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Liga Pilipinas
09-23-2009, 08:16 PM
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Cebu Landmasters fight to a draw with Ginebra
(The Freeman) Updated September 23, 2009 12:00 AM


CEBU, Philippines - A few hours before the game, Mandaue-Cebu Landmasters team owner Joe Soberano joked to M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala coach Raul "Yayoy" D. Alcoseba that since the Jewelers were outlasted by Ginebra by five points (76-71) the other night at the Cebu Coliseum, he would be happy enough if his wards would lose by just four points to the Gin Kings.

To Soberano's surprise, the Cebu Landmasters of coach Jun Tan and team manager Glen Bercede defended their fort against the visiting PBA squad with stonewall defense and steaming offense all game-long to forge a 79-all standoff with the crowd-favorite Gin Kings in their exhibition match last night at the Mandaue City Cultural and Sports Complex.

"It was a bit surprised with the result and for me, it already an achievement for the team fighting to a draw against a tough PBA opposition," said a jubilant Soberano.

The Landmasters actually started the game with a 25-20 bang, but the Gin Kings showed the stuff they are made off to forged a 41-deadlock at halftime.

A see-saw battle ensued, with the Landmasters forcing several deadlocks and lead changes in an air-tight battle that glued the large throng of spectators to their seats until the final buzzer.

The Gin Kings were staring at victory with a 79-77 edge on a pair of free throws by Eric Menk with only 25 seconds left to play, but Landmasters' playmaker Boyet Bautista caught the fancy of the crowd as he quickly dribbled his way to the left wing and suddenly popped a medium-range jumper that gently swished through the net, knotting the count at 79-all with seven ticks remaining.

Ginebra coach Jong Uichico then called for a timeout, but their hopes of delivering the knockout punch to the Landmasters disappeared in the mist as Mark Caguioa's hurried 3-pointer bounced off the rim as the gameclock expired.

Alex Cainglet, whose crucial triple pumped up life to the Mandaue-based squad when Ginebra threatened to pull away underneath the final two-minute zone of the contest, topscored for Cebu Landmasters with 14 points, while Bautista and John Paul Alcaraz chipped in 11 markers.

Caguioa provided the offensive spark for Ginebra with 16 points followed by Ronald Tubid with 15.

The scores

Cebu Landmasters (79) - Cainglet 14, Bautista 11, Alcaraz 11, Bucao 8, Berami 6, Solis 6, Mercado 6, Aquino 5, Llanto 4, Cenita 4, Latonio 2, Gabas 2

Ginebra (79) - Caguiao 16, Tubid 15, Baguio 13, Mamaril 7, Menk 8, Villanueva 8, Alvarez 5, Bugia 5, Kramer 4, White 2, Wilson 1

Quarterscores:25-20, 41-41, 63-62, 79-79 — EBV . (FREEMAN NEWS)
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Landmasters at par with King
By Rommel C. Manlosa


THE Mandaue-Cebu Landmasters sent a strong warning across the league as they proved they are a better team this time following its 79-all draw against PBA titans Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings at the Mandau eCity Sports and Cultural Complex last night.

Barely 24-hours after the Ging Kings defeated the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños 76-71 at the Cebu Coliseum, the Landmasters stood toe-to-nail against the bigger and taller PBA team as they engaged them in a hefty exchange of basket that glued the spectators to their seats until the final buzzer.

At the press conference held yesterday at Yayoy’s Grill, team owner Joe Soberano jokingly instructed assistant coach Jojo Romarate to make sure that the team would not loss by more than four points.

It turned out be be a prophetic jest as the Landmasters showed the visiting PBA squad what they were capable of doing.

The team that is managed by Brgy. Banilad captain Glenn Bercede opened the game with a slim 25-20 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Although the Gin Kings dashed hard in the next two quarters the home squad was a tough nut to crack until Erick Menk had Ginebra at the brink of victory with a pair of free throws in the final 25 seconds of the game.

However, Mandaue’s newest addition Boyet Bautista showed what he can do with two more Liga Pilipinas legs to play as he nailed the game tying jumper at the left side with seven seconds left at the game clock.

Coach Jong Uichico called a timeout for Ginebra’s final assault but Mark Caguioa’s attempt at the three-point land bounced strong at the back-iron at the sound of the final buzzer.

