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gameface_one
03-11-2011, 10:22 AM
Post all internet news about the PBA D-League here.

Joescoundrel
03-16-2011, 12:46 PM
FCA in rousing start, routs Powerade

(The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines - Alfredo Gerilla scored 17 and Raffy Reyes had 15 and five assists as FCA demolished Powerade, 89-74, in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the FEU gym yesterday.

The Cultivators seized control in the first half and were never challenged the rest of the way to fashion out an impressive debut in Group B.

“I was surprised we won so easy. We were expecting a tough match,” said FCA coach Arsenio Dysangco.

In the other game, the NLEX Road Warriors trounced Freego Jeans, 82-71, to share the early lead with RnW Pacific Pipes in Group A.

San Sebastian College star forward Alvin Abueva scored 18 points and rookie free agent Ogie Menor added 16 for the Road Warriors, who pulled away in the second quarter, 41-27, after leading the first quarter by just one point.

The Cultivators shot 60 percent from the field (6 of 15) in the opening period and posted a 46-30 advantage at halftime.

Alvin Padilla and Mike Gamboa each scored 14 points for the Junior Tigers, who shot poorly and lacked defensive intensity against the aggressive Cultivators.

A three-point play by Reyes made it, 53-32, three minutes into the third quarter while Gerilla gave the Cultivators their biggest lead of the game at 61-36 midway in the period.

The Cultivators take a two-week break before facing what Dysangco said could be their acid test in the tournament.

The Cultivators will play their second game on March 31 against the Cebuana Lhuillier, one of the potential contenders in this tournament.

Joescoundrel
03-17-2011, 08:50 AM
Lhuillier five to debut vs CafeFrance in D-League

(The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines - Pre-tournament favorite Cebuana Lhuillier tries to live up to the hype as it opens its bid against CaféFrance in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at The Arena in San Juan today.

Bannered by former pros Benedict Fernandez (Barako Bull) and Kelvin Gregorio (Sta. Lucia) as well as college standouts James Ryan Sena, Marvin Hayes and Kevin Alas, the Jewelers have been installed as among the early title favorites in the inaugural league together with the NLEX Road Warriors.

They take on the CaféFrance side in a duel of Group B teams at 4 p.m.

CaféFrance, meanwhile, is bannered by the core of the Centro Escolar Scorpions and backstopped by National University’s Jewel Ponferrada and Jose Rizal University’s Ildefonson Bulangis.

In Group A, Pharex and Blackwater Elite collide in the 2 p.m. opener with the Bidang Generix composed of PBA rookie free-agent Edwin Asoro, one-time UST and Harbour Centre stalwart Chester Taylor and Fil-Am free agent Jason Deutchman.

Blackwater Elite, on the other hand, will be led by the Arellano Chiefs.

Today’s winners will join early leaders Pacific Pipes and NLEX in Group A, and FCA Cultivators and Cobra in Group B.

Joescoundrel
03-17-2011, 08:52 AM
^ If this is the same Cebuana team that Ateneo beat last week in a tuneup then they've got some serious catching up to do to live up to their hype. That team looked lost and relied to much on one-on-one and other individual moments, didn't move the ball particularly well, and took shots after only three passes at most in their halfcourt.

Emon74
03-17-2011, 10:27 AM
Some D-league games are now being shown on Channel 13.

Wang-Bu
03-17-2011, 10:40 AM
^^ puro delayed telecast at medyo sablay ang feed ng IBC 13 kinsan pero at least nasa tv. may nakapagsabi sa'kin na dapat nga daw wala munang tv hangga't hindi pa nag-semis at finals. buti naman at nagawan yata ng paraan.

Sam Miguel
03-18-2011, 08:17 AM
From Joey Villar of Philstar

Cebuana, Pharex Catch D-League Leaders

By Joey Villar (The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines – Alain Maliksi fired 16 points while Marvin Hayes and James Sena combined for 24 points and 22 rebounds as Cebuana Lhuillier overpowered Cafe France, 83-62, to gain a share of the lead in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Fil-Oil/Flying V Arena in San Juan City yesterday.

Pharex likewise rolled past Black Water Perfume, 100-90, to join the fancied teams – Pacific Pipes, NLEX, FCA and Cobra Energy Drink – in the lead in the early going of the inaugural tournament.

“If you’re facing a team full of college players, the pressure is on us to get a big lead right away,” said Cebuana Lhuillier coach Luigi Trillo, back in the amateur league after steering the same Jean Henri Lhuillier-owned franchise to the 2007 PBL finals.

“Cafe France played well but we focused on our defense in the second half and we made good shot selections for this win,” he said.

Marlon Adolfo, who played college ball for Far Eastern U, unloaded a game-high 25 points while former San Diego State standout Jason Deutchman added 16 points to lead the Bidang Generix to the victory.

“We know Black Water is capable of dominating the board but we were able to turn it around in the second half by playing tough,” said Pharex coach Carlo Tan.

Rocky Acidre and Gio Ciriacruz led the Dioceldo Sy-owned Scent Enhancers by pouring in 22 and 21 points, respectively.

Raymond Aguilar scored 14 points and Chester Taylor and Jeff Viernes each had 10 points for the Batang Generix, who turned the game around by scoring 11 of the first 15 points in the third quarter.

Joescoundrel
03-22-2011, 12:50 PM
NLEX seeks solo lead

By Jonas Terrado

March 22, 2011 Games Today (FEU gym, Morayta)

2 p.m. — Max! Bond vs Maynilad

4 p.m. — NLEX vs Pharex

MANILA, Philippines – North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and Pharex dispute the solo lead in Group A when they clash today in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Far Eastern University gym.

The Road Warriors and the Bidang Generix are looking for their second straight win following their opening day wins in the newly-formed league.

Gametime is at 4 p.m. with the Road Warriors heavily favored to prevail owing to their star-studded line-up.

Maynilad, meantime, goes for its first win against debuting Max! Bond Super Glue in the curtain raiser at 2 p.m.

Behind the trio of NCAA star Calvin Abueva, ex-pro Ogie Menor and Fil-Am Clifford Hodge, NLEX beat Freego Jeans, 82-71, exactly a week ago at the same venue.

On the other hand, former FEU Tam Marlon Adolfo, Fil-Am Jason Deutchman and big man Raymund Aguilar powered Pharex to a 100-90 win opposite Blackwater on Thursday at The Arena in San Juan.

Maynilad, powered by players Sudan Daniel, Garvo Lanete and Anthony Semerad of NCAA champion San Beda, is hoping to bounce back from a 78-70 loss to Cobra Energy Drink on March 12.

Sam Miguel
03-23-2011, 09:55 AM
Maynilad kicked the crap out of Max Bond yesterday 82-61, holding leads of as much as 23 points. Garvo Lanete was best player of this game with 16 points. Max Bond tried to keep it close behind Reil Cervantes but just didn't have a solution for American import Sudan Daniel, who lorded it inside.

In the second game of this bill, Pharex showed NLEX is not that big a favorite after all by edging them by three or four points. Pharex hung tough in the last minute and a half in a freethrow shooting test of wills. Jeff Morial was best player of this game.

Joescoundrel
03-24-2011, 08:32 AM
Pacific five, Cobra gun for second triumphs

Jasmine W. Payo
First Posted 08:40:24 23/03/2011

MANILA---Coach Topex Robinson said there's more to expect from forward Vic Manuel when the RnW Pacific Pipes guns for a share of the Group A lead against Blackwater Perfume in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup today.

"On offense, I give him his free will," Robinson said of the 6-foot-4 Manuel, a former PBL MVP. "My only concern is on defense, sometimes he relaxes. But I have full trust in that guy."

Pacific Pipes aims to match the 2-0 start of idle Pharex in the 2 p.m. match at the FilOil-Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Paul Lee is also expected to grab the limelight when the Cobra Ironmen go for a 2-0 record in Group B against the Junior Powerade at 4 p.m.

"I don't think he played his A-game, there were lapses, but Paul Lee will always be Paul Lee," said Cobra coach Lawrence Chongson of hisstar guard, who had a near triple double in the Ironmen's debut win over Maynilad, 78-70.

"We're not taking any team lightly ," said Chongson. "I think not many people gave us a second look. We were never mentioned among the favorites. But then, we prefer it that way."

Lee recorded 26 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds for the Ironmen in his first game while Manuel combined for 33 points with Jim Viray in the Pacific Pipes' 76-72 tripping of PC Gilmore.

Robinson, who still saw action with Alaska in the last PBA conference, admitted to feeling the jitters in his coaching debut. And he expects a different challenge against coach Leo Isaac's Blackwater.

"Coach Leo has been around for the longest time, so he knows what he's doing," said Robinson, one of the youngest coaches in the league at 36.

Blackwater, which lost to Pharex, 100-90, is built around the Arellano Chiefs led by Giorgio Ciriacruz.

Junior Powerade also absorbed an 89-74 beating against FCA on its first game last week.

Joescoundrel
03-24-2011, 09:58 AM
D-League lead up for grabs

By JONAS TERRADO March 23, 2011, 11:11pm

Games Thursday (The Arena, San Juan)

2 p.m. — Blackwater vs Pacific Pipes

4 p.m. — Cobra vs Junior Powerade

MANILA, Philippines – RnW Pacific Pipes goes for a share of Group A lead while Cobra Energy Drink shoots for the solo lead in Group B when they meet separate rivals Thursday in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at The Arena in San Juan.

Pacific Pipes takes on Blackwater Elite in the opener at 2 p.m. while the Ironmen battles Junior Powerade in the second game at 4 p.m.

Led by former San Sebastian guard and one-time Barako Bull cager Jim Viray and ex-PBL Most Valuable Player Vic Manuel, Pacific Pipes beat PC Gilmore, 76-72, while Paul Lee erupted for 26 points in Cobra's 78-70 mastery of Maynilad Water.

Both games were played during the opener on March 12, thus making both squads well rested heading into their respective matches.

Pacific Pipes coach Topex Robinson hopes to keep his squad upbeat with Viray, Manuel and the likes of Anthony del Rio and hustling big man Maclean Sabellina around.

But they would have to be wary of Dioceldo Sy’s Elites, who are seeking to recover from a 100-90 loss to Pharex last week. The Elites will be led by Rocky Acidre, Gio Ciriacruz and Andrian Celada.

Aside from Lee, Cobra will also need help from athletic big man Kenneth Acibar, Toto Bandaying, Paul Sanga and Mervin Baloran.

Junior Powerade seeks redemption after an 89-74 loss to FCA on March 15 led by Alvin Padilla, Mike Gamboa, James Martinez and Mark Juruena.

Joescoundrel
03-25-2011, 08:30 AM
Blackwater turns back Pacific Pipes

By JONAS TERRADOMarch 24, 2011, 8:56pm

Games Tuesday (Adamson Gym, Manila)
2 p.m. – Max! Bond vs CafeFrance
4 p.m. – PC Gilmore vs Freego Jeans

MANILA, Philippines – Blackwater Elite got the lucky breaks in the dying seconds to hack out a 72-69 victory over RnW Pacific Pipes for its first win in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at The Arena in San Juan City.

Former Arellano star Gio Ciriacruz broke the 68-all deadlock by hitting two clutch freethrows with 43.6 seconds left.

Pacific Pipes moved within 69-70 with a split but Ciriacruz later made two more from the foul line for a 72-69 lead with 5.3 ticks to go.

In the ensuing play, Rex Leynes appeared to have tied the game on a running bank shot from rainbow country with 1.3 seconds, but the shot was nullified after a game official ruled that the speedy guard stepped out of bounds when he made the attempt, thus ending the game on a bizarre note.

The win evened the record of Dioseldo Sy’s Elite to 1-1 as they bounced back from a 100-90 loss to Group A leader Pharex Naproxen Sodium last week.

“Malaking bagay ang panalo na ito kasi napatunayan namin na pwede kaming magcompete dito sa D-League,” Blackwater coach Leo Isaac, who used most of his past and present players from Arellano University and Mapua throughout the match.

In the second game, Cobra Energy Drink erupted for a 25-2 run to start the third quarter after a slim 38-36 halftime lead for an 86-73 rout of Junior Powerade.

