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04-09-2009, 09:33 AM
Swift on an upswing
June 1988

When Alvin Patrimonio gets hot, expect the Swift hotdogs to sizzle. a big letdown during the eliminations, Swift, reigning international invitational cup champions, suddenly was transformed into a well-knit and cohesive quintet against the Converse all-Star at the start of the Freedom Cup semifinals last monday at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
"I think we were peaking at the right time," explained coach Arturo Valenzona, denying that Patrimonio alone was responsible for the hotdogs' 105-100 victory over the All-Stars.
Converse, being handled by Jun Celis, had earlier beaten the hotdogs twice in the eliminations, including in the playoff for the third automatic semis berth. Patrimonio, who is playing in his last conference as an amateur before joining Purefoods in the PBA, fired a night-high 31 points, blocked five shots aside from outclassing ex-pro Rolando Buhay, Josel Angeles and Converse's tall men in the battle for the rebounds.
as expected, the tough backcourt duo of Elmer Cabahug and Renato Agustin also stood at the forefront of Swift's balanced offensive, Cabahug and Agustin had 25 and 19 points, respectively, as they dominated counterparts Eric Altamirano and Raymond Celis all night long.
Swift's victory, along with those of Magnolia and Sta.Lucia Realty, gave them a headstart over the other semifinalists - Agfa Color, Converse and Philips Sardines. Aside from the hotdogs, the Realtors under coach Nemie Villegas, showed signs of improvement by repulsing Agfa, 122-113.
The Ice Cream makers dealt eliminations topnotcher Philips an overpowering 84-71 beating.

And this Article from Vincent Santos Talao
November 23-29, 1989

Tight PABL semis race

The big concern in the San Miguel Beer Cup right now is not which team will capture the championship, but which two ballclubs will qualify for the PABL Maharlika Cup semifinal round which starts on December 4.
Four Teams - El Rancho (8-3), NBA Bacolod (8-3), Pepsi-Mindanao (7-3) and Pampanga All Stars (7-3) - are eyeing berths in the eight-team semifinals with either NBA or Pepsi certain to pick up one of the two spots after recent developments.
On November 29 with Qatar-PABL selection presumably back, the Maharlika Cup eliminations resume with a three-game schedule at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum, at 4 p.m., Afga Colors meets Philips Sardines while Pop Cola and Burger City clash at 5:30 p.m. the Sta.Lucia-Crispa encounter closes the curtains at 7 p.m.
Pop Cola, Crispa and Magnolia have all secured slots in the semifinal round, leaving four ball clubs struggling to nail the three other spots remaining.

04-23-2009, 03:01 PM
Something's wrong with Swift
By: Rey Lachica
June 1988

What's bugging powerhouse Swift Hotdogs?
It's not yet the semifinals of the ongoing PABL Freedom cup at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum but the hotdogs, reigning champions in the International Invitational Cup, are still hadly a shadow of their old devastating selves. Spitfire Ricric Marata is still trying his luck at the IBAF league in Canada, but the hotdogs definitely have the edge against the seven other competing teams as far as manpower is concerned. Alvin Patrimonio, who is set to turn professional after the tournament, has not been playing up to par. Renato Agustin and Elmer Cabahug are trying their best to bail Swift out of trouble but overall the hotdogs problem seems to boil down to one thing; team play.
Despite an array of superstars in its lineup, Swift, sad to say, has not been able to wipe out the opposition as expected. One glaring example of Swift's so-so performance in the tournament was its near-loss to cellar-dweller AFPSLAI last Monday. The hotdogs took the half, 60-46, but soon crumbled under the swirling offensive of the troopers in the final period. If not for Patrimonio's gun-beating three point shot, the hotdogs would have suffered defeat.
Swift's uninspired performance so far has been a big contrast to the showing of the three early semifinalists, especially Agfacolor. The film specialists advanced outright to the semis in the company of Philips Sardines and Converse, which relegated Swift into the second phase of eliminations. The Film Specialists do not boast of superstars, except for former Letran standouts and the comebacking Lim Eng Beng. Philips has Benjie Paras and other up-and-coming cagers, while Converse has improved tremendously.
"never say die ang mga players ko," was how Agfa mentor Eddie Reyes explained the film specialists early entry in the semis. Converse mentor Jun Celis, on the other hand, said the All-stars are raring to give the favorites a tough run for their money. This cannot be said of the hotdogs, indeed, the Swift quintet has a lot of homework to do to regain its lofty perch at the top.

Fresh PABL stats by: Nap Gutierrez

Benjie Paras is leading the players' all-around value with 289 statistical points after the PABL elims, closely following him are Peter Aguilar of RFM-Swift and Hernani Demigillo of Sta.Lucia.
Top Scorers are Antonio Dela Cerna (Sta.Lucia), Elmer Cabahug (Swift), Benjie Paras (Philips), Alvin Patrimonio (Swift), and Nonoy Narredo (AFPSLAI).
Benjie Paras is the authoritative leader in the rebounding department, Eric Altamirano is No.1 in assists, Verne Villarias of Purefoods is tops in steals and interceptions, while Demigillo is leading in shot blocks.
Junel Baculi is No.1 in three-point field goals, Altamirano is No.1 in two-point field goals while Nelson Asaytono is tops in the free throw line.

04-23-2009, 03:08 PM
PABL Violent Sideshows
By: Vincent Santos Talao
December 1988

Two games in Monday's PABL maharlika cup semifinal round schedule will be long remembered for contrasting reasons, the match between McDonald's Taipei and Burger City for the sheer lopsidedness of the result and the brazen tactics employed by some burger players, and the Philips Sardines-Swift squeeze classic for its suspense, intensity and overall brilliance.
The first game ended with the Taiwanese offensive posting a 104-74 romp of Burger City. McDonalds, shocked to its senses by an 88-83 loss to Magnolia on December 2, collected 30 points from the 3-point area alone, the Taiwanese put the game away in the early minutes of the second half, several burger players, frustrated by their inability to pierce the aggressive Chinese-Taipei defense, decided to retaliate in a different manner.
First, 6-4 center Macario Torres tried to draw a charge and go under national player cheng-chih-lung at the same time, not only did the referees slap an intentional foul on him, the shot went in and the Burger slotman, carried backward by the impact of the driving cheng, smashed the back of his head hard on the floor and had to be helped back to the bench. Then, Leo Pujante, a pint-sized point guard who sports a beard, pounced on a driving chen wen-hsiung that immediately drew an intentional from the officials, apparently, the crowd's jeering went unheard for just before he went out during the substitution, Pujante planted an elbow at Chen's spine that sent the chinese rushing to the bench in pain and which the referees missed. These happened right in front of league commissioner Ramoncito Campos, BAP deputy secretary-general Caloy Manzanillo, BARECOM chief Romy Fernandez and members of the technical committee. Acts like these should merit strong reprimand from the league officials.
Several papers, despite the lateness of the hour, managed to squeeze in a fair-length account of the epic battle between Philips and Swift in the sport section. The encounter, which left everybody who witnessed its breathless because of the nerve-wracking suspense, ended with the Sardines Makers winning, 109-107, following reserve Ramil Cruz's buzzer beating jumper in Overtime.
In a move that raised eyebrows inside the Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Philips coach Joe Lipa inserted a cold Cruz in the crucial minutes for Bobby Jose, the man who came in for a fouled-out Benjie Paras. Cruz scored on a reverse 3-point play situation to knot the score, 90-all with 34 seconds left. And after Elmer Cabahug's twisted, off the glass drive sent the contest into the extra period, Cruz, burried a 3-pointer to give Philips a 99-96 lead. To cap his heroics, the unassuming role player in Lipa's system received a pass from ex-UP teammate Eric Altamirano and flicked in an 8-footer as time expired.
Sta.Lucia Realty defeated Shakeys-Baguio, 119-100. Using a 1-2-2 match up zone to complement a high shooting percentage, the Pizza experts were able to keep the game close with seven minutes left in the first half. but after coach Nemie Villegas ordered their vaunted variation zone press out of the assembly and guard Gerald Esplana started to step on the gas, the Realtors began to pull ahead.

06-09-2009, 12:12 PM

Makati City, Dec. 28, 1997 - The Philippine Basketball League resumes action today with four teams girding for a final slot at the Makati Sports Coliseum.

With the first final slot secured by Tanduay Gold, defending champion Agfa has to slug it out with three other teams, all looking to win in their make-or-break bid for the finals.

Agfa faces Chowking, while Dazz tackles Welcoat. Chowking and Dazz each need two victories to force a playoff.

Chowking has never beaten Agfa in three games of this season.

06-09-2009, 12:15 PM

Makati City, Jan. 7, 1998 - Agfa Films routed Welcoat, 71-56, last night and gained the right to meet Tanduay in the championship series for the PBL All-Filipino Cup crown at the Makati Coliseum.

The Color Specialists will advance into the best-of-five title series against the Rhum Masters starting Thursday. It will be the second time that Agfa (formerly Red Bull) will meet Tanduay (formerly Stag Pilsen) in a championship series.

The two teams have already met in the same conference last year where the Color Specialists won the series, three gams to two.

Welcoat will meet Chowking to dispute the third slot.

06-09-2009, 12:19 PM
PBL All-Filipino Series: Agfa vs. Tanduay
Tanduay wins series 3-2


Makati City, Jan. 10, 1998 - Tanduay Rhum took the first game in the best-of-five title series of the Philippine Basketball League All--Filipino Cup against defending champion Agfa, 87-79, last night at the Makati Coliseum.

The Rhum Masters trailed 18-23 after the first period, but led 49-42 by half-time.

The series resumes tomorrow.


Makati City, Jan. 12, 1998 - Agfa Films beat Tanduay Gold, 88-83, last night, the second game of the best-of-five championship series of the Philippine Basketball League (PBL).

With last night's victory, the two teams are now even with one victory each, reducing the finals into a best-of-three remaining games.

Rookie Jimwell Torion and team mate Lordy Tugade provided assistance to veterans Henry Fernandez and Danny Ildefonso, who delivered the final blows for the defending champions.

Ildefonso finished with 22 points, Fernandez 20, Tugade 16 and Torion had 11 points. Menk led Tanduay with 21 points and 14 rebounds.