Since there extension period is not applicable in any exhibition matches, the game was called to a draw with Alex Cainglet topped the Cebuano squad with 14 markers and Bautista and John Paul Alcaraz finishing with 11 points a piece while Caguioa scored 16 and Ronald Tubid contributed 15 for Ginebra.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 23, 2009.
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Landmasters-Ginebra game tied
By Dale Rosal
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 09:48:00 09/23/2009
Filed Under: Basketball


The Mandaue-Cebu Landmasters stunned the visiting Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings, forcing a 79-all count in an exhibition game yesterday at the jam-packed Mandaue City Cultural and Sports Complex.

The Gin Kings, fresh from a 76-71 victory over the M. Lhuillier-Cebu Niños Monday night, fought tooth-and-nail with the Landmasters and the home team never gave up until the final buzzer.

In front of a loud crowd than included Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes and boxing champion Z "The Dream" Gorres, Mandaue banked on the late-game heroics of its veteran players to forge the tie. Since the game was an exhibition match, no overtime period was needed to settle the game.

Alex Cainglet, Jerome Berame and Francis Mercado scored crucial points in the fourth that helped settle the outcome of the game.

Cainglet led Mandaue with 14 points while John Paul Alcaraz and Boyet Bautista both added 11 each.

Mark Caguioa led the Gin Kings with 16 points while Ronald Tubid added 15.

After the game, Mandaue coach Jun Tan said he was impressed with the way his wards played.

"Nakita nako nga maayo ang dagan sa duwa namo batok Ginebra, maayo unta nga magpadayon ni hangtod sa Liga Pilipinas," said Tan, whose Landmasters squad is presently competing in the Liga Pilipinas 3 tournament against some of the best in the country, including the Niños.

The Landmasters showed signs of brilliance when they led after the first period, 25-20.

Mandaue managed to hold on to a two-point lead in the third but the Gin Kings, the most popular team in the PBA, fought hard in the final canto.

After Caguioa and company put up a five-point lead halfway through the final canto, Cainglet started off a late rally capped off with Berame and Mercado’s efforts to force the tie.

Liga Pilipinas
09-28-2009, 01:43 AM
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M. Lhuillier battles Cebu Landmasters in friendly match tonight in Balamban
(The Freeman) Updated September 28, 2009 12:00 AM


CEBU, Philippines - The M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños and the Mandaue-Cebu Landmasters will once again cross paths in the hardcourt, this time via a goodwill encounter starting at 7:00 tonight at the Balamban Sports Complex.

M. Lhuillier and Cebu Landmasters had already clashed once this year, with the Niños prevailing by just five points, 77-72, during the Misamis Oriental leg of the Smart-Liga Pilipinas Conference III three weeks ago at the Xavier University gymnasium in Cagayan de Oro City. The Niños went on to snatch the MisOr leg championship.

Overall, the Niños of team owner Michel J. Lhuillier and legendary coach Raul "Yayoy" D. Alcoseba are unfeated in sweeping three Liga Pilipinas legs, so far, including at home and in Quezon Province. They currently pace the standings with 45 points that earned them automatic berth to the "Super Five" that will determine the National Champion this November.

As usual, the likes of Bruce Dacia, Stephen Padilla, Ariel Mepaña, Woodrow Enriquez and Mark Ababon will be at the cornerstone of the Niños' offense. They are expected to draw heavy support from Marlon Basco, Richard Ian Saladaga, Warren Ybañez, Abby Santos, Franklin Nailon, and Mark Magsumbol, who will make his debut under M. Lhuillier's fold.

The Cebu Landmasters, who takes pride for fighting to a 79-all draw with PBA's Brgy. Ginebra Gin Kings a week ago at the Mandaue City Cultural and Sports Complex, will bank on Boyet Bautista, Francis Mercado, Alex Cainglet, JP Alcaraz, Rino Berami and Enrico Llanto. – EBV (THE FREEMAN)

Liga Pilipinas
10-01-2009, 10:27 AM
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Landmasters face Coke on Oct. 3
Wednesday, September 30, 2009


AFTER fighting the vaunted Ginebra Gin Kings to a draw last Sept. 22, the newly formed Mandaue City Cebu Landmasters will test their readiness for their last two legs in the Liga Pilipinas Conference 3 against another PBA team, the Coca Cola Tigers on Oct. 3 at the Mandaue City Cultural and Sports Complex.

The Tigers will be parading the awesome duo of Asi Taulava and Alex Cabagnot, together with Ricky Calimag and Mark Macapagal.

The Landmasters, on the other hand, will continue to rely on the court savvy of Boyet Bautista, Ronald Bucao, JR Aquino, Jerome Cenita, Enrico Llanto, Alex Cainglet, Joel Solis, Francis Mercado, JP Alcaraz, Rino Berame, Jet Latonio and Manny Gabas.