The Ironmen, led by Paul Lee's 22 points, eight rebounds, three assists and four steals, grabbed the solo lead in Group B with a perfect 2-0 slate.

The Scores:

First Game

BLACKWATER 72 – Saret 13, Zulueta 12, Celada 11, Acidre 11, Ciriacruz 9, Belorio 9, Mazo 5, Lapuz 2, Caperal 0, Del Rosario 0.

RnW PACIFIC PIPES 69 – Leynes 13, Ilagan 11, Del Rio 11, Sabelina 9, Manuel 7, Melegrito 4, Musni 4, Viray 4, Importante 3, Lansang 3, Cornejo 0, Delgado 0, Guillermo 0, Ynion 0.

Quarters: 13-24; 33-36; 52-42; 72-69.

Second Game

COBRA 86 - Lee 22, Hermosisima 20, Acibar 18, Sanga 8, Foronda 4, Bandayang 4, Reyes 3, Riosipa 3, Baloran 2, Abaya 2.

POWERADE 73 - Smith 14, Padilla 14, Jeffries 12, Martinez 10, Sison 7, Gomez 6, Gamba 4, Gingrich 2, Ilad 2, Wong 2, Juruna 0, Maniego 0,

Quarters: 17-16; 38-36; 72-55; 86-73.

Joescoundrel
03-29-2011, 09:10 AM
Max Bond, C France clash today

(The Philippine Star) Updated March 29, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Max Bond Super Glue tries to bounce back from its opening game setback as it squares off with Café France at resumption today of the PBA D-League at the Adamson gym.

The Sumos took a 61-82 blowout loss from the Maynilad Water Dragons last week but vowed to go all out against the Café France side in their 2 p.m. encounter in Group B.

Café France also dropped its initial assignment in the inaugural league, also via rout – 62-83 – to Cebuana Lhuillier, one of the pre-tournament favorites.

Meanwhile, PC Gilmore, owned by Ave Relucio, and Freego Jeans tangle in the 4 p.m. game.

Both teams are also looking for their first win in Group A with the Wizards bowing to the RnW Pacific Pipes, 72-76.

Freego Jeans, on the other hand, lost to NLEX, the other team tipped to contend for the championship.

Joescoundrel
03-29-2011, 09:13 AM
4 D-League teams eye first victory

By JONAS TERRADO

Games Tuesday (Adamson Gym)

2 p.m. — Max! Bond vs CafeFrance

4 p.m. — PC Gilmore vs Freego Jeans

MANILA, Philippines – Four teams eye their first victory Tuesday in the resumption of the PBA D-League Foundation Cup action at the Adamson University gym in Manila.

CafeFrance battles Max! Bond Super Glue in the opener at 2 p.m. before Freego Jeans takes on PC Gilmore in the main game at 4 p.m.

All squads lost in their opening assignments, making them more determined to bounce back.

Max! Bond of coach Pido Jarencio will be led by Far Eastern University's Reil Cervantes, ASEAN Basketball League veterans Rudy Lingganay and Junjun Cabatu and University of Santo Tomas cagers Jeric Teng and Jeric Fortuna.

Considered underdogs in this contest, CafeFrance of coach Mon Jose tries to pull off an upset against the Sumos led by former collegiate standouts Jewel Ponferrada and JR Bulangis and Centro Escolar University cagers Axl Garcia and Leeward Lobaton.

Both teams lost by wide margins against separate rivals. Max! Bond lost, 82-61, to Maynilad Water exactly a week ago while CafeFrance was hammered by Cebuana Lhuillier, 82-63, on March 17.

Meanwhile, Freego Jeans tries to recover from an 82-71 defeat to North Luzon Expressway on March 15 but with the team bannered by players from Adamson, coach Leo Austria hopes to see their squad win this time around.

Playing inside their campus could also motivate the Freego cagers led by Lester Alvarez, Jan Colina, Eric Camson and Roider Cabrera

Joescoundrel
03-30-2011, 08:34 AM
Sumos rout Scorpions for first win, Wizards halt Freego

Jasmine W. Payo

MANILA—Coach Pido Jarencio got his way this time as Max Bond Super Glue rolled past Café France, 83-62, yesterday to barge into the win column in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Adamson Gym in Manila.

Rudy Lingganay and Reil Cervantes led the scoring splurge in the second half for the Sumos who rebounded from a lopsided 61-82 drubbing at the hands of Maynilad last week.

Lingganay, who starred as an import for the Kuala Lumpur Dragons in the Asean Basketball League, pumped in 23 points on top of four rebounds and six assists.

“They (players) had their way last time, and obviously, we got routed,” Jarencio said.

PC Gilmore also picked up its first victory as the Wizards held Freego Jeans scoreless in the final two minutes for an 81-72 decision in the second game.

Carlo Lastimosa drilled five of the Wizards’ last 11 points to finish with 20 markers, three rebounds, three assists and a couple of steals.

“We’re more organized than our last game,” said PC Gilmore coach Richard del Rosario of the Ave Relucio-owned team. “We denied their shooters.”

The scores:
First Game
MAX BOND 83—Lingganay 23, Cervantes 16, Hugnatan 10, Cabatu 10, Afuang 9, Bautista 6, Benitez 5, Navarro 2, Cuan 2, Amparado 0, Fortuna 0.
CAFE FRANCE 62—Lobaton 15, Bulangis 10, Almario 9, Babad 9, Mabayo 4, Rublico 3, Magbitang, Banas 3, Mejos 2, Delfinado 2, Ponferrada 2, Gallardo 0, Graebel 0.

Quarters: 21-13, 42-35, 62-47, 83-62

Second Game
PC GILMORE 81—Lastimosa 20, Mangahas 16, Vidal 11, Cortez 7, Agas 6, Parala 5, Sorongon 4, Magbanua 4, Acosta 4, McCoy 2, Dysam 1, Sinco 1, Almazan 0, Dela Paz 0.
FREEGO JEANS 72—Colina 15, Camson 15, Cañada 10, Lozada 7, Del Rosario 6, Morillo 6, Nuyles 5, Namucatcat 5, Galinato 3, Alvarez 0, Cabrera 0.
Quarters: 20-27, 41-36, 57-54, 81-72

Joescoundrel
03-31-2011, 12:31 PM
Lhuillier, FCA clash for D-L lead

By JONAS TERRADO

Games Thursday (San Juan Gym)

2 p.m. Pacific Pipes vs NLEX
4 p.m. Cebuana Lhuillier vs FCA

MANILA, Philippines – Cebuana Lhuillier and FCA clash with their eyes set on the share of the lead in Group B as the PBA D-League Foundation Cup resumes Thursday at the San Juan Gym.

Both the Gems and the Cultivators hope to shrug off a two-week layoff in hopes of tying idle Cobra Energy Drink in the seven-team group. Gametime is set at 4 p.m.

In the curtain raiser, North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and RnW Pacific Pipes shoot for solo second in Group A at 2 p.m.

Led by Philippine Patriots cager Allein Maliksi and former Jose Rizal University stars Marvin Hayes and James Sena, Cebuana erupted in the second half for a resounding 83-62 rout of CafeFrance on March 17.

Coach Luigi Trillo is banking on the three alongside guard Benedict Fernandez, who was tossed out in the third quarter of that game for an F2, and Letran star Kevin Alas.

On the other hand, FCA drew solid efforts from former UAAP standouts JR Gerilla, Raffy Reyes and Jun Dizon in a masterful 89-74 demolition of Junior Powerade on March 15.

Joescoundrel
04-05-2011, 07:03 AM
From Inquirer Sports - - -

MANILA---Pharex shoots for a third straight victory in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup today when it tangles with PC Gilmore at the Lyceum Gym in Manila.

The Bidang Generix, still on a high following their 79-74 conquest of favorite NLEX two weeks ago, are favored against PC Gilmore in their 4 p.m. duel.

Maynilad guns for back-to-back victories when it battles winless Café France in the first game at 2 p.m.

Despite their superb form, Pharex coach Carlo Tan is wary of the threat posed by PC Gilmore, which pulled off an 81-72 triumph over Freego Jeans last Tuesday.

“PC Gilmore presents a unique challenge,” said Tan. “They force you to find the opening for your shots.”

The Bidang Generix will once again pin their hopes on Jeff Morial, a standout from St. Benilde, who came through with 16 points and nine rebounds in the victory over the Road Warriors, former National U star Edwin Asoro, Jason Deutchman and JR Tecson.

PC Gilmore’s hopes of pulling off an upset will rest on the form of hotshot guards Carlo Lastimosa and Allan Mangahas, who combined for 36 points in the win over Freego.

The Water Dragons are coming off a comprehensive 82-61 triumph over Max! Bond Super Glue two weeks ago.

Maynilad coach Frankie Lim said his squad, bannered by San Beda’s team last season, is still adjusting to the D-League’s style of play.

“The players will peak eventually,” said Lim.

Joescoundrel
04-06-2011, 12:58 PM
From Inquirer Sports - - -

MANILA---Carlo Lastimosa canned four clutch free throws in the closing seconds as PC Gilmore snapped Pharex’s unbeaten start, 99-97, in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup yesterday at the Lyceum Gym in Manila.

Allan Mangahas topscored with 20 points and Lastimosa wound up with 15 as the Wizards escaped after nearly blowing an 80-61 lead early in the fourth quarter.

The Wizards, with six players finishing in double figures, forged a three-way tie for the Group A lead with their victim and idle NLEX .

“We lost our discipline in the end game,” said PC Gilmore coach Richard del Rosario. “The guys panicked. It’s a natural reaction for a young team to be complacent when you have a big lead. But it almost cost us, so I hope we learn from this.”

The Bidang Generix had a chance to take the game, but missed two potential game-winning triples by JR Tecson and Chester Taylor in the dying seconds.

While the Wizards pulled off a scrambling victory, the Maynilad Water Dragons strolled past the Café France Scorpions, 106-74, in the first game.

Garvo Lanete unloaded 21 points and Melo Lim had 19 as the Dragons cruised to a 39-point advantage, 92-53, in the fourth period.

“The guys responded well and we gave them different looks with our defense,” said coach Frankie Lim after his Dragons improved to third, 2-1, in Group B.

Lim, though, got ejected at the 4:02 mark of the final period for shoving Café France player JR Bulangis during an altercation.

Café France remained winless in three games in Group B.

The Bidang Generix trimmed the Wizards’ lead to just two, 96-94, with 24 seconds left after a run anchored on James Mangahas and Jason Deutchman.

Two free throws by Lastimosa cushioned the Wizards’ edge, 98-94, before a Mangahas triple from the left corner cut the deficit to just a point, 98-97, with 17.8 ticks remaining.

But the Wizards missed two game-winning attempts at the buzzer following a Lastimosa free throw off a Jeff Morial foul.

The scores:
First Game
MAYNILAD 106–Lanete 21, Lim 19, Marcelo 10, Daniel 10, J. Pascual 8, Diputado 8, Dela Rosa 6, Villahermosa 6, Caram 6, Sorela 6, Semerad 4, K. Pascual 2, Catolico 0.
CAFE FRANCE 74—Mabayo 21, Lobaton 13, Bulangis 7, Almario 7, Ponfereda 6, Delfinado 4, Banas 4, Gallardo 3, Magbitang 3, Babad 2, Rublico 2, Mejos 2, Garcia 0.
Quarters: 28-13, 57-37, 82-51, 106-74

Second Game
PC GILMORE 99—Mangahas 20, Lastimosa 15, Sarangay 11, Magbanua 11, Cortez 10, Acosta 10, Agas 5, Sinco 4, Vidal 4, Sorongon 4, Parala 3, Dysam 2, Dela Paz 0.
PHAREX 97—Asoro 14, Deutchman 14, Mangahas 13, Morial 11, Aguilar 11, Adolfo 10, Losentes 6, Taylor 5, Tecson 5, Montilla 4, Banal 2, Viernes 2.
Quarters: 24-17, 49-35, 78-61, 99-97

Joescoundrel
04-08-2011, 09:24 AM
From Inquirer Sports - - -

MANILA—Junior Powerade delivered the upset Cebuana Lhuillier coach Luigi Trillo feared.

