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Sam Miguel
03-13-2013, 08:59 AM
Gems, Shakers score in D-League opener

(philstar.com) | Updated March 12, 2013 - 3:55pm

Games on Thursday
(Ynares Arena)

12 nn – Café France vs Blackwater Sports
2 p.m. – Jumbo Plastic vs Hogs Breath
4 p.m. – Boracay Rum vs Informatics

MANILA, Philippines -- Alvin Padilla scored 12 points and Cebuana Lhuillier capitalized on a strong second half to beat Boracay Rum, 68-66, on Tuesday at the start of the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at The Arena in San Juan.

In contrast, the Fruitas Shakers needed just 10 minutes to dispose off newcomer Jumbo Plastic, 81-56, in the second game.

Padilla, acquired by Cebuana during the in-between conference break to bolster its backcourt, capped his debut with the Gems with a key assist to Jessie Bustos in the closing seconds.

Bustos, a 6-3 small forward, completed the play with strong stab underneath the basket that shove the Gems ahead to stay, 66-64, with 62 seconds remaining.

“We’re lucky to come out with a win. We’re still inconsistent on both offense and defense. But I thought we made key stops down the stretch,” said Cebuana coach Beaujing Acot.

“Hopefully, this win will inspire the players. It’s important that we trust each other and believe in what we’re doing.”

Excellent shooting was the key for the Shakers in their lopsided victory.

Fruitas made 54 percent of its field goals in the first quarter to open a huge 29-12 advantage at the end of the period and coasted the rest of the way.

“Nothing special. The team just executed the things we’re suppose to do. Good way to start our campaign,” said coach Eric Gonzales, who called the shots for the Shakers in the absence of head coach Nash Racela.

Anjo Caram scored 18 points, Carlo Lastimosa had 16 and Russel Escoto chipped in 11 for the Shakers.

Aljon Mariano tallied 15 points and Marvin Hayes added 11 for Jumbo Plastic, which committed 21 turniovers that netted the Shakers 20 transition points.

Acot hopes the Gems would improve on their sixth place finish last conference with the help of their new recruits.

Apart from Padilla, Cebuana’s other new recruits are Gerald Baustista, John Lopez and Gian Chiu.

Bautista, who played for Informatics last conference, contributed 10 points and had three assists.

Roider Cabrera led all scorers with 13 points but missed two crucial free throws in the end game that could have given Boracay Rum back the lead.

Maclean Sabellina scored 12 and had 10 rebounds while Raymund Ilagan came off the bench to score 10 points for the Waves, who committed 13 of their 19 turnovers in the second half.

Jaymo Eguillos went 3 for 3 in the first quarter to help the Waves open a 26-16 lead. Boracay shot 54 percent from the field in the first half and led 43-37 at halftime.

But the Gems continue to struggle offensively in the third but their tenacious defense enabled them to outscore the Waves, 18-10, in the period and take the lead, 55-53.

Down 64-66 with 45 seconds remaining, Boracay Rum had a chance to surge ahead when Cabrera was fouled by Bustos in the act of shooting from the 3-point range.

The 6-3 forward calmly sank his first throw to make it a one-point game. But he missed his next two shots and with it went Boracay’s chance to win the game.

The scores:

First Game
Cebuana Lhuillier 68 – Padilla 12, Bautista 10, Martinez 7, Banal 7, Chiu 7, Bustos 7, Aguilar 5, Custodio 3, Buensuceso 3, Zamar 2, Lopez 2, Leynes 2, Sarangay 1, Dizon 0.

Boracay Rum 66 – Cabrera 13, Sabellina 12, Ilagan 10, Taha 9, Eguillos 8, Viernes 4, Arellano 2, Acibar 2, Siruma 2, Bandaying 2, Monteclaro 2, Tagarda 0, Rosopa 0.

Quarters:16-26; 37-43; 55-53; 68-66

Sam Miguel
03-13-2013, 09:02 AM
Bringas steps on gas in OT as Big Chill stuns NLEX

(philstar.com) | Updated March 12, 2013 - 6:43pm

MANILA, Philippines -- Arvie Bringas strung up eleven points in overtime to lift Big Chill to a morale boosting 86-77 victory over the depleted NLEX Road Warriors on Tuesday at the start of the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at The Arena in San Juan.

It was a remarkable comeback by the Superchargers, who blew a 12-point second quarter advantage and appeared headed for a devastating defeat when RR Garcia scored on a baseline runner with 2:03 left in regulation for a 73-65 NLEX lead.

But the Superchargers showed some character and closed the fourth quarter with an 8-0 run to force overtime.

Then Bringas took over from there.

The Road Warriors had no answer for Bringas, who went 4 of 7 in the extra period. His 3-point play with 27.7 seconds left in overtime put the Superchargers ahead to stay, 79-77.

“I love this team. It never gives up. I think we caught NLEX at the right time. They are still on celebration mood after winning the Aspirants’ Cup while we were so prepared against them,” offered Big Chill coach Robert Sison afterwards.

Earlier, Cebuana Lhuillier capitalized on a strong second half to beat Boracay Rum, 68-66, while , Fruitas needed just 10 minutes to dispose off newcomer Jumbo Plastic, 81-56, in the second game.

Alex Nuyles led all scorers with 22 points while Bringas finished with 19 for the Superchargers, who snapped a five-game losing skid against the Road Warriors.

“This is a morale boosting win for us. It gives us confidence. We believe that we can beat teams like NLEX. But beating NLEX is something… its like winning the championship,” Sison said.

The Road Warriors opened their second title defense without big men Ian Sanggalang and Greg Slaughter but nearly pulled a stunner late in the fourth.

NLEX trailed 57-61 when Garcia returned with 7:11 remaining in the fourth quarter and sparked a 16-4 run that gave the defending champions an eight point lead.

But the Road Warriors couldn’t hold on to the lead.

Nico Salva and Eriuc Camson scored 14 points apiece while Garcia tallied 12 for the Road Warriors.

The scores:

Big Chill 86 – Nuyles 22, Bringas 19, Montilla 8, Villahermosa 8, Santos 8, Lozada 6, Montecastro 5, Heruela 4, Dumapig 4, Holstein 2, Canlas 2.

NLEX 77 – Salva 14, Camson 14, Garcia 12, Pascual 9, Long 8, Lanete 6, Alas 5, Pascual P. 4, Villarias 3, Ganuelas 2, Amer 0, Hermida 0.

Quarters: 20-15, 42-32; 53-54; 73-73, 86-77.

Sam Miguel
03-13-2013, 09:03 AM
^^^ NLEX lost on opening day... hmm... probably just the law of averages.

