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naz-T
08-26-2009, 01:14 AM
I'm just curious, is Liga Pilipinas classified as Pro League? or Amateur?

Who are the players eligible here? Are current UAAP and NCAA players allowed to play here?


>What is the composition of the teams?
>Liga Pilipinas basketball teams will be composed of a total of fourteen (14) players with at least eight (8 ) home->grown talents, a maximum of two (2) ex-pros and one fil-foreigner.

I've read that Sam Ekwe has played in Liga? Did Liga change the rules for Ekwe to play? or other foreigners are also allowed here?

Hope to some clarifications. Thanks and more power.

naz-T
08-28-2009, 10:21 AM
Liga Pilipinas,

Can you please answer. Thanks

gienecees
08-28-2009, 05:17 PM
really? Sam Ekwe played? What Liga team and which conference? ???

pepman
08-30-2009, 08:39 PM
really? Sam Ekwe played? What Liga team and which conference? ???


Yung Laguna ata, 2nd Conference sir.

naz-T
09-03-2009, 06:55 PM
Liga Pilipinas,

Can you please answer. Thanks


Liga Pilipinas. Hope to get the answers if you're the right person to answer these questions. thank you

Liga Pilipinas
09-27-2009, 09:51 AM
I'm just curious, is Liga Pilipinas classified as Pro League? or Amateur?
Liga Pilipinas is an amateur basketball league sanctioned and supervised by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).


Who are the players eligible here? Are current UAAP and NCAA players allowed to play here?


>What is the composition of the teams?
>Liga Pilipinas basketball teams will be composed of a total of fourteen (14) players with at least eight (8 ) home->grown talents, a maximum of two (2) ex-pros and one fil-foreigner.
Current UAAP and NCAA players are allowed to play as long as they have met the requirements of their college leagues as regards to how many seasons have to be spent before a player may play in a commercial league (one for NCAA, two for UAAP) and for as long as the games are not in conflict with the college league's schedule.

However, because of Liga's format that entails a lot of travel, it is unwise for a student-athlete to be away from the classroom for extended periods of time.



I've read that Sam Ekwe has played in Liga? Did Liga change the rules for Ekwe to play? or other foreigners are also allowed here?

Hope to some clarifications. Thanks and more power.



When Samuel Ekwe exhausted his varsity eligibility, he sought to play in Liga. Because of that, the league made a ruling that any full-blooded foreigner who saw action for at least three seasons in any SBP-sanctioned college league may play in Liga. To be fair, he was subjected to a weighted lottery which was won by the Trace-Laguna Stallions.

This precedent sets the stage for the entry in the future of the likes of Sudan Daniel of San Beda, Kirk Long and Vince Burke of Ateneo, Marko Batricevic and Ferdinand of La Salle and the slew of Africans who have been enrolled in local schools.

fujitsu
09-27-2009, 06:58 PM
may i know why davao does not have any team. previous announcements indicate that montana pawnshop was included in the team lineups.

Liga Pilipinas
10-01-2009, 10:31 AM
Note: The following articles are from independent external sources and does not necessarily reflect the official stand of Liga Pilipinas, Pinoy Basketbol Incorporated (PBI) and Pinoy Basketbol Management Incorporated (PBMI).
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Yayoy to lead PBL/Liga All-Stars
Wednesday, September 30, 2009


MLKP Cebu Niños coach Raul “Yayoy” D. Alcoseba will shift his coaching acumen to higher gear as he has been tapped to call the shots for the Liga Pilipinas-Philippine Basketball League (PBL) selection in a fund-raising match this Monday at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Liga Pilipinas-PBL hardcourt warriors will go up against the UAAP/NCAA All-Stars at 5 p.m., right before the exciting showdown between the Smart-Gilas Philippine squad and the Powerade Team Pilipinas at 7 pm.

Proceeds of the twin charity games will be donated to the victims of tropical storm “Ondoy” that triggered massive flooding in Metro Manila and outlying Luzon provinces.

“Through the blessings of Pilipinas Basketball, we are participating in this event for a good cause,” said Alcoseba.

Alcoseba will bring along with him to Manila two of his star players in Ariel Mepaña and Mark Jonas Ababon, who were handpicked to suit up for Liga Pilinas/PBL. (PR)


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 1, 2009.

m_14
10-01-2009, 10:42 AM
sinu-sino pa magiging teammates nina mark ababon and ariel mepana??

Liga Pilipinas
10-05-2009, 01:49 AM
Note: The following articles are from independent external sources and does not necessarily reflect the official stand of Liga Pilipinas, Pinoy Basketbol Incorporated (PBI) and Pinoy Basketbol Management Incorporated (PBMI).
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Yayoy on charity games: It will be total entertainment
Sunday, October 4, 2009
By Rommel C. Manlosa


ALTHOUGH it is just a “friendly game” to raise funds for the victims of Typhoon Ondoy, the players involved are in for one tough fight.

The Liga Pilipinas and PBL Selection will kick off the hostilities at 5 p.m. against the UAAP and NCAA selection. It will be followed by the much-anticipated battle between the Smart-Gilas Pilipinas Team and the Powerade RP-Team at 7 p.m. at the Araneta Coliseum today.

The charity matches are organized by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, PBA, PBL, Liga Pilipinas, UAAP and NCAA.

“This is going to be total entertainment,” M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños head coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba told Sun.Star Cebu yesterday.

Alcoseba will call the shots for the Liga Pilipinas/PBL squad, which will have Ariel Mepaña and Mark Ababon of the Cebu Niños.

“I don’t know the other players, especially the players from the PBL. But we will have a practice game at 2 p.m. I hope I can quickly identify and pick the right combinations,” Alcoseba said.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 5, 2009.

naz-T
10-30-2009, 09:40 AM
I'm just curious, is Liga Pilipinas classified as Pro League? or Amateur?
Liga Pilipinas is an amateur basketball league sanctioned and supervised by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).


Who are the players eligible here? Are current UAAP and NCAA players allowed to play here?


>What is the composition of the teams?
>Liga Pilipinas basketball teams will be composed of a total of fourteen (14) players with at least eight (8 ) home->grown talents, a maximum of two (2) ex-pros and one fil-foreigner.
Current UAAP and NCAA players are allowed to play as long as they have met the requirements of their college leagues as regards to how many seasons have to be spent before a player may play in a commercial league (one for NCAA, two for UAAP) and for as long as the games are not in conflict with the college league's schedule.

However, because of Liga's format that entails a lot of travel, it is unwise for a student-athlete to be away from the classroom for extended periods of time.



I've read that Sam Ekwe has played in Liga? Did Liga change the rules for Ekwe to play? or other foreigners are also allowed here?

Hope to some clarifications. Thanks and more power.



When Samuel Ekwe exhausted his varsity eligibility, he sought to play in Liga. Because of that, the league made a ruling that any full-blooded foreigner who saw action for at least three seasons in any SBP-sanctioned college league may play in Liga. To be fair, he was subjected to a weighted lottery which was won by the Trace-Laguna Stallions.

This precedent sets the stage for the entry in the future of the likes of Sudan Daniel of San Beda, Kirk Long and Vince Burke of Ateneo, Marko Batricevic and Ferdinand of La Salle and the slew of Africans who have been enrolled in local schools.



Thank you very much.

Liga Pilipinas
11-06-2009, 11:03 AM
LUNA, APAYAO – Host EKB-Apayao Rapids recorded a masterful 95-77 taming of the Trace-Laguna Stallions Thursday evening to stay in the hunt for the championship of the Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference III Apayao Leg at the Bienvenido Verzola Jr. Memorial Sports Complex.

The Rapids recovered from a first day loss to the Smart-Pampanga Buddies, levelling their win-loss card at 1-1. It was the second straight loss for the Stallions who bowed to Cebu Landmaster-Mandaue last Wednesday in the tournament sponsored by Smart, Accel, Molten, Calcium-Cee, Gatorade, Air 21 and Burlington and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

Ismael Junio starred in a crucial 14-2 blitz that put the Rapids of Gov. Elias K. Bulut and Coach Gilbert Malabanan on top for good, 42-31, and still three minutes left in the first half. Earlier, Marlon Legaspi gave the Stallions of Atty. Erwin Genuino and Coach Nomar Isla the lead for the last time via a triple, 29-28.