Magi Sison nearly posted a triple double as the Tigers brought down the favored Gems, 77-73, yesterday to post their first triumph in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Emilio Aguinaldo Gym in Manila.

The Tigers, who had Trillo feeling worried despite their winless start, dealt the Gems’ first setback in three games with Sison collecting 16 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks.

James Martinez also shone in the second half, knocking key triples in a run that had the Tigers leading by as many as 14 points, 70-56.

Earlier, Ian Mazo drilled 16 of his 25 points in the third quarter as Blackwater Perfume stormed past Freego Jeans, 104-87, to register its second straight victory.

Mazo made 11 of 17 attempts on top of five assists, two steals and one block as the Elite rallied from a 24-38 first-half deficit.

Blackwater forged a four-way tie at 2-1 with idle NLEX, PC Gilmore and Pharex, while Freego Jeans remained winless in Group A.

The Tigers, banking on the core of the University of the Philippines Maroons, pulled away in the third period before foiling the Gems’ comeback bid in the final three minutes.

The Gems had a chance at forging an extra period, but Allein Maliksi’s three-point attempt fell short with eighth-tenths of a second left.

“I was surprised that we were leading in double-digits; that was a big cushion for us,” said coach Ricky Dandan after his Tigers improved to 1-2 in Group B. “I knew that Cebuana would make a run. We missed free throws, but we also made crucial shots.”

The scores:
First Game
BLACKWATER 104—Mazo 25, Celada 23, Lapuz 13, Ciriacruz 12, Del Rosario 8, Belorio 8, Acidre 7, Zulueta 5, Ihalas 2, Saret 1, Limpat 0, Ablaza 0.
FREEGO JEANS 87—Alvarez 17, Colina 16, Cabrera 16, Camson 15, Nuyles 9, Lozada 5, Morillo 4, Cañada 4, Galinato 1, Del Rosario 0, Namucatcat 0.
Quarters: 18-25, 49-50, 82-71, 104-87

Second Game
JR POWERADE 77—Sison 16, Martinez 16, Smith 12, Padilla 10, Gamboa 7, Jeffries 6, Ilad 6, Gingerich 2, Juruena 2, Wong 0, Gomez 0.
C. LHUILLIER 73—Hayes 16, Sena 12, Maliksi 12, Alas 11, Fernandez 5, Mandani 4, Mepaia 4, Llagas 3, Nabong 2, Elinon 2, Lee 2.
Quarters: 18-19, 39-37, 51-50, 77-73

tayshaun
05-17-2011, 02:08 PM
Saan Ba Pwede mag TRY-OUT sa D-League...ang Hirap ng Kalagayan ng mga Players SA Visayas @ Mindanao...walang Chance manka Paglaro sa Manila....i guess PBA-D-league is for Luzon Region Cguro

james_ty
05-18-2011, 11:36 AM
Saan Ba Pwede mag TRY-OUT sa D-League...ang Hirap ng Kalagayan ng mga Players SA Visayas @ Mindanao...walang Chance manka Paglaro sa Manila....i guess PBA-D-league is for Luzon Region Cguro


The PBA D-League will start its next conference in October so tryouts may be done in September after the PBA draft where a lot of D League players will be applying.

Big Ticket
09-06-2011, 07:49 PM
butchmaniego Butch Maniego
11 teams attended the PBA D-League meeting. A 12th team is still trying to get in. I'll know before friday.


butchmaniego Butch Maniego
first to arrive for the pbadl meeting are new teams DUB Unlimited and First East Asia Realty

Joescoundrel
10-19-2011, 03:40 PM
From the D League media center c/o Phil Star - - -

Collegiate stars to boost Blackwater D-League bid

Boosted by the acquisition of several UAAP and NCAA standouts, Blackwater Elite coach Leo Isaac believes his team now has what it takes to be a title contender in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup which unfolds tomorrow.

“I think we’re much stronger now than during the previous tournament because we have a new bunch of talented players from the UAAP,” said Isaac.

“Still, we have to work hard to achieve our goal in this tournament.”

Making up the team’s backcourt are La Salle’s Samuel Joseph Marata and Alvin Joseph Villanueva while UST stars Jeric Fortuna, Clark Bautista and Chris Camus, and Carmelo Afuang are expected to provide firepower to the team owned by former PBL chairman Dioceldo Sy.

Far Eastern University Mark Anthony Bringas, College of St. Benilde’ Jan Irvin Tan, Neil Pascual and Fil-Am AJ Manalo are the other newcomers in the team out to improve its quarterfinal finish in the Foundation Cup.

The holdovers are Arellano’s Rocky Acidre, Mark Anthony Doligon, Gio Ciriacruz and Isaiah Ciriacruz.

“Definitely, we can contend this time,” said Sy, who is also being supported by Silliman Sy, Patrick Aquino and Rudy Yu.

Though his players are coming from different schools, Isaac sees no problem in running his system.

“They are adjusting to my system very well and that’s the mark of good players,” said Isaac, whose squad will face Boracay Rhum in the opening at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Isaac, however, said their lack of a legitimate center could pose a problem to their title campaign.

“We don’t have a pure center but we can make up for that with our quickness and speed. And we have a lot of good shooters in the team,” said Isaac.

Joescoundrel
10-21-2011, 08:32 AM
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PBA D-League: Blackwater turns back Boracay Rhum

Neil Pascual salvaged Blackwater with an and-one conversion with 40.9 ticks remaining en route to a 68-65 triumph over newcomer Boracay Rhum Thursday in the 2011 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup.

Pascual gave the Elite a three-point boost in the last minute after the Waves rallied to knot the game at 63-all.

Pascual, a fomer Mapuan, finished with 15 points for Blackwater, whose line up is built around the top collegiate players from the NCAA and UAAP.

“[These players from different leagues,] they have respect for each other, and I told them to keep it up,” said Blackwater head coach Leo Isaac, who also mans the sidelines for Arellano in the NCAA.

La Salle’s Sam Marata also chipped in 11 points while UST’s Jeric Fortuna and Arellano’s Isaiah Ciriacruz finished with nine points each.

Boracay Rhum, a new addition in the PBA D-League, struggled for three quarters before rallying behind National U’ Glenn Khobuntin and Kokoy Hermosisima.

Back-to-back baskets capped by a trey by Hermosisima with 1:33 tied the match, but the Waves failed to capitalize down the stretch.

Khobuntin had 18 points in a losing effort for Boracay Rhum.

Joescoundrel
10-21-2011, 08:34 AM
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PBA D-League: Freego Jeans clobbers PC Gilmore

Freego Jeans flexed its muscles in the opening day of 2011 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup with a 85-52 clobbering of an overhauled PC Gilmore Thursday at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig.

Made up of a core of players from Adamson and a few standouts from Ateneo, Freego Jeans head coach Leo Austria admitted he was surprised with his squad’s dominating performance as they only had little time to gel.

“The players from Ateneo started playing just last Wednesday, some joined us just yesterday [Wednesday]. So I was surprised, but I’m happy because they fit my system,” said Austria, also Adamson’s mentor in the UAAP.

Rodney Brondial poured eight of his total 12 points in the payoff period where Freego Jeans led by as many as 42 points, 76-34.

Fellow Falcons Lester Alvarez and Eric Camson each added 10 markers.

Former Blue Eagles Bacon Austria, Jumbo Escueta and Chris Sumalinog, meanwhile, combined for 28 points.

“They (players from Ateneo) already know my system, maybe because we battled each other a lot in the UAAP,” added Austria.

Freego refused to pull punches after it readily pulled away from the Wizards in the second quarter.

Macky Acosta did most of the work with 18 points for PC Gilmore, although it didn’t quite make a glaring difference as his squad stared at a huge deficit all game.

The Wizards only have four holdovers from the squad, which reached the semifinals of the PBA D-League Foundation cup last summer.

Joescoundrel
10-26-2011, 09:40 AM
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Blackwater dumps Dub; Big Chill triumphs

Blackwater Elite used a key third-quarter surge to hold off newcomer Dub Unlimited, 78-62, Tuesday and grab the early lead in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the San Juan Gym.

Ice Ciriacruz and Jeric Fortuna joined forces in that stirring run that boosted the Elite to its second straight win in the tournament.

Ciriacruz, the Arellano U swingman who sat out the NCAA season because of injury, fired nine of his game-high 17 in the third period, while Fortuna, the University of Santo Tomas guard, who has shown a knack of taking over games, finished with 14 points and four assists.

“We didn’t know much about the other team, but it was good to see the players adjusting well against a team like Dub,” said Blackwater coach Leo Isaac.

In the second game, Big Chill turned back Cobra Energy Drink, 82-76, for its first win of the tournament.

Using solid defense, the Superchargers seized control early, but needed center Jewel Ponferrada to bail them out in the end when the Ironmen came within four.

The scores:

First Game
BLACKWATER 78—I. Ciriacruz 17, Fortuna 14, Bringas 12, Bautista 10, Marata 7, Pascual 5, G. Ciriacruz 4, Afuang 3, Villanueva 2.
DUB UNLIMITED 62—Aguilar 16, Teng 14, Wong 6, Bustos 5, Bolos 5, Hugnatan 4, Gamalinda 4, Leynes 3, Maniago 3, Melegrito 2.
Quarters: 21-14, 32-27, 58-42, 78-62

Second Game
BIG CHILL 82—Ponferrada 14, Mallari 13, Dizon 11, Reyes 10, Glorioso 9, Tan 9, Mangahas 7, Collado 4, Maconocido 3, Morillo 2, Santos 0, Galinato 0, Jensen 0, Custodio 0.
COBRA 76—Nimes 20, Cubo 11, Cortes 10, Zablan 9, Enguio 6, Stevens 5, Santos 4, Alas 4, Casajeros 4, Belorio 3, Sumido 0, Noble 0, Tagarda 0, Duran 0.
Quarters: 19-19, 44-30, 60-54, 82-76

Joescoundrel
10-26-2011, 09:45 AM
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Elite slow down Wheelers, gain D-League lead

Isaiah Ciriacruz scored 17 points and led a third quarter breakaway as Blackwater routed DUB Unlimited, 78-62, yesterday for its second straight victory in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the San Juan gym.

With Ciriacruz on the firing end, the Elite outscored the Wheelers in the third, 26-15, breaking away from a close 32-27 contest en route to the runaway win.

The Elite actually groped for form in the second period, hitting just three of 19 attempts but they made up for the scoring slack with pressure defense that also limited their rivals to five baskets out of 18 tries.

Big Chill opened its campaign with an 82-72 victory Cobra Energy Drink in the other game.

Allex Mallari scored 15 points and Jewel Ponferrada had 14 for the Superchargers, who led by as many as 14 points at halftime but wavered down the stretch.

After Jeric Fortuna scored on an offensive rebound, Ciriacruz, who went four-of-four from the perimeter in the third, teamed up with Mark Bringas and Cark Bautista to complete the big third quarter run.

Fortuna scored 14 points, Bringas had 12 and Bautista added 10 for the Elite, who had 10 of 12 players scoring.

Joescoundrel
10-28-2011, 10:25 AM
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PBA D-League: Gems dazzle Ironmen; Boracay up

Cebuana Lhuillier debuted in style, trouncing Cobra Energy Drink, 58-47, Thursday in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the Trinity University of Asia Gym.

The Gems leaned on Far Eastern U standout Terrence Romeo and former PBL Most Valuable Player Vic Manuel to hold off the Ironmen, whose late charge fell short for the second straight game.

Romeo wound up with 12 points while Manuel pulled down 11 rebounds for the Gems, who saw their 17-point lead in the third period reduce to six before hanging tough for the win.

In the second game, Boracay Rhum evened its card to 1-1 after crushing Café France, 65-46.

National University forward Glenn Khobuntin dished out a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Waves, who bounced back from a 65-68 loss to Blackwater Elite last Thursday.

The Waves opened the second period with an 11-3 spurt sparked by NU guard Joseph Terso to pull away for good.

