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Dark Knight
04-15-2009, 02:54 PM
Two ex-deputies make PBL coaching debuts

By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 23:44:00 04/12/2009

MANILA, Philippines - A pair of former assistancts will take over as head coaches of two powerhouse teams when the 2009 PBL PG Flex Unity Cup rolls off tomorrow at the San Juan gym.

Glenn Capacio will man the sidelines when Oracle (formerly Harbour Centre) kicks off its bid for a seventh straight crown, while Egay Macaraya will call the shots for Licealiz (formerly Hapee Toothpaste).

But only one coach will debut as a winner as the two squads square off on opening day at 4 p.m., right after the 2 p.m. encounter between Magnolia Purewater and Pharex.

Capacio served as deputy of coach Jorge Gallent, who crossed over to the PBA as Purefoods’ assistant after steering the Batang Pier to a record six consecutive championships.

Adjustment, though, won’t be a problem for the Far Eastern University mentor as five Tamaraws suit up for Oracle in the season-ending tournament.

Rico Maierhofer and Edwin Asoro head the Oracle cast along with FEU standouts Benedict Fernandez, Mark Barroca, Mac Baracael, JR Cawaling and Aldrech Ramos.

Macaraya worked for Hapee as an assistant before coach Gee Abanilla focused on his new duties as member of the San Miguel coaching staff.

“[He’s] one added inspiration to us, and I believe Egay is fit for the job,” said team manager Bernard Yang. “He has been with the league for quite some time now.”

Macaraya, a former San Sebastian star, played for the Magnolia Ice Cream squad that dominated the league two decades ago.

“The coming conference will be a wide open race but I believe we have a pretty good chance now,” said Yang.

Licealiz boasts a revamped roster bannered by Ateneo’s Chris Tiu, La Salle’s JV Casio, University of Santo Tomas’ Jervy Cruz and Jose Rizal University’s James Sena.

Tiu reunites with Casio after the two guards trained with the Smart-Gilas Philippine developmental team in recent months.

Dark Knight
04-15-2009, 02:55 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.


Dark Knight
04-15-2009, 02:56 PM
Big start by Titans, Wizards
April 14, 2009, 7:38pm

Games Wednesday (San Juan gym)
2 p.m. — Licealiz vs Magnolia
4 p.m. — Oracle vs Cobra

Harbour Centre can now relax and enjoy its retirement.

Oracle Residences assured that Tuesday as it scored a surprisingly easy 73-64 decision over a star-studded Licealiz squad in a win that made its sister team mightily proud at the start of the 2009 PBL PG Flex Unity Cup at the San Juan gym.

Showing they’re ready to assume Harbour’s mantle, the Oracle Titans played with the same discipline and spunk that enabled their sister team win a record sixth straight championship to beat the Hair Doctors – the same squad the Batang Pier beat thrice in the finals of the last five conferences.

The win was doubly sweet for coach Glenn Capacio for it was his debut as head coach in the country’s premier amateur basketball league.

Equally impressive was Magnolia Purewater, which pulled off a thrilling 82-75 win over Pharex in the first game.

With last conference’s Finals MVP Mark Barroca, Rico Maierhofer and new recruit Chris Timberlake at helm, the Titans led as many as 23 points, 52-29, before relaxing a bit in the final 10 minutes that saw the Hair Doctors trim the deficit to less than 10 points.

“I’m happy Harbour boys adjusted to my system. I was nervous at first but after we won the game, masayang-masaya ako. I just hope we can do much better next time,” said Capacio, who is also the coach of Far Eastern University.

Barroca led Oracle with 17 points, seven rebounds and two assists while Maierhofer and Edwin Asoro combined for 28 points and 13 rebounds.

RP team members Chris Tiu and JV Casio were held to just 6 and 2 points, respectively. They fell victims to Oracle’s stingy defense.

The Wizards, the losing finalists in the last conference, drew big games from Dylan Ababou and Neil Raneses to likewise open their title bid on a high note.