Sam Miguel
03-13-2013, 04:52 PM
Bringas steps on gas in OT as Big Chill stuns NLEX

(philstar.com) | Updated March 12, 2013 - 6:43pm

MANILA, Philippines -- Arvie Bringas strung up eleven points in overtime to lift Big Chill to a morale boosting 86-77 victory over the depleted NLEX Road Warriors on Tuesday at the start of the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at The Arena in San Juan.

It was a remarkable comeback by the Superchargers, who blew a 12-point second quarter advantage and appeared headed for a devastating defeat when RR Garcia scored on a baseline runner with 2:03 left in regulation for a 73-65 NLEX lead.

But the Superchargers showed some character and closed the fourth quarter with an 8-0 run to force overtime.

Then Bringas took over from there.

The Road Warriors had no answer for Bringas, who went 4 of 7 in the extra period. His 3-point play with 27.7 seconds left in overtime put the Superchargers ahead to stay, 79-77.

“I love this team. It never gives up. I think we caught NLEX at the right time. They are still on celebration mood after winning the Aspirants’ Cup while we were so prepared against them,” offered Big Chill coach Robert Sison afterwards.

Earlier, Cebuana Lhuillier capitalized on a strong second half to beat Boracay Rum, 68-66, while , Fruitas needed just 10 minutes to dispose off newcomer Jumbo Plastic, 81-56, in the second game.

Alex Nuyles led all scorers with 22 points while Bringas finished with 19 for the Superchargers, who snapped a five-game losing skid against the Road Warriors.

“This is a morale boosting win for us. It gives us confidence. We believe that we can beat teams like NLEX. But beating NLEX is something… its like winning the championship,” Sison said.

The Road Warriors opened their second title defense without big men Ian Sanggalang and Greg Slaughter but nearly pulled a stunner late in the fourth.

NLEX trailed 57-61 when Garcia returned with 7:11 remaining in the fourth quarter and sparked a 16-4 run that gave the defending champions an eight point lead.

But the Road Warriors couldn’t hold on to the lead.

Nico Salva and Eriuc Camson scored 14 points apiece while Garcia tallied 12 for the Road Warriors.

The scores:

Big Chill 86 – Nuyles 22, Bringas 19, Montilla 8, Villahermosa 8, Santos 8, Lozada 6, Montecastro 5, Heruela 4, Dumapig 4, Holstein 2, Canlas 2.

NLEX 77 – Salva 14, Camson 14, Garcia 12, Pascual 9, Long 8, Lanete 6, Alas 5, Pascual P. 4, Villarias 3, Ganuelas 2, Amer 0, Hermida 0.

Quarters: 20-15, 42-32; 53-54; 73-73, 86-77.

Former FEU 'bad boy' Bringas turns from villain to hero

By Reuben Terrado

March 13, 2013, 01:33 pm

FOR a change, Arvie Bringas emerged the hero this time.

The controversial big man who earned a bad boy reputation during his playing years with Far Eastern University in the UAAP, was the unlikely star in Big Chill’s stunning victory over multi-titled NLEX in their PBA D-League Foundation Cup showdown on Tuesday.

The wide-bodied bruiser, suspended both by the UAAP and the Tamaraws for a game last season for spitting on an opponent among other transgressions, broke the Road Warriors' backs by pouring in 19 big points including a late, game-changing four-point play.

“Wala, tsamba lang,” Bringas as he played down the crucial shot that made the difference in Big Chill's 86-77 win over the four-time champions.

Though more of an inside operator, Bringas said he was confident when he took the game-clinching three-point shot as he admitted working on his outside shots in practice.

“Shot clock na rin, wala na talaga, kailangan ko na itira,” said Bringas, who was cut by the Tamaraws at the end of last season. “Eh ginagawa ko naman ‘yun sa practice.”

Bringas ended up scoring 12 of the team’s final 13 points as he left a host of the league's star players, including members of his own team, in the shade.

“Siyempre, parang napakalaking (bagay) sa akin ‘yun. Hindi ko rin ini-expect na masu-shoot ‘yun,” said Bringas.

The former junior standout from San Sebastian said he is more determined more than ever to play a key role for Big Chill this conference.

“Gusto ko rin bumawi kasi hindi nakapasok ang Big Chill sa Finals last conference,” said Bringas.

Sam Miguel
03-13-2013, 04:52 PM
Focus on Mangahas as Elite take on Bakers

By Reuben Terrado

March 13, 2013, 01:48 pm

WITH top playmaker Jeric Fortuna moving up the pro ranks, Blackwater will be relying on Allan Mangahas to run the plays as they begin a new campaign.

The Elite face Café France in the first game of a in PBA D-League Foundation Cup tripleheader starting at 12 p.m. at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

With Fortuna at point, Mangahas had less playmaking responsibilities and at times shared the scoring load with the Elite's main gunners.

But the job of main playmaker is nothing new for Mangahas and he also has a good grasp of the Elite system having played for Leo Isaac at Mapua.

There may be a some pressure on Mangahas after Fortuna led Blackwater to a semifinal finish in the Aspirants Cup before signing with the San Miguel Beermen in the Asean Basketball League.

But Isaac is confident in his court general, who incidentally had also previously played in the ABL for San Miguel.

“I think the team will be in good hands under the leadership of Allan,” said Isaac. “He knows his teammates well.”

Kevin Ferrer, a candidate for the Best Player awardee last conference, returns for another tour of duty with the Elite, who also recruited Bacon Austria, Ajeet Singh, and Allan’s brother James Mangahas in its bid to bounce back after getting booted out of the semifinals.

Café France, meanwhile, had trouble trying to beef up the roster led by Jens Knuttel and Mike Parala in between conferences and coach Egay Macaraya is just hoping they could keep up with the strong teams.

“I really have no idea right now,” said Macaraya when asked to size up his team.

“We’re a new and young team because we can’t find recruits who would like to play for us.”

Café France made headlines last conference when it ended NLEX’s win run at 24 but the squad but a string of losses booted the Bakers out of quarterfinal contention.

In other matches, Jumbo Plastic and Boracay Rum look to recover from opening day losses as they face separate opponents.

The Linoleum Giants take on fellow newcomers Hogs Breath Café Razorbacks at 2 p.m. while the Waves test the mettle of new-look Informatics at 4 p.m.

Jumbo Plastic, still trying to work as a team in their first-ever campaign in the developmental league, was overwhelmed by Fruitas, 56-81, on Tuesday.

Boracay Rum, which made little changes to its Aspirants Cup line-up, bowed to Cebuana Lhuillier, 66-68.