The Rapids continued to pour it on with Kris Robles at the firing end, extending their lead in the third canto. Back-to-back baskets by Oliver Villareal gave the Rapids their biggest lead of the game early in the fourth period, 81-53.

Things got ugly though when Nat Cruz and Dick Anquilo were ejected for fighting after a rebound scuffle off an Alain Musni free throw with 7:59 left and the Rapids in command, 81-57. Robles and Chris Santos of Rapids as well as Stallions Ron Capati and Victor Medina got the boot for entering the court from their benches.

Junio finished with 30 points topping all scorers followed by Robles with 12. Jan Villaver paced the Stallions with 19 points while Capati, RB Mangahas and Rob Sanz added 10 points.

Meanwhile, the Buddies under Coach Allan Gregorio roared to their second straight win with an 89-71 creaming of fellow opening day winner Landmaster of Joe Soberano and Coach Jun Tan.

With the Buddies maintaining a 63-57 lead after three periods, Jonathan Aldave exploded for 16 markers in the fourth canto that stretched the Buddies’ lead to as much as 20 points, the last time coming at the 3:25 mark, 85-65.

Mandaue led by as much as eight points, 34-26, midway in the second period. However, the Buddies responded with a 17-0 run to grab the lead for good, 43-34. A buzzer-beater by Mandaue’s JR Aquino settled the halftime tally, 43-36.

Aldave finished with a game-high 26 points, followed by Hans Thiele with 13. Former Buddy Francis Mercado paced Mandaue with 16 points. Boyet Bautista and Rino Berame chipped in nine markers apiece.

The best games from the Apayao Leg will be shown next week on Solar Sports from Wednesday to Saturday. Liga Pilipinas Classics also air daily on Viva Prime Channel. For more information, visit www.ligapilipinas.net.

How They Scored:

First Game

PAMPANGA (89) – Aldave 26, Thiele 13, Asoro 11, Husted 10, Villamin 8, Al. Espiritu 8, Gelig 5, Nicdao 2, Saguindel 2, Tan 2, An. Espiritu 2, Magpayo 0, Sta. Maria 0, Taylor 0.

MANDAUE (71) – Mercado 16, Bautista 9, Aquino 9, Berame 8, Cenita 8, Bucao 6, Latonio 5, Cainglet 5, Gabas 5.

Period Scores: 22-22, 43-36, 63-57, 80-71.

Second Game

APAYAO (95) – Junio 30, Robles 12, Navarro 9, Martinez 8, Bonus 8, Cruz 7, Lustestica 6, Lopez 4, Villareal 4, Yambao 3, Ebuen 2, Cabico 1, Santos 1, Vitug 0.

LAGUNA (77) – Villaver 19, Sanz 10, Capati 10, Mangahas 10, Musni 8, Estrada 5, Angeles 5, Tolentino 3, Legaspi 3, Anquilo 2, Pradas 2, Retaga 0, Medina 0, Grijaldo 0.

Period Scores: 20-23, 43-36, 77-50, 95-77.

Liga Pilipinas
11-10-2009, 01:50 AM
LUNA, APAYAO – Host EKB-Apayao Rapids barged into the championship game of the Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference III Apayao Leg by eliminating Cebu Landmaster-Mandaue, 76-65, in front of a packed Bienvenido Verzola Jr. Memorial Sports Center Friday night.

With team owner Gov. Elias K. Bulut in attendance, center Lawrence Bonus popped in seven points in a critical fourth period stretch that gave the Rapids a 67-61 lead and 2:55 to play. Mandaue countered with five free throws from Francis Mercado, Rino Berame and JR Aquino to threaten for the last time entering the final two minutes, 65-67.

From there, the Rapids’ defense held the Landmaster quintet scoreless as Leimar Navarro converted three free throws and Randy Lopez scored on a tip-in to erect a commanding 72-65 advantage with 49 ticks to play. Ismael Junio added another free throw and a triple at the buzzer for the final tally.

Bonus led the Rapids with 24 points followed by Junio with 22. Mercado topped Landmaster with 13 points while Ronald Bucao chipped in 12.

In the first game, the undefeated Smart-Pampanga Buddies of Coach Allan Gregorio formalized their entry in the championship game via a 101-98 double overtime classic against the winless Trace-Laguna Stallions of Atty. Erwin Genuino and Coach Nomar Isla.

More importantly, the Buddies gained a two-point bonus for the sweep and blew past the Stallions in the overall tour points standings of the conference supported by Smart, Molten, Accel, Calcium-Cee, Gatorade, Air 21 and Burlington and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP). The Buddies also stand a good chance to capture the second automatic Super Leg berth should they bag the leg championship

Al Magpayo and Allan Husted combined for all of the Buddies’ 11 scores in the second overtime to complete their come-from-behind triumph. Stallion Alfie Grijaldo sank a triple at the1:21 mark to close in for the last time, 96-97. Husted, a balikbayan from California, answered with a basket and two free throws before Robert Sanz settled the final tally with a basket and four seconds remaining. The Stallions though had one final chance as the Buddies committed a backing violation that left three ticks on the clock. Sadly for the Stallions, Alex Angeles missed a triple at the buzzer.

Jonathan Aldave forced the second overtime thank to an offensive tip-in with 0.4 of second left, 89-89. Regulation play ended at 80-80 on a Grijaldo field goal with 25 ticks to go.

The Stallions led by as big as 23 points in the first half, 44-21, behind the four triples of RB Mangahas. The Buddies slowly rallied, taking the lead for the first time, 73-72, on a Don Villamin triple with 3:56 left in the fourth period.

Mapgayo led the Buddies with 18 points while Aldave followed with 17. Grijaldo paced the Stallions with 24 followed by Mangahas with 21.

Selected games from the Apayao Leg will be shown next week on Solar Sports from Wednesday to Saturday. Liga Pilipinas Classics also air daily on Viva Prime Channel. For more information, visit www.ligapilipinas.net.

How They Scored:

First Game

PAMPANGA (101) – Magpayo 18, Aldave 17, Thiele 13, Villamin 9, Asoro 8, Husted 7, Saguindel 7, An. Espiritu 6, Sta. Maria 5, Tan 5, Gelig 3, Al. Espiritu 3, Taylor 0.

LAGUNA (98) – Grijaldo 24, Mangahas 21, Estrada 13, Sanz 10, Musni 10, Angeles 7, Villaver 5, Pradas 5, Legaspi 3, Tolentino 0.

Period Scores: 12-30, 31-48, 52-64, 80-80 (reg.), 89-89 (OT), 101-98 (2OT).

Second Game

APAYAO (76) – Bonus 24, Junio 22, Yambao 10, Lopez 7, Navarro 7, Vitug 4, Lustestica 2, Ebuen 1, Cabico 0, Villareal 0.

MANDAUE (65) – Mercado 13, Bucao 12, Cainglet 11, Aquino 8, Gabas 7, Bautista 5, Berame 5, Cenita 4, Latonio 0.

Period Scores: 27-12, 38-35, 54-54, 76-65.
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LUNA, APAYAO – After a trio of runner-up finishes, the Smart-Pampanga Buddies finally tasted championship gold by blasting the host EKB-Apayao Rapids, 95-81, to claim the Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference III Apayao Leg title in front of a capacity Bienvenido G. Verzola Jr. Memorial Sports Center last Saturday evening.

More importantly, the win catapulted the Buddies under Coach Allan Gregorio all the way to Second Place in the overall Liga Tour Standing with 36 points, gaining the second outright spot in the Super Leg that will determine the next National Champion. Already qualified are the undefeated top seed and leg host M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Ninos. The Super Leg is scheduled from November 22 to 29 and is backed by Smart, Molten, Accel, Calcium-Cee, Gatorade, Air 21 and Burlington, with the sanction of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

With a shaky 11-point lead after three periods, 69-58, the Buddies turned to brothers Alwin and Anthony Espiritu, Allan Husted and Edwin Asoro to stage a breakaway, ballooning the lead to as high as 17 markers, 85-68 and 3:57 remaining.