“We’re still a work in progress,” said Waves coach Lawrence Chongson. “This team lacks the experience of the team we had last conference.”

John Noble paced Cobra Energy Drink with 10 points, but Josan Nimes, who scored 20 points in Cobra’s 76-82 loss against Big Chill on Tuesday, couldn’t reprise his big performance, finishing with just two points.

Simon Atkins and Carl Cruz joined forces to lead the Gems in a strong second-quarter start for a 23-11 lead.

The scores:

First Game
CEBUANA LHUILLIER 58—Romeo 12, Manuel 8, Cruz 8, Celada 6, Mangahas 6, Atkins 6, Llagas 4, Hayes 4, Almazan 2, Alas 2, Reyes 0, Jeffries 0.
COBRA ENERGY DRINK 47—Noble 10, Zablan 8, Sumido 7, Enguio 6, Casajeros 4, Belorio 4, Cortes 3, Nimes 2, Stevens 2, Cubo 2, Santos 0, Alas 0.
Quarters: 11-8, 29-20, 45-31, 58-47

Second Game
BORACAY RHUM 65—Khobotin 19, Sabellina 8, Baloran 8, Hermosisima 5, Cornejo 5, Terso 5, Eguilos 5, Siruma 4, De Guzman 2, Abaya 2, Rosopa 2, Bandaying 0, Morial 0, Espiritu 0.
CAFE FRANCE 46—Viernes 14, Parala 11, Dumapig 6, Montilla 4, Bulangis 3, Magbitang 2, Guillen 2, Antipuesto Mabayo 2, Alquisalas 0, Lamosa 0, Beldad 0, Jasmin 0, Abundo 0.
Quarters: 21-12, 34-22, 54-33, 65-46

Joescoundrel
11-03-2011, 09:14 AM
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Gems, Superchargers target PBA D-League top spot

Cebuana Lhuillier and Big Chill look to sustain their stellar forms when they clash with separate rivals Thursday in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the Trinity University of Asia Gym in Quezon City.

The Gems square off with newcomer Dub Unlimited in the second game at 4 p.m., after the Superchargers tangle with the debuting RnW Pacific Pipes.

Victories by the Gems and Superchargers will put them in a share of top spot with Blackwater Elite.

Cebuana Lhuillier debuted in style last Thursday, trouncing Cobra Energy Drink, 58-47, while the Superchargers, brandishing better teamwork, overcame the Ironmen, 82-76.

RnW Pacific Pipes coach Topex Robinson, who steered San Sebastian to a second-place finish in the NCAA basketball tournament, said he expects his chargers to struggle in their debut.

“Big Chill is a strong team with an intact lineup,” Robinson said of the Superchargers, who will be powered by Jewel Ponferrada and Alex Mallari.

With its lineup boasting former pros and collegiate hotshot Jeric Teng, Dub Unlimited has the tools to pull off an upset against the Gems, who will be led by Letran’s Kevin Alas and Far Eastern U’s Terrence Romeo.

The Wheelers bowed to the Elite, 62-78, in their first game, but Gems coach Luigi Trillo said that loss doesn’t reflect the true strength of their lineup.

“I expect them to come out stronger than the game Blackwater,” said Trillo.

The Gems needed a strong defensive effort to hold off the Ironmen as their offense sputtered. Trillo said he would need more of the same defensive effort against a team that has former pro Bambam Gamalinda and big men Raymund Aguilar and Roel Hugnatan.

Joescoundrel
11-04-2011, 07:19 AM
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Gems, Superchargers down D-League foes

Cebuana Lhuillier turned its game around in the second half to roll past newcomer Dub Unlimited, 85-72, and grab a share of the lead in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Thursday at the Trinity University of Asia gym.

Big Chill also joined the Gems and idle Blackwater for top spot at 2-0 after cruising past RnW Pacific Pipes, 70-48, earlier.

The Gems held the Wheelers to just a bucket during a five-minute stretch in the third period and built a 55-41 lead after trailing, 32-35.

The Superchargers roared to a 56-33 spread, also in the third quarter, as Raffy Reyes knocked in 11 of his game-high 17 points while joining forces with Thomas Tan.

Kevin Alas, playing his final game in the league this year, topscored with 14 for the Gems.

Alas is set to leave for a two-month training with the semi-pro Los Angeles Slam in the American Basketball Association.

“Their strength is their bigs and they did a good job trapping our guards,” Gems coach Luigi Trillo said of the Wheelers’ strong start.

Pacific Pipes, which played minus head coach Topex Robinson, dropped its kickoff game, while Dub Unlimited absorbed its second straight setback.

Robinson missed the match to join the Alaska Aces, where he is an assistant coach, for a Cebu game in the PBA.

The scores:

First Game
BIG CHILL 70—Reyes 17, Collado 11, Mallari 11, Tan 9, Ponferada 8, Dizon 8, Glorioso 4, Custodio 2, Maconocido 0, Mangahas 0, Galinato 0, Morillo 0.
PACIFIC PIPES 48—Racal 10, Viray 7, Dela Cruz 7, Ilagan 5, Importante 5, Marquez 5, Zulueta 4, Del Rio 3, Antonio 2.
Quarters: 17-7, 30-21, 56-33, 70-48

Second Game
CEBUANA LHUILLIER 85—Alas 14, Romeo 13, Manuel 13, Mangahas 10, Reyes 10, Jeffries 8, Hayes 7, Cruz 6, Celeda 4, Almazan 0, Atkins 0, Excimiano 0.
DUB UNLIMITED 72—Aguilar 14, Gomez 13, Teng 10, Gamalinda 10, Zamar 8, Pascual 8, Leynes 5, Melegrito 2, Wong 2, Hugnatan 0, Bolos 0, Tapang 0.
Quarters: 20-21, 32-35, 62-50, 85-72

Joescoundrel
11-07-2011, 10:39 AM
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Pre-tourney fave NLEX opens bid vs PC Gilmore

NLEX loaded its lineup with more amateur stars, but coach Boyet Fernandez said team chemistry is still in the works as his Road Warriors start their title defense in the PBA D-League Monday.

The Road Warriors, who shored up their backcourt with three collegiate standouts, kick off their campaign in the Aspirants’ Cup versus PC Gilmore at 2 p.m. at the Adamson gym.

“It’s how we will play that worries me,” said Fernandez. “Lucky for us, it’s a long tournament and we still have time to work on our chemistry.”

Freego Jeans, meanwhile, aims to follow up on its big opening-day win against Boracay Rhum in the second game at 4 p.m.

Fernandez said preparation has been tough for the Road Warriors, who loaned five of their players to the Sinag Pilipinas team that will compete in the Southeast Asian Games in Jakarta next week.

“I can’t even have a full scrimmage during practice because I’m saving the legs of my players who are practicing with the national team,” said Fernandez.

New recruits RR Garcia, the former UAAP MVP and Far Eastern U star, Ateneo’s Emman Monfort and San Beda’s Garvo Lanete have been dividing their time between NLEX and the national team along with Filipino-Americans Clifford Hodge and Chris Ellis.

“[Our first game] will be a big test for our team, but we’ll be ready,” said Fernandez.

PC Gilmore, which absorbed a 52-85 drubbing from Freego last week, expects another tough outing against the title-favorite Road Warriors.

“NLEX has an all-star lineup and it would take a great effort for us to beat them,” said Wizards team consultant Richard del Rosario.

The Wizards, now mentored by Art dela Cruz, are banking on Mark Acosta, Eric Agas, Jet Vidal and Mark Sarangay.

Del Rosario said the Wizards again need to deal with the absence of Filipino-Americans Kelly Nabong and Alfred Mandani, who are still waiting for the release of pertinent documents from the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID).

Joescoundrel
11-08-2011, 09:17 AM
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NLEX opens defense, routs vs PC Gilmore

NLEX, drawing 16 points from RR Garcia, blasted PC Gilmore, 85-61, yesterday to kick off its drive for a second straight crown in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the Adamson U gym.

The Road Warriors, winners of the inaugural Foundation Cup, made short work of their rivals, dominating practically every department with their size, agility and aggressiveness.

In the other game, Lester Alvarez hit a triple with 52 seconds remaining as Freego Jeans held off a late charge by Boracay Rum to fashion out a 58-48 decision.

Alvarez finished with 18 and his trey against Maclean Sabelina gave a Freego Jeans a 55-48, cushion and a share of the lead with Blackwater, Cebuana Lhuillier and Big Chill with 2-0 slates.

“We struggled down the stretch. But it’s still a good win for us,” said Freego Jeans coach Leo Austria.

Boracay Rum dropped to 1-2.

NLEX pulled away right in the opening period as Garcia, last year’s UAAP MVP, and Woody Co picked up their offensive rhythm early.

“A nice win for us but we still lack chemistry,” said NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez.

“(PC Gilmore) is a strong team. I’m sure they’ll be competitive as soon as they get their Fil-Ams in the line-up,” said Fernandez.

It was the second straight blowout loss for the Wizards, still hopeful to suit up Fil-Ams Kelly Nabong, AJ Mandani and Rome dela Rosa.

The trio watched helplessly from the sidelines as they await their certificates of recognition from the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation to be able to play in the fledgling league.

Calvin Abueva added 14 points and Garbo Lanete shot 12 points for NLEX, which built a 27-13 lead after one quarter and coasted the rest of the way.

Joescoundrel
11-10-2011, 07:43 AM
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Blackwater stakes PBA D-League lead versus Freego

Blackwater seeks to solidify its hold of top spot when it tackles Freego Jeans Thursday in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Arellano Gym.

Seeking to sustain their brilliant forms, the Elite gun for a fourth straight victory against Freego at 4 p.m.

Cebuana Lhuillier shoots for its third straight victory at 2 p.m. against RnW Pacific Pipes.

The Gems are tied for second with Big Chill and Freego Jeans with identical 2-0 records.
Blackwater coach Leo Isaac considers the game against unbeaten Freego as the toughest test yet for his young squad.

The core of Freego’s lineup is composed of players from Adamson U, also coached by Leo Austria.

“This is a huge game for us,” said Isaac. “Freego Jeans is a team that plays aggressive and with a lot of energy. They work well under coach Leo’s system.”

Freego is coming off a 58-48 conquest of Boracay Rum behind the solid play of point guard Lester Alvarez.

Joescoundrel
11-14-2011, 09:49 AM
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Big Chill seeks share of PBA D-League top spot

Big Chill coach Arsenio Dysangco doesn’t expect an easy time against newcomer Dub Unlimited when his Superchargers go for a share of the lead in the PBA D-League Monday.

Dysangco said his boys need to be extra sharp in their 4 p.m. encounter to secure a third win in the Aspirants’ Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

“They beat us in our preseason game,” Dysangco said of the Wheelers, who remain winless in three outings.

“They are a very dangerous team that has been consistently improving every game.”

RnW Pacific Pipes takes on another winless squad in Café France at 2 p.m.

Although underrated, the Superchargers have been effective behind Raffy Reyes, Jewel Ponferrada, Jessie Collado and Alex Mallari.

Another triumph will put the Superchargers on top with idle Cebuana Lhuillier and Freego Jeans at 3-0.

The Wheelers, admittedly still working on their cohesion, hope to recover from a heartbreaking 78-77 setback against the Steelers last week.

University of Santo Tomas star Jeric Teng leads a potentially strong Dub crew that also includes University of the East standout Paul Zamar, Raymond Aguilar and Mar Villahermosa.

The Steelers, meanwhile, hope to stay in the upper half of the standings when they shoot for a second victory in four games with Kevin Racal and Jim Viray at the helm.

The top two teams at the end of the single-round elimination will earn outright semifinal berths, while the third to sixth placers will advance to the quarterfinals.

Joescoundrel
11-15-2011, 08:46 AM
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Big Chill nips DUB, gains share of lead

Jessie Collado completed a three-point play with 15.3 seconds left as Big Chill turned back an upset-conscious DUB Unlimited, 62-61, to gain a share of the lead in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the Ynares Arena in Pasig City yesterday.