The 6-foot-4 Ababou, a member of the Philippine team that underwent a three-week training in Serbia, sizzled with a 20 points, including a booming three-point shot at the crucial stage of the game despite practicing only thrice since they arrived last week.

“He’s really a great help to the team and his foreign training made him even more dangerous,” said coach Koy Banal of Ababou.

Tuesday's game results:

First Game

Magnolia 82 — Ababou 20, Raneses 19, Alcaraz 20, Arellano 10, Pascual 6, Amparado 5, Arao 3, Saldua 3, Menor 2, Hayes 2, Gile 1, Taylor 1. Torres 0, Losentes 0.

Pharex 75 — Gerilla 21, Matias 17, Ross 14, Aguilar 5, Saladaga 5, Bauzon 5, Co 4, Urbiztondo 3, Ebuen 1, Canada 0, Canlas 0, Allera 0, Faundo 0.

Quarters: 19-20, 41-38, 69-59, 82-75.

Second Game

Oracle 73 — Barroca 17, Maierhofer 15, Asoro 13, Timblerblake 12, Wilson 6, Baracael 4, Ramos 3, Dedicatoria 2, Fernandez 1, Knuttel 0, Sanga 0, Cervabtes 0, Serios 0.

Licealiz 64 — Cruz 16, daa 14, Vanlandingham 9, Quinday 7, Tiu 6, Hugnatan 5, Sena 2, Casio 2, Convento 1, Viray 1, Saguindel 1, Maconcido 0, Morial 0, Espiritu 0.

Quarters: 25-19, 41-26, 56-43, 73-64.


Dark Knight
04-15-2009, 03:00 PM
Oracle Scheds

Apr 16. vs Cobra

Apr 18 vs Pharex

Apr 21 vs Magnolia

2nd Round

Apr 25 vs Licealiz

Apr 30 vs Magnolia

May 2 vs Cobra

May 5 vs Pharex

Dark Knight
04-17-2009, 01:49 PM
PBL: Rookie Barroca saves Oracle from defeat

Rookie Mark Barroca saved Oracle Residences from near defeat leading the Titans to a 76-68 victory against Cobra Energy Drink in Thursday’s PBL PG Flex Unity Cup at the San Juan Gym.

Holding on to a slim 69-67 lead in the final 54 ticks of the game, Barroca completed a three-point play to give the Titans a 72-67 advantage time down to 32 seconds.

The Titans even enjoyed a 16-point spread in the first half but the Energy Warriors, fresh from a three-week training in the United States, threatened in the final minute of the match.

“We played well in the first quarter but suddenly nagrelax yung mga bata kaya naka-recover yung Cobra kaya nahirapan tuloy kami," said Oracle coach Glenn Capacio.

Rico Maierhofer led Oracle with 13 points and 11 rebounds while Barroca, Edwin Asoro and Chris Timberlake combined for 32 markers.

Patrick Cabahug and Orlando Daroya paced the Energy Warriors with 16 and 12 points each as Cobra missed the services of last conference’s best player winner Paul Lee, who is still nursing an injury that he suffered in the previous tournament. – GMANews.TV

Dark Knight
04-21-2009, 09:09 AM
Oracle posts 3rd straight win
April 18, 2009, 9:41pm

Benedict Fernandez buried back-to-back triples in the last three minutes as Oracle Residences rolled to its third straight win in the 2009 PBL PG Flen Unity Cup at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig.

The Titans came out flat and trailed by 15 points in the second quarter but came alive in the fourth quarter where they outscored the Bidang Generix, 27-17, to stay unbeaten in the short but tough classification round of the season-ending tournament.

Fernandez typified Oracle’s torrid shooting in the fourth frame where he tallied seven of his 13 points that helped the Titans turn the table in their favor.

As usual, Mark Barroca and Chris Timberblake also played big roles in the team’s fourth quarter binge as they scored four points each.

Timberblake topscored for the Titans with 16 points, 9 of them in the first half that kept them in the thick of the fight. Barroca finished with 12 points and two assists, including a spectacular behind-the-back assist that resulted to a basket by seldom-used Jason Nocom for an 87-80 lead.