Makati City, Jan. 14, 1998 - Agfa's Jimwel Torion led the Film Makers to a 77-68 victory over Tanduay Rhum and a 2-1 lead in the Philippine Basketball League All-Filipino Cup finals at the Makati Coliseum last night.

Scoring 37 points, Torion set the tone for Agfa's domination and pushed the team to within one game of retaining the title.

Agfa and Tanduay meet again Thursday, with Tanduay hoping to pull off an equalizing win and send the best-of-five title series to a sudden-death match on Saturday.



Makati City, Jan. 19, 1998 - Tanduay Rhum dethroned Agfa Films with an 82-76 victory to capture the Philippine Basketball League All-Filipino Conference crown before a packed crowd at the Makati Coliseum last night.

The Rhum Makers, five-time PBL title-holders since joining the PBL in 1995, caught up from behind in the last minutes of the game to grab the crown.

With still 8:42 left in the final quarter, Agfa was ahead 60-53 but Randy Alcantara and Eric Menk scored successively to catch up and levelled the count at 66-all with 4:11 left.

Telan converted a 22-foot jumper to advance the game 69-68, Cantojos followed up with two free throws to make it 71-68. And it was Tanduay's game in the last minutes.

It was a fitting victory as Tanduay coach Alfrancis Chua celebrated his birthday yesterday, amidst balloons and confetti and the yelling of grateful fans.

06-09-2009, 12:30 PM

Manila, March 5, 1998 - The Philippine Basketball League has cancelled the PBL import- reinforced tournament and will instead concentrate on promoting the PBL All-Filipino Cup in celebration of the Centennial Year of Philippine Independence.

At the same time, the PBL made the decision as an initial step in its campaign to cut down expenses in the face of the regional economic crisis.

The PBL Board approved the decision to skip imports this year and focus the league on Filipino teams. It is also studying the proposal to host an Invitational Cup which will invite foreign teams and to give provincial teams a chance to become members of the PBL.

Observers, however, noted that the decision not to use imported players might signal the demise of the league which is now threatened by strict competition from two giant professional leagues: the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and the Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA).

The absence of imported players might also cause the public to lose interest in the semi-pro league which is about to lose Commissioner Yeng Guiao who is running for vice governor of Pampanga.

06-11-2009, 06:31 PM
Triple V: Spewing fire and surprises
March 1991

Lots and lots of surprises are happening in the PBL Maharlika Cup.
The Hotdogs, making do without a legitimate center, is winning, Mama's Love, after acquiring star material Peter Naron, suffered back to back losses, and RC Cola, smarting from a six-game losing string, finally notched a win.
Crispa 400, considering its deep bench, has not really been that impressive while traditional powers Magnolia, Sta.Lucia Realty and A & W Rootbeers (formerly Philips Sardines) are struggling to get their bearings back.
Naturally, these developments are luring the crowds in at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium. Slowly but surely, the PBL is having its own following. Thanks mainly to Cebu-based Mama's Love and its Visayan rooters. And to the Redmanizers, who are reinforced by Cebuano stalwarts and cheered on by the old Crispa diehards. Nothing beats close, exciting games, however.
Last Friday's double-header were typical, Triple-V, riding on the heroics of Django Rivera, edged hard-luck A & W, 90-89, while Mama's Love, with Naron still trying to fit into the system, squeaked past Magnolia, 92-90. Prior to these games, Triple-V nipped Crispa, 73-72, and Swift stunned Mama's Love, 93-85.
With the team built around Jolly Escobar, Dwight Lago and Arthur Ayson, the Food Masters are pacing the two-round eliminations with a 6-win 2-loss slate, grabbing the top spot from the Redmanizers. The Cebuanos are not too far behind at 5-3, The Realtors, who missed Marlou Aquino and Segundo Dela Cruz on some of their games, are at 3-4, barely ahead of the Rootbears and the Ice Cream makers, both at 3-5, RC Cola still hogs the rear at 1-6. but in the PBL, you can never really tell, the surprises keep on occuring.

Blame the refs
By Chino Trinidad
June 1991

Things got out of control at the Loyola Center last June 3. Blame it on the referees. Both officials working that game last Monday simply failed to control the ballgame. As a result the hotly-contested ballgame between pacesetting Triple V and Sta.Lucia gave rise to a court brawl.
The bench clearing incident happened in the third period with still 5:23 remaining. It all started with Ronnie Cahanding and Allan De los Reyes exchanging elbows as they were racing downcourt. The high-scoring forward of Triple V suddenly shoved Delos Reyes. And immediately players from both sides rushed into the playing area to join the fray.
The towering Marlou Aquino pushed Cahanding into the scorers bench. But the quick Art Ayson slipped a punch on Aquino's face, knocking down the giant from Sta.Lucia. Arnold Polonio of Triple V ran to the opposite side of the court to snatch a bottle of softdrinks from the press table.
Fortunately one referee was able to get the bottle from Polonio. Commissioner Narvasa immediately rushed into the court. He ordered both coaches to control their respective benches. After the smoke is cleared, Polonio was ejected from the game. Technical fouls were slapped on delos Reyes, Cahanding and Aquino.
The incident could have been prevented if only referees Rey Abejo and Robert Maning managed to control the ballgame as early as the first half. The two officials failed to see the elbow planted by Django Rivera on Trent Jackson as the Sta.Lucia import came down after a dunk late in the second quarter. The non-call by the referees in that incident ignited the fire.
The game ended with Sta.Lucia finally giving Triple V its first taste of defeat, 100-85. Triple V played without the high-flying Joey Johnson, who had pulled his left hamstring muscle.
In the nightcap of last Monday's tumultuous triple bill, Crispa's prolific import Mark Tillmon scored two free throws to lift Crispa against an unpredictable Swift squad, 100-98. Another fistcuff almost erupted between the rugged Juancho Estrada and Tillmon, Fortunatelly, the proverbial cooler heads intervened and prevented another untoward incident.

06-12-2009, 02:35 PM

Makati City, April 12, 1998 - More than 400 aspirants filled up applications for the try-out of the Philippine Basketball League's under-18 category which will be held on April 18 at the Makati Coliseum.

Applicants coming from as far as Cebu, Mindoro and Tuguegarao lined up for the tryouts, to join the league which kicks off May 9.

"I am very happy with the response, and I believe this program will help discover, develop and enhance the skills of these young cagers who may soon serve the various national teams," Said PBL Commissioner Yeng Guiao.

The only setback was the average height of the applicants, most of whom are only about 5'9" or 5'10".

The coaches of seven PBL member teams will screen the applicants, who have to be born in 1980 or later. Twelve players will be chosen for each team.

Application forms are still available at the PBL office, Makati Coliseum, 31 Marcardo Street, Barangay La Paz, Makati City. Interested parties may also call Nida Oliveros at tel. 8990001, 8976383 or 3992540.

06-12-2009, 02:45 PM

Makati City, April 18, 1998 - Despite severe economic crunch the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) added two newcomers to the country's basketball arena.

The 2 newcomers, Dr J Alcohol and Zesta Juice Drink will battle Wilkins Distilled Water, Welcoat Paints, Chowking Oriental Fastfood, Batang Red Bull and Tanduay Centennial Rhum for the 1998 Yakult PBL Centennial Cup , which starts this weekend at the Makati Coliseum, PBL's pernament home.

06-12-2009, 02:45 PM

Manila, June 19, 1998 - Dennis Rodman's younger brother Philander "Big Foot" Rodman III will soon be wearing Philippine Basketball League uniform.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that at least three PBL teams are trying to engage the services of the 20-year-old Filipino mestizo, son of Dennis Rodman's father Philander Jr. and a Filipina. One of the teams most eager for the 6-footer young Rodman is Chowking.

The older Philander, who has been a bar/restaurant owner in Angeles for 33 years, said Big Foot gained the nickname because he wears size 12 shoes.

The younger Philander has won several trophies as Most Valuable Player in various summer basketball leagues in their neighborhood in Balibago, Angeles City.

Big Foot is expected to be drafted early enough to play in the much-awaited PBL Visayas- Mindanao showdown set in August.

06-12-2009, 02:46 PM

Manila, June 11, 1998 - The Philippine Basketball League has strengthened its position among the country's professional basketball groups, by signing up for the sole rights to recruit UAAP cagers.

PBL Commissioner Yeng Guiao's complements a landmark agreement forged earlier this year with the Philippine Basketball Association, and is geared towards a smooth transition of players and the removal of irritants among basketball leagues.

The Memorandum of Agreement covering the arrangement was signed yesterday by top officials of the PBL and the UAAP and is expected to push players' welfare while at the same time protect UAAP schools from piracy of other leagues.

Under the set up, the PBL will pay P20,000 as "developmental fee" for every UAAP player it recruits. The money will be used by the recipient school for sports development programs.

The PBL also agrees to notify school authorities regarding which students have been qualified to a PBL draft.

UAAP vice president Lellani Gonzales, UP Dean of Human Kinetics, explained the educators' views on the arrangement.

"This MOA will work both ways. The foremost concern of the schools is the academic aspect of the players. With the MOA, a plan can be worked out on scheduling the practices and ensure that the recruited student will finish his studies," Gonzales said.

06-12-2009, 02:58 PM
PBL Centennial Cup Finals


Makati City, July 3, 1998 - Tanduay Rhum was in full control of the third quarter, leading the team to a rousing 70-62 victory in Game One of the Yakult-PBL Centennial Cup title playoffs at the Makati Coliseum.

Fil-American Eric Menk delivered 188 points and 12 rebounds as the Rhum Makers scored the first win in the best-of-five championship series.

Meanwhile, Welcoat beat Chowking, 89-74, in Game One of their own best-of-three series for third place.

Glenn Peter Yap scored 22 points, ensuring victory for Welcoat.


Makati City, July 7, 1998 - Tanduay Rhum scored its third straight victory in the best-of-five championship series to clinch the Yakult-PBL Centennial Cup at the Makati Sports Coliseum.

Rhummaker Eric Menk, chosen MVP of the series, sustained a thigh injury in the first quarter and watched his team coast to a convincing 71-65 win, their seventh crown in seven meets.