Facing the Linoleum Giants are the Razorbacks led by Jonathan Belorio and Kevin Racal from Letran and coached by Joel Jabar.

Informatics stepped up its bid to improve on its 1-9 win-loss slate last conference when they acquired UST star Jeric Teng and Letran big man Jam Cortes. Also in the Icons’ line-up are Mike Gamboa, Moncrief Rogado, Rocky Acidre, and Nate Matute.

Sam Miguel
03-14-2013, 01:25 PM
Elite, Bakers cross paths in D-League today

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:10 pm | Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Losing his top playmaker the past two conferences isn’t a cause for worry for Blackwater Sports coach Leo Isaac as the Elite make their debut in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup against Café France today at Ynares Sports Arena.

Isaac believes Allan Mangahas is capable of filling the void left by Jeric Fortuna, who left the team to try his luck in the Asean Basketball League, when the Elite clash with the Bakers at 12 noon.

Jumbo Plastic and Boracay Rum look to bounce back from opening-day losses when they battle Hogs Breath and Informatics, respectively.

Going by the moniker Razorbacks, Hogs Breath will be bannered by Letran standouts Kevin Racal and Jonathan Belorio as well as Lyceum gunner Chris Cayabyab when it faces Jumbo Plastic at 2 p.m.

Informatics, starring University of Santo Tomas hotshot Jeric Teng, Letran center Jam Cortes and Arellano guard Rocky Acidre, collides with Boracay Rum at 4 p.m.

A wily playmaker with a smooth shooting touch, Mangahas played for Isaac while he was with the Mapua Cardinals in the NCAA and the veteran coach is confident he can take charge.

“Allan [Mangahas] will now be in charge at the point,” said Isaac. “I think the team will be in good hands under the leadership of Allan. He knows his teammates well.”

Café France coach Egay Macaraya continues to rue the departure of two key cogs from last conference.

“I really have no idea right now. We’re a new and young team,” said Macaraya, who lost shooters Roger Pogoy and Alvin Padilla to Fruitas and Cebuana, respectively.

The Bakers showed plenty of promise last conference, but a string of losses late in the elimination round spoiled their bid for a playoff berth.

Sam Miguel
03-15-2013, 08:03 AM
Blackwater nips CF five

Jumbo Plastic, Boracay up

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:27 pm | Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Blackwater Sports leaned on a late splurge by Robby Celiz to overcome Café France, 86-80, yesterday for its first win even as Jumbo Plastic and Boracay Rum rebounded from opening-day losses in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

The 6-foot-4 Celiz knocked in 10 of his 12 points in the last quarter to help the Elite hold off repeated rallies by the Bakers, who showed plenty of fight despite an acknowledged weaker roster this time.

Jumbo Plastic crushed fellow newcomer Hogs Breath, 81-55, while Boracay Rum downed Informatics in overtime, 93-85.

Toto Bandaying forced overtime at 81-all with a triple with 57 seconds remaining then Roider Cabrera and Jeff Viernes joined forces to seal the win in the extra period.

Cabrera shot 28 points, while Viernes added 14 for the Waves, who climbed out of a 12-point hole in the third period and held Informatics to just four in overtime.

The scores:

First Game

BLACKWATER SPORTS 86—Ferrer 21, Mangahas A. 14, Celiz 12, Suguitan 11, Llagas 8, Chua 5, Vigil 5, Austria 5, Pe 3, Ciriacruz G. 2, Singh 0, Bagatsing 0, Lo 0, Mangahas J. 0.

CAFÉ FRANCE 80—Abundo 22, Maconocido 21, Magat 10, Parala 8, Silungan 6, De Leon 4, Magbitang 3, Batino 2, Lopez 2, Gallardo 2, Knuttel 0, Cornejo 0.

Quarters: 31-18, 45-36, 66-60, 86-80.

Second Game

JUMBO PLASTIC 81—Mariano 17, Tan 13, Hayes 11, Del Rosario 8, Escueta 8, Vidal 8, Acosta 8, Daquiaog 4, Najorda 3, Gomez 1, Gil 0, Ignacio 0.

HOGS BREATH 55—Racal 13, Cayabyab 9, Roy 8, Pangilinan 7, Lima 5, Robles 4, Eman 2, Alguno 2, Malinao 2, Belorio 2, Rabalo 1, Pacquiao 0, Macasaet 0, Morillo 0.

Quarters: 26-9, 42-18, 65-31, 81-55

Third Game

BORACAY RUM 93—Cabrera 28, Viernes 14, Bandaying 10, Rosopa 9, Taha 8, Arellano 7, Acibar 4, Sabellina 4, Eguillos 2, Monteclaro 2, Siruma 1, Ilagan 0.

INFORMATICS 85—Matute 25, Teng 20, Rogado 11, Benitez 9, Acidre 7, Cortes 6, Cabince 5, Ablaza 2, Acuna 0.

Quarters: 20-22, 36-38, 53-62, 81-81 (reg), 93-85

Sam Miguel
03-18-2013, 09:57 AM
Big Chill eyes No. 2 vs Hog’s Breath

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:18 pm | Sunday, March 17th, 2013

ALTHOUGH scraping out a shock win over NLEX felt like “winning the championship,” Big Chill coach Robert Sison said there’s no reason yet to celebrate.

But the Superchargers hope to build on their renewed confidence when they go for a second straight victory against newcomer Hog’s Breath Cafe in the the PBA D-League Foundation Cup today at 2 p.m. at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

“Our win against NLEX boosted our confidence, but we cannot celebrate much,” Sison said after his Superchargers stunned the four-time champions, 86-77, in overtime last week. “It’s just the first game and we still have a long way to go.”

Fruitas and Cebuana Lhuillier also try to grab a piece of the early lead in their 12 noon battle, while Blackwater Sports shoots for the same goal against last conference’s runner-up Cagayan Valley at 4 p.m.

Alex Nuyles knocked in 22 points and Arvie Bringas added 19, including 11 straight in the extra period, to power the Superchargers to the opening-day upset.

“Beating NLEX is something, it’s like winning the championship,” said Sison.

“We have to come prepared against Hog’s Breath,” said Sison. “They’re coming off a loss and we know they will prepare hard and play physical against us.”

Fruitas also tries to follow up on its 81-56 rout of Jumbo Plastic where Anjo Caram fired 18 points in last week’s opener.

“I hope we could play Cebuana with the same kind of energy on both ends,” said Fruitas coach Nash Racela.

Sam Miguel
03-18-2013, 09:58 AM
^^^ Seriously, why would you name your team Hog's Breath?

bchoter
03-18-2013, 10:35 AM
^ To keep defenses away?