“We played poorly in the first half as we allowed them so many fastbreak points but we adjusted well in the second half,” said coach Glenn Capacio.

Though he was elated with the clutch shooting of Fernandez – also his player at Far Eastern University – Capacio credited much of the team’s early success to his players’ never-say-die attitude.

“Good thing about this team is that we have a lot of players who can step up at any given time. They have the license to shoot if they’re open,” said Capacio who also paid tribute to the team’s veterans – Rico Maierhofer and Edwin Asoro – for their unselfish play.

Back-to-back baskets by Maierhofer and John Wilson gave the Titans their first taste of the lead since the first quarter, 73-71, with still over five minutes left.

After Sean Co knocked down a triple that moved the Bidang Generix to within 78-79, Fernandez unleashed back-to-back triples that all but settled the outcome of the game.

With Chris Ross scoring on several one-on-one plays, Pharex took a 50-35 lead late in the second quarter.


Dark Knight
04-22-2009, 11:52 AM
Oracle trips Magnolia
April 21, 2009, 10:17pm
Oracle Residences completed a sweep of the first round by repulsing Magnolia Purewater behind a furious fourth quarter show, 74-63, in the 2009 PBL PG Flex Unity Cup at the San Juan Gym.

The Titans struggled in the first three quarters but pulled away from a slim 57-55 lead after unleashing a vicious 17-3 run which was enough to unnerve the Wizards.

Out to continue the winning tradition of sister team – Harbour Centre – the Titans hardly felt the absence of star players Mark Barroca, Mac Baracael, JR Cawaling and Aldrech Ramos — all training with the RP developmental team in the United States.\

"I'm happy that even without the RP team players, nagstep-up ang team," said Oracle head coach Glenn Capacio. "Yan ang kagandahan sa team na ito, may mga players na nagcontribute at hindi isa o dalawa lang ang aasahan."

Edwin Asoro led a well-balanced attack for the Titans with 17 points. John Wilson and Benedict Fernandez added 12 and 11, respectively.

In the first game, rookie guard Chris Ross fired seven of his 24 points in the payoff period as Pharex stunned Cobra Energy Drink, 71-69, for its first win.

With the specter of losing a third straight game, Ross took matters into his own hands, scoring on drives and jumpers to rally his team from an eight-point deficit to help the Bidang Generix barge into the win column.

In brilliant all-around performance, the 6-foot-1 Ross also tallied eight rebounds, five assists and two steals in 33 minutes, a performance that enabled coach Carlo Tan to heave a big sigh of relief.

Pharex, which blew away a 15-point lead in a loss to league-leading Oracle Residences last Saturday, trailed 57-49, 17 seconds into the final quarter but a 21-8 blitz in an eight-minute stretch, capped off by a tip-in by Ross, enabled the Bidang Generix to grab a 70-65 lead with 1:32 seconds to go in the contest.

Dark Knight
04-27-2009, 08:03 AM
Oracle gains semifinals
April 25, 2009, 7:49pm

t’s business as usual for Oracle Residences.
Living up to the winning tradition of its sister team, Harbour Centre, the Oracle Titans banked on their explosive second quarter performance to beat the Licealiz Hair Doctors for the fifth straight time, 79-72, and clinch the first semis berth in the 2009 PBL PG Flex Unity Cup Saturday at the San Juan gym.

John Wilson and Benedict Fernandez produced decent numbers once again but it was the fine all-around performance of rookie Chris Timberblake that helped the Titans notch their fifth straight win in the season-ending tournament.

Likewise, the win enabled the Titans to maintain their supremacy over the Hair Doctors - the very same squad they swept in the semis of the last conference. They also beat the Hair Doctors, 73-64, in the first round.

Wilson, one of the top guns of the Jose Rizal University, fired 16 points, including six charities in the last 52 seconds as the Titans warded off Licealiz last-ditch comeback.

Fernandez was equally impressive in the fourth where he banged in a triple and jaw-dropping undergoal basket that fueled a mild run for a 72-62 lead.