Chowking landed in third place after defeating Welcoat Paints, 65-63, in a thrilling come-from- behind triumph made possible by Ronald Magtulis who sank seven points in the last minutes of the game.

The game card showed 1-1 at the start of the evening, with Welcoat winning Game One of the best-of-three series, balanced by a Chowking victory in Game Two.

07-07-2009, 08:17 AM
Underdogs cause big wave in PBL
March 1995

After two playing days, a scenario emerges, Last year's woeful teams - Red Bull, Carol Ann's and Kutitap - are creating big waves in the PBL Reinforced Conference at the Cuneta Astrodome.
The Energy Drink Kings under coach Rudy Hines have won two in a row, Kutitap prevailed in its debut, while Carol Ann's sports a 1-1 win-loss slate.
Powered by Ray Reed, Red Bull is getting fiery plays from recruit Braulio Lim, Gil Lumberio, Chris Cantonjos, Henry Fernandez and Celdon Camaso. And Kutitap? The Cavity Fighters are showing signs of maturity after a 2-8 win-loss card in the last conference. Composed mostly of UM Hawks, reigning National Inter-collegiate champions, and former pros Jerry Ruiz and Leo Austria, the Cavity Fighters sparkled in nipping Carol Ann's last monday.
Alfredo Amador's Carol Ann's showed lack of composure when it wilted under tremendous pressure in the homestretch. Import Mark Harris, the shortest import at 6-1, failed to find his offensive game going and reliables Ronald Magtulis, Allan Albano and Anastacio Mendoza failed to deliver. only ex-pro Dodong Postanes kept the Snack Foods in the thick of the fight.
Newcomer Stag Pale Pilsen lost to Red Bull in the opener last Saturday but rebounded by spanking fellow newcomer Oriental Battery, 83-74. With Marlou Aquino, Antoine Joubert, Roderick Bughao, Reuben Dela Rosa and Bal David at the firing end, the Pilseners were completely in command against the Battery Kings. Oriental, made up of La Salle Green Archers, suffered their second straight setback.
Chowking and Magnolia (formerly Instafood) also debuted in style, Chowking lost Chris Jackson to the pro league but with standouts Jack Santiago, Alvin Magpantay and Arnold Padaong back, Chowking will still be hard to beat.

07-20-2009, 02:54 PM
PBL: Worth a visit
October 1993

Nikon quintet, with Coach Orly Castelo behind the helm, was trounced on opening day of the PBL tilts at the Araneta big dome in Cubao, by the revitalized Instafood team, 91-74.
Fresh from a sojourn in Hongkong, the Nikon basketeers must still be euphoric, the inertia suddenly seeping in into their very being, that the onslaught of their opponents became too much for them. This was on opening day of the PBL, called the Pres. Ramos Cup and now masterminded by former cabinet man and AIM alumnus Philip Ella Juico.
There were shots that didn't go in. Bong Marata showed his speedy, no-nonsense self. Dennis Espino, together with his colleagues, showed his fangs this early. And in the other games, Otto Shoes trounced Casino Rubbing Alcohol, 66-61, through the combined efforts of Boybits Victoria, who's getting to be quite an orchestrator of plays, Cris Bade, Peter Naron, who contributed 15 points, Marlou Aquino and Arnold Padaong among others. Note that most FEU hoopsters in the past, notable Nestor Echano and Padaong, are gracing the Otto Shoes line-up.
Coach Willie Generalao's charges undoubtedly hoped that with the presence of the intimidating EJ Feihl and the steadiness of Expedito Falcasantos and seasoned Aldrin Barola, they'll be able to rampage against their opponents. But Casino folded up, even center Mike Otto displayed his wares, but their strength dissipated against their counterparts.

Players' safety not given priority
By Chino Trinidad
December 1993

PBL Commissioner Philip Juico felt so relieved after Burger Machine's John Primero was pronounced out of danger from a hard fall last Nov.29 at the RMSC.
Primero, who is playing his first PBL season, was eagerly driving to the basket when Instafood's Arnold Gamboa came out of nowhere to undercut him. The next scene was a gory one as Primero laid convulsing on the floor.
Nobody knew what to do with the unconscious rookie. The Burger Machine ballboys tried to revive Primero while the PBL physician, whose name isn't worth mentioning, was somewhere else in the Coliseum. When the doctor was finally reached, he even took his sweet time to check on the befallen cager. His presence didn't help any.
Everyone was running in circles looking for a stretcher and there was not even a tattered one available. Elmer Lago, Burger Machine's starting forward, finally decided to use his own car as an ambulance and whisked off his teammate to nearby Manila Sanitarium. Primero was later transferred to the Ospital ng Maynila where he was pronounced out of danger.
This near-fatal incident should open the eyes of the people who run the PBL. They should be reminded that the welfare and the safety of the players are their responsibilities. People are wondering why Arnold Gamboa wasn't given any sanction by the PBL commissioner's office. A review of the footage of the incident revealed Gamboa's action was not accidental. It was clear that he was out to nudge the driving Primero.

07-29-2009, 07:28 AM
Stag with Phelps going great guns
By: Jun Rodriguez
April 1996

Defending champion Stag has smoothly redeemed itself from out of trouble in the eliminations after its sudden breakdown early in the first round due to the injury of its prolific original import in the ongoing Philippine Basketball League (PBL) Reinforced Conference.
Thanks to Robert Phelps, a 6-4 forward who looks like a boxer rather than a cager. The mild-tempered Phelps has been setting league records in spicing up the grand slam team's smooth trek as it recovers lost time and catches on the surge of the title pretenders. Phelps replaced the awesome Steve Worthy, a hulking all-around player and streak shooter who had dominated the other imports in the early goings and powering the Pilseners to victories in their first two outings before misfortune struck.
Worthy, who personally contacted and recommended Phelps to youthful coach Alfrancis Chua, suffered a knee injury four minutes into Stag's 104-97 defeat to Chowking on March 21. The Pilseners palyed without an import while waiting for Worthy's replacement and expectedly, they lost three games in succession for a dismal 2-3 win-loss start, their worst since joining the league last year. They absorbed a 117-104 beating from Red Bull on March 23, followed by a 95-85 defeat to Oriental Battery on March 25.
Then came the redeemer, Phelps, who debuted poorly with just 18 points, nine rebounds and four assists against Casino Rubbing Alcohol on March 27, while coming straight from the airport. Still the Lucio Tan franchise managed to post a convincing 94-80 triumph. What followed created a stir when in the Stag's next game, Phelps had a whooping 50-point output against Hapee at the close of the first round on March 28. Yet it was spoiled by a 98-92 loss to the Toothpaste Makers.
Proving he was no fluke, Phelps booked a conference high of 53 points, including an impressive 13 of 15 from the floor and 21 of 23 from the free throw line, in powering the Stag to a 95-81 victory over Chowking at the start of the second round on March 30, thus avenging its first round loss to the same team. Phelps lived up to the expectations of his pal Worthy, who was scoring no less than 45 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists a game before his injury.
After a 1-1 stint from a swing of two Visayan cities, followed by a masterful victory over Casino last April 3, the Pilseners pushed their card to 6-5 for solo third place behind pacesetter Hapee (9-1) and second-running Chowking (7-3). Stag dealt Carol-Ann's an 85-74 setback at the University of St.La Salle in Bacolod City on April 9 before it suffered a 104-99 loss to Red Bull in Silay City the following day, the Pilseners' second defeat this year to a team they met in the finals of two conferences a year ago.
Stag's victory over Casino last Saturday more than made up for that heartbreaking loss to Red Bull as Phelps scattered 41 points, including another season-high seven triples. That victory served notice for the other teams of Stag's serious aim to reign supreme again this year.

08-05-2009, 12:11 AM
Invitational Cup wide-open race
October 1994

Chowking has surged on top of the PBL Invitational Cup at the Astrodome but there's no reason for alarm. Instafood, Burger Machine, Otto Shoes and defending champion Casino Rubbing Alcohol fans can still rejoice. The Third Conference remains a wide-open race.
Anything can happen. First there's Instafood. The Meal Masters underwent a massive manpower build-up to end two years of frustration. It lost to Burger Machine, 64-59, last Monday and fell to 1-1. Chowking followed up its overtime win over Casino by beating Carol Ann's, 74-69. Coach Francis Rodriguez's Meal Masters debuted by spanking Red Bull Energy Drinks, 62-56.
Otto Shoes flourishly started its campaign by blasting the Energy Drinks, 89-64, even as Casino rebounded with a solid, 85-56 triumph over newcomer Kutitap Cavity Fighters. Otto Shoes is gunning for back-to-back titles after winning the Import Reinforced Conference over Burger Machine.
The presence of young, powerful dribblers are making the ongoing conference fiercely competitive. Instafood boasts of two-time UAAP MVP Dennis Espino plus Braulio Lim Jr., Mar Morelos, Bethune Tanquincen and of course, Jeffrey Cariaso, formerly of Nikon.
Burger Machine with Edmund Reyes, Mike Mustre and La Salle standout Elmer Lago is expected to get better with the return of Asiad veteran Kenneth Duremdes. "He will be a big plus," said RP Team assistant coach Perry Ronquillo, who credited assistant coach Dong Vergeire for moulding Burger Machine into a well-knit, fighting unit.
Duremdes is nursing an injured right hand but is certain to play when the Burger Kings battle Carol Ann's (1-1) Thursday.
Otto Shoes will parade Marlou Aquino in its next outing. Vilmer Banares, Jomar Tierra, Octavin Marasigan are the other stars in this team with Adonis Tierra as coach. In spite of losing to Chowking, Carol Ann with Gabby Velasco at the helm, remains capable of springing up surprises. Rodney Santos, NCAA MVP, is getting stellar billing along with former pro Josel Angeles, Reuben Dela Rosa, Reynaldo Bendillo and Silverio Palad.
Two foreign teams - Belgrade's Radnicki GIP and the LA Pro Stars - will join the top four teams in the semifinals. The Top two squads will meet in the best-of-five titular series.