Kenneth Duremdes will call the shots for the Tigers, while Jun Tan will try to steer the Landmasters to another stirring performance against a top PBA team.

The Mandaue Landmasters of Joe Soberano, are currently in the homestretch of their campaign in the 3rd Conference of the Liga Pilipinas. (PR)


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

Liga Pilipinas
10-14-2009, 01:47 AM
MANDAUE CITY – Expansion team Cebu Landmaster-Mandaue takes its first crack at hosting a leg as they welcome Forward Taguig, Quezon Red Oilers and Zamboanga Uno Latinos to the Mandaue City Cultural and Sports Center for the resumption of the Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference III today.

The hosts will go all out in the main game versus the Red Oilers starting at 6:00 PM. The 4:00 PM opener will pit Taguig against the unpredictable Latinos.

Mandaue is coming off a one-month break after taking Third Place in the Misamis Oriental Leg that ended last September 12. Coach Jun Tan has kept his wards sharp by playing in exhibition games with local teams in Cebu and nearby provinces.

The team of businessman Joe Soberano has eight Liga Pilipinas Tour Points to share Seventh and Eighth Place with the MP Warriors of GenSan who already completed their four-leg schedule two weeks ago. The Red Oilers of Gov. Raffy Nantes and Coach Oliver Bunyi have 23 points, good for a tie at Fourth and Fifth Place with the idle Trace-Laguna Stallions.

To bolster their chances of catching up with the league leaders, Mandaue has added guard Boyet Bautista and forward JR Aquino to the roster that already boasts of shooters Jercules Tangkay, Jerome Cenita and Jett Latonio, guards John Paul Alcaraz, Alex Cainglet and Ronald Bucao, and frontliners Enrico Llanto, Rino Berame, Danny Aying, Mannie Gabas, Francis Mercado and Joel Solis.

Quezon is coming off an inspiring sweep of the General Santos City Leg last September 26. Coach Bunyi will rely heavily on GenSan Leg MVP Angelus Raymundo, guard Roberts Labagala and Ramsey Williams and forwards Luis Palaganas, Jonathan Pinera and Jorel Canizares.

Taguig, runners-up two weeks ago in the Laguna Leg, hope to duplicate their 83-70 beating of the Uno Latinos last August 27 at the C. P. Tinga Memorial Hall. Meanwhile, Zamboanga surprised a lot of pundits by taking Third Place in their last assignment in the GenSan Leg despite fielding a six-man roster.

Zamboanga, though currently out of the playoff picture with four points at Ninth Place, has a good chance to move past the MP Warriors for the eighth and last playoff berth with a good showing. Taguig is in solo Third Place with 25 points and is aiming for a shot for one of two automatic spots in November’s Super Leg that will crown the next National Champion of the league supported by Smart, Accel, Molten, Calcium-Cee, Gatorade, Air 21 and Burlington and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

The undefeated M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Ninos (45 points) and defending National Champion Misamis Oriental Meteors (26 points) continue to hold the top two positions in the standings. Both pacesetters have drawn a bye this week. Quezon and Taguig will end their four-leg schedule this week. Mandaue is set to play its fourth leg in Apayao while Zamboanga will take its turn to host the final leg of the Tour Phase thereafter.

Selected games from the Mandaue City Leg will be shown over Solar Sports from Wednesday to Saturday of next week. Liga Pilipinas Classics air daily on Viva Prime Channel. The league’s official website is at www.ligapilipinas.net.

Liga Pilipinas
10-15-2009, 12:32 AM
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My Score
Rooting for the Home Team
By Hidelito Pascual
Cebu Daily News

First Posted 08:34:00 10/14/2009


My friend never watches any other game, except the ones played by her home team, the Mandaue City Cebu Landmasters.

All she understands about basketball is that when the ball goes into the ring, points are earned by the team.

Let me correct myself, she also knows about heart, spirit and attitude. In those times where her team lost, she told me that it seemed that the team did not have the heart and lacked spirit and the right attitude.

Having a home team playing in its home turf do produce this kind of basketball following even from those whose basketball IQ is zero. It does not matter that the team is losing, as long as it is our home team.

The basketball savvy fan is not taken in that easily, though. Aside from parochial loyalty, the team must prove to the knowing and discerning that it is worthy to be followed.

In Gingoog City, the fans were heckling their own team for not performing in accordance with their expected standard of performance.