Alex Mallari and Collado each scored 13 points apiece to show the way for the SuperChargers, who notched their third consecutive win to tie Cebuana Lhuillier and Freego Jeans in the lead.

The loss was fourth straight for the hardluck Wheelers, who took a 57-51 lead with a little over four minutes to play but cracked down the stretch.

Earlier, Jordan Sanvictores came off the bench to fire eight points in the last 2:42 as RnW Pacific Pipes rallied to beat Café France, 80-76.

The 6-6 Sanvictores’ endgame heroics capped the Steel Masters’ fightback from 15 points down early in the period as they evened their card at 2-2. Sanvictores finished with 17 points.

“The guys didn’t give up. We just keep battling and made the stops in the end,” said RnW Pacific Pipes coach Topex Robinson.

Fil-Am Virgil Buensuceso debuted with 19 points to show the way for the Steel Masters, who struggled and trailed for three quarters but outscored the Bakers, 29-13, in the final period to turn the game around.

The Bakers sat on a 69-54 cushion on two free throws by Mac Montilla with 8:36 left in the contest but made just 28 percent (5-of-18) of their shots in the fourth while committing seven turnovers.

Montilla and Jeff Viernes each hit 22 points but combined for just seven in the fourth as Café France tumbled to its third straight loss.

Joescoundrel
11-16-2011, 08:07 AM
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Freego upends Cebuana

Eric Camson pumped in all his 14 points in the second half and Austin Manyara also shone in the clutch as Freego Jeans stunned Cebuana Lhuillier, 71-66, to claim the solo lead in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Tuesday at the JRU gym.

The Jeans Makers, who nearly blew a 12-point cushion, 60-48, in the final seven minutes, streaked to their fourth straight victory while pinning a first loss on the Gems.

Manyara, a Kenyan center from Adamson, buried four points to push the Jeans Makers ahead at 66-64, with just 75 seconds left after the Gems rallied behind Vic Manuel and Terrence Romeo.

“I’m happy to see my players perform in this kind of game,” said Freego coach Leo Austria.

Earlier, Erwin Cornejo fueled Boracay Rum’s strong start and the Waves went on to rout the Cobra Energy Drink, 70-56.

Cornejo fired 12 of his game-high 16 points in the first half to give the Waves a 35-22 lead at the half.

The scores:

First Game

BORACAY RUM 70—Cornejo 16, Siruma 12, Sabellina 11, Khobuntin 11, Bandaying 8, Abaya 5, Hermosisima 3, Eguilos 2, Baloran 2, Morial 0, Terso 0, De Guzman 0.

COBRA ENERGY DRINK 56—Nimes 11, Zablan 9, Cubo 6, Cortez 6, Enguio 4, Alas 4, Noble 3, Casajeros 3, Flores 3, Stevens 3, Duran 2, Santos 2, Ko 0, Belorio 0.

Quarters: 23-9, 35-22, 57-40, 70-56

Second Game

FREEGO JEANS 71—Camson 14, Manyara 12, Austria 11, Lopez 8, Sumalinog 8, Lozada 5, Elinon 5, Alvarez 5, Brondial 2, Cañada 1, Apinan 0, Rios 0.

CEBUANA LHUILLIER 66—Manuel 21, Romeo 13, Llagas 12, Alas 11, Celada 5, Cruz 2, Reyes 2, Mangahas 0, Hayes 0, Almazan 0, Excimiano 0, Jeffries 0.

Quarters: 11-18, 29-29, 54-46, 71-66

Joescoundrel
11-17-2011, 10:11 AM
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RnW Steel Masters seek win No. 3

RnW Pacific Pipes seeks back-to-back victories for the first time in the tournament when it tangles with winless PC Gilmore in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Far Eastern University Gym in Manila Thursday.

Sporting an even 2-2 slate, the Steel Masters shoot for solo sixth spot in the 4 p.m. duel with the Wizards, who have lost their first two games in the tournament.

Cobra Energy Drink and Café France collide at 2 p.m. in a clash of winless teams.

The Ironmen again fell short Tuesday, absorbing a 56-70 loss to Boracay Rum at the JRU Gym.

But there were plenty of encouraging signs for coach Lawrence Chongson’s wards as they continued to draw a superb effort from Mapua hotshot Josan Nimes.

The Steel Masters are coming off an 80-76 victory over Café France Monday that allowed RnW to tie Boracay Rum.

RnW coach Topex Robinson marveled at his squad’s performance in the final period, where the Steel Masters rallied from 12 points down to snatch the win.

The Steel Masters will pin their hopes on the Filipino-American duo of JR Buensuceso, a 5-foot-9 guard, and Jordan Sanvictores.

Buensuceso had 19 points, seven assists and four steals in their last match.

Joescoundrel
11-18-2011, 07:15 AM
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Cafe France Bakers finally taste victory

Cafe France fought back from 18 points down to repulse Cobra Energy Drink, 78-73, Thursday for a breakthrough win in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Far Eastern U Gym.

The Bakers used a solid defensive stand in the second half while getting clutch baskets from Mac Montilla to hold off the Ironmen for their first win in four games.

It was actually just the Bakers’ second victory in two conferences in the D-League.

“The boys finally learned how to win because the last time we were just happy to lead by 15 points,” said Café France coach Edgar Macaraya.

RnW Pacific Pipes notched back-to-back wins for the first time in the tournament after overpowering PC Gilmore, 59-48, in the second game.

The Steel Masters drew 12 points from Franz Delgado and 10 markers from Raymund Ilagan as they improved to 3-2 for solo sixth spot.

PC Gilmore came within 30-36 early in the third period before baskets from Vergel Zulueta and Kevin Racal allowed the Steel Masters to pull away anew, 48-35.

The Wizards fell to their third straight loss, while the Ironmen remained winless in four games.

The Bakers held the Ironmen to 10-of-40 shooting in the second half that enabled them to recover after an early 6-24 deficit.

The scores:

First Game
CAFÉ FRANCE 78—Montilla 21, Viernes 19, Guillen 8, Lucernas 8, Antipuesto 8, Parala 6, Dumapig 4, Mabayo 2, Magbiutang 2, LAmosa 0, Abundo 0.
COBRA 73—Nimes 15, Belorio 9, Cubo 6, Stevens 6, Cortes 6, Flores 5, Alas 3, Noble 3, Casajeros 2, Santos 2, Ko 2, Zablan 0. Quarters: 16-30, 32-43, 58-59, 78-73

Second Game
RNW 59—Delgado 12, Ilagan 10, Sanvictorres 6, Racal 6, Del Rio 6, Viuray 4, Buensuceso 3, Miranda 3, Antonio 3, Zulueta 3, Maiquez 2, Dela Cruz 1, Imporatante 0.
PC GILMORE 48—Celiz 16, Acosta 10 , Sarangay 8, Mandani 5, Torres 5, Vidal 3, Taha 1, Nabong 0, Lim 0, Gacoco 0, Magat 0, Nuilan 0, Agas 0.
Quarters: 15-11, 34-23, 44-35, 59-48

Joescoundrel
11-21-2011, 11:16 AM
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Big Chill faces Café France, eyes PBA D-League lead

Big Chill tries to join idle Freego Jeans on top when it tangles with Café France Monday in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Trinity University of Asia gym.

Coach Arsenio Dysangco thinks his Super Chargers have more to show in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.

The Super Chargers and the Bakers collide at 2 p.m. with Dysangco confident that his boys have enough motivation to pull through.

“We still have a long way to go,” he said. “But playing for a place at the top with Freego, plus the fact that this is our best start, are certainly reasons enough to keep us hungry.”

Cebuana Lhuillier and Blackwater, both recent victims of Freego Jeans, tangle at 4 p.m.

The Gems and the Elite share third at 3-1 after absorbing their first loss in four matches against the Jeans Makers.

Coach Edgar Macaraya said he expects a better defensive effort from his Bakers, who rallied from 18-points down to trip Cobra, 78-73, for their first triumph in four games.

“Now they know how to win. Before they we were just happy to be able to lead,” said Macaraya, who’s banking on Mac Montilla and Jeff Viernes.

The Super Chargers, leaning on Jessie Collado and Alex Mallari, are also coming off a thrilling 62-61 escape over Dub Unlimited.

“It was a good test of character for us,” noted Dysangco.

Joescoundrel
11-23-2011, 09:24 AM
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Jeans Makers cruise to No. 5 over Iron Men

Eric Camson turned in a double-double job as Freego Jeans toppled Cobra Energy Drink, 61-54, in a highly physical duel to stretch its win run to five in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the Adamson University gym yesterday.

Camson, a 6-4 power forward, scored 14 points on six of 11 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds to power the Falcons-backed team to victory at home. He also had three assists and three shot blocks to cap his game-long brilliance.

The Jeans Makers broke away from a tight first half with a big run in the third, taking a 51-40 lead at the end of the period before thwarting a series of Cobra rallies in the fourth.

The Iron Men fell to 0-5.

Earlier, Boracay Rum came through with two key stops in the closing minute as it subdued RnW Pacific Pipes, 63-61, to move up to joint fourth.

Toting Bandaying scored 16 points while Jay Eguilos added 10 points and Maclean Sabelina hit nine markers and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Waves, who tied the Blackwater Elite at 3-2 for a crack at an outright semifinal berth.

Bandaying, who went 6 of 15 from the field, scored on a layup with 67 seconds to go to give Boracay the lead that held until the end as the Steel Masters faltered in the closing seconds.

“They really wanted to win. If we can stay focused all the time, we have a big chance to vie for the top 2,” said Boracay Rum assistant coach Ernesto Ballesteros, who called the shots for the second straight game in the absence of head coach Lawrence Tiongson.

Pacific Pipes actually had two chances to regain the lead in the last 74 seconds but made two costly turnovers – a 5-second inbound violation by guard Virgil Buensuceso after a timeout and a traveling violation by Jim Viray.

Jovit dela Cruz and King Importante each scored 10 points for the Pacific Pipes which fell to 3-3.

Joescoundrel
11-23-2011, 09:26 AM
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Hot Café France melts Big Chill

Mac Montilla and Jeff Viernes combined for 46 points as Café France shocked erstwhile unbeaten Big Chill, 71-61, in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Trinity University of Asia gym yesterday.

Montilla waxed hot in the third period, hitting 12 of his 25 points, including three triples, as the Bakers turned a 33-37 halftime deficit to a 54-49 lead at the end of the third period.

The win snapped Big Chill’s three-game run, frustrating the Super Chargers from joining the Freego Jeans Makers in the lead.

In the other game, Cebuana Lhuillier routed Blackwater, 73-52, to improve to 4-1.

Kevis Alas scored 18 points, including 11 straight in the first quarter as the Gems opened a 15-3 lead never looked back the rest of the way.

Vic Manuel, Jai Reyes and Terrence Romeo backed up Alas with 12 points apiece.

The loss was the second straight for Blackwater, which fell to fourth place with a 3-2 card.

Isiah Ciriacruz scored 21 points and Neil Pascual added 10 for the Elite which pulled within, 41-47, late in the third but came up short.

Joescoundrel
11-25-2011, 09:37 AM
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Big Chill edges NLEX; DUB halts Freego run

Big Chill pounced on NLEX’s endgame miscue to snatch a shock 85-83 win while DUB Unlimited snapped a five-game skid by beating erstwhile unbeaten but exhausted Freego Jeans, 78-62, in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the Trinity University of Asia gym yesterday.

Charles Jensen scored 21 points while Raffy Reyes, Elliot Tan, Jerry Glorioso and Raymond Maconocido combined for 40 points for the Super Chargers, who cashed in on an errant pass by NLEX forward Dave Marcelo in the closing seconds to complete the victory.

“The players deserved this win. They worked hard and sacrificed a lot for this game. NLEX is a tough team and beating the champions was our motivation,” said Big Chill coach Arsenio Dysangco.

The win kept the Super Chargers in joint second with the Cebuana Lhuillier Gems at 4-1.

Down by one point with 11.9 seconds to play, NLEX had a chance to steal victory. After a time out, the Road Warriors went to Marcelo, who found Cliff Hodge wide open in the lane.

But his pass went too low for that crucial turnover.