Sam Miguel
03-19-2013, 01:07 PM
Blackwater, Fruitas score

Hog’s Breath smothers Big Chill

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:20 pm | Monday, March 18th, 2013

BLACKWATER Sports and Fruitas pulled off dramatic victories yesterday to share the early lead even as Hog’s Breath shocked Big Chill in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Fruitas rallied from 22 points down in the second half to stun Cebuana Lhuillier, 75-72, while Blackwater Sports needed an extra period to slip past Cagayan Valley, 89-85, behind Allan Mangahas and Pari Llagas.

Hog’s Breath Cafe, outplayed in its opening game, posted a 69-63 upset victory over a Big Chill squad that came into the game fresh off a huge win over four-time champion NLEX.

Carlo Lastimosa unloaded 22 points to lead the Shakers, who trailed 40-62 deficit in the third period, then limited the Gems to just five points in the final quarter to secure a second straight victory like the Elite.

Mangahas dropped 24 points and Llagas had 22, including a buzzer-beating layup that sent the game into overtime, 82-82. Llagas then added a jumper that put the Elite ahead for good, 87-85, in the final two minutes.

Kevin Racal fired 16 of his 21 points in the second half, the last four on free throws that put the Hog’s Breath up, 66-63.

“I thought we did a good job defensively,” coach Joel Jabar said of his Razorbacks.

The scores:

First Game

FRUITAS 75—Lastimosa 22, Escoto 13, Cruz 10, Pogoy 7, Tolomia 6, Mendoza 6, Colina 5, Caram 3, Antonio 3, Banal 0, Pinto 0, Caperal 0.

CEBUANA LHUILLIER 72—Leynes 11, Aguilar 10, Martinez 9, Padilla 7, Zamar 7, Banal 6, Bautista 6, Dizon 5, Buensuceso 4, Custodio 3, Bustos 3, Chiu 1, Lopez 0.

Quarters: 9-23, 34-51, 51-67, 75-72

Second Game

HOG’S BREATH 69—Racal 21, Pangilinan 13, Belorio 13, Roy 9, Manlinao 4, Pacquiao 3, Eman 2, Robles 2, Lima 2, Rabalo 0, Cayabyab 0, Macasaet 0, Morillo 0.

BIG CHILL 63—Montilla 16, Villahermosa 11, Lozada 10, Nuyles 8, Bringas 7, Canlas 4, Montecastro 3, Holstein 2, Dumapig 1, Santos 1, Heruela 0.

Quarters: 9-13, 34-29, 49-52, 69-63

Third Game

BLACKWATER SPORTS 89—Mangahas 24, Llagas 22, Ferrer 10, Chua 9, Austria 8, Celis 8, Ciriacruz G. 4, Pe 2, Suguitan 2, Singh 0, Bagatsing 0, Vigil 0, Lo 0.

CAGAYAN VALLEY 85—Celada 17, Exciminiano 13, Cruz 12, Poligrates 10, Bringas 10, Montemayor 7, Forrester 5, Lao 4, Webb 3, Canta 2, Del Rio 2, Villanil 0, Melano 0.

Quarters: 13-27, 36-46, 58-58, 82-82 (reg.), 89-85 (OT)

Sam Miguel
03-20-2013, 08:55 AM
Boracay sinks Jumbo Plastic

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:12 pm | Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Jeff Viernes starred in a second-half breakaway as Boracay Rum drubbed newcomer Jumbo Plastic, 87-67, to grab solo third in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup yesterday at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Viernes drilled all but two of his 18 points in the second half, including nine in a 17-4 spurt in the third quarter that gave the Waves a comfortable 65-50 cushion.

“I thought Jumbo, being new, is still feeling its way and we capitalized on it,” coach Lawrence Chongson said after his Waves improved to a 2-1 record.

Earlier, Café France picked up its first triumph in two games after rallying to an 84-77 overtime win over Informatics.

Although Café France coach Egay Macaraya said his team has yet to jell, the Bakers got their rhythm just in time to come back from 11 points down in the fourth quarter, 45-56, before taking full control in the extra period where they jumped to a 9-0 start for a 75-66 advantage.

Raymond Maconocido (16 points) and Marion Magat (15 points) teamed up for 13 points in overtime, while Jens Knuttel also delivered with 14 points, five rebounds and eight assists for the Bakers.

John Magbitang nailed his lone basket of the game, a jumper with 19.3 seconds left in regulation, to push the game into overtime, 66-66.

Jumbo dropped to 1-2, while Informatics absorbed its second straight overtime loss after bowing to the Waves, 85-93, last Thursday.

The scores:

First Game

CAFÉ FRANCE 84—Maconocido 16, Magat 15, Knuttel 14, Parala 14, Gallardo 7, Abundo 4, Pagkatipunan 3, Lopez 3, De Leon 2, Silungan 2, Magbitang 2, Cornejo 2, Batino 0.

INFORMATICS 77—Teng 22, Cortes 15, Rogado 13, Matute 13, Benitez 9, Gamboa 4, Camus 1, Cabonce 0, Ablaza 0, Acidre 0.

Quarters: 9-18, 24-38, 45-56, 66-66 (reg.), 84-77 (OT)

Second Game

BORACAY RUM 87—Viernes 18, Eguilos 13, Siruma 9, Cabrera 9, Tagarda 8, Ilagfan 8, Taha 8, Sabellina 8, Arellano 2, Bandaying 2, Rosopa 2, Acibar 0, Monteclaro 0.

JUMBO PLASTIC 67—Mariano 14, Hayes 12, Najorda 8, Escueta 8, Tan 7, Vidal 7, Daquioag 3, Acosta 3, Del Rosario 2, Ignacio 2, Gomez 1.

Quarters: 20-17, 37-38, 65-50, 87-67

Sam Miguel
03-22-2013, 10:58 AM
Fiery Fruitas forges ahead

Nips Blackwater in double OT

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:48 am | Friday, March 22nd, 2013

FRUITAS, relentless off the boards and resolute down the stretch, outlasted Blackwater Sports, 95-91, in double overtime yesterday to stay unbeaten in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Arena.

Carlo Lastimosa finished with 21 points, including a key basket with 1:59 remaining in the second overtime that gave the Shakers the lead, 92-86, which they never relinquished.

With their third straight victory, the Shakers grabbed the solo lead ahead of Cebuana Lhuillier, which trounced a depleted NLEX squad, 71-64, in the first game.

The Shakers proved relentless off the boards, posting a 71-56 edge in rebounds.