08-16-2009, 12:32 PM
Tough Yeng
By: David Francia
December 1997

Yeng Guiao may have said it at the height of passion, but it still reflected his tough stance to make the PBL successful. Upon seeing the losing Tanduay Gold Rhummakers going to their dugout with still 3.1 seconds left in their game against the Welcoat Paint Masters in the PBL All-Filipino conference at the Makati Coliseum last Monday, Guiao was so mad that he slapped Tanduay with a whooping P50,000 fine, the league's biggest ever, and suspended Tanduay coach Alfrancis Chua for one game.
More than these written fines, however, what caught fellow PBL officials, who were with him watching the action live at the conference room, by surprise was his threat to resign as league commissioner. "I'll quit as commissioner because I cannot allow a team make a mockery of the league," Guiao said.
With the Paint Masters beyond reach, 80-66, the Rhummakers, protesting the officiating, chose not to defend and allowed Welcoat's Ato Morano to peg the final score. The Rhummakers Bobby Jose then inbounded but there was no receiver. In dealing the Rhummakers a rare back-to-back defeat, the Paint Masters joined their victims at the top of the heap with 9-win, 5-loss slates.
Agfa HDC Film, which subdued Dazz Dishwashing, 84-80, in an earlier game marked by sloppy officiating improved its mark to 8-6. Dazz dropped to 5-9 (2-2 in the semis) and must win its last three remaining games to earn the 5-of-8 scheme. Agfa coach Nat Canson was unsatisfied with the way his wards played. "We won, yes, but im not that happy because we didnt play well," said Canson. "That was a forced shot by Henry (Fernandez) and were lucky it went in." Fernandez's tight, twisted shot with 10 seconds left turned out to be the pivotal marker that broke the backs of the rallying Dazz.

09-24-2009, 08:53 PM
Foreign teams add spice to the action
May 6-13, 1988

Three and not four foreign teams made the semifinals round of the PABL International Invitational Cup as MacDonalds of Taiwan backed out at the last minute. This being so, five, instead of four, local teams advanced to the semis to do battle against Isuzu Motors of Japan, University of British Columbia representing Canada, and Pelita Jaya of Indonesia.
Save for Pelita Jaya, which is a team that has two familiar faces, Daryl Smith and Gerardo Ramos as imports, pre-tournament forecast had the Japanese and Canadians as the teams to beat on account of their tall lineup. Isuzu Motors was particularly impressive what with two Americans standing at 6-9 in its lineup. Ted Young, who speaks fluent Nippongo has been with the team for five years while Dale Roberts, a sixth round draftee of the Detroit Pistons in 1984, has helped the team finish third in the last Japanese League.
Through the first five playing days of the tournament, Isuzu had compiled a 3-2 record, winning its first two assignments and then dropping two in a row before recovering with a victory over Pelita Jaya. In contrast, the Canadians started out cold losing back-to-back heartbreakers to Isuzu and Purefoods before regaining its bearings and stringing up three successive victories, the last of which was a 121-87 thrashing of defending champion Swift.
As of this writing Swift is on top of the standings with a 4-1 slate followed by Isuzu, UBC, Sta.Lucia and Philips with identical 3-2, Purefoods with 2-3, and Magnolia and Pelita Jaya with 1-4. Meanwhile, controversy reared it ugly head at the close of the elimination round of the International Cup.
The Prelims determined the three top Filipino teams; Swift, Philips and Sta.Lucia, to make it automatically to the semis. In the elims, two other local squads would advance to the semis. Six teams; Magnolia, Purefoods, Agfa Color, Converse, AFPSLAI, and Mama's Love, battled the last two slots. At the end of the single round elims, Magnolia made it 5-0 while Purefoods took the last ticket with a 4-1 slate.
It was not that sweet, though, for the PABL. In the penultimate day of the elims, Agfa defaulted its game against Converse because its head coach did not bother to read the new schedule handed to him.
The Color Specialists protested the default. But the decision of the board was handed the next day when Agfa was squaring off with Purefoods. With 2:59 gone into the contest, Eddie Reyes received the decision of the board. And upon learning that the protest was turned down, he pulled out all his first stringers and sent in his bench warmers to deliberately lose the game.
Converse had a chance to tie with Purefoods had Agfa played its heart out. The All-Stars finished the elims with a 3-2 record. But as it was, they were left out in the cold. When coach Jun Celis protested the action of Agfa, one official of the league said "It is their prerogative not to win" and this almost sent Celis to the floor. Teams do not have any prerogative in the game. This is because it is their moral obligation to the sport, the fans, the league and the company they represent to play to win. No action was taken against Agfa.

10-18-2009, 10:43 AM
Edward's Peak
April 1997

Tanduay, starring red-hot import Dennis Edwards, is on top of the standings of the 1997 PBL Makati Mayor's Cup.
Edwards averaged a league-best 44.33 in leading his team to three straight victories, over AMA Computer College, 116-88, Red Bull, 110-87, and Chowking, 102-89.
The victory over previously unbeaten Red Bull was particularly impressive for Alfrancis Chua's charges, Tanduay turned what many thought would be a close game into a rout as Edwards scored almost at will for a season-high 51 points, mocking all defenders thrown at him by Red Bull mentor Jimmy Mariano.
Two nights later, Tanduay humbled Chowking with Edwards tallying 47 points. Edwards replaced Craig Wise and has led his team to the top of the standings with a 4-1 slate. Ably supporting Edwards with double-digit scoring averages are point guard Jomer Rubi with 16 ppg, Chris Cantonjos with 12.8 ppg and former pro Bobby Jose with 10.2 ppg.
Their defeat to Tanduay notwithstanding, Red Bull, with its potent lineup reinforced by beefy import Larry Daniels, remains a threat to annex the title this conference. Red Bull has arguably the most potent local lineup in the league with PBL all-stars Danny Ildefonso, Henry Fernandez, Paolo Mendoza and Robin Mendoza reinforced by former pro Jun Jabar.
Tied at third place with 3-2 slates are Dazz Dishwashing Paste and Welcoat Paints. Dazz import Andrew Smith is averaging a modest 22 points per game but has shown willingness to mix it up inside and get the job done. Smith may not be scoring match but has been a stalwart on defense - boxing out and harassing opponents. Dazz has anchored its title-retention bid on a scrambling defense which has yielded a league-best 71 points per game.
Welcoat, after three straight wins against Springmaid, 68-60, AMA, 105-97, and Dazz, 81-77, was ambushed by Chowking, 74-91. Import Parish Hickman was held to 17 points by a double-teaming Chowking defense. Hickman scored 47 and 38 points in his two previous games.
Chowking contained Hickman by setting up a disguised zone. Brixter Encarnacion stuck close to Hickman outside to prevent him from taking easy perimeter shots. Hickman was held to a disappointing 17 points and no Welcoat local stepped up which led to that embarrassing rout.

12-05-2009, 01:05 PM

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 17, 2007 (STAR) The Lina Group of Companies recently acquired the Welbest franchise in the Philippine Basketball League and vowed to continue Welcoat's winning tradition that netted six titles in 12 finals appearances.

Air21 president Lito Alvarez confirmed the acquisition, but declined to reveal the details of the franchise transfer, although he said both the Lina Group of Companies, which he represented, and Welcoat, through owner Raymund Yu, were both satisfied of the deal.

"Welcoat's tradition in the PBL is something that Mr. Yu is very proud of, and something that Mr. Bert Lina hopes to continue," said Alvarez, "When I look at their track record, and the players that have remained in the team (Henkel Sista), I see a team that is ready for another run at greatness, We'll make sure of that"

With the deal, the Lina Group of Companies, which also owns the Burger King basketball squad, is now formally a member of the PBL family as the Whoppers squad used to play in the league only as a guest team.

"This formalizes our entry into the country's premier amateur league," said Alvarez, "We'll decide in the coming days what brand name to use in the coming season of the league."

The acquisition of the Welbest franchise, gives Lina his second high profile basketball team, as he also owns the Air21 Express in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

"I hope both teams do well in the coming seasons" said Alvarez.

The 24th season of the PBL begins on Oct. 29.

Among the players who began their basketball careers at Welcoat were Romel Adducul, RenRen Ritualo, Don Allado, Yancy de Ocampo, Marc Pingris, Ronald Tubid, Anthony Washington, Leomar Najorda, Denok Miranda, Eddie Laure, Celino Cruz, Renato Morano, Gilbert Demape and James Yap.

De Oacampo, who together with Allado and Eugene Tan, bannered the Welcoat team that bagged its first PBL title via a 3-0 sweep of the Red Bull Energy Drinkers during the 1999 Challenge Cup.

From that time on, the franchise won five more championships in 12 finals appearances, putting the team on the same level as the PBL's legendary ball clubs such as Magnolia in the 1980s and Tanduay in the 1990s.
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01-12-2010, 11:58 AM
Casino surprise
February 1994

Casino Alcohol is turning out to be the big surprise of the PBL International Invitational Cup. Given little chances by virtue of their unimpressive lineup, the Alcohol Masters have won their first two matches for a share of the lead with favorite Instafood.
Powered by the lanky 6-4 forward Gilbert Castillo, PBA unsigned draftee Rudolf Belmonte, Jose Abad, Aldrin Barola and 7-footer EJ Feihl, Casino dump Rica, 74-64, in Sunday's inaugurals and then edge newcomer Red Bull, 85-82, last Tuesday.
Instafood, on the other hand, bested Red Bull, 76-71, and then dumped Rica, 80-61, in an out-of-town game in Lubao, Pampanga.
Right behind the pacesetters are Burger Machine and Otto Shoes, which both won their initial assignments in the eight-team fold. Drawing firepower from hotshot Kenneth Duremdes, Burger nipped Nikon, 67-63, while Otto tripped Chowking, 71-61.
Nikon, the President Ramos Cup champion, however, bounced back with a 74-67 conquest of Chowking. Still winless adter two starts are Chowking, Rica and Red Bull.
Through hard hit by the exodus of star players in the pro ranks, the PBL continues to lure paying fans, with attendance expected to rise dramatically in the semifinals where three seeded foreign teams will be joined by the top five finishers after the eliminations.