The Rapids tasted the lead for the last time, 29-28, on a second period triple by Kris Robles. Hans Thiele then came off the bench in the second period to score 11 points that restored the advantage to the Buddies and build a comfortable halftime cushion, 45-38.

Thiele finished with a total of 17 points followed by Jonathan Aldave with 16 as the Buddies duplicated their 83-78 beating of the Rapids last November 4. Ismael Junio paced the Rapids with 14 points, but had only a free throw to show in the second half. Chris Santos chipped in 12 markers.

Apayao Governor Elias K. Bulut awarded the championship trophy to the winners, including leg Most Valuable Player Aldave. In between games, a pair of skills contests was held sponsored by Mayor Leah C. Bulut-Begtang of Calanasan town. Junio and Rapids reserve June Dizon emerged as the winners of the three-point shootout and slam dunk contest respectively.

Meanwhile, the Trace-Laguna Stallions earned Third Place over Cebu Landmaster-Mandaue, 89-79. The win snapped the Stallions’ three-game losing skid and awarded them three tour points to finish in Sixth Place overall. They will meet Fifth Placer Forward Taguig in the Super Leg wild card round. The Landmaster squad ended up in Seventh Place and will travel to face the Fourth Place and defending National Champion Misamis Oriental Meteors. The other playoff fixture will pit the Third Place Quezon Red Oilers against the Eighth Place MP Warriors of GenSan.

RB Mangahas led the Stallions with 16 points followed by Alex Angeles with 14. Francis Mercado topped Mandaue with 17 markers while Jett Latonio and JR Aquino chipped in a dozen each.

The best games of the Apayao Leg will be televised next week on Solar Sports from Wednesday to Saturday. Liga Pilipinas Classics are shown daily on Viva Prime Channel. For more details, log on to www.ligapilipinas.net.

How They Scored:

For Third Place

LAGUNA (89) – Mangahas 16, Angeles 14, Sanz 11, Anquilo 10, Villaver 10, Musni 9, Grijaldo 7, Estrada 5, Tolentino 3, Medina 2, Capati 2, Pradas 0.

MANDAUE (79) – Mercado 17, Latonio 12, Aquino 12, Bautista 10, Berame 9, Cainglet 8, Gabas 6, Cenita 3, Bucao 2.

Period Scores: 29-18, 50-37, 70-58, 89-79.

Championship

PAMPANGA (95) – Thiele 17, Aldave 16, Husted 13, Magpayo 8, Taylor 8, Asoro 8, Al. Espiritu 8, An. Espiritu 8, Gelig 5, Villamin 4, Nicdao 0, Saguindel 0, Sta. Maria 0, Tan 0.

APAYAO (81) – Junio 14, Santos 12, Cruz 11, Lopez 10, Robles 9, Yambao 7, Ebuen 7, Vitug 4, Navarro 3, Bonus 2, Villareal 2, Lustestica 0.

Period Scores: 21-20, 45-38, 69-58, 95-81.

Liga Pilipinas
11-21-2009, 12:53 AM
Bring home the Liga Pilipinas National Championship to Luzon! This will be the common battle cry of the Smart-Pampanga Buddies, Quezon Red Oilers and Trace-Laguna Stallions as they enter the Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference III Super Leg beginning this Monday at the New Cebu Coliseum.

The three Luzon-based teams hope to break the stranglehold of teams from the South that ruled the first two conferences of the community-based league headed by its President and CEO Noli M. Eala. The M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Ninos won the historic first conference last year, followed by the Misamis Oriental Meteors earlier this year for Conference II.

The Buddies under Coach Allan Gregorio are enjoying their best conference so far, placing second overall after the 10-leg Tour Phase with 36 points and carrying with it an automatic slot in the Super Leg. The Manny V. Pangilinan-backed franchise actually edged past the Red Oilers on the last day of the Tour Phase by winning the Apayao Leg to finish a point better.

Coach Gregorio credits his team’s early success to the fact that they have managed to play consistently while maintaining minimal changes in their roster. The Buddies finished runner-up in their first three legs at home, in Taguig and in General Santos before their Apayao conquest.

“The win in Apayao came at the right time, so I guess we are at our peak right now,” said Coach Gregorio. “Of course, there is still the bigger prize in the Super Leg and that’s our mission in Cebu.”

Expected to play big roles in the Buddies’ quest are Apayao Leg MVP Jonathan Aldave (12.2 PPG) and guard Allan Husted (11.8 PPG, 3.1 APG). The Buddies also hope that injured center Ford Arao (10.5 PPG, 6.0 RPG) will recover in time although veteran Al Magpayo (9.3 PPG, 5.2 RPG) and recent addition Edwin Asoro (9.5 PPG, 5.5 RPG) have ably filled the void during the Apayao Leg.

Denied the privilege of an outright spot, the Red Oilers of Gov. Raffy P. Nantes and Coach Oliver Bunyi vented their ire on the eighth seed MP Warriors of GenSan, 86-64, to advance to the Super Leg.

Coach Bunyi will rely heavily on a forwards Luis Palaganas and Jorel Canizares, guard Roberts Labagala and center Erik Suguitan. A big plus though is the return of forward Hafer Mondragon during the wild card game wherein he submitted seven points and nine rebounds after missing the whole Tour Phase.

“I always remind the team that every win gives immeasurable pride and happiness to the people of Quezon and that alone is enough motivation for us,” quipped Coach Bunyi, who steered the Red Oilers to two leg championships this conference in General Santos and Mandaue.

Meanwhile, the sixth seed Stallions of Atty. Erwin Genuino and Coach Nomar Isla literally went through the eye of the needle to upset the fifth seed Forward Taguig, overcoming the latter’s twice-to-beat advantage.

Guard Alex Angeles shone with 14 points, six rebounds and five assists to lead the Stallions to the Game One victory and force the winner-take-all game, 83-79. The following day, Jan Villaver scattered 22 markers and made a crucial defensive play at the end to send the Stallions to Cebu, 70-68. Aside from Villaver and Angeles, Coach Isla will bank on center Ron Capati, forwards Alfie Grijaldo, RB Mangahas, Rob Sanz and Jay-Arr Estrada and guard Leo Losentes. The Stallions bagged this conference’s Pampanga Leg.

The Buddies, Red Oilers and Stallions will join the defending National Champion Misamis Oriental Meteors and the undefeated M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Ninos in the five-team, seven-day tournament that will crown the next Liga Pilipinas National Champion of the league supported by Smart, Molten, Accel, Calcium-Cee, Gatorade, Air 21 and Burlington and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

The Liga Pilipinas Super Leg will be aired on Solar Sports starting next week. Liga Pilipinas Classics are also seen daily on Viva Prime Channel. The league’s official website is at www.ligapilipinas.net.

Liga Pilipinas
11-22-2009, 01:03 AM
CEBU CITY – The Misamis Oriental Meteors and the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Ninos have proven to be the most dominant teams in the three conferences of Liga Pilipinas thus far. Their brewing rivalry has added a lot of color to the fledgling community-based league.

Come Monday (November 23), both teams will write another chapter in their rivalry as they headline the five-time Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference III Super Leg at the New Cebu Coliseum. As the defending champion, the Meteors of Gov. Oscar S. Moreno and Coach Jun Noel know that a target has been placed on their backs and all the other teams are out to hit the bull’s eye.

After topping the standings en route to the Conference II National Championship last April, the Meteors this time have blown hot and cold, finishing in Fourth Place overall with 33 points and a 10-6 win-loss card. They annexed the Laguna Leg and placed runner-up at home and in Zamboanga.

In between their Liga schedules, the Meteors travelled all the way to Guangxi Zhuang, China last October to successfully defend via a clean sweep the Philippines’ championship at the China-ASEAN Men’s Basketball Invitational.

For this conference, the Meteors lost Conference II MVP Mark Yee but have since been carried by the prolific duo of Patrick Cabahug and Eder Saldua. Cabahug averaged an incredible 17.4 points during the Tour Phase while Saldua did a little bit of everything, 14.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists.

A big plus for the Meteors in their hunt for a back-to-back National Championship is that the roster is almost a 100% healthy, with shooting guard Lyndon Gudez on the injured list. Mark Kong, Mark Moreno and Ramil Tagupa are now fit to play.