Fortunately, the Mandaue City Landmasters has caught the fancy of the basketball crazy Mandauehanons.

After a shaky start, the Landmasters has slowly made a reputation of being a gritty squad. This was solidified when it played the Ginebra Gin Kings to a draw, and almost brought the Coca Cola Tigers down to the wire, in recent exhibition matches at the Mandaue City Sports Complex.

How much the team has progressed after almost two months of being together, two conference legs and several exhibition matches will be known starting today, October 14, when the Landmasters host Forward Taguig, Quezon Red Oilers and the Zamboanga Uno Latinos in the Mandaue City Leg of the ongoing 3rd Conference of the Liga Ng Pilipinas.

The Leg will run for four days, from October 14, 2009 until October 17, 2009. There will be two evenly matched games everyday. The leg championship will be contested on the last day, October 17, 2009.

On Wednesday, it will be the Forward Taguig against the Quezon Oilers, while Mandaue City Landmasters will tangle with the Zamboanga Uno Latinos.

The following day, October 15, the teams will shift opponents. Taguig goes up against Zamboanga, while Mandaue City plays the Quezon Oilers. On Friday, October 16, Quezon and Zamboanga cross swords, while Mandaue will try to even its slate with Taguig, who narrowly won over the Landmasters in their home turf.

This week will therefore be a basketball filled holiday for Mandaue and the rest of Metro Cebu. This maybe your only chance to watch these Liga teams up close.

So come and watch the Liga Pilipinas 3rd Conference.

While lending support to the home team, you will also get to watch top caliber basketball, as well as give your support to Liga Pilipinas, which ideally, should be the premier basketball league in the Philippines.

Liga Pilipinas
10-15-2009, 02:50 AM
MANDAUE CITY – Forward Taguig and the Quezon Red Oilers hacked out impressive wins to begin action in the Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference III Mandaue City Leg Wednesday at the Mandaue City Sports and Cultural Center.

The Red Oilers of Gov. Raffy Nantes and Coach Oliver Bunyi spoiled the home debut of Cebu Landmaster-Mandaue of Joe Soberano and Coach Jun Tan in the featured game, 79-66.

Angelus Raymundo, the MVP of the General Santos City Leg won by the Red Oilers three weeks ago, continued his fine play with a team-best 15 points and nine rebounds. He was ably supported by Ramsey Williams with 12 points and three assists. John Paul Alcaraz topped Mandaue with 14 markers and four assists followed by Jerome Cenita with 13, the only players in twin digits for the hosts.

In the first game, Taguig of Mayor Freddie Tinga and Coach Bing Victoria toyed with the Zamboanga Uno Latinos under Coach Ronald Rico, 112-85.

New recruit Jeffrey Sanders showed the way for Taguig with 18 points on top of nine rebounds. Lou Gatumbato also had 18 points along with nine assists. Charleston Bolias paced the Latinos with 22 points followed by Christopher Concepcion with 21.

The one point earned for the win now puts Taguig in a tie at 26 points with the defending National Champion Misamis Oriental Meteors for the second outright berth in next month’s five-team Super Leg that will determine the next National Champion of the league backed by Smart, Accel, Molten, Calcium-Cee, Gatorade, Air 21 and Burlington and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

The undefeated M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Ninos have secured the first Super Leg berth. The Third to Eighth Placers will be paired in three separate series with the higher seeds enjoying the twice-to-beat advantage in order to determine the three other Super Leg entries.

Selected games from the Mandaue City Leg will be telecast next week over Solar Sports from Wednesday to Saturday. Liga Pilipinas Classics are also aired daily on Viva Prime Channel. For more information, visit www.ligapilipinas.net.

How They Scored:

First Game

TAGUIG (112) – Sanders 18, Gatumbato 18, Reguera 17, Leynes 16, Kiram 9, Walsham 8, Sta. Cruz 8, de Castro 6, Marquez 6, Moody 4, Longno 2. De Guia 0.

ZAMBOANGA (85) – Bolias 22, Concepcion 21, Orera 14, Merced 12, Tajonera 8, Amirulhadz 8, Rebollos 0.

Second Game

QUEZON (79) – Raymundo 15, Willaims 12, Canizares 11, Palaganas 10, Pinera 6, Suguitan 4, Labagala 4, Dedicatoria 4, Orias 3, Chua 2, Reyes 2, Panzo 2, Cacha 2, Macanig 2.

MANDAUE (66) – Alcaraz 14, Cenita 13, Bautista 8, Aguilar 7, Solis 6, Mercado 4, Bucao 3, Tangkay 3, Latonio 2, Berame 2, Aquino 2, Gabas 2, Cainglet 0.