“Frankly, I don’t know how we pulled through,” said Eric Gonzales, who took over from Nash Racela. “But the guys showed a lot of determination and I thought it made a difference.

The Elite came within three on a 3-pointer by Allan Maangahas, 89-92, but they missed seven of their next eight attempts.

The game ended at 77-all in regulation as Carl Cruz of Fruitas missed two shots from 3-point range in the last 30 seconds. Anjo Caram forced the second extra session by scoring on a driving layup with 32 seconds left, 84-all.

The Gems ended a six-game losing streak to the Road Warriors after getting solid efforts from Gab Banal and Raymond Aguilar.

The scores:

First Game

CEBUANA LHUILLIER 71—Banal 16, Aguilar 12, Dizon 12, Martinez 10, Zamar 8, Bautista 3, Buensuceso 3, Chiu 2, Padilla 2, Lopez 1, Elinon 0, Bustos 0.

NLEX 64—Camson 14, Pascual J. 8, Lanete 8, Ganuelas 7, Long 6, Garcia 5, Pascual R. 4, Alas 4, Villarias 3, Salva 3, Herrmida 2, Amer 0.

Quarters: 15-17, 33-32, 50-48, 71-64

Second Game

FRUITAS 95—Lastimosa 21, Pinto 14, Escoto 11, Pogoy 10, Cruz 9, Caram 8, Antonio 6, Tolomia 5, Escobal 4, Colina 3, Banal 0, Caperal 0.

BLACKWATER SPORTS 91—Mangahas A. 22, Llagas 19, Chua 16, Vigil 10, Ferrer 10, Celiz 7, Pe 4, Suguitan 2, Austria 1, Bagatsing 0, Ciriacruz G. 0.

Quarters: 22-14, 37-32, 63-62, 77-77 (reg), 84-84 (1st OT), 95-91

Sam Miguel
03-22-2013, 11:00 AM
^^^ Looks like Nico Salva is discovering much to his own chagrin that life is not as easy without Greg Slaughter and Ian Sangalang. This should be the time when he steps up and shows that he can thrive outside the Ateneo. Now everyone is seeing how well Norman Black masked his shortcomings as an undersized power forward.

Sam Miguel
03-22-2013, 12:52 PM
Sangalang free to join patron Pineda's team after getting unconditional NLEX release

By Snow Badua

March 20, 2013, 06:28 pm

SUDDENLY, the road to a fifth straight PBA D-League is no longer well-paved for NLEX.

Just days after seven-footer Greg Slaughter took a leave of absence from the team to attend to his studies at Ateneo, the Road Warriors lost another crucial piece when they released big man Ian Sangalang to EA Regenerative Medicine-Pampanga squad.

NLEX team manager Ronald Dulatre explained the move was a sacrifice made by the team to maintain a good relationship with the group of Sangalang’s manager, Dennis Pineda, who manages several marquee players suiting up for the different teams owned by Manny V. Pangilinan.

“Ni-release na lang namin, kasi we want to foster good relationship with Mayor Pineda,” said Dulatre, who admitted the team is letting Sangalang go with a heavy heart.

“Mabigat talaga sa loob namin, kasi siya na lang ang big man eh. Dati 6-7 ang average height namin, ngayon 6-1 na lang,” admitted Dulatre, who added NLEX tried to negotiate for a direct trade with EA ReGEN team‘s other big man Raymond Almazan.

“Kinukuha nga namin si Almazan, para naman magkaroon kami ng malaki. Kaso hindi sila pumayag. Hindi na namin pinilit,” Dulatre bared. “But even sa last minute, we are still hoping na we can resolve with Pampanga bosses the Sangalang-Almazan swap.”

Meanwhile, Pineda was surprised by the sudden turn of events, especially since NLEX initially refused to released Sangalang, whom the Road Warriors said is still under contract with the team until July.

“Magandang balita yun, kung talagang ni-release na nga nila si Ian. Pero hindi muna ako magsasaya at magbibigay ng comment hangga’t di ko nakikitang lumaro siya sa amin,” said Pineda, whose team makes its debut against fellow newcomer Hog’s Breath Café at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Ynares Arena in Pasig.

Prior to the start of the 2013 Foundation Cup, NLEX already allowed its other big man Gregory Slaughter to take a leave to focus on his studies at Ateneo, where he is enrolled in summer classes.

Dulatre, meanwhile, revealed that Slaughter has already agreed to suit up for the team come the playoffs.

“Yes, yun naman ang good news namin ngayon. Greg agreed to again play for us,” beamed Dulatre. “Aayusin lang daw niya `yung schedule niya sa school tapos lalaro siya ulit.”

The NLEX boss also told Spin.ph that the Road Warriors are now in search of a free agent big man who can fill the void temporarily left by Slaughter and Sangalang.

Sam Miguel
03-26-2013, 09:10 AM
PBA D-League: Romeo’s return ‘morale-boosting’ for Big Chill, says coach

By Mark Giongco

INQUIRER.net

5:17 pm | Monday, March 25th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines—Big Chill guard Terrence Romeo feared that his return might disrupt his team’s play.

It wasn’t the case Monday when Romeo, who missed the latter part of the Aspirants Cup and the Superchargers’ first two games this conference, finally came back from an injury to his right hand against Boracay Rum.

The five-foot-10 Romeo, who was in the center of a tug-of-war between Fruitas and Big Chill at the start of the conference, showed no effects of his injury en route to a 16-point, eight-rebound outing in 22 minutes of play.

Not bad for someone who hasn’t played since January and admits that his hand still not a hundred percent.

“Medyo pressured kasi maganda na yung tinatakbo ng team so iniisip ko baka pagpasok ko magulo yung takbo nila pero awa naman ng Diyos nakatulong naman ako tapos naging okay naman ang takbo ng team,” he said.

“Medyo masakit (right hand) pero gusto ko na bumalik, gusto ko na maglaro pero na-clear naman na ako ng doktor para maglaro.”

Romeo, the Far Eastern University star, got off to a quick start with eight first quarter points as part of the Superchargers’ telling 17-0 blast that broke the game wide open, 22-4.

“Pagbalik ni Terrence is morale-boosting for the team,” said head coach Robert Sison, who added that his prized guard’s live contract with the team ended Fruitas’ chase of Romeo.

“May live contract sa’min. Ganon naman ang rule sa PBA D-League. Same case with RR (NLEX) may live contract din and I think they have to respect that,” Sison said. “But we are fully supportive of Terrence playing for FEU, make no mistake about that.”

“The Big Chill management, the whole organization are in full support of Terrence playing for FEU,” Sison, who also announced that Romeo ‘will be endorsing a sports drink by Big Chill,’ added, following Big Chill’s 82-60 win over Boracay Rum.