The Meteors eliminated seventh seed Cebu Landmaster-Mandaue, 95-72, last November 14 in Gingoog City, to advance to the Super Leg.

Meanwhile, the Ninos of Michel J. Lhuillier and Coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba have bulldozed through the opposition winning all their four leg assignments and tallying an immaculate 16-0 record and an automatic Super Leg seat. This marks the first time that a team has achieved a perfect score of 60 points for the Tour Phase.

One by one, the Ninos netted trophies at home and in Misamis Oriental, Quezon and Zamboanga. Each leg saw a different Nino being honored as the MVP – Bruce Dacia, Mark Ababon, Woodraw Enriquez and Stephen Padilla. These four are expected to reprise their MVP performances, along with forwards Ariel Mepana and Ian Saladaga and Conference I MVP Marlon Basco.

Though not winning a leg MVP, Mepana (10.9 PPG, 4.8 RPG) and Saladage (10.6 PPG, 4.3 RPG) have silently established themselves as two of the Ninos’ top overall performers. Basco remains the Ninos’ top rebounder with 6.4 on top of his 6.6 scoring average.

For good measure, the Ninos have added shooter Mark Magsumbol and rising star Eliud Poligrates. Magsumbol was the leading scorer of the Quezon Red Oilers at 12.0 a game at the time of his transfer. Point guard Poligrates made a name as one of the most entertaining varsity players in Cebu while studying at Southwestern University.

With 62 Liga career wins and 10 leg championships, Coach Alcoseba is set to go all out to steer the Ninos to their second National title in three conferences. His counterpart Coach Noel is not far behind with 48 career wins and four leg championships under his belt.

The Ninos and Meteors will join the Smart-Pampanga Buddies, Quezon Red Oilers and Trace-Laguna Stallions in the seven-day tournament that will crown the next Liga Pilipinas National Champion of the league supported by Smart, Molten, Accel, Calcium-Cee, Gatorade, Air 21 and Burlington and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

Liga Pilipinas President and CEO Noli M. Eala as well as other league officials are expected to arrive in Cebu City today in time for a press conference together with all the participating teams. “For now, all I can say is that it will be a week of basketball festivities in Cebu,” said Eala. “We have prepared a lot of surprises for the fans.”

The Liga Pilipinas Super Leg will be aired on Solar Sports starting next week. Liga Pilipinas Classics are also seen daily on Viva Prime Channel. The league’s official website is at www.ligapilipinas.net.

Liga Pilipinas
11-22-2009, 03:23 PM
CEBU CITY – After three months of playing all over the Philippines, five of the best basketball teams begin hostilities in the Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference III Super Leg tomorrow at the New Cebu Coliseum in search of the next Liga Pilipinas National Champion.

Tomorrow’s featured game has the host and undefeated top seed M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Ninos of Michel J. Lhuillier and Coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba facing the third seed Quezon Red Oilers of Gov. Rafael P. Nantes and Coach Oliver Bunyi at 7:00 PM.

Quezon will go all out to erase the stigma of their winless Cebu City Leg during the league’s opening week last August. The Ninos take another step towards what could be a perfect conference after sweeping their Tour Phase schedule, 16-0.

“It’s back to zero so it’s all even now,” said Coach Alcoseba. “We will also be reducing ticket prices in order for more fans to watch.” Tickets are available for 100, 50 and 30 pesos.

An interesting sidelight to the game will be on Ninos forward Mark Magsumbol, who will be playing for the first time against his former team. Magsumbol was the Red Oilers’ leading scorer with 12.0 points a game before he transferred to the Ninos midway through the conference sponsored by Smart, San Miguel Beer, Casino Alcohol, Omega Pain Killer, Molten, Accel, Calcium-Cee, Gatorade, Air 21 and Burlington and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

Other key players for the Ninos are Leg MVPs Bruce Dacia, Stephen Padilla, Woodraw Enriquez and Mark Ababon plus Ariel Mepana, Ian Saladaga and Marlon Basco. The Red Oilers will counter with General Santos Leg MVP Luis Palaganas, Roberts Labagala, Hafer Mondragon, Jonathan Pinera and Erik Suguitan.

In the opener, the defending National Champion Misamis Oriental Meteors of Gov. Oscar S. Moreno and Coach Jun Noel open their title retention bid against the dangerous second seed Smart-Pampanga Buddies of Coach Allan Gregorio.

The Meteors are to be led by gunner Patrick Cabahug and do-it-all Eder Saldua. Providing the support are big men Mark Kong, Erian Daja and Philip Butel and point guards Ramil Tagupa and Mark Moreno.

Meanwhile, the Buddies are having their best conference yet by finishing second after the Tour Phase. Powering the Buddies are Apayao Leg MVP Jonathan Aldave and Allan Husted plus Al Magpayo and Edwin Asoro. For the Super Leg, the Buddies also signed up forward Orlando Daroya from Arellano University.

“We will work hard, very hard to retain our title,” said Coach Noel. “Our team is healthy and the players are raring to play.”

Drawing an opening day bye are the Trace-Laguna Stallions of Atty. Erwin Genuino and Coach Nomar Isla.

The teams will play a single round robin daily until this Friday, with the top-ranked team advancing directly to Sunday’s National Finals. On Saturday, the second and third-ranked teams will knock each other out for the second Finals berth. The National Finals will be a one-game affair.

“The beauty of this format is that all the teams will play each other so we will really know who is the best team,” said Liga Operations head Butch Antonio.

The entire Super Leg will be televised next week on Solar Sports. Liga Pilipinas Classics are shown daily on Viva Prime Channel. For more details, log on to www.ligapilipinas.net.

Liga Pilipinas
11-24-2009, 12:52 AM
CEBU CITY – The defending National Champion Misamis Oriental Meteors and M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Ninos tallied contrasting wins on opening day of the Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference III Super Leg Monday evening at the New Cebu Coliseum.

The Meteors of Gov. Oscar S. Moreno and Coach Jun Noel employed a choking defense that held the Smart-Pampanga Buddies of Coach Allan Gregorio to a lone field goal in the final period, effectively overturning the Buddies’ 55-48 advantage.

Erian Daja scored a field goal and Melvin Mamaclay buried his second triple to put the Meteors on top, 62-57. Earlier, Buddy Hans Thiele tied the game for the last time, 57-57.

Daja then added two more baskets while Ramil Tagupa and Eder Saldua added one each as the Meteors led comfortably with 2:30 to play, 70-61. In the next play, Don Villamin split his free throws for the final tally as both sides’ offense failed to produce thereon.

Allan Husted, Jonathan Aldave and Edwin Asoro combined in a big third period that gave the Buddies a 55-48 lead. The Meteors took the first half, 33-30.

Patrick Cabahug topped the Meteors with 19 points despite not scoring in the fourth canto. Daja scored eight of his 10 points in the fourth. Thiele paced the Buddies with 14 markers followed by Husted with 12.

In the main game, the Ninos of Michel J. Lhuillier and Coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba raced to their 17th straight win this conference by mastering the Quezon Red Oilers of Gov. Rafael P. Nantes and Coach Oliver Bunyi, 75-61.

The Red Oilers banked on a good start that threatened the Ninos’ unblemished record by taking the first period, 21-18, behind the solid play of starters Luis Palaganas and Erik Suguitan.

However, power forward Ariel Mepana came off the bench in the second period to turn around the contest by unloading all of his 11 markers. Mepana sank a triple that shattered the game’s final deadlock, 26-26, and continued his scoring spree en route to a 46-31 Ninos lead at the half.

The Red Oilers never recovered from the second period blitz. Marlon Basco and Bruce Dacia continued to pound the Red Oilers, with Stephen Padilla capping the onslaught with a triple that erected a 21-point cushion, 71-50.

Dacia powered the rout with 14 points. Palaganas was the lone Red Oiler in twin digits with 20. Roberts Labagala chipped in nine points.

The Trace-Laguna Stallions of Atty. Erwin Genuino and Coach Nomar Isla drew an opening day bye in the weeklong tournament that will determine the next National Champion of the league supported by Smart, San Miguel Beer, Casino Ethyl Alcohol, Omega Pain Killer, Molten, Accel, Calcium-Cee, Gatorade, Air 21 and Burlington and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

Solar Sports will be airing the Super Leg. Liga Pilipinas Classics air daily on Viva Prime Channel. For me details, visit www.ligapilipinas.net.