Liga Pilipinas
10-16-2009, 11:09 AM
MANDAUE CITY – Host Cebu Landmaster-Mandaue finally registered their first win at home by destroying the Zamboanga Uno Latinos, 107-78, in continuing action from the Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference III Mandaue City Leg Thursday at the Mandaue City Sports and Cultural Center.

Employing a balanced attack, the team of Joe Soberano and Coach Jun Tan went through three deadlocks and six lead changes in the early portions of the contest before slowly pulling away behind starters Boyet Bautista, Jerome Cenita and Francis Mercado firing away and Rino Berame controlling the rebounds.

The win evened Mandaue’s record at 1-1 and improved their chances of grabbing a seat in Saturday’s leg finale. “We needed to win because we are also aiming for the twice-to-beat advantage in the Super Leg qualifiers and we know our chances are good because we still have one more leg to play after this week,” said Coach Tan, a national player from 1982 to 1986.

Landmaster is currently in Seventh Place overall with nine Liga Tour points, needing to move to at least Fifth Place to achieve the twice-to-beat advantage. Fifth Place is currently held by the Trace-Laguna Stallions who have 23 points. The Smart-Pampanga Buddies are at Sixth Place with 21 points. The Stallions and Buddies are both off this week and have one more leg to play in coming weeks.

Bautista led the way with 18 points and eight rebounds followed by Cenita with 11 and seven rebounds and four Landmaster players with 10 points each. Charleston Bolias had a game-best 31 points plus six rebounds. Jayson Rebollos, who went scoreless the other night, scattered 16 markers.

In the first game, Forward Taguig of Mayor Freddie Tinga and Coach Bing Victoria defeated fellow opening day winner Quezon Red Oilers of Gov. Raffy Nantes and Coach Oliver Bunyi, 85-80, to earn solo leadership at 2-0. Quezon dropped to 1-1.

Taguig gained the inside track on a seat in Saturday’s championship game made possible by Smart, Accel, Molten, Calcium-Cee, Gatorade, Air 21 and Burlington and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP). The leg champion gets 10 points.

Lou Gatumbato topped Taguig with 17 points, five rebounds and three assists and two steals. Jeffrey Sanders and Rex Leynes scored 11 points apiece to back up Gatumbato. Roberts Labagala paced Quezon with 18 points and four assists followed by Floyd Dedicatoria with 12.

Choice games from the Mandaue City Leg will be shown next week on Solar Sports from Wednesday to Saturday. Viva Prime airs Liga Pilipinas Classics from the past conferences daily. The league’s official website is at www.ligapilipinas.net.

How They Scored:

First Game

TAGUIG (85) – Gatumbato 17, Leynes 11, Sanders 11, de Castro 9, Sta. Cruz 9, Reguera 9, de Guia 5, Walsham 5, Marquez 5, Moody 4, Kiram 0.

QUEZON (80) – Labagala 18, Dedicatoria 12, Pinera 11, Cacha 10, Palaganas 7, Raymundo 7, Canizares 6, Williams 6, Suguitan 2, Orias 1.

Second Game

MANDAUE (107) – Bautista 18, Cenita 11, Alcaraz 10, Mercado 10, Latonio 10, Berame 10, Cainglet 8, Aguilar 8, Bucao 7, Gabas 6, Solis 6, Aquino 3.

ZAMBOANGA (78) – Bolias 31, Rebollos 16, Orera 13, Merced 9, Tajonera 7, Concepcion 2.

Heroin01
10-16-2009, 11:14 AM
I am proud of you! I am glad that you hit the seventh place. As what this article have said, Landmaster is currently in Seventh Place overall with nine Liga Tour points, needing to move to at least Fifth Place to achieve the twice-to-beat advantage. Congratulation!


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Liga Pilipinas
10-17-2009, 03:20 AM
MANDAUE CITY – Cebu Landmaster-Mandaue pulled off the 76-71 victory over Forward Taguig but left with an empty bag in a dramatic final day of the preliminary round of the Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference III Mandaue City Leg Friday at the Mandaue City Cultural and Sports Center.

Needing to win by at least 10 points in order to force a three-way tie with Taguig and the Quezon Red Oilers at 2-1, Mandaue was leading comfortably by as much as 13 markers in the fourth period. However, Taguig slowly closed the gap as Mandaue put up a series of hurried plays allowing their opponents to score off their miscues.