Giants reign in the PBL
May 1994

First impression lasts. Probably thats the foremost thing on the mind of import Patrick Eddie, Derek Brower and Mick Kilgore in their very first game in the Import Reinforced Conference of the PBL.
The three piloted their respective ballclubs to impressive victories and made stern warnings that they are indeed for real. Brower, a 6-9 inside operator, made the initial impression by powering his team, Chowking, to a come-from-behind victory against Red Bull, 78-74. Brower conspired with center Bryant Punzalan and high-leaping Genesis Sasuman in a crucial second half run that erased a 41-36 halftime deficit.
Kilgore held his own against Carol Ann's mammoth import, 7-2 Alan Ogg, en route to helping the Burger Masters to a convincing 65-57 win against the Snacks Masters. Kilgore scored just 17 points, but held the gigantic Ogg at bay in the fourth quarter after the burger masters made a crucial run that saw the thrid quarter end at 45-all.
The 7-0 Eddie of Nikon, meanwhile, was easily the unopposed in his one-on-one match as Casino Rubbing Alcohol import Hammie Ward didnt arrived until saturday evening. But still, Eddie got a matchup of his own as the Alcohol Makers EJ Feihl gave him some rough time in his post-up play underneath the boards. In the end, Feihl failed to control the bulky improt as Nikon went on to win the ballgame, 80-61, and give a grand welcome for new head coach Aric Del Rosario.

03-15-2010, 03:59 PM
PBL Scene: Out to break the jinx
By: Joy Lopez
November 1990

Is Sta.Lucia Realty on its way to breaking the jinx?
It certainly appears the Realtors are keen on finally nailing a big one in the ongoing PBL Philippine Cup as they remain on top of the seven-team field a little bit past the halfway mark of the eliminations.
Sta.Lucia is the solo leader with a 6-1 won-lost record. Burger City is just one game behind at 5-2 while Crispa is in third at 4-3. Swift (3-3) and Philips (3-4) are fourth and fifth, respectively. Powerhouse Magnolia Ice Cream, is off to a bad start with only two wins to show in seven games. Bringing up the rear is PBL returnee Mama's Love (1-6)
The Realtors had a picnic last week as they won all of their four games. First to taste Sta.Lucia's venom was archrival Magnolia, With Eugene Quilban orchestrating the plays and the 6-9 Marlou Aquino taking care of the paint, Sta.Lucia controlled the tempo of the game in the second half. The Realtors went into the final period holding a 10-point advantage but a fierce rally by the Ice Cream Makers in the dying minutes enabled them to close in at 78-80 when the buzzer sounded.
Next to fall was Burger City, 83-79. Forward Arthur Dela Cruz led Sta.Lucia with 28 points, but it was the free throw shooting of 6-5 backup center Giovanni Pineda which prove decisive. Pineda, who came in for a fouled out Aquino with 3:50 left hit two charity shots in the final two minutes to give the Realtors an 80-74 lead. The Burger Masters tried to mount a last-ditch attempt to overhaul the deficit, but Edgar Macaraya sealed the outcome with eight seconds left by hitting two more gift shots for an 82-79 Sta.Lucia lead.
In their 99-92 victory over Philips Sardines two days later, Macaraya and Quilban again starred for the Realtors as the two combined for 45 of their team's output. Last Saturday, the Realtors scored a repeat over Magnolia, 88-83. The goods were delivered by Quilban and ex-pro Tony Dela Cerna as both came through with 19 points apiece to lead the Realtors, who got 14 points from Dela Cruz and 12 from Aquino.
Burger City, meanwhile, bounced back from the defeat at the hands of the Realtors to score two straight wins. With new recruits Jolly Escobar, the UAAP's Rookie of the Year, and Genesis Sasuman, the Burger Masters turned back Swift, 96-89.
Escobar, UE's 6-4 pillar of strength, chipped in 14 points aside from ruling the boards, while Sasuman contributed four markers to help the Burger Masters post their fourth win against two losses.
Against Mama's Love, Escobar was the big man for Burger City anew as he topscored for 15 points to lead the Burger Masters to a 77-69 victory over the Cebu based quintet.
Eric Quiday and Stevenson Solomon, who both pumped in 14 points, likewise played vital roles as Burger City gobbled up Mama's Love in the paint the whole game long.
Magnolia, for its part, just couldn't seem to get its bearing back in this final PBL offering for the 1990 season. Last week, Magnolia was beaten by Sta.Lucia twice and by Philips once. But at least the Ice Cream Makers were not blanked in four playdates as they registered a victory over Crispa, 82-71.

04-29-2010, 06:22 AM
Chowking, Casino in Cebu hooplah
By Edward Gutang
December 1993

What a strange way to get a new lease on life?
Casino Rubbing Alcohol, now shifting gears fro a mad dash to the finals via backdoor, lived another day by squeaking past Otto Shoes, 59-56, last November 27. Courtesy of pint-sized Nick Serafica's gun-beating triple.
"It was a desperation shot. I never even bothered to look at the ball after it took off my hand. When pandemonium broke loose from the gallery. I looked up again and saw the ball midway on its decent straight into the basket," said an amused Serafica.
The cardiac finished came on the heels of Casino's heartbreaking 96-98 loss to Instafood in Subic last November 24. The close escape rekindled flickering hopes of a long-wished-for championship ride into the Christmas holidays.
The Alcohol Makers (at presstime) sported a 6-8 card, but they were still way off the mark. A spirited, more vigorous advance could probably bring the Alcohol Makers on the threshold of a championship dream in the current PBL Fidel V. Ramos Cup.
"We need to win four games out of six remaining assignments to gain a playoff berth. Otherwise, we'll get eliminated or we'll be battling for third place," Casino coach Willie Generalao said shortly after the nerve-wracking triumph over Otto Shoes at the Rizal Coliseum.
Casino and another PBL ballclub - Chowking - are seeing action in the weeklong Mayor's Cup Christmas Basketball Championship which is scheduled to unreel December 27 at the Cebu Coliseum in Cebu City.
Meanwhile, Sunpride Foods, Sister ballclub of Casino, has put on hold its application of membership with the PBL. Sunpride was supposed to have joined the Country's top amateur circuit starting with the PBL Maharlika Cup.
According to Wong, Sunpride is "for the time being" concentrating on marketing strategies in the Visayas and Mindanao. Sunpride is coach by Jun Noel, a multi-titled bench tactician.

By Lyn Verzosa

SUBIC BAY- Four PBL teams went out of town last November 24, Wednesday, to show Olongapo residents and Subic base (former Naval Base) Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) basketball fans a couple of exciting, action-filled ballgames in the first of a series of out-of-town PBL matches.
The modern Seaport Gym, where markings on the floor indicate that the place is utilized for so many kinds of sports matches, was relatively well filled with hoopdom fans and followers who watched the PBL squads pummel each other.
Otto Shoes, showing superior firepower in the first game, blasted Burger Machine (92-71). This was the close of the elimination round of the PBL President Ramos Cup.
Marlou Aquino showed improvement from past performances where he seemed lackluster and sort of easily intimidated. With the help of the others in the Otto lineup, coach Adonis Tierra didn't have to worry much: the boys were punching the hoops like anything. Rebounding shows a 49-32 mark. There were other players who show class, will-to-win, decisive point-making. Like Arthur Ayson, Ronald Pena, Boybits Victoria and top-scorer veteran Cris Bade toted 18 points.
The vanquished Burger Machine five with Perry Ronquillo at the helm, however, also thrilled Subic fans with Richie Ticzon's no-nonsense plays, even unheralded Vince Hizon's performances elicited comments from some fans. but unfortunately, their best wasn't enough for that outing in Subic.

05-14-2010, 03:12 PM
Who will stop A&W rampage?
January 9, 1992

Pro-league bound scoring machine Eric Reyes and spitfire Olsen Racela are at the vanguard of A&W's continued surge in the current PBL Philippine Cup.
Magnolia coach Franz Pumaren threw a formidable zone defense against the Rootbears of mentor Joe Lipa when the Ice Cream Makers clashed with A&W last Jan.6. But Reyes and Racela rendered Pumaren's defensive move an exercise of futility as the murderous duo were shooting impeccably from the three-point territory.
"Magnolia is a strong team, we had to work hard and play together to beat them", Reyes, picked the player of the game, described how they (Rootbears) blasted the beleaguered Ice Cream Makers, 81-76, for A&W's seventh win in nine starts and a firmer grip of the lead in the nine-team carryover pack.
Racela's performance proved more stunning, quick to the ball, he slithered through heavy traffic and defied the towering defensive wall of Magnolia's twin towers Jun Limpot and Bonel Balingit, at one point, Racela soared high and sank a basket over the head of man-mountain Balingit, quick-witted and very patient with the ball, Racela, who plans and plots the attack for the Rootbears whenever the equally talented point guard Emmanuel Victoria gets into foul trouble or is simply off, will continue to play a pivotal role in A&W's championship bid.

It seems Sta.Lucia Realty push into the semifinals has come to a chug-chug. After waylaying the league-leading A&W Rootbears, 78-70, last January 4, coach Francis Rodriguez' Realtors succumbed to New Pop Cola, 70-93, last January 6. With a 4-5 card, the Realtors are still way off the Magic Four hopefuls (Crispa 6-3, New Pop Cola 6-3, Triple-V 7-2 and A&W 7-2). Mathematically, through, Sta.Lucia can reverse the trend and jump start into the next round by beating its remaining opponents.