It was a tough loss for NLEX, the Foundation’s Cup champions, which battled the Big Chill to 12 deadlocks and 17 turnovers despite the absence of Calvin Abueva, Ian Sanggalang and Roanld Pascual, who opted to play for their school team (San Sebastian College) in the PCCL.

The Wheelers, on the other hand, took control by scoring the last eight points of the second quarter for a 30-27 halftime lead and continued to dominate the Jeans Makers in the second half to nail their first win after losing their first four matches.

Marlon Gomez scored 19 points and Jake Pascual had 11 rebounds for DUB Unlimited, which shot 51 percent to Freego Jeans’ 35 percent.

The rigors of playing two games in a day took their toll on the Jeans Makers, the majority played for Adamson in the Philippine Collegiate Championship League early in the afternoon.

Roider Cabrera scored 12 points and Raymond Austria added 11 for Freego Jeans, who dropped to 1-5.

Joescoundrel
11-28-2011, 09:19 AM
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Big Chill, Cebuana Lhuillier clash for D-League top spot

Big Chill and Cebuana Lhuillier seek a share of top spot when they square off Monday in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the Far Eastern U Gym.

Sporting identical 4-1 records, the Superchargers and the Gems look to join pacesetter Freego Jeans on top in their 4 p.m. encounter.

Big Chill is coming off an 85-83 triumph over defending champion NLEX last Thursday in a resounding response to their 61-71 loss to Cafe France.

The Road Warriors try to bounce back against cellar dweller Cobra Energy Drink in the first game at 2 p.m.
Scenario

Only six teams will advance after the single round elimination with the top two teams earning outright spots to the semifinals.

The third and fourth-placed teams will be armed with a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.

Big Chill coach Arsenio Dysangco believes the game against Gems could be their toughest game yet in the tournament.

“Cebuana Lhuillier remains one of the teams to beat,” said Dysangco. “If we play hard and with a lot of intensity I believe we will be in for
another close game.”

The Gems pose plenty of matchup problems for the Superchargers with their solid backcourt combination of Jai Reyes and Terrence Romeo.

Cebuana Lhuillier coach Luigi Trillo said the Super Chargers are playing at a very high level.

“People also don’t realize that this is a team with a lot of veterans,” Trillo said referring to Big Chill guard Raffy Reyes, forward June Dizon and center Jewel Ponferada.

Joescoundrel
11-29-2011, 07:11 AM
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Gems scuttle Superchargers, regain lead; NLEX up

A third-quarter burst got Cebuana Lhuillier rolling and the Gems went on to drub Big Chill, 81-65, Monday and regain top spot in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the Far Eastern University gym.

Vic Manuel, the former PBL MVP, finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds for the Gems, who pulled away from a 32-32 deadlock by outscoring the Superchargers, 26-14, after the break.

Terrence Romeo and Pari Llagas chipped in 14 points each to help the Gems join idle Freego Jeans for the lead at 5-1.

Also playing his best game yet with NLEX, Chris Ellis pumped in 21 points to power the Road Warriors past Cobra Energy Drink with the same winning score of 81-65 in the first game.

The defending champions, who rebounded from their first loss against Big Chill last week, improved to 2-1.

Gems coach Luigi Trillo commended his wards for keeping their cool despite the physical match that saw Big Chill big man Jewel Ponferada getting ejected in the second half.

“Our guards control the game and that’s the key in our system,” said Trillo. “We also didn’t lose focus when the game became physical.”

Big Chill absorbed its second loss in six games to slip to third place.

Although the Road Warriors cruised through most of the game, coach Boyet Fernandez said they didn’t play in sync even with San Sebastian stars Calvin Abueva, Ronald Pascual and Ian Sangalang back on board.

The Road Warriors took their first loss last week minus the San Sebastian trio, who suited up for their school in a collegiate tournament.

“Our defense is bad and our execution is questionable,” said Fernandez. “Some of our players haven’t focused on our system [due to schedule conflicts] with school teams.”

The scores:
First Game
NLEX 81—Ellis 21, Garcia 10, Pascual 9, Hodge 9, Monfort 8, Sangalang 7, Abueva 7, Co 7, Dehesa 3, Marcelo 0, Belencion 0.
COBRA 65—Nimes 21, Sumido 15, Noble 12, Ko 6, Flores 4, Casajeros 3, Duran 2, Tagarda 0, Stevens 0, Zablan 0.
Quarters: 22-14, 36-30, 54-43, 81-65

Second Game
CEBUANA LHUILLIER 81—Manuel 18, Romeo 14, Llagas 14, Hayes 7, Jeffries 6, Mangahas 6, Reyes 5, Celada 5, Cruz 4, Eximiniano 2, Atkins 0.
BIG CHILL 65—Jensen 13, Maconocido 10, Collado 7, Reyes 6, Custodio 6, Ponferada 5, Dizon 5, Santos 4, Tan 4, Mangahas 3, Glorioso 2, Galinato 0.
Quarters: 17-19; 32-32; 58-46, 81-65

Joescoundrel
11-30-2011, 07:15 AM
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Chito Salud bans hot-headed NLEX five official

A team official of the defending champion NLEX Road Warriors has been banned from the PBA D-League for “grave misconduct” and “serious unsportsmanlike behavior” in a game last week.

PBA commissioner Chito Salud banished NLEX liaison officer Arnel Angeles from the pro league’s farm tournament Tuesday for entering the court and kicking Big Chill player Raymond Maconocido on the head during an on-court scuffle.

“His behavior has no place in our league, let alone in sports,” Salud said in a statement. “It was absolutely unacceptable as he was not part of the apparent scuffle at all.”

Salud had reviewed the tape of the heated match where the Super Chargers stunned the Road Warriors, 85-83, last Thursday.

The incident occurred with 6:13 minutes left in the third period where Angeles was seen on tape entering the court and kicking Maconocido as players from both teams battled for the loose ball.

Angeles had also been summoned to the commissioner’s office.

Boasting a star-studded lineup, NLEX has only played three games after loaning several players to the national team in the Southeast Asian Games.

The Road Warriors, who are vying for back-to-back crowns, stand at 2-1 behind league-leaders Freego Jeans and Cebuana Lhuillier (5-1), Big Chill (4-2), Boracay Rum and Blackwater (3-2).

Joescoundrel
12-02-2011, 10:46 AM
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Freego, Cebuana keep top slots

Freego Jeans and Cebuana Lhuillier got away with contrasting victories to keep a shared hold of the top spot in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Thursday at the Adamson gym.

Rebounding from their first loss, the Jeans Makers made sure to stay in full control on the way to a 78-46 drubbing of Big Chill for their sixth victory in seven outings.

The Gems, meanwhile, took advantage of PC Gilmore’s end-game miscues to rally to a 76-67 triumph in the first game.

Vic Manuel buried 18 points while the backcourt duo of Terrence Romeo and Jai Reyes—who knocked in two key triples in the decisive rally—combined for 33 markers.

“Jai and Terrence are the smallest guys on the court but they have the biggest hearts,” said coach Luigi Trillo after the Gems also improved to 6-1. “They made my job easy in the last five minutes.”

Janus Lozada had 20 points and Jerick Cañada drilled 15 for the Jeans Makers, who outrebounded the Super Chargers, 60-32.

“I think this win assures us a spot in the top four,” said Freego coach Leo Austria. “But if we beat NLEX on Dec. 13 that would ensure us an outright spot in the semifinal.”

Only the top two teams at the end of the single-round eliminations will secure an automatic Final Four berth.

PC Gilmore looked headed to its first victory in four games, after moving ahead, 65-60, on a Robby Celiz drive with just three minutes to go.

But errors doomed the Wizards, who committed nine of their 20 turnovers in the fourth quarter.

The Super Chargers, meanwhile, dropped to their third loss in seven games.

The scores:

First Game
CEBUANA LHUILLIER 76—Manuel 18, Romeo 17, Reyes 16, Cruz 10, Hayes 5, Llagas 3, Celada 3, Jeffries 2, Exciminiano 2,Atkins 0, Mangahas 0.
PC GILMORE 67—Celiz 15, Vidal 11, Cagoco 9, Acosta 8, Mandani 7, Foronda 7, Agas 6, Sarangay 4, Sorela 0, Nuilan 0, Lim 0.
Quarters: 16-18, 32-20, 50-53, 76-67

Second Game
FREEGO JEANS 78—Lozada 20, Cañada 15, Austria 9, Manyara 9, Sumalinog 8, Cabrera 5, Brondial 5, Apinan 4, Camson 2, Lopez 1, Alvarez 0, Elinon 0, Rios 0.
BIG CHILL 46—Mallari 14, Reyes 8, Collado 6, Custodio 5, Jensen 4, Morillo 4, Dizon 3,Ponferada 2, Mangahas 0, Tan 0, Maconocido 0, Santos 0.
Quarters: 18-7, 40-22, 51-32, 78-46

Joescoundrel
12-06-2011, 08:40 AM
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Road Warriors repel Blackwater 5

RR Garcia and Cliff Hodge combined in the clutch as NLEX hacked out a come-from-behind 75-73 victory over Blackwater in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the Trinity University of Asia gym yesterday.

Garcia and Hodge scored all but two of their team’s last 24 points as the Road Warriors wiped out a 51-61 deficit in the last 5:47 to nail their third victory in four games. Garcia buried three triples in four-of-six shooting while Hodge went five-of-five, including a trey.

“The players deserved the win. They didn’t give up even when things didn’t look good,” said NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez.

The loss was Blackwater’s third straight after sweeping its first three games.

The Elite battled back from a 13-point deficit, 34-47, in the third period, led by 10 on a basket by Chris Camus with 6:16 to play but faltered on both ends the rest of the way.

Ronald Pascual, Calvin Abueva, Ian Sanggalang (San Sebastian) and Dave Marcelo played for three quarters but hurriedly left at the start of the fourth quarter to play for their respective school teams in the Philippine Collegiate Championship League.

Hodge and Garcia, however, got the job done with the former firing 23 points and hauling down nine rebounds and the latter finishing with 18 points, five assists and one steal.

In the second game, Stephen Siruma made two free throws with 4.9 seconds left as Boracay Rum booked its third straight win via a 72-68 decision over DUB Unlimited.

Maclean Sabelina scored 16 points and Glenn Khobuntin added 12 for the Waves, who improved to 4-2 to stay in the race for an outright semifinal berth.

Marlon Gomez scored 12 points and had 11 rebounds for DUB Unlimited which fell to 1-5.

Joescoundrel
12-07-2011, 07:04 AM
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Boracay sets sights on streak, No. 1 spot

Boracay Rum tries to sustain its steady climb against skidding Big Chill in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Wednesday at the San Juan Gym.

Now running third, the Waves go for a fifth victory in the 4 p.m. duel which coach Lawrence Chongson said will be crucial in their bid to go all the way to the top spot.

“We have a long way to go but we’ll really do our best to get five straight wins,” said Chongson. “We want to be No. 1.”

The Waves hold a 4-2 record behind Freego Jeans and Cebuana Lhuillier, which share the top spot at 6-1.

RnW Pacific Pipes also shoot for a fourth triumph against the winless Cobra Energy Drink at 2 p.m.

Led by Glenn Khobuntin and Maclean Sabelina, the Waves turned back Dub Unlimited, 72-68, for their third win in a row.

“We’re treating this as a do-or-die week for us,” said Chongson. “We are not yet safely inside the top six so we’ve got our work cut out for us.”

Only the top two teams at the end of the eliminations will earn outright semifinal berths, while the rest slug it out in the quarterfinals.

Joescoundrel
12-08-2011, 01:37 PM
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Pacific Pipes, Big Chill clobber rivals

Jim Viray made his final game with RnW Pacific Pipes a memorable one.

Finding his rhythm in the second half, Viray pumped in 23 points to lead the Steel Masters to a runaway 74-59 victory over the Cobra Energy Drink Ironmen Tuesday in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the San Juan Arena.

The former San Sebastian Stag, who is set to leave for Australia for personal reasons, buried six triples and a key three-point play in the last two quarters to power the Steel Masters, who stayed in the hunt for a playoff berth by improving to 4-3.