Quezon and Taguig thus earned seats in the leg finals with superior FIBA quotients of 1.053 and 1.000 respectively. Mandaue finished at 0.947 and will meet the winless Zamboanga Uno Latinos for Third Place.

Boyet Bautista, who played for Taguig in Conference I, led Mandaue with 16 points followed by Jercules Tangkay with 12 points and seven rebounds. Lou Gatumbato again led Taguig with 20 points and four assists. Ariel de Castro contributed 13 markers.

The Mandaue City Leg champion will have the inside track at the second outright seat in November’s five-team Super Leg that will determine the next National Champion of the league backed by Smart, Accel, Molten, Calcium-Cee, Gatorade, Air 21 and Burlington and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP). The undefeated M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Ninos are already assured of the top seeding with an unreachable 45 points.

Earlier in the day, the Red Oilers of Gov. Raffy Nantes and Coach Oliver Bunyi went on to rewrite the Liga Pilipinas Record Book with their 143-85 extermination of the Latinos of Coach Ronald Rico.

Quezon raced to a 44-13 lead after one period, the most points by a team in a period. By halftime, the lead further stretched to 72-35, the most points in a half. The 143 total points and 58-point final winning margin bettered the marks established by the Trace-Laguna Stallions in their 134-88 mauling of the Toyota-Bacolod Turbos last September 4 in Angeles City.

Ramsey Williams tallied his third Liga triple-double with an incredible 27 assists, 13 rebounds and 11 points in 25 minutes of play. Coach Bunyi also became the fourth coach to win 30 games, joining Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba of Cebu (58), Jun Noel of Misamis Oriental (45) and Nomar Isla of Laguna (33).

Luis Palaganas presided over the carnage with 24 points in 12 minutes of play, followed by Jorel Canizares with 19. Five other Red Oilers had 10 or more points. Jayson Rebollos paced Zamboanga with 26 points while Charleston Bolias chipped in 23.

The best games from the Mandaue Leg will be shown next week on Solar Sports from Wednesday to Saturday. Liga Pilipinas Classics can also be seen daily on Viva Prime Channel. For more information, visit the league’s official website at www.ligapilipinas.net.

How They Scored:

First Game

QUEZON (143) – Palaganas 24, Canizares 19, Dedicatoria 18, Macanig 15, Suguitan 12, Williams 11, Chua 10, Labagala 9, Raymundo 8, Reyes 5, Panzo 5, Cacha 5, Pinera 2, Orias 0.

ZAMBOANGA (85) – Rebollos 26, Bolias 23, Orera 12, Concepcion 11, Merced 6, Tajonera 5, Amirulhadz 2.

Second Game

MANDAUE (76) – Bautista 16, Tangkay 12, Cainglet 11, Mercado 8, Solis 8, Cenita 7, Alcaraz 4, Aguilar 4, Bucao 2, Latonio 2, Aquino 2, Berame 0.

TAGUIG (71) – Gatumbato 20, de Castro 13, Sanders 10, Marquez 7, Sta. Cruz 6, Moody 5, de Guia 4, Kiram 3, Reguera 2, Leynes 1.

Liga Pilipinas
10-19-2009, 02:52 AM
MANDAUE CITY – The Quezon Red Oilers bagged their second straight leg championship in the Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference III by thumping Forward Taguig, 85-74, in the finale of the Mandaue City Leg Saturday night at the Mandaue City Cultural and Sports Center. The victory boosted the chances of the Red Oilers in getting one of the two automatic slots in the Super Leg National Finals next month.

Luis Palaganas and Angelus Raymundo led another balanced attack of the Red Oilers as they ended their four leg elimination phase with 35 Liga Tour points on the strength of their 12 point harvest in the Mandaue leg.

“Good thing the game turned up-tempo and that’s our forte,” explained winning coach Oliver Bunyi. “Again, this is dedicated to Gov. Raffy Nantes and the people of Quezon.” The Red Oilers annexed the General Santos City Leg two weeks ago.

For his overall play all week, starting forward Palaganas was named as the leg’s MVP with averages of 14.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 steals.

Taguig which was hoping to better their runner up finish in the Laguna leg fell short anew as they settled for seven points to jack up their Tour points total to 32 or good for third place. Teams ranked from Third to Fifth after the elimination phase will gain a twice-to-beat advantage in the wild card round that will determine the three qualifiers that will join the two automatic Super Leg finalists. The M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Ninos by virtue of their perfect record in the elims so far are assured of the top seeding in the Superleg National Finals with 45 points.