05-14-2010, 03:17 PM
Mad Dash to Semis
January 16, 1992

Sta.Lucia Realty is on a hot streak. The Realtors of coach Francis Rodriguez are a cinch of completing a monumental comeback from the cellar if they sweep their remaining assignments to get the last ticket to the semifinals. Sta.Lucia has continued to ride the crest of a string of victories, including a kamikaze escape of the upset ax from a hard-fighting Casino, 80-79, last January 13.
Scrambling hard to keep its composure intact from start to finish due to the absence of bullstrong Macky De Joya and hotshot Tony dela Cerna, Sta.Lucia averted a crushing endgame foldup when 6-foot-9 Marlou Aquino intercepted Teroy Albarillo's pass to Ed Carvajal in the last three seconds.
Vergel Meneses, this year's top rookie draft pick, has sat out New Pop Cola's last two matches. But the Sizzlers of coach Roehl Nadurata are still showing the way despite the absence of the superstar.
Reason, the slippery Juancho Estrada, Ramil Cruz and Jerome Cueto are delivering the goods for the Sizzlers. And veteran Richard Mendoza is providing the needed post-up attack. It was Estrada's three-point play in the pivotal last 28.5 seconds that spelled the difference in New Pop Cola's cardiac 77-73 win over RC Cola last Tuesday.
Coach Joel Banal's RC Cola looked headed for a sure victory as Benito Cheng, Michael Otto, Genesis Sasuman and Aris Franco orchestrated a murderous uprising in the final three minutes. But Estrada, Cruz and Cueto swiftly came to the rescue. RC sorely missed the all-around performance of pro-bound Bong Ravena.
Last Tuesday night, A&W mentor Joe Lipa, fancied for his foul-proof game plans, steered a decimated lineup, due to the absence of pro-bound Joseph Valdez, Eric Reyes and Joey Guanio, out of trouble en route to a down-the-wire 87-86 triumph over Crispa. Superlative performance by the diminutive point guard Emmanuel Victoria who throbbed for 15 points that included two crucial trips to the foul line in the dying minutes and his incredible loose ball recoveries provided the necessary breather to the manpower-starved Rootbears.
It was a disappointing performance for coach Bogs Adornado's Cement Makers who came in full force. Crispa, spiked by the pro-bound Kevin Ramas, Al David and Roberto Jabar, led for more than three quarters before losing their rhythm amid a paralyzing assault triggered by Victoria, Olsen Racela, Pat Codinera, Raffie Galanza and George Gallent.

06-01-2010, 01:44 PM

RICHIE ALVAREZ OF HAPEEManila, June 19, 2003 (MALAYA) After winning Game 4 last Monday, Hapee Toothpaste is supposed to have regained the momentum and would be the favorite when it clashes with Viva in the deciding match of the Sunkist-PBL 2003 Unity Cup today at the Pasig Sports Center.

Coach Junel Baculi, however, is convinced the final match of the best-of-five showdown is still anybody's game.

"You may have seen the best of us, but we have not yet seen Viva Mineral Water to the fullest. It's one underrated team that turned out to be the biggest surprise this conference. I have so much respect for them for getting this far," said Baculi.

"I don't want to be caught by surprise in Game 5. The past four games gave them the needed experience so, everybody's equal here. We have to control the match, set the tone from the start and play good defense," he added.

Viva coach Koy Banal said he and his charges were surprised by the intensity displayed by the Teeth Sparklers en route to an overwhelming 80-65 win in Game 4.

"Nagulat kami sa lakas nila. It will be a matter of motivation. The team with the better desire to win the title will prevail. We have to do something about their transition and their zone defense," said Banal.

"We have to get into Game 5 with the right attitude, bring our A-game because there's no tomorrow," Banal added.

The match will be aired live simulcast over the National Broadcasting Network and Solar Sport Channel 29.

Stopping Allan Salangsang and Eugene Tan will be the biggest concern of Banal and his charges. Salangsang proved indefatigable in Game 4, coming up with 20 points, nine rebounds and two blocks. Tan also played big with nine points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

08-16-2010, 09:29 AM
PBL courted disaster in sending ragtag team to HK tourney
June 1995

By sending a rag-tag, ill-prepared team to the Hong Kong's Super Cup, the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) courted disaster and lost whatever is left of its luster.
Whatever goodwill the trip had managed to generate was erased as the Philippine selection made up of players from two teams ousted early in the ongoing PBL All-Filipino Conference, playing like fumbling kids against superior opposition.
The week-long tournament graced by no less than hard-working PBL Commissioner Charlie Favis shamed the country's amateur basketball. It brought to fore how far we've been left behind by our Asian neighbors. No need to stress the obvious, but losing by wide margins against its foes doesn't bode well for the country's image.
Seven-time PBA best import Bobby Parks reinforced the team but to no avail. With a local crew unable to play cohesively, the PBL selection were easy picking when ranged against the import-laced teams from China and Singapore.
Certainly, the league is capable of bringing in much-stronger and credible team in the near future. It must be noted that the Super Cup is not a so-so tournament. It boasts of a high quality field and for the PBL to send a lackluster team was a blunder.
What happened in Hong kong, however, should be taken in a positive note by Favis and company. it was demoralizing alright but mistakes must be learned. The PBL is suffering from dwindling crowd attendance mainly because there are no more Samboy Lim, Jojo Lastimosa, Jerry Codinera, Alvin Patrimonio, etc. to pull in the fans.
And believe it or not, scores are still being done manually in the Ninoy Aquino Stadium and to think the PBL is supposed to be the country's premier basketball league.
Back to the Dark Ages?

11-09-2010, 06:33 PM
By Clyde Mariano

Losing five straight games in basketball can be embarassing. This is what happened to newcomer AMA Computer College Education in the ongoing PBL Danny Floro Cup.
So embarassing and agonizing were the five losses for coach Ted Magno, the man tasked by AMA management to guide the team, which is composed of grizzled veteran players from the defunct Carol Ann and Burger Machine, to prominence.
The Cyber Tigers lost to Stag Pale Pilsen, 101-115, Chowking, 73-86, Welcoat, 84-90, Dazz, 95-104, and Super Power, 79-86. Unable to bear the humiliation of the five straight losses, Magno temporarily handed the coaching job to his assistant, Ed Cordero, hoping the ex-Toyota forward would reverse AMA's dismal fortunes.
That coaching change worked wonders instantly as Cordero and his badly battered but gutsy crew shocked favorite and early tormentor Chowking, 92-81, last Oct. 24 to finally enter the win column.
"At last, we won," said Cordero following the game. "Finally, we erased the traumatic experience of five straight losses." Cordero praised his boys for the "big fighting hearts" they demonstrated against highly-touted Chowking, a team powered by collegiate players from four-peat NCAA champion San Sebastian, runner-up San Beda and Letran plus a horde of grizzled veterans led by Jessie Bardaje, Genesis Sasuman and Bong dela Cruz.
Asked if the victory meant his eventual takeover as AMA head coach, Cordero aptly answered "Hindi, si coach Magno pa rin ang may hawak sa team. Medyo pahiyang lang siguro 'to."

03-23-2011, 10:26 AM
Canson and Crisostomo: Keys to Blu's Resurgence
June 1999

After falling behind to a miserable 1-6 slate under a different coach with a different style of play, the Grime Busters is riding on the crest of a sudden turn around with the arrival of seasoned coach Canson and wiry league veteran Crisostomo.
Under Canson, formerly of Batang Red Bull, the Dioseldo Sy-owned Blu team won six of its last eight outings, the last of which came at the expense of the highly-touted Welcoat Paints, 71-64, in Monday's first semi-final game of the 1999 Yakult-PBL Challenge at the Makati Coliseum.
In that gem of a win, ace of a point guard Aries Dimaunahan fired 17 points and added three rebounds and the same number of assists but if you will sum up Blu's earlier games with Crisostomo around, you sight as well say that the 6'4" former Pangasinan Waves forward is the key why the Grime Busters are in title-contention.
Crisostomo, also a former Energy King, averages 18.1 points and 12.4 caroms a game, the best in the league, in 34 minutes of non-stop basketball action but the most important thing is he provides his young teammates leadership.
But despite Crisostomo's superb showing, he is nowhere to be found in the top 20 of the Most Valuable Player (MVP) statistical race as he was relegated to no.24 because of lack of won-game points.
Though the Grime Busters are still far from the "big four" with a 7-8 slate compared to their victims's 9-6 record, Blu can still avail the finals slot given the 5-of-8 semis incentive.
Meanwhile, Alaska-bound center Don Carlos Allado of Welcoat seized the solo lead in the MVP race after accumulating a sum of 474 MVP points, getting 150 won-game points and a 324 stat points. The 6'6" dominating slotman is wide ahead of the field composed of Colt 45 Premium Beer's Florendo Ritualo, Jr. and first round MVP leader Christian Nicdao of Chowking Fastfoods, both of whom had 417 and 397 points, respectively.
Rounding up the top ten are Chowking's rookie sensation Roger Yap, Jr (391 pts), Red Bull's Jimwell Torion (390 pts), Colt 45's Brandon Sison (387 pts), Chowking's Joel Co (383 pts) and Edgar Echavez (376 pts) and Welcoat's two other reliables, 6'8" Yancy De Ocampo (375 pts) and Anton Villoria (368 pts).

Absolute Distilled Water: PBL Juniors Champion anew

Showing the stuffs championship teams are made off, the Distillers outlasted the Teeth Sparklers of Hapee Toothpaste, 60-53, in Game Three of their best-of-three finals series to abg the juniors crown.
It will be absolute's second straight title after the PBL, led by the hardworking commissioner Joseller "Yeng" Guiao and board chairman Robert Kuan of Chowking Fastfoods, included the said juniors tilt to league last year.
Absolute coach Jorge Gallent, a long-time player by the franchise in the PBL which also included a brief stint with the Tanduay Rhum team, was instrumental in steering his team to its second crown. But Gallent, who was assistant to Itoy Esquerra in last year's title conquest of the same event then known as Tanduay Rhum Junior Lapad, credits the victory to his wards whom he said have worked doubly hard in achieving this feat.
Flashy Paul Artadi starred in Game Three win where the cat-quick guard topscored with 15 points but the night really belong to teammate James Yap, who bagged the Most Valuable Player of the Conference award. Yap scored only three points on a horrible 1-of-11 fieldgoal shooting clip but he compensated this on the other side of the court by pulling off whooping statistics of 16 rebounds, three assists, two steals and the same number of shotblocks.
Back in the seniors league, Chowking continues hold sway but its lead got trimmed late Monday following a 52-64 drubbing at the hands of the resurging Batang Red Bull. The Fastfood kings absorbed their fourth setback in 16 outings while the Energy Kings moved a little closer to the former with a 11-5 slate, accompanying the highly-touted Paint Masters of Welcoat Paints at second spot.
In the other PBL results this week, Welcoat brought Colt 45 Premium Beer back to its senses with a mean 72-53 thrashing on May 29 while Chowking blast Blu Detergents, 82-79, two days before.