“It’s a fitting tribute game for Jim (Viray),” said RnW coach Topex Robinson, whose squad broke away in the second quarter by outscoring Cobra, 26-9.

Later, Big Chill snapped Boracay Rum’s three-game winning run with an 85-75 drubbing.

Jopher Custodio fired 28 points, including six in the last 48 seconds as the Super Chargers rallied from 10 points down in the final seven minutes to claim their fifth win in eight outings.

It was a resounding comeback for the Super Chargers, who lost 46-78 to Freego Jeans last Thursday.

“We really wanted to bounce back from this game,” said Big Chill coach Arsenio Dysangco. “Its a good thing guys like Jopher (Custodio) and Jerry (Glorioso) stepped up.”

The scores:

First Game
PACIFIC PIPES 74—Viray 23, Ilagan 14, Buensuceso 11, Zulueta 6, Racal 5, Delgado 4, Dela Cruz 3, Sanvictores 2, Importante 2, Miranda 2, Maiquez 2, Antonio 0.
COBRA 59—Cortes 16, Enguio 16, Noble 14, Cubo 4, Sumido 3, Stevens 3, Casajeros 2, Nimes 1, Zablan 0,Flores 0, Tagarda 0.
Quarters: 14-15, 36-24, 57-46, 74-59

Second Game
BIG CHILL 85—Custodio 28, Collado 14, Glorioso 13, Reyes 8, Jensen 8, Galinato 4, Maconocido 4, Dizon 2, Tan 2, Santos 2, Mallari 0.
BORACAY RUM 75—Sabellina 25, Bandaying 15, Khobuntin 13, Baloran 4, Eguilos 4, Siruma 4, Morial 2, Abaya 1, Terso 1, Rosopa 0, De Guzman 0, Cornejo 0.
Quarters: 20-20, 40-33, 57-64, 85-75

Joescoundrel
12-13-2011, 08:34 AM
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Cebuana Gems repulse Boracay 5 for solo lead

Vic Manuel scored 12 of his 19 points in the third quarter as Cebuana Lhuillier smothered Boracay Rum, 76-63, to wrest the solo lead and close in on an outright semifinal berth in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the San Juan gym yesterday.

It was the Gems’ fourth straight win and seventh in eight games overall as they got past the Freego Jeans Makers, who dropped to second with a 6-1 mark.

The Gems actually trailed, 29-33, at halftime but outscored the Waves, 30-15, in the third as Manuel took over.

“We were out-rebounded in the first half but we settled in the second half allowing us to control the game and dominate the offensive board and get down on defense quickly,” Cebuana Lhuillier coach Luigi Trillo said.

But he opted to downplay the team’s Final Four chances.

“We still have to take care of business (against Café France on Thursday) then see what happens in our game against NLEX on Jan. 12,” he said.

Terrence Romeo scored 24 points to lead the Gems while Jai Reyes tallied double-double figures with 14 points and 10 assists.

Joescoundrel
12-14-2011, 02:26 PM
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NLEX topples Freego, joins race for Final 4

Cliff Hodge took charge in the second half as NLEX blasted Freego Jeans, 76-59, yesterday and turned the battle for the two outright semifinal berths into a three-cornered fight in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the San Juan gym.

Hodge scored 17 of his game-high 24 points in the last two quarters as the Road Warriors broke away from a tight contest en route to a runaway victory, their fifth against one loss.

NLEX remained in third behind Cebuana Lhuillier’s pacesetting 7-1 card and Freego Jean’s 6-2 mark. But the victory kept the Foundation Cup champions on track for an automatic semis berth.

“We prepared hard for this game. Freego is playing well as team and we want to make a statement,” said NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez.

The Road Warriors shot 50 percent from the field as compared to Freego’s 34 percent shooting. NLEX also beat Freego Jeans of the boards, 45-35, and dished out 30 assists against its rival’s 11.

Calvin Abueva tallied 14 points and Chris Ellis made seven assists for NLEX, which held Freego to 3-of-13 shooting in the fourth period.

Lester Alvarez scored 18 points and Eric Camson added 17 for the Jeans Makers, who lost guard Jerrick Canada, who signed with an Indonesian team that will play in the Asian Basketball League.

Earlier, Cobra Energy Drink finally snapped a seven-game skid as it nipped DUB Unlimited, 62-60.

Robby Zablan hit two free throws in the last 9.4 seconds as the Iron Men held on to clinch the elusive win.

The Wheelers actually had a chance to force overtime or steal the victory but the Iron Men shackled Raymond Aguilar and Jeric Teng as time expired.

“It‘s a good feeling. We’re just fortunate they (Wheelers) made a lot of turnovers in the stretch and we capitalized on that,” said Cobra coach Jerry Codiñera.

Joescoundrel
01-04-2012, 08:07 AM
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NLEX Road Warriors roll back Waves, move closer to semis

The NLEX Road Warriors stayed on course for an outright semifinal berth as they demolished the Boracay Rum Waves, 77-54, yesterday at resumption of action in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at The Arena in San Juan.

Chris Ellis scored 12 points while Dave Marcelo and Calvin Abueva tallied 10 markers apiece for the Road Warriors, who broke away from a tight first-quarter duel, 14-13, with a sleek running game to pull away, 37-21.

The win was NLEX’s fifth straight as it improved to 6-1 for solo second behind frontrunning Cebuana Lhuillier (8-1).

After shaking off the rust of a long layoff, the Road Warriors ran roughshod over the Waves in the second period, 23-7, to build double-digit spreads then turned the match into a virtual shooting clinic in the second half.

“We went back to work last Dec. 26. It marked the first time that we practiced as a team. I’m happy the guys stayed in game shape,” said NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez.

Joescoundrel
01-05-2012, 07:58 AM
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NLEX shoots for playoff berth vs RnW

A resurgent NLEX squad guns for a playoff for the second automatic semifinal berth when it tangles with RnW Pacific Pipes Thursday even as PC Gilmore tries to sustain its drive for a place in the postseason in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Meralco Gym.

The Road Warriors, coming off a 77-54 conquest of Boracay Rum last Tuesday, seek their sixth straight victory and their seventh overall in eight games at 2 p.m. against the Steel Masters, who are in the thick of the fight for a twice-to-beat bonus in the quarterfinals.

While the Road Warriors all but wrapped up their spot in the quarterfinals and are within reach of the last four, the Wizards are barely clinging to slim hopes of surviving the elimination round.

They face another stern test against a well-rested Blackwater squad in the 12 noon first game. With a 3-5 record, the Wizards need to sweep their remaining three games to stand at least a chance of forcing a playoff for a quarterfinal spot.

It’s an uphill climb, but PC Gilmore coach Art Dela Cruz feels his team is capable of pulling it off.
PC Gilmore is coming off an 84-75 win against Dub Unlimited on Tuesday—a confidence-building win as far as Dela Cruz is concerned.

“Our goal is to sweep our remaining games,” said Dela Cruz, a rookie coach, who was a hard-nosed defender during his playing days. “We had our regular practice even during the holidays. We worked on our chemistry. Hopefully our hard work will pay off.”

The Elite also need the victory to keep them in the hunt for a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals. They have not played since Dec. 5, but coach Leo Isaac was quick to dismiss that his players would come out rusty during the game.

“Our motivation is that we know what we can achieve not only in our game against PC Gilmore, but also in our remaining games in the eliminations,” said Isaac, whose squad suffered three straight defeats after a 3-0 start.”

Joescoundrel
01-06-2012, 10:48 AM
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NLEX wallops RnW; PC Gilmore scores

NLEX used a fiery start to repulse RnW Pacific Pipes, 106-76, Thursday for its sixth straight win in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Meralco Gym.

The Road Warriors turned to RR Garcia in pulling away early and improved to 7-1, assuring themselves of at least a playoff berth for an automatic semifinal berth.

PC Gilmore also got off to a blistering opening-quarter charge and overwhelmed Blackwater, 83-61, to stay in the fight for a quarterfinal berth.

Paolo Taha and Jett Vidal came through with 13 points each as the Wizards notched their fourth straight win after a woeful 0-5 start.

More than the convincing victory, PC Gilmore coach Art Dela Cruz said their run of victories have instilled a strong belief within the team that they can still make the playoffs.

“We strongly believe we’ll make the quarters,” said Dela Cruz. “But our job is not yet over. We have one more game to win.”

The Wizards’ playoff hopes will hinge on the outcome of their duel against fellow quarterfinal aspirant Boracay Rum (4-5).

Garcia nailed a triple that set off a 14-0 burst in the opening minutes, putting the Road Warriors in solid control against a Pacific Pipes squad still hoping to gain one of the two twice-to-beat incentives for the quarterfinals.

The Far Eastern U guard buried six of seven 3-point shots and finished with 22 points, while Garvo Lanete, Cliff Hodge, Ian Sangalang and Calvin Abueva dished out double-digit outputs for the Road Warriors.

The comfortable win failed to calm the nerves of NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez, who is looking forward to the Jan. 12 meeting against semifinalist Cebuana Lhuilier.

“Anything can still happen so we have to win against Cebuana next week,” said Fernandez.

With the loss, the Steel Masters, at 4-4, need to win their remaining two games to claim a quarterfinal berth.

Playing their first game in a month, the Elite were sluggish, allowing the Wizards to take a 21-8 lead behind the hot shooting of Taha and AJ Mandani.

The fourth straight loss of the Elite dropped them to 3-4, although they remain in quarterfinal contention.

Blackwater came within 27-34 on back-to-back treys by Joseph Marata in the third quarter, but the Wizards were up to the challenge, dropping eight unanswered points.

The scores:

First Game
PC GILMORE 83—Taha 13, Vidal 13, Nabong 10, Sarangay 9, Mandani 9, Cagoco 8, Celiz 7, Acosta 6, Foronda 4, Agas 4, Lim 0, Nuilan 0, Torres 0, Magat 0.
BLACKWATER 61—Bautista 15, Ciriacruz G. 13, Fortuna 10, Marata 6, Pascual 4, Tan 4, Acidre 3, Afuang 3, Bringas 2, Camus 1, Ciriascruz I. 0, Doligon 0, Villanueva 0.
Quarters: 23-13, 39-31, 56-44, 83-61

Second Game
NLEX 106—Garcia 21, Lanete 16, Sanggalang 14, Abueva 12, Ellis 12, Belencion 7, Co 6, Monfort 5, Hodge 4, Marcelo 4, Dehesa 3, Suguita 2, Arao 0.
PACIFIC PIPES 76—SanVictores 22, Ilagan 14, Buensuceso 13, Racal 7, Del rio 7, Miranda 5, Vitug 5, Delgado 3, Maiquez 0, Zulueta 0, Semira 0.
Quarters: 25-11, 48-39, 74-57, 106-76

Joescoundrel
01-13-2012, 09:06 AM
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Ponferrada leads Big Chill past Blackwater

Big Chill relied on its defense in the final minute to defeat Blackwater, 58-55, in the 2011-2012 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Thursday at the San Juan Gym.

The Superchargers, who clinched a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals, clung on to a two-point lead down the stretch and fended off all attempts of the Elite to tie the game.

Jewel Ponferrada, leading Big Chill with 13 points and 10 rebounds, swatted Neil Pascual’s putback with 15.1 ticks left in the game.

Big Chill concluded the elimination round with a 7-3 record and the fourth spot in the standings.

Blackwater, which floundered as the season progressed after a strong start, failed to maintain the momentum it got off a huge second-quarter showing.

The Elite missed key shots down the stretch even as Rocky Acidre misfired on a potential game tying triple at the buzzer.

Jeric Fortuna finished with 13 points while big man Mark Bringas added 10 points and five rebounds.

The Elite even held the advantage early in the second half before allowing the Superchargers to take charge and seize the victory.

Blackwater dropped to a 4-5 record after a 3-0 start.

Joescoundrel
01-19-2012, 08:51 AM
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Freego, Big Chill seek semifinal slots

Freego Jeans and Big Chill shoot for semifinal berths when they clash with separate rivals Thursday in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.