Idle defending National Champion Misamis Oriental Meteors is in Fourth spot with 26 points and has an outside chance of gaining an outright berth if they can win their last leg.

In the battle for Third Place, host Cebu Landmaster-Mandaue staged a mighty comeback in the final two minutes to overturn a five-point deficit and still prevail over the Zamboanga Uno Latinos, 105-101.

Liga Pilipinas action resumes on October 28 with the Latinos hosting the Meteors, Ninos and guest team EKB-Apayao Rapids.

Choice games from the Mandaue City Leg will be televised next week on Solar Sports from Wednesday to Saturday. Liga Pilipinas Classics are seen daily on Viva Prime Channel. For more information, visit www.ligapilipinas.net.

How They Scored:

For Third Place

MANDAUE (105) -- Cainglet 23, Berame 16, Cenita 15, Alcaraz 13, Mercado 11, Aquino 11, Latonio 8, Solis 6, Bucao 2, Gabas 0.

ZAMBOANGA (101) -- Concepcion 30, Bolias 30, Merced 14, Orera 12, Tajonera 11, Rebollos 4.

Championship

QUEZON (85) -- Palaganas 15, Labagala 14, Canizares 11, Pinera 11, Dedicatoria 10, Raymundo 10, Williams 10, Suguitan 2, Orias 2, Chua 0, Reyes 0, Macanig 0.

TAGUIG (74) -- Gatumbato 20, de Castro 16, Marquez 13, Sta. Cruz 12, Sanders 8, Walsham 4, Reguera 1, de Guia 0, Moody 0, Leynes 0, Kiram 0.

Liga Pilipinas
06-03-2010, 12:14 PM
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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Niños face Landmasters in TOP tuneup
By EBV (The Freeman) Updated June 03, 2010 12:00 AM

CEBU, Philippines - Two-time Liga Pilipinas national champion M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños of legendary coach Raul “Yayoy” D. Alcoseba take another vital step in fine-tuning the team as they play against the Mandaue City Landmasters in an exhibition match at 6 pm this Saturday at the Mandaue City Cultural and Sports Complex.

The Niños-Landmasters showdown serves as the final phase of their rigid preparations for the Tournament of the Philippines (TOP), a joint venture of the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) and Liga Pilipinas set to take off on June 9 in Manila.

Save for a few additions in Fil-Am guard Shawn Weinstein whom they picked in the Rookie Draft and comebacking playmaker Warren Ybañez, the Niños will parade the same lineup that ruled the Liga Pilipinas Conference 3 via an amazing 21-game winning streak.

They are Bruce Dacia, Stephen Padilla, Abby Santos, Marlon Basco, Ariel Mepaña, Mark Magsumbol, Mark Ababon, Hafer Mondragon, Nat Cruz, and Franklin Nailon. Star guard Woodrow Enriquez is out of commission as he is still recuperating from a cervical injury.

The Landmasters of team owner Joe Soberano and head coach Al Solis, on the other hand, are still in the process of building up a strong fighting crew although Solis said they have already spotted a mixture of collegiate stars and commercial veterans to form the core of the team.

Among them, Solis said, are Jet Latonio, Alano Caputolan, Rino Berami, Michael Luga, Ronald Bucao and collegiate standouts in Chris Victor Diputado and Ritchum Dennison of the UV Lancers and Eric Zanoria of the SWU Cobras.They will be reinforced by big men John Villaver and Jay-R Gerilla.

Landmasters team manager Atty. Hidelito Pascual said their game against M. Lhuillier would also serve as their final try-out.

“We find the core of our team already but our game against M. Lhuillier will serve as our final try-out. After that, then maybe we will announce our line-up on Monday at the latest,” said Pascual. – THE FREEMAN

Liga Pilipinas
06-06-2010, 11:09 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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M Lhuillier shows might in exhibition game
Cebu Daily News

First Posted 06:43:00 06/06/2010


THE REIGNING Liga Pilipinas champions M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños are right on track in their gear-up for the upcoming Philippine Basketball League-Liga tournament after they asserted their might over the newly-formed Mandaue Landmasters, 82-66, in an exhibition game yesterday at the Mandaue City Cultural and Sports Complex.

The Niños of head coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba did not miss a step from their 21-game winning streak in the third conference of the Liga, wherein they annexed their second championship.

They led 40-25 at halftime and were never threatened after that as they maintained a 64-50 lead heading into the final 10 minutes of action.

Former Liga MVP Marlon Basco led the Niños' balanced scoring attack with 13 points while Fil-Am rookie wingman Shawn Weinstein and former University of the Philippines standout Abby Santos had 11 points apiece.