Fernandez finished with 13 points to match the scoring output of forward Jason Nocum who had a breakthrough game.

The scores:

First Game
ORACLE 79 - Wilson 16, Fernandez 13, Nocom 13, Timberblake 11, Maierhofer 8, Dedicatoria 6, Asoro 6, Labagala 4, Serios 2.

LICEALIZ 72 - Daa 21, Cruz 15, Viray 10, Convento 7, Vanlandingham 6, Saguindel 6, Sena 4, Hugnatan 2, Quinday 1, Maconocido 0, Morial 0, Olarte 0, Espiritu 0.

Quarters: 14-16, 39-32, 58-49, 79-72.

Lemuel M.
04-28-2009, 05:33 PM
Sila na naman magchachampion. 8)

Dark Knight
05-01-2009, 09:44 AM
Wizards stun Titans; Hair Doctors in semis
April 30, 2009, 10:09pm

Fil-Am Edwin Torres buried a clutch 3-point shot while former San Beda ace Ogie Menor produced a brilliant all-around game as Magnolia Purewater beat early semifinalist Oracle Residences, 77-75, in the 2009 PBL PG Flex Unity Cup Thursday at the San Juan gym.

Torres, a 5-foot-8 guard hoping to play in the pro league next year, shattered a 73-73 count with a huge trey to help repel Oracle’s comeback from a 16-point deficit in the second quarter.

Rico Maierhofer, however, kept Oracle’s bid alive with a tough drive, 76-75, and looked set to score another remarkable come-from-behind win after Magnolia’s JP Alcaraz split his charities.

But Menor came through with a defensive gem, tapping the ball away from Benedict Fernandez that led to a loose ball scramble. Maierhofer got the leather but was called for a traveling violation that all but dashed Oracle’s hopes of keeping its record clean.

First Game

MAGNOLIA 77 - Menor 17, Arellano 13, Saldua 10, Alcaraz 7, Raneses 7, Hayes 6, Torres 5, Amparado 4, Pascual 4, Taylor 2, Arao 2, Losentes 0.

ORACLE 75 - Maierhofer 13, Fernandez 10, Asoro 10, Timberlake 7, Cervantes 7, Wilson 7, Labagala 6, Serios 5, Dedicatoria 4, Sanga 3, Nocom 3.

Quarters: 23-14; 43-33; 58-52; 77-75.

Dark Knight
05-06-2009, 08:51 AM
Home > Sports > Top Stories Pharex shocks Magnolia, revives PBL semis bid

MANILA, Philippines - Pharex caught Magnolia Purewater napping as the Bidang Generix romped to a surprisingly easy 80-61 win and revived its bid for an outright semis berth in the 2009 PBL Unity Cup Tuesday at the San Juan gym.

A big letdown the past three games, Fil-Am Chris Ross sizzled this time, registering a rare triple-double of 14 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists to help lift the Bidang Generix to third place at 3-4 – the same record as their victims.

Ross’s triple-double was the first since November 2007 when former Hapee star Gabe Norwood, who had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists against Harbour Centre.

Enjoying a slight edge over the Wizards in the tiebreaker, the Bidang Generix can clinch the third and last automatic semis berth if they beat pace-setter Oracle Residences on Thursday.

In the first game, Oracle Residences unleashed its wrath on the hapless Cobra Energy Drink squad as the Titans scored a runaway 97-80.

Unlike the last time out, the Titans came out with guns ablaze as they practically settled the outcome of the game early in the third quarter when they posted a commanding a 58-36 lead behind the red-hot shooting of John Wilson and Benedict Fernandez.

The win – their sixth in seven starts – enabled the Titans to redeem themselves from a stinging 77-75 loss to Magnolia last week. Cobra finished the two-round classification phase with a 2-6 record.

Fernandez and Wilson shared scoring honors with 14 points apiece while veterans Edwin Asoro and Rico Maierhofer – both hoping to play in the pro league this year – also produced huge numbers.