How They Scored:

First Game

MISAMIS ORIENTAL (70) – Cabahug 19, Daja 10, Kong 7, Saldua 7, Misa 6, Lamocha 6, Mamaclay 6, Tagupa 5, Mente 2, Moreno 2, Butel 0, Guiyab 0.

SMART-PAMPANGA (62) – Thiele 14, Husted 12, Aldave 10, Asoro 9, Magpayo 6, Gelig 5, Saguindel 3, Daroya 2, Villamin 1, Nicdao 0, Taylor 0, Al. Espiritu 0, Tan 0, An. Espiritu 0.

Period Scores: 16-13, 33-30, 48-55, 70-62.

Second Game

MLKP-CEBU (75) – Dacia 14, Mepana 11, Basco 10, Enriquez 9, Padilla 8, Nailon 6, Magsumbol 5, Poligrates 4, Santos 4, Saladaga 2, Ababon 2, Malinao 0.

QUEZON (61) – Palaganas 20, Labagala 9, Suguitan 7, Mondragon 7, Dedicatoria 4, Panzo 4, Chua 3, Gavina 3, Cacha 2, Pinera 2, Orias 1, Reyes 0.

Period Scores: 18-21, 46-31, 64-45, 75-61.

Liga Pilipinas
11-24-2009, 11:19 PM
CEBU CITY – The defending National Champion Misamis Oriental Meteors marched to their second straight win in as many games by thumping the debuting Trace-Laguna Stallions, 84-78, on Day Two of the Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference III Super Leg Tuesday at the New Cebu Coliseum.

Tied after three periods at 59-59, Patrick Cabahug went on a fourth period shooting spree by pumping in nine straight Meteors points, capped by a three-point play that tied the game for the last time, 74-74. Burly center Mark Kong then completed a three-point play of his own to put the Meteors on top for good, 77-74, and 3:06 to play.

The Stallions of Atty. Erwin Genuino and Coach Nomar Isla never recovered as they went on a fouling spree to stop the clock and the Meteors capitalized on their foes’ suddenly loose defense by scoring easy baskets in a 7-4 closing run.

Cabahug topped the Meteors of Gov. Oscar S. Moreno and Coach Jun Noel with 21 points. Melvin Mamaclay poured 13 of his 19 points in the third period. Jan Villaver paced the Stallions with 25 points on four triples. Leo Losentes added 10 markers.

In the first game, the Quezon Red Oilers squashed the Smart-Pampanga Buddies, 64-52, in a meeting of opening day losers. The Red Oilers improved to 1-1 while the Buddies now face the task of sweeping their last two games to stay in contention for the National Championship of the league backed by Smart, San Miguel Beer, Casino Ethyl Alcohol, Omega Pain Killer, ML Kwarta Padala, Molten, Accel, Calcium-Cee, Gatorade, Air 21 and Burlington and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

The Red Oilers of Gov. Rafael P. Nantes and Coach Oliver Bunyi pounced on the slow start by the Buddies by taking the first period, 15-7, behind the seven points of Jonathan Pinera. The Red Oilers continued to pour it on, stretching their lead by the halftime break, 33-19.

The surprise arrival of Angelus Raymundo and Jorel Canizares before the third canto seemed to energize Quezon as Pinera then starred in a 7-0 opening run that erected their biggest lead, 42-19. From there, the Buddies of Coach Allan Gregorio could only come up with a few spurts that the Red Oilers quickly neutralized.

Pinera finished with 13 points followed by Roberts Labagala with 11 points and Hafer Mondragon with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Al Magpayo led the Buddies under Coach Allan Gregorio with 18 markers as no other Buddy submitted twin digits.

The top seed M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Ninos of Michel J. Lhuillier and Coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba drew a bye.

Solar Sports will be airing the Super Leg. Liga Pilipinas Classics air daily on Viva Prime Channel. For more details, visit www.ligapilipinas.net.

How They Scored:

First Game

QUEZON (64) – Pinera 13, Labagala 11, Mondragon 10, Panzo 7, Dedicatoria 6, Palaganas 5, Raymundo 5, Cacha 3, Suguitan 2, Orias 2, Chua 0, Canizares 0.

SMART-PAMPANGA (52) – Magpayo 18, Gelig 8, Husted 7, Thiele 5, Aldave 4, Villamin 3, Asoro 2, Al. Espiritu 2, An. Espiritu 2, Daroya 1, Nicdao 0, Saguindel 0, Tan 0.

Period Scores: 15-7, 33-19, 51-30, 64-52.

Second Game

MISAMIS ORIENTAL (84) – Cabahug 21, Mamaclay 19, Saldua 16, Kong 7, Tagupa 7, Daja 3, Lamocha 3, Moreno 2, Mente 2, Misa 2, Butel 2, Guiyab 0.

TRACE-LAGUNA (78) – Villaver 25, Losentes 10, Sanz 9, Estrada 9, Mangahas 8, Capati 6, Legaspi 6, Angeles 3, Grijaldo 2, Musni 0, Pradas 0.

Period Scores: 13-19, 33-39, 59-59, 84-78.

Liga Pilipinas
11-26-2009, 12:56 AM
CEBU CITY – The defending National Champion Misamis Oriental Meteors and the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Ninos continued to stamp their class as they both remained undefeated after the third day of action in the Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference III Super Leg at the New Cebu Coliseum Wednesday evening.

The defending champions of Gov. Oscar S. Moreno and Coach Jun Noel plastered the Quezon Red Oilers of Gov. Rafael P. Nantes and Coach Oliver Bunyi, 91-76, for their third straight win. In the first game, the Ninos of Michel J. Lhuillier and Coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba crushed the Trace-Laguna Stallions of Atty. Erwin Genuino and Coach Nomar Isla, 97-72, for their second victory in as many starts.

Former Nino Ron Capati unloaded 11 points in the first period to give the Stallions a good start, 23-18. However, a telling 19-9 run at the start of the second period behind substitutes Ariel Mepana, Ian Saladaga and Woodraw Enriquez restored the lead for good to the Ninos, 37-32.

The Ninos continued their domination, erecting a lead that stood as high as 28 markers midway in the final period, on a triple by center Marlon Basco. Mepana and Saladaga added a pair of baskets each to preserve the Ninos’ big advantage.

Basco, Liga’s Conference I MVP, led the onslaught with 23 points and six rebounds. Saladaga followed with 14 points. Capati paced the Stallions with 20 points while Jay-Arr Estrada and Leo Losentes added 12 markers each.

The Meteors bucked a tentative start that allowed the Red Oilers to take a 17-11 lead. A 9-1 windup was all they need to slimly take the first period, 20-18.

The floodgates opened in the second period as Patrick Cabahug and Ramil Tagupa starred in a 16-3 opening run that saw the Red Oilers produce a sole field goal, 36-21. The Red Oilers never recovered from their as the Meteors put up a clinic on proper execution and lead management.

The Meteors’ lead ballooned to as much as 27 points, 82-55, early in the fourth canto. From there, Red Oilers Luis Palaganas and Angelus Raymundo managed to trim a little bit of their final deficit.

Cabahug sizzled with 20 points followed by Erian Daja and Khiel Misa with 13 markers each. Starters Raymundo and Palaganas were the only Red Oilers in twin digits with 19 and 17 respectively.

The top team after the single round robin will meet the winner of the knockout match between and the second and third placed team on Sunday (November 29) in a one-game showdown to crown the next National Champion of the league made possible by Smart, San Miguel Beer, Casino Ethyl Alcohol, Omega Pain Killer, ML Kwarta Padala, Molten, Accel, Calcium-Cee, Gatorade, Air 21 and Burlington and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

The Smart-Pampanga Buddies under Coach Allan Gregorio drew a bye. The Buddies have dropped their first two games against the Meteors and the Red Oilers.

Solar Sports will be broadcast the games of the Super Leg. Liga Pilipinas Classics air daily on Viva Prime Channel. For more information, visit the league’s official website at www.ligapilipinas.net.