04-30-2011, 10:00 AM
Still an uncertain finals cast
June 1999

The Question on who will make it to the finals of the 1999-Yakult-PBL challenge remains an uncertainty, thanks to the rousing victory by Batang Red Bull and a surprised defeat by league-leading Chowking Fastfoods.
Batang Red Bull made mincemeat of rival Blu Detergents, 92-77, Monday to clinch at least a playoff for the finals berth via the 5-of-8 semis incentive while Chowking dropped a 75-76 cliffhanger to already ousted Colt 45 Premium Beer.
Bouncing back from a disappointing 72-77 setback to the Fastfood Kings on June 12, the Energy Kings vented their ire on the Grime Busters on the game-heroics of Junthy Valenzuela, who scored with 18 points in that win. The high-leaping Valenzuela was supported by the dreaded trio of Bernard Tanpua, Lordy Tugade and Jimwell Torion, each chipping in 11 markers to hand Red Bull its fifth victory in the semifinals while shutting the door on blu for a slot in the battle for third spot.
Chowking, on the other hand, failed to clinch outright the first of the two championship seats, no thanks to Colt 45's Ernesto Billones, who nailed down the coffin on the Fastfood Kings' finals aspiration. Billones, who bled his way in getting coach Itoy Esquerra's confidence to play as a starter, had a total of 22 big points with the baskets coming at the most crucial time to resuscitate the Beermen's chances to at least take home the third place trophy.
The Fastfood Kings are currently at the helm with a 15-5 slate while the Paintmasters, who romped off with a 71-54 trashing of the Grime Busters on June 12, and the Energy Kings are not far behind with records of 14-6 and 14-7, respectively.
Welcoat's last two assignments are incidentally against Batang Red Bull and Chowking.

11-29-2011, 01:48 AM
Its Semis time, too in the PABL
By Dennis Eroa
November 1985

Defending Champion ESQ-Grant, Mama's Love of Cebu City and the resurgent Equipment Research Development Corporation (ERDC) are the top three squads fancied to make a run for the PABL "Challenge to Champions" title.
The three are among the eight teams seeing action in the single round semifinals at the Rizal Coliseum.
The Merchants, Cebuanos and the Research Specialists boast of strong lineups, throngs of followers, management support and competent mentors. But this should not lessen the worth of the five other semifinalists who are also capable of pulling the rug from under the favorites.
Of the other semifinalists, National Interclub champion Masagana 99, boast of the best record with seven straight wins in Group A. The 99ers mocked ESQ-Grant, 99-77, in a game which cast doubts on the Merchants' title-retention bid. On the other hand, the Merchants, now handled by former national mentor Nat Canson, finished with a 5-2 win-loss slate. their other loss was inflicted by RFM-Swifts.
Though the Cebuanos humbled ERDC in the opener, 82-74, they bowed to UAAP champion University of the East and PYHS-Fuji. Mama's love coach Jun Noel readily admitted that the absence of suspended Jojo Lastimosa, last year's Most Valuable Player, has hurt Mama's Love's chances, however he remained confident that the team could still make it without Jojo.
The other semifinalists from Group A are Arellano University and the Army Jungle Fighters. Both teams are given slim chances of making it to the finals because of their shallow bench. The Flaming Arrows have Ludovico Valenciano, Jeffrey Graves and Richard Mendoza while the Jungle Fighters have Melvin Martin, former pro Zaldy Latoza and Benjie Gutierrez at the helm, but they have no probable replacements.
The same goes with Rizal Athletic Club, another qualifier from Group B.

02-19-2012, 08:53 PM
PABL Semis getting tighter
April 1987

Hyundai's hotshot, the celebrated Lee-Chung-Hee, will find it hard to forget his team's loss to Philips Sardines in last Monday's PABL International Invitational Championships at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
Lee, 5'11", the heir apparent to Shin Dong Pa, fired a record 66 points in that game but even his best wasn't good enough to propel Hyundai into the winning column against coach Joe Lipa's sardines makers.
Philips, behind Benjie Paras' shot in the last 2.5 seconds, eked out a pulsating 111-110 victory over the Koreans who seemed headed for a rout after leading most of the way.
Lee's 66 points was the best in the PABL's history but his feat was overshadowed by the sardines makers never-say-die spirit. the win gave Philips, who were reinforced by Magnolia's Dindo Pumaren, Gilbert Reyes and Jerry Codinera, their second straight victory in the one round-robin semis.
Yco brought down Purefoods, 88-84 while RFM-Swifts Hotdogs spoiled the debut of Golden Dragon of Taiwan with a masterful 108-95 victory to gain a share of the lead with Philips.
The Shinemasters, behind the excellent showing of Alvin Patrimonio and Glen Capacio, surprisingly encountered tough opposition from Purefoods but their deeper bench proved superb in the end. Renato Agustin, Elmer Cabahug and Jojo Lastimosa combined efforts to lead the Hotdogs past Golden Dragons.
The match between Hyundai and Philips was marked by referee Caloy Ramirez' outburst near the dugout of the Koreans, Ramirez, veteran international referee, confronted the Hyundai cagers going to the dugout after a korean team member spat on him. a fuming Ramirez was immediately hustled into the officials and ref's quarters by PABL official Elmer Yanga.

02-28-2013, 04:57 PM
What's up in the PABL

Lagerlite Beer continued to hold sway as fancied in the semifinals of the first PABL Invitational tournament.
The latest victim of the beermen were the Army Jungle fighters, whom they handed a 93-84 lashing for their second straight triumph in the eight-team semis. The victory kept Lagerlite, banned by second stringers of Northern Consolidated, on course for the first finals slot.
The other fancied teams, Masagana 99 and cebu-based Mama's Love quintet- were locked in their fierce struggle to keep pace with the beermen with similar 1-1 cards as we went to press.
The Rice Growers own the distinction of having beaten the Cebuanos although Masagana itself stumbled at the hands of the Jungle Fighters in a contest decided only in the closing seconds. Says Jojo Lastimosa, who is leading Mama's Love in this tournament: "All teams are strong, Luck could always decide the outcome of any game, look at Masagana, they were simply lucky during our last game and that carried them to victory over us."

04-20-2013, 09:27 PM
Sampaguita quintet eyes PABL crown
November 1983

By beating Perpetual Savings Bank last wednesday, 78-76, Sampaguita garments not only snapped a three-game losing streak but it also gained a possible berth in the final round of the PABL Founder's Cup.
The win gave the Sampaguita dribblers a final 3-3 card, good for third place in the seven-team Group I, behind pacesetting Southern Textile Mills, the only undefeated team in the infant loop with a 5-0 slate, and national students champion Arellano University (4-1).
Piloting the garment makers is former professional cager Billy Abarrientos, an ex-UE and Crispa standout who was a member of the Philippine team that played in the World Universiade in Tokyo in 1967.
Luis Brill, a San Beda product and skipper of the RP team that regained the Asian Youth championship from China last year, heads the Sampaguita lineup which includes three former pros, Jimmy Taguines, Perry Rodriguez and Virgilio Dela Cruz.

10-24-2013, 04:15 PM
Perpetual, Manhattan advance
November 1983

Perpetual Savings Bank dropped the upset ax on Arellano University yesterday, 89-87, to capture the third finals berth in Group I while Manhattan Shirt got the fourth slot by the quotient system in the PABL Founder's Cup at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
Nazareno Batoon sank a 15-foot jumpshot that beat the final buzzer and lifted the Bankers to a hairline victory. In the second game, Southern Textile Mills, the only undefeated team in the infant loop, shellacked winless ESQ Marketing, 111-99, to complete a sweep of the seven-team Group I.
The Bankers, together with Manhattan Shirts and Sampaguita Garments, actually ended up with identical 3-3 cards but the Garment Makers, who had hoped for an Arellano victory, lost out in the quotient system. In the lone Group II match, Davao All-Stars beat winless RFM-Swifts, 113-96, to earn at least a tie for the last qualifying slot in Group II.

10-29-2013, 03:48 PM
PABL President's Cup
A very challenging tournament
July 1984

Of the 15 members that founded the PABL last year, only three are seeing action in the President's Cup tournament that reeled off June 30 at the Rizal Memorial hardcourt. Founding members Magnolia Ice Cream, Masagana 99 and ESQ Marketing are now joined by guest teams Army Jungle Fighters, Concrete Aggregates, Bayside, Equipment Research and Development Corporation (formerly New Sampaguita Builders), Imperial Textile Mills and Maisagana 77.
Parade of teams started promptly at 2pm with all nine teams marching resplendant with their uniforms and elegant with their muses. Ambassador's Cup Most Valuable Player Leovino Austria, skipper of the Masagana 99 quintet, recited the oath of sportsmanship. Henry Cojuangco was guest of honor. Antonio Garcia, pinch-hitting for Don Manolo Elizalde, tossed the ceremonial ball.
Interclub champion Concrete Aggregates, playing without its hotshots Dennis Abbatuan, now playing with Tanduay in the PBA, and Wally Anuri, managed to eke out a 71-67 win over Imperial Textile Mills, a former MICAA member, Magnolia Ice Cream beat ERDC, 74-67, ESQ Marketing, which underwent a massive build-up by taking in several Arellano University cagers, trounced Army Jungle Fighters, 81-76. The Jungle Fighters quintet is composed of members of the disbanded Bank of Rizal five, champions of the Ambassador's Cup.
Founder's Cup champion Arellano University is not seeing action in this tournament but just the same, Arellano is contributing to the success of the PABL by having its manager Peter Cayco at the helm of the PABL.
The first round of action ends on July 27 with an out-of-town game featuring Magnolia versus Masagana 99 in Naga City.