“He also inked a long contract for us with his endorsement.”

When asked about Fruitas, whose lineup is composed mostly of FEU players along with its coach Nash Racela, wanting his services as part of the Tamaraws’ buildup for the next UAAP season, Romeo kept mum: “Pwede no comment na lang ako?”

Sam Miguel
03-26-2013, 09:10 AM
Big Chill routs Boracay Rum in Romeo’s return

By Mark Giongco

INQUIRER.net

4:30 pm | Monday, March 25th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – Big Chill has put its embarrassing 63-69 loss to new team Hog’s Breath last week behind.

The Superchargers, who welcomed Terrence Romeo back from injury, rebounded with an 82-60 beatdown of Boracay Rum Monday in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

“I’m just happy that we got this win kasi iyong pagkatalo namin sa Hog’s Breath really affected our morale,” said Big Chill Robert Sison. “Pagbalik ni Terrence is morale boosting for the team.”

Romeo announced his return early as he keyed in a 17-0 tear that turned a one-point lead to a 22-4 one-sided affair.

The Waves, who came in with a two-game winning streak, closed to within 16, 52-68, on a drive by Paolo Taha with still 6:44 left and it appeared Boracay has gotten the momentum to finally swing into its favor.

It proved to be short-lived though, with Janus Lozada, who had a game-high 18 points, uncorked one of his four triples to put the Superchargers back up by 19, 71-52.

Lozada, who went four-of-six from long range, sank his final trey at the two-minute warning to put the game away for good 79-56.

Romeo, who missed the latter part of the Aspirants Cup and Big Chill’s first two games this conference, due to a right hand injury – his shooting hand, added 16 points, eight rebounds and three steals.

“We were able to gain our confidence back. Skills wise the players are talented enough it just so happen that we have to fine tune their minds,” said Sison. “And of course another thing that I’m emphasizing is that we have to play team basketball.”

“They have to be team players, they have to play their roles yon ang napakaimportante. Sabi ko nga sa kanila na walang isang player na bubuhat sa team na ito, kailangan lahat kami magtulungan. And I think the players realized that.”

Roider Cabrera paced the Waves, who jacked up way too many quick threes, with 14 points but he went just four-of-14 from the field. Boracay Rum had 22 turnovers as compared to Big Chill’s 11.

Sam Miguel
03-26-2013, 09:11 AM
PBA D-League: Rising Suns burn Icons

By Mark Giongco

INQUIRER.net

3:14 pm | Monday, March 25th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – Informatics had been giving teams a tough time but not Monday against Cagayan Valley.

The Rising Suns zoomed to an early lead en route to a 98-56 whipping of the Icons Monday in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

“Nag-click lang outside shots ng mga players and plus factor din na nagawa nila agad yung defensive game plan namin,” said Cagayan coach Alvin Pua.

The Suns, who made it to the finals in the last conference before getting swept by perennial champion NLEX, squandered a commanding lead in their heart-breaking 85-89 setback at the hands of the Blackwater Sports Elite last week but with that in mind, another collapse wasn’t even close to happening this time.

“Kumpiyansa mga players ko ngayon dahil nga nag-finals kami last time pero ang problema sa sobrang kumpiyansa nagre-relax sila,” added Pua. “Pero hindi na talaga pwedeng mangyari ulit yon ngayon.”

Cagayan didn’t even need its main guys to play heavy minutes to dominate the game with James Forrester and Chris Exciminiano playing less than 20 minutes.

Forrester led the way with 17 points, five rebounds and four assists in just 16 minutes while Exciminiano added 14 points, four assists and three steals in 18 minutes.

The Suns (1-1) face a tough schedule ahead but Pua remains confident that his team can come through as long as it starts strong and shows good ball movement – just like what it did Monday with 26 assists on 32 made field goals.

Apart from its fluid offense, Cagayan also locked in defensively as it held Informatics’ offensive weapons Moncrief Rogado and Jeric Teng to a poor outing.

Rogado shot just 13 points on five-of-15 shooting from the floor while Teng, who has emerged as the Icons’ topscorer in their first two games, scored just 10 – missing all his four attempts from deep for a woeful three-of-13 shooting with three turnovers.

The Suns are practically a different team from last conference without their starting center Raymond Almazan, who now plays for EA Regen. “Kapag nawalan ka ng 6-7, 6-8 center, factor ’yon.”

It hardly showed Monday though, with a 56-35 rebounding edge. Mark Bringas and John Montemayor had 10 and 11 boards, respectively. Bringas also had 11 points.

“Pero ganyan talaga buhay coach, mag-a-adjust na lang ako. Umaasa pa rin ako sa mga beterano ko tulad ni Bringas,” said Pua, who will have to make another adjustment to his lineup soon.

“Baka hanggang ngayong April 1 na lang siya kasi baka hindi na siya payagan ng Arellano. Kami naman dito sa Cagayan di naman kami magpipigil bahala na sa bata yun kung ano yung desisyon.”

Informatics, which shot just below 30% from the field, dropped to 0-3 after losing its first two outings in overtime.

Sam Miguel
03-26-2013, 09:12 AM
PBA D-League: Bakers toast Giants; Silungan ‘gaining his form back’

By Mark Giongco

INQUIRER.net

6:18 pm | Monday, March 25th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines—Cafe France shut down Jumbo Plastic in the second half to win, 92-69, Monday for its second straight victory in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

But just as the Bakers are starting to hit their strides, head coach Edgar Macaraya is wary that his team might take a step back with his players going into their respective provinces to spend the Holy Week.

“Concern ko lang is baka mawala yung focus nila sa laro,” said Macaraya. “That’s what happened to us last time. After we beat NLEX (last conference) we started losing.”

But with a 23-point win, the Bakers appeared far from being on vacation mode.

Mike Silungan topscored with 18 points on seven-of-14 shooting to go along with four rebounds to lead five other teammates in double-figure scoring.

“Number one, maganda depensa namin,” said Macaraya. “…and Mike Silungan is gaining his form back.”

Silungan knocked in nine points in the first quarter and another nine points in the third, all from long distance, that helped Cafe France (2-1) to take a 67-60 edge entering the final frame after being down by six at the intermission.

The Bakers’ strong play in the third period carried over in the fourth quarter where they held the Giants to just nine points.

Mark Lopez, also Silungan’s teammate during his stint with University of the Philippines in the UAAP, added 12 points. Mike Parala also had 12.