How They Scored:

First Game

MLKP-CEBU (97) – Basco 23, Saladaga 14, Padilla 11, Dacia 11, Mepana 10, Enriquez 9, Magsumbol 8, Ababon 7, Poligrates 2, Santos 2, Nailon 0, Malinao 0, Escobal 0.

TRACE-LAGUNA (72) – Capati 20, Estrada 12, Losentes 12, Sanz 11, Mangahas 9, Villaver 3, Angeles 2, Grijaldo 2, Musni 1, Anquilo 0, Tolentino 0, Medina 0, Legaspi 0, Pradas 0.

Period Scores: 18-23, 43-38, 71-55, 97-72.

Second Game

MISAMIS ORIENTAL (91) – Cabahug 20, Daja 13, Misa 13, Lamocha 9, Kong 8, Saldua 8, Tagupa 7, Clavel 4, Mamaclay 3, Mente 2, Moreno 2, Guiyab 2, Butel 0.

QUEZON (76) – Raymundo 19, Palaganas 17, Mondragon 9, Labagala 7, Pinera 7, Orias 6, Dedicatoria 4, Gavina 3, Suguitan 2, Canizares 2, Chua 0, Reyes 0, Cacha 0, Panzo 0.

Period Scores: 20-18, 39-28, 70-51, 91-76.

Liga Pilipinas
11-26-2009, 10:21 AM
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http://www.philstar.com/NewPhilstar/www/image/columnistPhotos/Joaquin-Henson.jpg Liga makes waves

SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin Henson (The Philippine Star) Updated November 26, 2009 12:00 AM


In a radical but welcome change, Liga Pilipinas shelved the traditional home-and-away NBA-style playoff series format to employ the FIBA approach of staging a seven-day “super leg” tournament culminating in the finals of the Conference III championships at the Cebu Coliseum.

Only five of the 10 Liga teams are still in contention. The “super leg” started last Monday and ends this Sunday.

During the regular season or the elimination phase, the 10 Liga squads played 10 home-and-away legs. Tour points were awarded to each team based on its finish in every leg with the top two overall placers qualifying outright for the “super leg.” The last two finishers were struck out, leaving six contenders to vie for three “super leg” slots left.

The six contenders slugged it out in three separate “wild card” series where No. 3 played No. 8, No. 4 went up against No. 7 and No. 5 took on No. 6. Teams 3, 4 and 5 enjoyed a twice-to-beat advantage by virtue of their higher rankings.

The Cebu Niños, carrying the colors of M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala, swept their 10 legs to post an unblemished 16-0 record, earning 60 “golden” tour points for the first “super leg” ticket.

Coach Yayoy Alcoseba’s lineup lists five ex-PBA cagers, namely, Marlon Basco, Abby Santos, Stephen Padilla, Bruce Dacia and Mark Magsumbol. Additionally, three of his assistant coaches were former PBA players, namely, Willy Generalao, Lawrence Merced and Lou Regidor while team consultant Alfredo Enriquez, now 61, is revered as a PBA legend who saw action in the league’s pioneer season in 1975. Sharing the load with the ex-pros are local stars Ian Saladaga, Ariel Mepana, Mark Ababon and Woodrow Enriquez.

The other outright “super leg” qualifier was Pampanga, whose Smart Buddies barely edged out Quezon, 36 points to 35, in the elimination standings for the second playoff ticket. Three ex-pros are in coach Allan Gregorio’s cast - Chris Nicdao, Niño Gelig and Jonathan Aldave. Among his mainstays are veteran Eugene Tan, 6-5 Hans Thiele, Fil-Am Allan Husted, Al Magpayo and Edwin Asoro.

The two teams that failed to make it out of the eliminations were the Zamboanga Uno Latinos and the EKB Apayao Rapids.


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In the “wild card” phase, No. 3 Quezon Red Oilers ousted No. 8 MP General Santos City Warriors, No. 4 Misamis Oriental Meteors beat No. 7 Mandaue Land Masters and No. 6 Laguna Trace Stallions upset No. 5 Forward Taguig. The Oilers and Meteors took only a game to advance while the Stallions had to repulse Taguig twice to qualify for the “super leg.”

Liga Pilipinas president Noli Eala said the other day the change in format was inspired by FIBA.

“It’s a take-off from what FIBA does in a week-long tournament with five teams,” explained Eala. “We start out with a single round-robin then the top finisher makes it to the finals outright and the second and third placers play off for the other finals slot. For Liga, we’ve created a ‘super leg’ to retain our multi-leg format. We accepted bids from the qualifiers to host the ‘super leg’ and Cebu turned in the best offer.”

This Saturday, the second and third finishers will play off for the right to play the top placer in the finals the next day. The Saturday program will include the Miss Liga Pilipinas pageant, an exhibition game involving league and team officials, basketball clinics, a team owners conference and the awarding of conference honors.

On Sunday, it will be the battle for the Conference III title. The first Liga conference crown went to Cebu and Misamis Oriental won the second. Both championships were held using the home-and-away NBA playoff series system. The “super leg” innovation was introduced only this year for the Conference III tournament.

Eala said Liga will use the term “conference” not “season” to classify its sequence of championships by numbers like in the UFC.


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Of the five contenders, only coach Oliver Bunyi’s Quezon Red Oilers are playing without PBA veterans, banking instead on stalwarts like Luis Palaganas, Robert Labagala, Eric Suguitan, Hafer Mondragon and Floyd Dedicatoria.

Coach Nomar Isla’s Stallions are bannered by ex-pros Robert Sanz, Ron Capati and Marlon Legaspi while coach Jun Noel’s defending champion Meteors are leaning on PBA veterans Joey Mente, Philip Butel, Melvin Mamaclay and Mark Kong backstopped by Patrick Cabahug, Erian Daja, Eder Saldua, Mark Moreno and Khiel Misa.

Misamis Oriental trounced Pampanga, 70-62, and Cebu downed Quezon, 75-61, to ignite the “super leg” hostilities last Monday.

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Liga Pilipinas
11-26-2009, 11:20 PM
CEBU CITY – The M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Ninos stayed undefeated and claimed the top seeding and an outright berth in the National Championship game of the Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference III Super Leg by crushing the defending National Champion Misamis Oriental Meteors, 78-54, Thursday night at the New Cebu Coliseum.

The Ninos of Michel J. Lhuillier and Coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba led from the opening buzzer, stretching their perfect winning run to 19 straight games in the conference supported by Smart, San Miguel Beer, Casino Ethyl Alcohol, Omega Pain Killer, ML Kwarta Padala, Molten, Accel, Calcium-Cee, Gatorade, Air 21 and Burlington and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

Mark Magsumbol came off the bench to spark the Ninos’ second period breakaway, scoring 11 points to push the Ninos ahead at halftime, 38-21. Earlier, the Ninos ruled the slow first period, 13-7.

The Ninos were unrelenting, as Ian Saladaga and Magsumbol scored on back-to-back baskets to start the final period and establish their biggest lead at 29 points, 65-36. The Meteors of Gov. Oscar S. Moreno and Coach Jun Noel tried their best to whittle the final margin but the Ninos always had a ready answer. The Meteors finished the preliminary round with a 3-1 win-loss card and will await their opponent in the knockout semifinals that will determine the Ninos’ championship opponent

Magsumbol finished with a total of 16 points, his best performance as a Nino after transferring from the Quezon Red Oilers midway through the conference. Marlon Basco followed with 13 points. No Meteors scored in double figures with Khiel Misa the high man with only nine points.

In the nightcap, the Smart-Pampanga Buddies kept their National Championship hopes alive by escaping the fighting Trace-Laguna Stallions, 70-65. The Buddies of Coach Allan Gregorio hope to win their remaining game against the Ninos in order to face the Meteors for the second championship seat.

Hans Thiele pumped in six points in a crucial fourth period run that put the Buddies on top again since the first period, 63-62. Leo Losentes and Nino Gelig traded baskets before Al Magpayo hit a booming triple that broke the Stallions’ backs at the 35-second mark, 68-64.

Losentes then split his free throws off an Earn Saguindel foul with 25 ticks to go, 65-68. Allan Husted then settled the final tally with two more free throws.