Asoro, the former star of National University, chipped in 12 points and five rebounds while the 6-foot-6 Maierhofer was a point shy of completing another double-double with 9 points and 12 rebounds.

The Energy Warriors tried to make a run of their own but the Titans were ready to weather it off.

Seldom-used players like Jason Nocom and VJ Serios also stepped up, combining for 21 points as Oracle underscored its might and depth. –GMANews.TV

Dark Knight
05-10-2009, 12:00 PM
Pharex bags third outright semis berth
(May 8, 2009)

Pharex got back at early semifinalist and first round tormentor Oracle Residences, 86-79, to clinch the third outright semis berth in the PBL PG Flex Unity Cup yesterday at the San Juan gym.

Out to prove their smashing 80-61 win over Magnolia Purewater last Tuesday was no fluke, the Bidang Generix was all business from the start to hand the Titans their only second defeat and post their first back-to-back wins in the season-ending tournament.

The Bidang Generix actually finished in a three-way tie with Licealiz and Magnolia for second to fourth but it was the Hair Doctors and Bidang Generix who secured the last automatic semis berth on account of their superior quotients over the Wizards.

The Wizards, who earlier beat Licealiz, 75-63, were relegated into a best-of-three quarterfinal series with Cobra Energy Drink starting tomorrow.

Dark Knight
05-15-2009, 10:37 AM
Oracle, Licealiz take first game

Seeded teams Oracle Residences and Licealiz Shampoo won their respective first games in the PBL PG Flex Unity Cup semis series on May 14 at the San Juan Gym.

The Titans got the first strike against Cobra Energy, 83-70.

Four players scored in double digits for Oracle with Benedict Fernandez leading the way with 18 points.

Pari Llagas and Patrick Cabahug led the Energy Warriors with 12 points apiece.

In the second game, the Hair Doctors won against Pharex, 83-72.

Lance Convento finished with 16 points and seven rebounds. Josh Vanlandingham had an equivalent output of 16.

Viray came up with 11, all coming in the second half, five rebounds, and two assists, while Jervy Cruz fouled out with ten markers.

Chris Ross missed a triple-double, producing 12 points, 16 boards, and nine feeds. Francis Allera helped out with 11 markers.

from Ubelt.com

Dark Knight
05-17-2009, 10:06 AM
Oracle trips Cobra, nears PBL title tiff
Updated May 17, 2009 12:00 AM
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MANILA, Philippines - Oracle Residences recovered in time to turn back Cobra Energy Drink, 78-73, and take a step closer to the championship in the 2009 PBL PG Flex Unity Cup yesterday at the San Juan gym.

The Titans built a 73-56 lead midway in the fourth quarter but lost their bearing towards the end, enabling the Energy Warriors to close within 73-76 behind Paul Lee and Patrick Cabahug.

The Energy Warriors actually had the chance to tie the count following another miss by the Titans but Orlando Daroya missed a three-point attempt.

Oracle’s VJ Serios sealed the victory with two foul shots with 13.6 seconds left as the Titans completed their back-to-back victories over the Energy Warriors in their best-of-five semis series.

Rico Maierhofer had another double-double outing for the Titans, scoring 14 points and hauling down 12 rebounds.

Dark Knight
05-20-2009, 09:52 AM
Cobra halts Oracle; Pharex scores
Updated May 20, 2009 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Cobra Energy Drink finally hurdled Oracle Residences in five tries, pulling off a 92-88 decision yesterday to keep its finals bid alive in the PBL PG Flex Unity Cup semifinals at the San Juan gym.

Paul Lee, Rudy Lingganay and Patrick Cabahug combined for 10 triples, including seven in the second quarter where the Energy Warriors took command before holding on in the clutch to pound out the victory that cut the Titans’ lead in their best-of-five semis series to 2-1.

The Energy Warriors took a commanding 73-61 lead off an off-balanced trey by Raffy Reyes but the Titans struck back to within 78-79 on a three-point play by Fil-Am Chris Timberlake with 2:19 left in the contest.