Jens Knuttel scored all of his 11 points in the second half, nine in the fourth on nine-of-10 shooting at the line to go along with six rebounds and five assists while Alfred Batino and Ryan Gallardo contributed 10 points apiece.

“Nag-step up lahat ng players ko,” added Macaraya, whose squad faces a rejuvenated Big Chill squad next on Monday.

“Ganda ng laro ng Big Chill ngayon, bumalik na naman si Romeo. Confidence booster nila si Romeo.”

As worried as Macaraya sounded on Romeo’s return in the Superchargers’ lineup from injury, what concerns him most is hoping his players would be mentally and physically ready after a layoff.

Sam Miguel
03-27-2013, 09:11 AM
Blackwater five grabs 2nd; NLEX breaks ice

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:43 pm | Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

BLACKWATER Sports climbed out of an 18-point hole to grab solo second spot while four-time champion NLEX picked up its first triumph after an unexpected 0-2 start in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup yesterday at Filoil Flying V Arena.

Allan Mangahas buried a game-high 21 points as the Elite rallied past Cebuana Lhuillier, 87-80, to improve to 3-1, behind unbeaten leader Fruitas (3-0).

The Road Warriors, meanwhile, got going with a 10-0 start and never looked back for a 90-54 rout of newcomer Hog’s Breath Cafe.

Garvo Lanete drilled 18 points to power the Road Warriors, who are reeling from the departure of Greg Slaughter and Ian Sangalang.

The Elite banked on a huge second half where they came back from as many as 18 points down, 17-35, behind Mangahas, Kevin Ferrer and Pari Llagas.

“In the second half, our zone defense started working,” said Blackwater coach Leo Isaac.

The scores:

First Game

BLACKWATER SPORTS 87—Mangahas A. 21, Ferrer 16, Llagas 12, Chua 9, Mangahas J. 8, Celiz 6, Austria 5, Ciriacruz 4, Pe 3, Vigil 2, Bagatsing 1.

CEBUANA LHUILLIER 80—Zamar 19, Martinez 16, Dizon 9, Aguilar 8, Elinon 7, Banal 6, Lopez 6, Buensuceso 5, Custodio 3, Chiu 1, Bautista 0.

Quarters: 17-32, 38-45, 62-61, 87-80

Second Game

NLEX 90—Lanete 18, Garcia 14, Pascual J. 13, Salva 9, Ganuelas 8, Pascual R. 7, Herrmida 5, Camson 4, Villarias 2, Long 2, Amer 0.

HOG’S BREATH CAFE 54—Pangilinan 13, Racal 12, Roy 7, Belorio 7, Malinao 5, Rabalo 4, Eman 2, Robles 2, Pacquiao 2, alguno 0, Cayabyab 0, Macasaet 0, Lima 0.

Quarters: 20-10, 32-22, 60-35, 90-54

Sam Miguel
04-02-2013, 08:29 AM
Café France tops Big Chill

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

9:54 pm | Monday, April 1st, 2013

Michael Parala and Alfred Batino combined for 29 points as Café France sustained a strong start to upset favored Big Chill, 80-75, yesterday and grab a share of second place at 3-1 in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup yesterday at Filoil Flying V Arena.

Boracay Rum rallied to best EA Regen Med, 85-75, to climb to 3-2, while Cagayan Valley improved to 2-1 with an 83-74 triumph over Jumbo Plastic.

Meanwhile, the search for the Philippine representative to the Fiba Asia 3-on-3 tournament kicked off yesterday with Hog’s Breath (Michael Lima, Jefferson Morillo and Paul Alguno) and Cebuana Lhuillier (Alvin Padilla, Gerard Bautista, Gian Chiu and Gab Banal) scoring.

Hog’s Breath downed Informatics (Eric Acuna, Mark Montuano, Jayson Ibay and Cedric Ablaza), 14-13 in overtime, while Cebuana Lhuillier nipped NLEX (Garvo Lanete, Jake Pascual, Eric Camson and Kevin Alas), 11-10.

The winner will represent the country in the Fiba tilt on May 15 to 16 in Qatar.

The scores:

First Game

CAFE FRANCE 80—Parala 15, Batino 14, Magat 13, Lopez 10, Abundo 10, Knuttel 7, Silungan 6, Gallardo 5, Magbitang 0, Maconocido 0.

BIG CHILL 75—Romeo 23, VillahermoSa 14, Bringas 13, Nuyles 8, Santos 7, Canlas 6, Lozada 3, Heruela 1, Holstein 0, Dumapig 0, Montilla 0.

Quarters: 29-13, 47-34, 66-57, 80-75

Second Game

BORACAY RUM 85—Sabellina 22, Taha 21, Viernes 10, Ilagan 8, Cabrera 8, Acibar 7, Eguilos 5, Tagarda 4, Arellano 0, Siruma 0, Bandaying 0, Rosopa 0.

EA REGEN MED 75—Aquino 20, Apinan 17, Sangalang 10, Bautista 8, Terso 7, Sanga 5, Maiquez 3, Juico 2, Almazan 2, Semira 1, Tolentino 0, Vitug 0, Miranda 0.

Quarters: 12-26, 36-42, 55-59, 85-75

Sam Miguel
04-02-2013, 08:29 AM
PBA D-League: Poligrates shines anew as Cagayan Valley keeps Jumbo Plastic in check

By Celest R. Flores

INQUIRER.net

7:04 pm | Monday, April 1st, 2013

MANILA, Philippines—Cagayan Valley kept Jumbo Plastic in check with an 83-74 win Monday in the 2013 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Arena in San Juan.

The Rising Suns pulled away in the fourth quarter on a 7-0 run then pushed the lead further to 77-63 on efforts by Eliud Poligrates with under two minutes left to play.

Poligrates churned out 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter as he teamed up with Andrian Celada, and Chris Exciminiano who added 14 and 13, in that order.

Raymund Valenzona, who took over the coaching reins as Alvin Pua joined his wife’s campaign in Cagayan Valley, meanwhile, admitted that they struggled against Jumbo Plastic’s zone defense.

The Rising Suns, who still improved to 2-1, missed 25 shots from downtown and made only 10.

“Nahirapan kami sa mga play kasi nag-sona sila. Tapos di pa kami makashoot sa labas,” said Valenzona. “Siguro sa depensa na lang kami nakabawi. Sa transition defense kami nakalayo.”

But as bad Cagayan Valley was from beyond the arch, it was the opposite on the open court — turning Jumbo Plastic’s 19 turnovers to 25 points and scoring 18 fastbreak buckets.

Jul-Ashri Ignacio finished with 16 points for Jumbo Plastic, which couldn’t find its groove for a 1-4 card in its PBA D-League debut, while Aljon Mariano and Elliot Tan added 13 each.

