex came in as a team, as underdogs, as the bunch so easily dismissed as so much fodder for the supposedly bigger and better star-studded teams, and they were soaking in their moment. And this was indeed their moment. “We’re still champions in my book,” said team owner and Pascual Laboratories scion Jappy Pascual.

Their road to the championship series was anything but easy. In this particular conference the PBL was truly lean and mean. There were only five teams that participated and each and every team was stacked with talent dispersed from the two teams that did not see action in this conference, Toyota Otis and Burger King. Every team became loaded with talent. “There was a running joke that every game in this conference was like an All Star game because of all the talent on every team,” joked team manager Jean Alabanza, a former Ateneo varsity star. “Even our team benefited because we got Bryan (Faundo) from Toyota, so we got bigger as a team,” he added.

Pharex has always been a tough team made up mostly of players that were not considered superstars. “We don’t have a single national team player on our team,” said Tan. “Heck, I don’t even think we have a UAAP starter,” he added with a wry smile and a chuckle during that post-Finals get-together. Chris Ross has emerged as a new superstar, but was not hailed as a big name Fil-American coming into the league last year. Team leader Ronnie Matias has had a star-crossed basketball career. Josh Urbiztondo was plucked from Liga Pilipinas. None of the players on this roster is the superstar of his college team, as most of them play mainly complimentary roles in college.

That was probably the biggest reason that PBL fans and basketball observers in general didn’t give the Bidang Generix much of a chance to even make the Finals. And when they did get to the Finals, the same naysayers practically guaranteed that the mighty Oracle Titans, champions of the pervious six conferences, would sweep these finicky upstarts clear out of the gym. Lo and behold, the Bidang Generix pushed the multi-titled Titans to the full five games, gave them all they could handle and very nearly pulled off a monumental upset.

Pharex displayed incredible discipline, patience and teamwork throughout the Series. They put on a fullcourt press that wreaked havoc on the Oracle offense. The Titan guards practically bled to push the ball past the midcourt line. In the halfcourt they disrupted passing lanes as their fast and active hands and feet minced up passing angles and cut off the entry passes into the low post where Oracle had the advantage. They sealed off, boxed out and gang-rebounded with purpose. They were unselfish as they constantly moved the ball to find open teammates and broke out quickly on transition opportunities. A few breaks here and there and they could have easily been celebrating their first franchise title.

A couple of them will not be around by the time the next conference rolls around due mainly to the age limit imposed by the league. Some will be applying for the professional draft. But for now, in a conference this tough and loaded, they got a glimpse of what they can achieve when they play as a team, when they hang together as a team, when they believe as a team. I asked Jappy Pascual one last question and his answer was unequivocal, “Siempre naman, laban lang ng laban, we’ll be back.”