Lingganay, however, came through with a twinner and Cabahug rifled in another trey as Cobra foiled the Titans’ sweep bid.

Dark Knight
05-21-2009, 10:05 PM
Cobra extends series

Meanwhile, Cobra Energy extended its series against Oracle Residences, 88-80, behind Paul Lee's career high 30 points.

Last conference's best player also churned 16/18 from the line with seven rebounds, eight assist, and two steals.

Patrick Cabahug had 20 points, five rebounds, and a block. Pari Llagas also played big in the payoff period, concluding with 16 markers on 7/11 shooting, 13 boards, two steals, and two rejections.

Rico Maierhofer topscored for the Titans with 16 points and eight rebounds. Jerwin Gaco helped out with 15 markers and 11 boards.

Chris Timberlake also had 13 points.

Dark Knight
05-23-2009, 07:19 PM
Oracle won against Cobra 97-77 to advance to the chanpionship round. The 4 Tams of the RP team played led by Barocca, Ramos, Cawaling and Baracael.

Dark Knight
05-27-2009, 08:54 AM
Barroca leads Titans charge

By Cedelf P. Tupas
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:01:00 05/27/2009

Filed Under: Basketball

3 p.m.—Oracle Residences vs. Pharex

MANILA, Philippines - Mark Barocca made a cameo appearance that could prove decisive for Oracle Residences in the PBL PG Flex Unity Cup finals.

Delaying his flight to Japan by a couple of days to make himself available for Game 1, Barroca joined forces with Rico Maierhofer and Chris Timberlake to spark a late uprising that propelled the Titans to a 79-73 decision of the Pharex Bidang Generix Tuesday for a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five finals at the San Juan Gym.

The Titans led by 11 twice, the last coming in the third quarter, but they needed a late explosion from Maierhofer, Timberlake and Barroca to hold off the resilient Bidang Generix.

A victory in Game 2 Thursday will put the Titans on the brink of a seventh consecutive title for the Mikee Romero-owned franchise.

The Titans got an unexpected boost Monday night when team manager Erick Arejola managed to convince the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to allow Barroca and Aldrech Ramos to delay their trip to Japan, where the national team was to play a series of exhibition matches.

“Their presence was important for us in this game,” said Oracle coach Glenn Capacio of Barroca and Ramos, who are expected to miss Games 2 and 3 as they are scheduled to leave for Japan Wednesday.

After burning the Cobra Energy Warriors with 30 points in Game 5 of the semifinals, Barroca, winner of the league’s Fantastic Freshman award, finished with 14 this time on top of nine rebounds and four assists.

Maierhofer bullied his way for a twinner then drove down an open lane for a two-handed slam and Timberlake nailed a couple of short stabs, before Barroca made back-to-back fastbreak layups inside the final two minutes.

The telling 14-2 blast turned a 60-62 deficit with 7:30 remaining to a 10-point bubble, 74-64, heading into the final 1:28.

The Scores:
ORACLE 79—Fernandez 19, Barroca 14, Maierhofer 14, Labagala 11, Timberlake 8, Gaco 5, Serios 4, Asoro 2, Ramos 2, Wilson 0, Dedicatoria 0.

PHAREX 73—Matias 28, Saladaga 15, Allera 9, Aguilar 8, Ross 8, Ebuen 5, Villamin 0, Melegrito 0, Canlas 0, Faundo 0, Co 0.
Quarters: 13-10, 35-27, 55-54, 79-73

Dark Knight
05-29-2009, 07:58 AM
Fil-Ams deliver for Pharex as Bidang Generix tie PBL series
05/28/2009 | 08:51 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Pharex’s Fil-Am connection delivered big time for the Bidang Generix in Thursday’s Game 2 in the 2009 PBL PG Flex Unity Cup finals at the San Juan Gym.

Chris Ross, who was named as the season-ending conference’s best player, teamed up with Josh Urbiztondo in leading Pharex to an 81-72 victory over Oracle Residences to tie the best-of-five championship series at one game each.

Ross and Urbiztondo combined for 25 points to provide the needed firepower to support Ian Saladaga’s game-long performance.