The Landmasters of head coach Al Solis and owner Joe Soberano, are still in the final stages of figuring out their final lineup in time for the June 9 kickoff of the “Tournament of the Philippines.” /Correspondent Jonas Panerio
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M Lhuillier, Landmasters face off in tune-up game
Cebu Daily News

First Posted 07:51:00 06/05/2010


THE BUILDUP of the teams from Cebu for the upcoming tournament of the merged Liga Pilipinas-Philippine Basketball League dubbed as the “Tournament of the Philippines” comes to a hilt today as the two-time Liga champions M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Ninos take on the Mandaue Landmasters in an exhibition game at 6 pm at the Mandaue City Cultural and Sports Complex.

The Niños of multi-titled head coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba grabbed the headlines in the last conference of Liga as they rode a 21-game winning streak all the way to the championship.

Save for guard Woodrow Enriquez, who has been sidelined by an injury, their roster has remained intact with the core of Bruce Dacia, Stephen Padilla, Abby Santos, Marlon Basco, Ariel Mepaña, Mark Magsumbol, Mark Ababon, Hafer Mondragon, Nat Cruz, and Franklin Nailon returning to the fold.

The Niños have also added veteran guard Warren Ybanez and Fil-Am wingman Shawn Weinstein, who they got from the Rookie Draft.

The Landmasters of owner Joe Soberano and head coach Al Solis on the other hand, are in the final stages of assembling a lean and mean crew. Though the roster has not been finalized, donning the jerseys of Mandaue for tonight's game are Jet Latonio, Alano Caputolan, Rino Berami, Michael Luga, Ronald Bucao, Chris Victor Diputado and Ritchum Dennison and Eric Zanoria.

They will be joined by sweet-shooting big man John Villaver, a native of Talisay and formerly of the Laguna Stallions and former Far Eastern University center Jay-R Gerilla.

The Tournament of the Philippines will start on June 9 in Manila. /Correspondent Jonas Panerio

Liga Pilipinas
06-07-2010, 12:06 PM
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Cebu Niños rout Mandaue in exhibition
Monday, June 7, 2010
By Rommel C. Manlosa



FIL-AM Shawn Weinstein showed glimpses of what he can deliver for the Cebu City Niños as the multi-titled team routed Mandaue Cebu Landmasters, 82-66, during a friendly game at the Mandaue City Sports and Cultural Complex last Saturday.

Weinstein only had 11 points but his presence on the court helped lead to the easy win.

Mandaue was able to put up a good show in the first 10 minutes but the superiority of the Niños slowly took its toll against the newly formed Landmasters.

James Laygo showed he still has the form that made him one of the most feared players in the early 2000s as he scored a game-high 16 for the Landmasters.

Marlon Basco and Abby Santos scored 13 points each for the Niños.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 7, 2010.

Liga Pilipinas
06-16-2010, 03:46 AM
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Landmasters bare lineup for TOP
Tuesday, June 15, 2010

By Frank C. Calapre and Rommel C. Manlosa


WITH just a week before plunging into war, the Mandaue-Cebu Landmasters head coach Al Solis revealed his line-up of former collegiate and veteran cagers that will banner the team in the PBL-Liga Pilipinas joint tournament—the Tournament of the Philippines (TOP)—set next week in San Pablo Laguna.

Former FEU Tamaraw JR Gerilla, former Laguna Stallion Jan Villaver, ex-University of the Visayas Green Lancer Rino Berami and former USJ-R center Manny Gabas, with veteran bangers Alano Caputolan and Bernie Ursal will be powering the team’s frontline.

For the wing and backcourt positions, Solis enlisted veteran quarterback Ronaldo Bucao and fresh graduate Chris Diputado.

The shooting guard and wingmen on the other hand, are veteran shooters Jett Latonio, James Laygo and rookies Ritchum Dennison and Eric Zanoria.

Solis admitted he is still shopping for two more big men.

“The line-up not yet completed. There are two more slots available and I reserved that for big men.”

The team is among the six teams coming from the Liga Pilipinas side to wage war against the PBL teams in the TOP First Conference.

Meanwhile, the second leg opens today in General Santos City with boxing icon Manny Pacquiao leading the PacMan Gen-San Warriors in the team’s campaign as it faces the Treston Laguna in the 7:30 p.m. offering.

Pacquiao will get the support of former PBL stalwarts Marvin Yambao and center Erian Daja.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 16, 2010.