It was a tough loss for the Stallions of Atty. Erwin Genuino and Coach Nomar Isla, who remained winless in three starts. The Stallions led by six after three periods, 55-49, behind the good play of RB Mangahas and Ron Capati.

All is not lost as the Stallions pray that they beat the Red Oilers by a big margin and the Buddies lose to the Ninos on the final day of the preliminaries in order to force a three-way tie and earn the right to face the Meteors via the FIBA quotient.

Gelig led the Buddies with 17 points followed by Husted with 13. Thiele finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Losentes paced the Stallions with 14 markers while Capati and Mangahas chipped in 13 each.

Solar Sports will televise the games of the Super Leg. Liga Pilipinas Classics air daily on Viva Prime Channel. For more details, log on to the league’s official website at www.ligapilipinas.net.

How They Scored:

First Game

MLKP-CEBU (78) – Magsumbol 16, Basco 13, Enriquez 10, Saladaga 10, Dacia 8, Ababon 6, Padilla 5, Nailon 4, Santos 4, Mepana 2, Poligrates 0.

MISAMIS ORIENTAL (54) – Misa 9, Moreno 8, Lamocha 8, Cabahug 7, Mamaclay 7, Kong 3, Mente 3, Tagupa 3, Clavel 2, Daja 2, Butel 2, Saldua 0, Guiyab 0.

Period Scores: 13-7, 38-21, 60-36, 78-54.

Second Game

SMART-PAMPANGA (70) – Gelig 17, Husted 13, Thiele 12, Magpayo 11, Aldave 6, Saguindel 4, Al. Espiritu 3, Asoro 2, Tan 2, An. Espiritu 0.

TRACE-LAGUNA (65) – Losentes 14, Capati 13, Mangahas 13, Estrada 8, Legaspi 6, Musni 5, Pradas 3, Villaver 2, Angeles 1, Sanz 0, Grijaldo 0.

Period Scores: 10-13, 29-32, 49-55, 70-65.

Liga Pilipinas
11-27-2009, 10:59 PM
CEBU CITY – The Trace-Laguna Stallions finally picked up their first victory by pummelling the Quezon Red Oilers, 72-65, but the effort went to naught as the Stallions got edged out of the playoff picture thanks to the tiebreak rules on the final day of the preliminary round of the Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference III Super Leg at the New Cebu Coliseum Friday.

Later that night, the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Ninos of Michel J. Lhuillier and Coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba moved to within a game of finishing with an undefeated record in the conference by pushing off the Smart-Pampanga Buddies of Coach Allan Gregorio, 80-62. The Ninos’ 20th straight triumph sent the Buddies into a three-way tie with the Stallions and Red Oilers at 1-2.

Applying the FIBA Quotient, the Red Oilers of Gov. Rafael P. Nantes and Coach Oliver Bunyi barely edged out the Stallions for the right to face the defending National Champion Misamis Oriental Meteors, 1.040-1.015. The Buddies were relegated to Fifth Place with a quotient of 0.946.

The Stallions of Atty. Erwin Genuino needed to win by at least nine markers and looked well on the way to achieving their goal when Jay-Arr Estrada sank two free throws that erected a 10-point lead with 47 seconds to go. Roberts Labagala chipped off a point via a free throw at the 17-second mark, 63-72.

The Red Oilers quickly fouled Estrada, who missed both his free throws. In the ensuing rebound scuffle, Angelus Raymundo drew a foul and calmly made his two gift shots and still 15 ticks remaining. With Coach Nomar Isla out of timeouts, the Stallions galloped down the court but Estrada, RB Mangahas and Alex Angeles all missed their attempts.

Leo Losentes led all scorers with 21 points followed by Jan Villaver with 15. Raymundo paced the Red Oilers with 17 points and 23 rebounds. Labagala added 12 markers.

In the second game featuring the top two teams after the Tour Phase met for the first time in this conference backed by Smart, San Miguel Beer, Casino Ethyl Alcohol, Omega Pain Killer, ML Kwarta Padala, Molten, Accel, Calcium-Cee, Gatorade, Air 21 and Burlington and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

The Buddies needed to win in order to forge a date with the Meteors for the second finals slot. They were playing well, taking the first half, 39-31, behind Jonathan Aldave, Edwin Asoro and Anthony Espiritu.

Suddenly, the Ninos awoke from their stupor by opening the third stanza with a 21-4 run starring the eight markers of Stephen Padilla and six coming from Mark Magsumbol, 52-43. The period ended in the Ninos’ favor, 56-44.

The Ninos continued to pour it on, with Padilla draining a triple that gave the Ninos their biggest lead of the game, 73-53, midway in the fourth period.

Padilla topped the Ninos with 13 points and five rebounds followed by Ian Saladaga and Marlon Basco with 11 apiece. Allan Husted was the high man for the Buddies with 12 followed by Aldave with nine points.

Solar Sports will air the games of the Super Leg. Liga Pilipinas Classics are seen every day on Viva Prime Channel. For more information, visit the league’s official website at www.ligapilipinas.net.

How They Scored:

First Game

TRACE-LAGUNA (72) – Losentes 21, Villaver 15, Angeles 12, Mangahas 8, Capati 6, Estrada 5, Legaspi 3, Sanz 2, Tolentino 0, Musni 0, Pradas 0, Grijaldo 0.

QUEZON (65) – Raymundo 17, Labagala 12, Palaganas 10, Canizares 9, Mondragon 6, Pinera 4, Orias 3, Dedicatoria 2, Cacha 2.

Period Scores: 19-16, 34-29, 51-50, 72-65.

Second Game

MLKP-CEBU (80) – Padilla 13, Saladaga 11, Basco 11, Mepana 9, Poligrates 8, Magsumbol 8, Nailon 6, Santos 6, Enriquez 5, Ababon 3.

SMART-PAMPANGA (62) – Husted 12, Aldave 9, An. Espiritu 8, Thiele 7, Asoro 7, Gelig 5, Daroya 4, Al. Espiritu 4, Magpayo 2, Taylor 2, Villamin 2, Nicdao 0, Tan 0.

Period Scores: 14-21, 31-39, 56-44, 80-62.

Liga Pilipinas
11-29-2009, 12:08 AM
CEBU CITY – The best performers of the Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference III were honored Saturday before the knockout semifinal game between the defending National Champion Misamis Oriental Meteors and the Quezon Red Oilers.

Woodraw Enriquez of the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Ninos became the first guard to take home the coveted Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Conference award. Enriquez submitted averages of 8.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 5.6 assists over 16 games during the Tour Phase where the Ninos emerged unscathed.

Automatically a member of the Mythical Five, Enriquez was joined by teammates Ariel Mepana and Conference I MVP Marlon Basco, Eder Saldua of the Meteors and Harold Sta. Cruz of Forward Taguig. Liga Pilipinas President and CEO Noli Eala and Patrick C. Gregorio of Smart Sports awarded all the winners.

The 32-year old Enriquez is the son of pro league legend Alfredo Enriquez and played varsity ball at Cebu Doctors University. The MVP and Mythical Five were determined by giving equal weight to the player’s overall Tour Phase statistics and the votes of a panel consisting of Liga officials and representatives from the sports media and television coverage team.

With three of his players in the Mythical Five, Ninos head coach and Cebu City Councilor Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba added another award to his long resume by getting the nod as Best Coach of the Conference. The multi-titled veteran tactician edged out the youthful Oliver Bunyi of the Red Oilers. Coaches Alcoseba and Bunyi were the only coaches who won multiple legs this conference with four and two respectively.

Hans Thiele of the Smart-Pampanga Buddies was selected as the Ok Find of the Conference, given to players making their Liga Pilipinas debut. Red Oiler Luis Palaganas, who led the prayer during the Super Leg opening rites last November 23, was given the Sportsmanship Award.

Meanwhile, Patrick Cabahug of the Meteors grabbed the Gunner of the Conference award for his average of 17.9 points per game. His team was then honored for their winning the Second CBO China-ASEAN Men’s Basketball Invitational Tournament in Guangxi Zhuang, China last October.