The three took advantage of Philippine developmental team members Mark Barroca, Mac Baracael, JR Cawaling and Aldrech Ramos’ absence to complete the win.

“We showed up with a lot of energy unlike in Game 1 when we were disoriented," said Pharex coach Carlo Tan. “It’s going to be brutal in Game 3. We expect it to be as physical as this game."

The 6-foot-1 Ross finished with 11 points and nearly registered another triple-double with his nine rebounds and eight assists. Urbiztondo, meanwhile, added 14 points coming off the bench.

But it was Saladaga’s game-long brilliance that carried Pharex to victory as the do-it-all forward scored 10 of his team-high 18 points in a 28-17 third quarter exchange that gave the Bidang Generix a 62-43 spread heading into the final period. Saladaga also grabbed 10 rebounds.

Raymond Aguilar and Dondon Villamin chipped in 12 and 11 each also for Pharex.

“Our bench do the small things even if they don't score and that's how we measure their contributions and not just the stats," said Tan, who got 30 points from his bench players.

Jerwin Gaco and Benedict Fernandez finished with 18 and 17 markers while Robert Labagala added 10 more.

Missing in Oracle’s offense was Rico Maierhofer, who was held to just six points behind a 2-of-9 shooting from the field. Despite his low scoring output, Maierhofer collared 18 rebounds. – GMANews.TV

Dark Knight
05-31-2009, 07:59 AM
Oracle nears PBL crown
(May 31, 2009)

Game Tuesday (Ynares Sports Center, Pasig City)
3 p.m. – Pharex vs Oracle Residences

Pharex’s Chris Ross crowned himself as the Most Valuable Player of the season but his coronation was spoiled by the resilient Oracle Residences which moved onto the threshold of winning the 2009 PBL PG Flex Unity Cup yesterday at the Ynares Sports Center.

Chris Timberlake, who is also hoping to join the pro league like Ross, presided over the Titans’ telling breakaway in the fourth period en route to a resounding 88-70 win that gave them a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five championship.

While Ross appeared tight and edgy, the 5-foot-10 Timberlake was a picture of calm and confidence, setting up plays with razor-sharp precision and scoring in transition from time to time to help turn a close contest into a rout.

He finished with a team-high 19 points on eight of 14 shooting aside from grabbing six rebounds and dishing out three assists in 34 minutes of action. He had seven points in the third that saw them took a 69-58 lead going into the final 10 minutes.

Timberlake and Rico Maierhofer scored five points each early in the fourth that put their lead beyond Pharex’s reach.

Ross did score 16 points but was just 5-of-16 from the field. His seven rebounds and 4 assists went to naught as he committed a game-high six errors.

John Wilson and Rob Labagala also had their own shining moments as they finished with 16 points each in a performance that more than made up for the absence of key players, including the prolific guard Mark Barroca.

The Titans can clinch their first title and seventh straight for the Mikee Romero-owned franchise with another win on Tuesday.

A bad news for Pharex is that Barroca and three other members of the RP Developmental team – Aldrech Ramos, Mac Baracael and JR Cawaling – will rejoin the team after taking part in an invitational tournament in Japan. The four are expected to arrive tomorrow.

Oracle coach Glenn Capacio was all praises for his three guards – Timberlake, Wilson anf Labagala – for their steady shooting.

Capacio also credited their defense for shutting down Pharex’s outside gunners like Francis Allera and Ian Saladaga who missed a combined seven shots from the three-point zone.

“Our defense was almost perfect today and that our guards stepped up big time today,” said Capacio. “We just hope to sustain our momentum.”

Ronnie Matias was also threw out of his comfort zone and was held to just 13 points and seven rebounds.

The Titans took the initiative early behind their impressive shooting anchored on the creative plays of Timberlake, the ferocious rebounding of Maierhofer and Jerwin Gaco , and the firepower provided by Wilson and Labagala.

They even threatened to rip the game in the second quarter but reserved guard John Urbiztondo hit three straight triples that pushed them to within 39-42 at half time.