Armed with a twice-to-beat advantage, the Super Chargers tangle with the Blackwater Elite at 2 p.m. at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

The Jeans Makers, who finished third at the end of the classification phase, will also have the same edge against the Boracay Rum Waves in the 4 p.m. game.

NLEX and Cebuana Lhuillier have already clinched semifinal berths after finishing 1-2 in the elimination round.

Blackwater mentor Leo Isaac and Boracay Rum coach Lawrence Chongson remain unfazed by the odds.

Isaac’s confidence stems from the Elite’s 65-48 win over RnW Pacific Pipes—a victory that gave Blackwater the last quarterfinal spot.

“The guys are enjoying the game again and we hope that it continues on Thursday (today),” Isaac said.

The Elite are looking to avenge their 55-58 loss to Big Chill a week ago.

And Superchargers coach Arsenio Dysangco is bracing for a strong response from Blackwater.

“We expect Blackwater to come out with a lot of aggressiveness and intensity, so we can’t be complacent,” said Dysangco, who will welcome back Raffy Reyes to the lineup after the starting guard was sidelined by conjunctivitis last week.

Reyes is an integral part of the Superchargers’ formidable rotation that also includes versatile forwards Jessie Collado, Alex Mallari and guards Elliot Tan and Jopher Custodio.

“They are a different team now compared to our elimination game,” said Dysangco, whose team will be out to shut down Elite shooters Sam Marata, Jeric Fortuna and Clark Bautista.

Chongson feels that the adversity the Waves went through in the elimination round have prepared them for the tough outing against the Jeans Makers.

“We have to build on the momentum that we have acquired from our knockout game (against PC Gilmore) and carry that momentum against Freego Jeans,” he said.

The Adamson trio of Alex Nuyles, Lester Alvarez and Eric Camson will lead Freego, which has to deal with the Waves’ athletic and experienced lineup.

Joescoundrel
01-20-2012, 08:34 AM
From the D League media center c/o Inquirer Sports - - -

PBA D-League: Freego, Big Chill seal semifinal seats

Ferocious on both ends, Freego Jeans and Big Chill clinched semifinal berths with a game to spare following lopsided victories Thursday in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena.

The Jeans Makers rode a hot start to an 87-63 dumping of Boracay Rum Waves and set up a best-of-three duel with Cebuana Lhuillier.

The Superchargers clawed themselves out of an early deficit before blasting Blackwater Elite, 82-62, to earn a first semifinal appearance in franchise history against NLEX.

Interestingly, both Big Chill and Freego Jeans have scored wins against their respective semifinal opponents in the elimination round.

In fact, the Superchargers are the only team to beat the Road Warriors, while the Jeans Makers dealt the Gems one of their two losses so far.

Both the Jeans Makers and Superchargers found no need to fall back on their twice-to-beat privilege in their semifinal quest.

“We got off to a good start with our defense and we were able to control the game from there,” said Freego Jeans mentor Leo Austria.

Jessie Collado fired 15 points as Big Chill, with seven players scoring at least eight points, used a balanced offensive to overwhelm the Elite.

The scores:

First Game
BIG CHILL 82 – Collado 15,Ponferrada 12, Maconocido 9, Mallari 9, Reyes 9, Glorioso 8, Jensen 8, Dizon 6, Santos 2, Tan 2, Custodio 2.
BLACKWATER 62 – Bautista 17, G. Ciriacruz 17, Fortuna 17, Bringas 7, Acidre 6, I. Ciriacruz 6, Afuang 2, Tan 2, Pascual 0, Doligon 0.
Quarters: 9-22, 35-31, 57-39, 82-62

Second Game
FREEGO 87 – Lozada 19, Alvarez 18, Camson 16, Nuyles 7, Austria 7, Lopez 6, Apinan 6, Brondial 4, Manyara 2, Rios 1, Sumalinog 1, Elinon 0, Cabrera 0, Monteclaro 0.
BORACAY RUM 63 – Bandaying 19, Sabellina 19, Hermosisima 7, Terso 5, Rosopa 4, Siruma 3, Cornejo 3, Khobuntin 2, Acibar 1, Abaya 0, Morial 0, Eguilos 0, Baloran 0.
Quarters: 28-8, 52-23, 68-43, 87-63

Joescoundrel
01-25-2012, 08:44 AM
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PBA D-League Semis: Big Chill surprises NLEX
Freego Jeans edges Cebuana Lhuillier on Cabrera's winner

MANILA, Philippines—Big Chill and Freego Jeans proved they weren’t mere lucky the first time.

The Superchargers—the squad that dealt NLEX its lone elimination loss—pulled off a repeat over the defending champion Road Warriors with a surprise 83-66 rout in Game 1 Tuesday of their PBA D-League Aspirants Cup semifinal series at the FilOil-Flying V Arena.

Similarly forging an upset, the Jeans Makers nipped Cebuana Lhuillier, 57-56, with Roider Cabrera knocking in a triple at the buzzer in the other semifinal thriller.

“We concentrated on the mental side,” said Big Chill coach Arsenio Dysangco. “We also tried to control NLEX’s running game and forced them into a half-court game. We were also glad that their shots weren’t falling.”

On Thursday, Big Chill and Freego Jeans go for a semifinal sweep in Game 2 of the best-of-three series where they have a shot at arranging an unlikely championship duel.

Cabrera knocked in the game winner—his lone basket in just three minutes of action—after Terrence Romeo towed the Gems to a 56-54 lead with back-to-back triples inside the last 54 seconds.

Lester Alvarez paced the Jeans Makers with 16 points, including two straight triples in the final two minutes.

“I wasn’t sure if it would go in,” said the 6-foot-4 Cabrera. “The play was designed for Lester, but the defense sagged on him.”

“It’s really a big win because we’re the underdogs,” said coach Leo Austria, who dealt one of the Gems’ two losses in the eliminations.

The scores:

First Game
FREEGO 57—Alvarez 16, Camson 11, Nuyles 10, Austria 9, Sumalinog 3, Cabrera 3, Manyara 2, Lopez 2, Apinan1, Lozada 0, Elinon 0, Brondial 0, Monteclaro 0.
C. LHUILLIER 56—Manuel 15, Romeo 13, Llagas 8, Alas 6, Reyes 5, Taha 3, Mangahas 2, Almazan 2, Exciminiano 2.
Quarters: 18-7, 31-22, 40-33, 57-56

Second Game
BIG CHILL 83—Collado 16, Mallari 15, Glorioso 12, Ponferrada 9, Tan 9, Reyes 6, Maconocido 5, Jensen 4, Custodio 3, Santos 2, Dizon 2.
NLEX 66—Garcia 19, Hodge 11, Abueva 10,Ellis 5, Lanete 5, Marcelo 5, Belencion 4, Sangalang 4, Monfort 3, Hermida 0, Dehesa 0, Co 0.
Quarters: 23-21, 47-32, 70-42, 83-66

Joescoundrel
01-27-2012, 09:18 AM
From the D League media center c/o Inquirer Sports - - -

Freego ousts C. Lhuillier; NLEX stays alive

Freego Jeans leaned on another set of clutch performers to complete an upset sweep of Cebuana Lhuillier in overtime even as NLEX stayed alive in the PBA D-League’s Aspirants Cup semifinals Thursday.

Alex Nuyles came through in the extension and Eric Camson drained the marginal free throws as the Jeans Makers stunned the second-ranked Gems, 69-67, to claim the first championship berth at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

“We were riding on our confidence from the first game,” said coach Leo Austria, whose wards also shocked the Gems in Game 1, 57-56, with Roider Cabrera hitting the game-winning triple at the buzzer.

Ian Sangalang and RR Garcia came to NLEX’s rescue in the other semifinal series as the Road Warriors averted an endgame collapse to survive Big Chill, 69-62, and forge a deciding Game 3.

Sangalang and Garcia teamed up for 10 of the the Road Warriors’ last 13 points to help put the defending champions back on top after blowing a 24-point advantage, 51-27, in the second half.

“They thought it was a won game already, but still, I credit the boys for sticking to our system and playing defense in the end,” said NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez. “At least, they never gave up.”

NLEX and Big Chill will dispute the last title berth in a winner-take-all duel on Tuesday.

Nuyles drained 18 points, including five straight in the extra period that gave the Jeans Makers a 66-63 lead with less than two minutes left.

The Gems tied it anew at 66 before Camson, drawing a foul from Terrence Romeo, nailed two clutch free throws, 68-66, with just 3.7 seconds remaining.

Sangalang shot 21 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had two steals and a pair of blocks for the Road Warriors, who got off to a fiery 21-9 start for a 21-point spread, 41-20, by halftime.

Garcia had 15 markers to go with five rebounds and five assists, while Clifford Hodge wound up with a double-double of 11 points and 12 boards for the Road Warriors.

After stunning the top seeds, 83-66, in the series opener, the Superchargers nearly pulled off another upset when they grabbed the lead at 57-56 with 3:51 left. But Garcia and Sangalang combined in an 8-0 spurt that propped NLEX up in the closing minutes.

“We won by a small margin, but it’s big for our team and I hope we can carry this over,” said Fernandez, who’s also looking forward to the return of fiery scorer Calvin Abueva in Game 3.

Abueva missed the game as he served a one-game suspension after getting slapped a flagrant foul category 2 in the opener last Tuesday.

The scores:

First Game
NLEX 69—Sangalang 21, Garcia 15, Hodge 11, Lanete 10, Eliis 4, Hermida 2, Arao 2, Monfort 2, Marcelo 1, Co 1.
BIG CHILL 62—Ponferrada 14, Jensen 12, Mallari 11, Reyes 8, Collado 7, Custodio 5, Maconocido 3, Dizon 2, Santos 0, Glorioso 0, Tan 0.
Quarters: 21-9, 41-20, 53-43, 69-62

Second Game
FREEGO 69—Nuyles 18, Alvarez 14, Lozada 11, Camson 8, Austria 7, Brondial 7, Manyara 2, Apinan 2, Sumalinog 0, Cabrera 0, Lopez 0.
C. LHUILLIER 67—Manuel 20, Llagas 18, Romeo 9, Celada 5, Taha 5, Alas 4, Hayes 3, Reyes 3, Exciminiano 0.
Quarters: 19-13, 34-32, 47-46, 61-61 (reg), 69-67 (OT)

Joescoundrel
02-08-2012, 10:33 AM
Champion na naman ang NLEX, what a shocker...

Mel
11-28-2012, 11:20 AM
PBA D-League coaches want rookie draft in place to balance lineups
Rey Joble, InterAKTV · Tuesday, November 27, 2012 · 7:39 pm


“It’s not balanced anymore. Yung mga malalaking teams, nakukuha nila yung mga malalakas na players,” said Blackwater coach Leo Isaac, who added he understands why the league hasn’t instituted a draft just yet.

“Hindi pa magawa yung drafting because teams cannot commit to stay longer. How can we do the drafting if may mga teams na sasali then aalis agad? For us to have a drafting, teams must be committed to stay for at least three years.”

Air 21-Jose Rizal University coach Vergel Meneses said the league has to take that step first as an incentive for teams to stay in the league.

“When there’s balance, teams or franchises will be inclined to stay and participate longer, providing more stability for the league,” said Meneses.

The powerhouse NLEX Road Warriors have won all three D-League tournaments so far. The team will soon be welcoming 7-foot center Greg Slaughter to its fold, even as it has remained undefeated in 22 games dating back to last season.

Cebuana Lhuillier coach Beaujing Acot said having a draft in the D-League would help not just teams, but players as well.

“I think the drafting is not only aimed at balancing the competition, but also a vehicle to develop new talents,” said Acot, who added that imbalance not the only problems that the D-League faces.

“We should also be in a lookout regarding our rules wherein we implement the school-based policy “Ang nangyayari, yung teams nakikipag-tie up sa mga schools not just to establish chemistry on their teams, but para maka-take advantage na mayroong silang imports.”

read the rest here: http://www.interaksyon.com/interaktv/pba-d-league-coaches-want-rookie-draft-in-place-to-balance-lineups

Mel
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