11-27-2013, 06:02 PM
Magnolia-ESQ title tiff
August-September 1986

Powerhouse Magnolia and defending champion ESQ Marketing appeared headed for a collision course after the eliminations of the PABL Founder's Cup. The Ice Cream Makers swept the single-round elims after defeating the Merchants last Monday, 99-84, in a prestige match although the day clearly belonged to Purefoods, which turned back the hard-fighting Swift squads, 86-84.
Purefoods and Mama's Love finished the eliminations with 3-3 cards in the company of Fuji Soy Sauce but the Food Experts and the Powder Makers advanced into the round of four via better quotients. For finishing one-two with 6-0 and 4-2 slates respectively, Magnolia and ESQ were the solid favorites to nail the finals berth at stake in the double round semifinals.
Oddsmakers have the reason to think so, For one, the lineups of the two squads are awesome as compared to Mama's Love and Purefoods. The Merchants have Hector Calma, Edgar Macaraya, Jojo Villapando, Eliseo and Ramos among others, while the Ice Cream Makers have a star-studded lineup led by Allan Caidic, Dindo Pumaren, Elmer Reyes, Alfredo Jarencio, Alfie Almario and Nelson Asaytono.

12-04-2013, 12:48 PM
Too close to call
July 1986

There is no denying that Jojo Lastimosa toils in the shadows of teammate Avelino "Samboy" Lim, currently the PABL's most dominant and colorful figure. But last Monday, Lastimosa proved he has the mettle and savvy which may yet put him on equal footing with Lim.
The 6-1 Lastimosa stole the limelight from his more illustrious teammate when he led Lhuillier to a pulse-pounding 104-100 overtime victory over Hope Cigarettes. That win evened the best-of-five title series at 1-1 for the PABL Invitational Division I crown. "It was a sweetrevenge victory, I am proud of it" beamed the punk-haired Lastimosa, who finished the night with 31 points, eight of them in the extension.
Regular coach Raul Alcoseba, who was seated behind assistant mentor Alfredo Enriquez, the man calling the shots for Lhuillier, failed to control his joy and hugged Lastimosa after the game. "Salamat nalang naglaro ng husto si Jojo, kung hindi dahil sa kanya, talo kami," said Alcoseba, who is serving a one-year suspension imposed on him by the BAP for leading University of San Jose-Recoletos' walkout during the National Students basketball championships last year in Naga City.
Although Hope coach Arturo Valenzona placed the game under protest, Lhuillier's victory will stand, according to cage experts, because the ruling in the play made by referee Leon Salac, was a judgement call. "Tanuan was fouled by Al Solis before the final buzzer sounded. Tanuan should have been awarded two free throws," the angry Valenzona said in confronting the technical committee headed by Ignacio "Ning" Ramos.
It was a closely-fought match throughout and Lhuillier carved the win only in the closing seconds of the extension before 11,000 sweat-drenched fans. The disqualification of Hope's big men, Tanuan, Polistico and Jeffrey Graves proved a big factor to the Cigarette Makers' downfall. The third game is set this Friday and experts are still evenly divided on their choice, In fact, the title-series has become to close to call that at this point, cage afficionados are convinced that the team with the steadiest players would win.

03-17-2014, 03:47 PM
Looks like its La Salle vs Farinas
June 1983

Only one team remain unbeaten in the ongoing PABL, The Green Archers of De La Salle University have notched 12 consecutive wins and appeared headed for a sweep of both the eliminations and final rounds. De La Salle, coached by American Ron Jacobs, topped Division I with a clean 8-0 slate. Among the victims of the Green Archers were Boogie Jeans, Sampaguita, MAR Region XII, CF Sharp, Philippine Army, Rosecor, TIP and PMI.
On the other hand, Farinas which has national coach Larry Albano at the helm, also swept Division III, 8-0, in the elimination round. Teams that got clobbered by the transportation men were Rizal Athletic Club, Philippine Air Force, UP, Concrete Aggregates, Philippine British Assurance Company, Helsinki Shirtwear, Bureau of Customs, and Glenmore Shoes.
Another team swept the elimination round in its own division, Maisagana topped the 10-team Division IV with a 9-0 record, Masagana 99 and PSSLU shared honors in Division II with a 7-1 cards. The cast of the final round includes DLSU, Farinas, Masagana 99, Maisagana, PSSLU, Glenmore, Boogie and Development Bank of Rizal.
After four playdates in the final round, La Salle found itself alone in top spot with four wins and no losses. Farinas and Maisagana wins 3 in four outings, Masagana 99 and Boogie Jeans follow next with 2-2. PSSLU and DBR are tied for 6th and 7th place with 1-3, Glenmore brings up the rear with 0-4.
Maisagana's only setback was handed by sister team Masagana 99 last May 18, Leo Austria gave the 99ers the victory by converting a last second jumper for a final count, 92-91. Farinas lost to Maisagana last May 30, Maisagana's Tom Randall powered the Planters to an 88-77 win. On the other hand, M-99 lost to Farinas, 83-89, and then bowed to Boogie Jeans, 88-93. To enter the finals, M-99 must beat La Salle by a big margin and hope that La Salle beats both the Planters and the Transportation men.

09-03-2015, 11:15 AM
1983 PABL Founders Cup lineups (1st of three parts)

Cine Suerte - Carlito Mejos, Stevenson Dajalos, Alfonso Solis, George Bonsubre, Anthony Mendoza, Christopher Amamonpon, Antonio Borromeo, Rolando Evangelista, Sinforoso Tamayo, Ramoncito Roa, John Copada, Florante Dela Cruz, Israel Catacutan, Hernani Demigillo.

C.F Sharp - Teodolfo Gregorio, Rafael Santiago, Virgilio Soria, Alfonso Mora, Alfredo Jarencio, Cesar Calayag, Louis Cu, Allan Caidic, Francis Ansay, Samuel Sison, George Ella, Roberto Mariano.

Bank of Rizal - Adonis Tierra, Sonny Cabatu, Dennis Carbonilla, Gerardo Ramos, Ed Baldomero, Ferdinand Santos, Chris McGarry, Rey Perez, Edgar Amisola, Meneles Viray, Renato Addun, Zeo Agsunod, Frederick Dandan, Totoy Marquez.

Davao All-Stars - Cadel Mosqueda, Chito Morelos, Alejandro Bucu, Juanito Pansacala, Roy Rubi, Alvin Teng, Bienvenido Paras, Danilo Sabando, Delio Catre, Carlos Ang, Loreto Yee, Greg Moss, Gerry Ledesma, Rolando Magno, Raymund Leonor.

RFM-Swifts - Antonio De Leon, Efren Garferio, Joel Javier, Alejandro Regis, Joey Concepcion, Joseller Guiao, Francisco Suarez, Napoleon Burcelis, Woodrow Jaymalin, Virgilio Poscablo, Marty Tierra, Fernan Delos Reyes, Marcelo Sison, Antonio Canono, Danilo Salvador.

09-03-2015, 01:42 PM
1983 PABL Founders Cup lineups

Customs MCDC - Ramon Aquino, Lino Flores, Cesar Teodoro, Celso Bolido, Eduardo Hebron, Elmo Ledesma, Ferdinand Platon, Edgar Valencia, Napoleon Ayala, Ernesto Laurel, Victoriano Pollescas, Reywel Entona, Aurelio Vendivel, Simon de Paula.

SMC-Magnolia Ice Cream - Raymundo Obias, Kenneth Yap, Reynaldo Gozum, Robert Sy, Ricardo Mariano, Renato Kabigting, Godofredo Uy Lim, Edgardo Dizon, Orlando Javier, Bonifacio Baluyot, Jeffrey Graves, Cesar Bauto, Eduardo Dizon, Rolando Cagoso, Bernardo Caparas.

Masagana 99 - Jeremias Aquino, Reynaldo Revilloza, Melchor Mijares, Mukesh Advani, Leandro Isaac, Menardo Jubinal, Elmer Reyes, Emmanuel Santos, Loreto Manaog, Leovino Austria, Jaime Mariquit, Osmando Rojales, Joey Magana, Enrique Marquez, Alejandro Perez, Robert de Guia.

Arellano University - Ramon Cui, Cornelio Yambot, Ranulfo Robles, Billy Lim, Juanito Guzman, Joshua Villapando, Melchor Frogoso, Ricardo Cui, Jesus Ramirez, Artemio Gancayco, Ernesto Loyzaga, William Pearson, Georgie Aguila, Enrico Banal, Francis Moncada.

ESQ Marketing - Renato Mendoza, Romeo San Juan, Carlito Travino, Wilfredo Anuri, Jovenal Francisco, Vedasto Cosino, William Fong, Eugene Navarette, Reynaldo Reynoso, Raul Estomata, Florentino Reyes, Milo Felipe, Danilo Gaspar, Miguel Tanyag, Victor Magpantay

09-03-2015, 04:18 PM
1983 PABL Founders Cup lineups

Perpetual Savings Bank - Ernesto Barro, Bito Orcullo, Romeo Patuwaran, Edmund Yee, Ricardo Garcia, Reynaldo Monsalve, Jose Tinio, Nazareno Batoon, Dwight Chua, Ronnie Lucero, Alex Diaz, Mariano Pingol, Vincent Albino, Jake Codamon, Juan Luis Villanueva.

Southern Textile Mills - Aurelio Manosca, Roseller Miguel, Rey Cuenco, Jerome Cueto, Yves Dignadice, Anthony Poblador, Romeo Lopez, Wilton Roxas, Richard Mendoza, Peter Aguilar, Dante Sapalo, Frederick Pumaren.

Boogie Barnes-Jag - Harmon Codinera, Nelson Espinosa, Wilfredo Tanduyan, Bernardo Martin, Joel Valle, Ramon Dela Cruz, Guillermo Valerio, Edgardo Roque, Glenn Capacio, Demetrio Portosa, Lawrence Merced, Danilo Acero, Reynaldo Ramos, Demetrio Antonio, Jerry Codinera.

Manhattan Shirtmakers - Anacieto Clarino, Allan Meimban, Jonathan Madrazo, Edgardo Cenebre, Armando Torres, Federico Villareal, Rico Acuna, Aristotle Franco, Marcial Cagoco, Joel Tanpus, Rex de Asis, Joselito Canaya, Osmundo Rollo, Gamaliel Evangelista, Amadeo Sagarbarria.

Sampaguita Garments - Ramon Samson, Renier Porlayagan, Ronald Santos, Luis Brill, Ramiro Santos, Dean Castano, Bernabe Aquino, Joseph Pelaez, Cesar Ocampo, Jaime Taguines, Virgilio dela Cruz, Greg Bichara, Porfirio Rodriguez, Ruel Papa, Juan Imperio.