Oracle finished the half with a high 49 percent shooting clip from the field on 17-of-35 against 38 percent for the Bidang Generix who made only 12 of 32 attempts.

The scores

Oracle 88 – Timberlake 19, Labagala 16, Wilson 16, Maierhofer 12, Gaco 7, Asoro 6, Fernandez 5, Nocom 5, Serios 2.

Pharex 70 – Ross 16, Matias 13, Urbiztondo 13, Saladaga 9, Co 7, Villamin 5, Canlas 3, Faundo 2, Aguilar 2, Allera 0, Melegrito 0.

Quarters: 19-13; 42-39; 69-58; 88-70.

Dark Knight
06-03-2009, 11:08 PM
Pharex Evens Series
(June 3, 2009)

Game Tomorrow (Ynares Sports Center, Pasig)
3 p.m. – Oracle Residences vs Pharex
Best-of-Five title series
Game 1 – Oracle 79, Pharex 73
Game 2 – Pharex 81, Oracle 72
Game 3 – Oracle 88, Pharex 70
Game 4 – Pharex 73, Oracle 67
(Series tied at 2-2)

Ronnie Matias and Fil-Am Josh Urbiztondo outplayed the members of the RP Developmental team as Pharex ambushed Oracle Residences, 73-67, and forced a winner-take-all match in their title showdown in the 2009 PBL PG Flex Unity Cup yesterday at the Ynares Sports Center.

The 6-foot-4 Matias recovered from a so-so performance in the first three quarters to score eight straight points in the crucial fourth period to turn things around for the Bidang Generix who showed steely resolve starting in the second quarter.

Matias’ last basket gave the Bidang Generix 69-64 lead, enough to cushion Oracle’s desperate comeback.

A series of errors, including an inbound violation by Mark Barroca – of all people – did the Titans in.
The Titans threatened at 67-69 on a split by Barroca but Urbiztondo sealed the win with two charities following that Barroca’s violation.

Actually, it was Urbiztondo who started it all for the Bidang Generix.

With just two seconds left in the second quarter, Urbiztondo swished a 30-footer, which proved to be the push the Bidang Generix needed to rouse his teammates from almost 10 minutes of stupor. He buried three more triples and Sean Co added another along the way that saw the Bidang Generix led by 11 points. He finished with 19 points – his highest so far this conference.

Matias, who had 16 points, grabbed 9 rebounds as the Bidang Generix outrebounded the Titans for the first time in the series, 53-39.

Pharex coach Carlo Tan said it was their patience and heart that powered them to victory.

“It was very tough, but I expect that because Oracle is a tough team. It was our heart that carried us to victory,” said Tan.

Urbiztondo even outclassed Barroca as he finished with 19 points, 11 of them in the second quarter. Barroca was held to just three points as he was hounded by Ross. He had only three attempts from the field goal in his comeback after missing Game 3 due to his commitment with the RP Developmental team.

Ross could only score six points but had 13 rebounds and eight assists.

The rest of the RP team members -- Aldrech Ramos and Mac Baracael bombed out. The 6-foot-6 Ramos scored only six points while Baracael was shut down.

The scores:

Pharex 73 – Urbiztondo 19, Matias 16, Faundo 6, Ross 6, Allera 5, Aguilar 4, Gerilla 4, Co 4, Bauzon 2, Saladaga 1, Melegrito 0.

Oracle 67 – Gaco 16, Fernandez 14, Timberlake 12, Maierhofer 9, Ramos 6, Asoro 5, Barroca 3, Wilson 2, Labagala 0, Nocom 0, Serior 0, Bacacael 0.

Quarters: 13-16; 40-37; 53-54; 73-67.

Dark Knight
06-04-2009, 05:22 PM
ORACLE TITANS won the PG-FLEX Unity Cup at the expense of Pharex Generix. The first for rookie coach Glen Capacio and the 7th for the Mikee Romero franchise. Chris Timberlake is the Finals MVP. Finals Pivotal Player is Mark Barocca.