Liga Pilipinas
11-29-2009, 12:12 AM
CEBU CITY – The defending champion Misamis Oriental Meteors will renew their rivalry with the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Ninos as they will meet for the National Championship of the Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference III Super Leg. This after the Meteors tripped the Quezon Red Oilers, 71-69, in the knockout semifinal round Saturday at the New Cebu Coliseum.

The Meteors survived back-to-back Quezon triples by Luis Palaganas and Hafer Mondragon in the final 11 seconds as guards Ramil Tagupa and Joey Mente countered by shooting steadily from the free throw line to preserve the win and book a spot in Sunday’s National Championship game.

Earlier, center Philip Butel made a 16-foot set shot with 26 seconds left to give the Meteors of Gov. Oscar S. Moreno and Coach Jun Noel a 68-63 lead.

Misamis Oriental grabbed the lead back for good on an undergoal stab by Ronald Lamocha with still 4:31 to play, 58-57. After a listless first three periods, Patrick Cabahug scattered eight points to maintain the Meteors’ advantage from thereon.

Cabahug ended the contest with 15 points followed Erian Daja with 12, eight coming in the first half. Floyd Dedicatoria was the top man for the Red Oilers of Gov. Rafael P. Nantes and Coach Oliver Bunyi with 18 points. Jorel Canizares was next with 11 markers.

The exciting contest was the exact opposite of their preliminary round meeting wherein the Meteors blasted the Red Oilers, 91-76, last November 25 in the tournament backed by Smart, San Miguel Beer, Casino Ethyl Alcohol, Omega Pain Killer, ML Kwarta Padala, Molten, Accel, Calcium-Cee, Gatorade, Air 21 and Burlington and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

Solar Sports will show the games of the Super Leg. Liga Pilipinas Classics are seen daily on Viva Prime Channel. The league’s official website is at www.ligapilipinas.net.

How They Scored:

MISAMIS ORIENTAL (71) – Cabahug 15, Daja 12, Lamocha 9, Butel 9, Mamaclay 6, Kong 6, Tagupa 6, Saldua 5, Mente 3, Moreno 0, Misa 0, Guiyab 0.

QUEZON (69) – Dedicatoria 18, Canizares 11, Labagala 10, Raymundo 10, Mondragon 7, Palaganas 5, Cacha 3, Pinera 3, Panzo 2, Suguitan 0, Orias 0.

Period Scores: 18-11, 31-30, 50-50, 71-69.

Liga Pilipinas
11-29-2009, 10:38 PM
CEBU CITY – The M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Ninos completed their date with history by capturing the Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference III National Championship via an incredible 21-game sweep Sunday at the New Cebu Coliseum.

The Ninos of Michel J. Lhuillier and Coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba dethroned last conference’s champion the Misamis Oriental Meteors, 89-54. The Ninos also won the inaugural Liga Conference last year.

It was not even close. Mark Ababon and Bruce Dacia ignited the Ninos’ quick start with unmolested fastbreak lay-ups off turnovers, ending the first period at 23-11.

Stephen Padilla, who would later be named Most Valuable Player of the weeklong Super Leg, caught fire in the second canto and sank three triples to break the spirits of the Meteors. The Ninos’ choking trap defense limited the Meteors to only nine markers, allowing the home team to pull away by halftime, 44-20.

Still the Meteors of Gov. Oscar S. Moreno put up some resistance in the third stanza as Coach Jun Noel began shuffling his players to find working combinations. Rocky Clavel and Erian Daja led the way but the Meteors could only make minimal dents into the Ninos’ ballooning lead.

By the fourth period, it was all coasting for the Ninos with center Frank Nailon and conference MVP Woodraw Enriquez combining in a lethal two-man game. Nailon began scoring at will and Enriquez drained a triple that gave the Ninos their biggest lead of the game, 80-43. A late surge anchored on Mark Moreno was the defending champions’ last hurrah.

Though Ninos led comfortably all the way, the intensity remained with Dacia and Meteor Ronald Lamocha getting thrown out for unsportsmanlike fouls. Dacia was tossed in the second for elbowing Philip Butel in the throat while Lamocha left in the fourth for roughing up Enriquez.

Ababon led the Ninos with 14 while Nailon had 11 of his 13 points in the fourth period. Moreno paced the Meteors with 15 points followed by Daja with eight.

The 35-point winning margin was the largest for the Ninos in the Super Leg wherein they pulverized the opposition in the preliminary round by an average of 20 points a game. Liga Pilipinas President and CEO Noli Eala awarded the trophy to Coach Alcoseba and the Ninos.

In the playoff for Third Place, RB Mangahas converted an off-balanced triple with 2.9 seconds left to lift the Trace-Laguna Stallions of Atty. Erwin Genuino and Coach Nomar Isla over the Quezon Red Oilers of Gov. Rafael P. Nantes and Coach Oliver Bunyi, 92-91.

Leo Losentes topped the Stallions with 23 points followed by Robert Sanz with 14. Ryan Panzo was the high man for the Red Oilers with 19. Jonathan Pinera chipped in 17 markers.

After successfully completing its third conference, Eala announced that Conference IV is scheduled for January, 2010. Conference III was made possible by Smart, San Miguel Beer, Casino Ethyl Alcohol, Omega Pain Killer, ML Kwarta Padala, Molten, Accel, Calcium-Cee, Gatorade, Air 21 and Burlington with the sanction of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

Solar Sports will show the games of the Super Leg. Liga Pilipinas Classics are seen daily on Viva Prime Channel. The league’s official website is at www.ligapilipinas.net.

How They Scored:

For Third Place

TRACE-LAGUNA (92) – Losentes 23, Sanz 14, Capati 14, Estrada 13, Mangahas 11, Anquilo 8, Villaver 6, Grijaldo 2, Musni 1, Tolentino 0, Medina 0, Angeles 0, Pradas 0, Legaspi 0.

QUEZON (91) – Panzo 19, Pinera 17, Palaganas 12, Mondragon 12, Raymundo 10, Dedicatoria 8, Orias 6, Labagala 6, Cacha 1, Suguitan 0.

Period Scores: 27-26, 47-48, 70-71, 92-91.

Championship

MLKP-CEBU (89) – Ababon 14, Nailon 13, Padilla 12, Enriquez 10, Saladaga 7, Basco 7, Santos 6, Dacia 6, Poligrates 5, Mepana 4, Magsumbol 3, Escobal 2, Malinao 0.

MISAMIS ORIENTAL (54) – Moreno 15, Daja 8, Kong 6, Lamocha 6, Clavel 5, Cabahug 4, Saldua 3, Misa 2, Mamaclay 2, Guiyab 2, Butel 1, Mente 0, Tagupa 0.

Period Scores: 23-11, 44-20, 61-39, 89-54.

james_ty
11-30-2009, 04:26 PM
Any idea on when the Super Leg of Liga Pilipinas will be televised on Solar?

Liga Pilipinas
11-30-2009, 04:34 PM
21-0

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M. LHUILLIER KWARTA PADALA-CEBU NINOS
UNDEFEATED CHAMPIONS

SMART LIGA PILIPINAS CONFERENCE III
(August 19 to November 29, 2009)

4 FRANK NAILON * 5 WOODRAW ENRIQUEZ (CONFERENCE MVP, MYTHICAL 5) * 6 JAN MALINAO * 7 ELIUD POLIGRATES
8 IAN SALADAGA * 9 STEPHEN PADILLA (SUPER LEG MVP) * 11 MARK ABABON * 12 ABBY SANTOS
14 BRUCE DACIA * 15 MARLON BASCO (MYTHICAL 5) * 16 ARIEL MEPANA (MYTHICAL 5) * 18 MARK MAGSUMBOL
20 RJ ESCOBAL

COACH RAUL "YAYOY" ALCOSEBA
BEST COACH OF THE CONFERENCE
HEAD COACH

COACH WILLY GENERALAO * COACH LAWRENCE MERCED * COACH MICHAEL REYES * COACH LOU REGIDOR
COACH RAMON ALCOSEBA * COACH PIO GERARDO SOLON
COACHING STAFF

COACH ALFREDO ENRIQUEZ
TEAM CONSULTANT

SENORITO MICHEL J. LHUILLIER
TEAM OWNER

Liga Pilipinas
12-25-2009, 10:56 AM
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