Sam Miguel
04-03-2013, 08:34 AM
Llagas fuels Elite charge over Icons

(The Philippine Star) | Updated April 3, 2013 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Pari Llagas turned in another double-double job of 18 points and 11 rebounds as Blackwater Sports waylaid Informatics, 89-73, to regain solo second in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at The Arena in San Juan yesterday.

The Elite seized control by closing the first quarter with an 18-9 run then built double digit leads in the second half to post their fourth win in five games.

Fruitas paces the field with a 3-0 mark.

Earlier, Cebuana Lhuillier made eight three-pointers in the first half as it smothered Hog’s Breath, 84-62, to join Boracay Rum at fourth with a 3-2 mark.

“We’re just trying to win as many games as we could in the eliminations and see where it will take us. If our effort will be good enough to get us in the semifinals well and good. But at the moment we’re just focus on winning games,” said Blackwater Sports coach Leo Isaac.

The 11-day break didn’t seem to slow down the Elite, who played with a lot of energy and great determination.

In fact, Isaac used all his 14 players as they gear up for tougher games ahead.

“I want them all to experience the same exposure I’m giving the starters like (Allan) Mangahas, Llagas and (Kevin) Ferrer. My starters can’t play consistent all throughout the tournament so I might as well give my reserves the minutes they deserve at this time,” said Isaac.

All but two of the players he fielded in scored two or more points.

The Icons fell to 0-4.

Sam Miguel
04-05-2013, 08:55 AM
Jake Pascual stars as NLEX rolls past Boracay Rum for 2nd straight win

By Celest R. Flores

INQUIRER.net

2:44 pm | Thursday, April 4th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — NLEX flexed its muscle for the second straight game, stopping Boracay Rum on its tracks 106-84 on Thursday in the 2013 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.

But even with the Road Warriors’ offense finally picking up for a 2-2 slate, head coach Boyet Sison feels like they still have a missing piece.

“We’re not really over the hump. We still need a big guy,” Fernandez told reporters at the JCSGO gym in Quezon City.

But Jake Pascual carried the cudgels for NLEX’s front court, missing just three attempts to finish with 19 points. He also had 11 rebounds, an assist, two steals and a block.

“Jake is really stepping up. He’s one of my legit big men right now,” said Fernandez of the San Beda standout.

The Road Warriors poured the points in the first half, building an 18-point lead that ballooned to 27 after three quarters.

Pascual scored all but four of his points in the first quarter alone, then Nico Salva, Kevin Alas and RR Garcia picked up the slack for the rest of the game.

While NLEX seemed poised for a breakout run this conference, Boracay Rum continued to be hobbled with inconsistency.

“I’m just happy I passed Boracay, they’ve been playing well as a team. Our defense really worked against them,” said Fernandez.

Boracay Rum dropped to 3-3 even with Ken Acibar and Jeff Viernes scoring 21 points apiece.

Sam Miguel
04-05-2013, 08:56 AM
Parala, Silungan rain threes as Cafe France rips EA Regen in PBA D-League

By Celest R. Flores

INQUIRER.net

7:16 pm | Thursday, April 4th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines—Everything clicked for Cafe France as it rolled to its best start in franchise history with a 107-92 win over EA Regen on Thursday in the 2013 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the JCSGO gym in Quezon City.

The Bakers’ 1-2 punch Mike Parala and Mike Silungan delivered the lethal blows for the Bakers in the payoff period, alternating triples to help snare their fourth straight win.

“Eveybody is playing well at mataas ang morale ng lahat. It’s a good sign,” said an elated head coach Edgar Macaraya, whose squad tied with Blackwater at number one with a 4-1 card.

Macaraya also credited his other big man Marion Magat, finished with a perfect 4-of-4 from the field for 11 points, going along with eight rebounds.

“Yung mga big man ko nakita natin maganda nilaro, nagcompliment [yung laro nila sa labas at sa loob],” Macaraya added.

But it was Silungan’s triple which opened up a lot of options in the field for Cafe France. He has another commendable performance with 20 points on four treys.

The gunner from University of the Philippines started the fourth quarter with a trey to keep the momentum in his squad’s side.

As the Bakers continued to keep the Delta at bay, Parala, meanwhile, put the outcome beyond doubt, 106-90, with 1:28 to play

The starting center, who also impressed from the 3-point line by going 3-of-3, finished with a team-best 21 points along with six boards.

EA Regen, meanwhile, asborbed its second straight setback — still struggling to find the right combination to make a run in its PBA D-League debut.

Even with a 26-18 and 28-19 edge in fastbreak and turnover points, in that order, allowing the Bakers to nail eight treys and notch 31 assists keyed in their the Delta’s doom.

Ex-PBA forward Jimbo Aquino finished with a game-high 21 points, Ian Sangalang added 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Joescoundrel
04-11-2013, 11:23 AM
School vs club row far from settled for FEU stars Romeo, Garcia

By Reuben Terrado

April 09, 2013, 03:47 pm

RR GARCIA and Terrence Romeo are staying put with their mother teams in the PBA D-League on the condition that they will not be seeing action against Fruitas, a team that has a school tie-up with their UAAP squad Far Eastern University.

FEU and Fruitas head coach Nash Racela said this agreement has been reached after the ballclub failed to tab the two prized Tamaraws guards for the Foundation Cup, which the team is also using in preparation for the coming UAAP campaign.

Racela explained that the Tamaraws and the Shakers are practicing at the same time with Garcia and Romeo also joining. The guard duo is attending those practices despite also playing for Fruitas’ competitors NLEX and Big Chill, respectively, in the PBA D-League.

“They will be unfair to Fruitas because they technically practice with us everyday,” Racela explained.

When pressed for comment, head coaches Boyet Fernandez of NLEX and Robert Sison of Big Chill, however, disagreed that such an agreement was made.

“The agreement is for RR to play for FEU and all the games of FEU at the Filoil,” Fernandez said. “Fruitas is not FEU. So RR has to play for NLEX.”

Sison said: “There is no such agreement like that.”

With the issue far from settled, Big Chill is set to face Fruitas on April 11 at the Ynares Sports Arena.

“I would recommend that they just focus on the game and not spread rumors like that,” said Sison, who mentioned a previous rumor that Big Chill has released Romeo for Fruitas, which turned out to be false.

Racela said that part of the said agreement is that Garcia and Romeo will prioritize their commitments with FEU.

“Meaning, FEU practice over D-League practice. FEU game over D-League game,” Racela said.

Sam Miguel
04-12-2013, 08:04 AM
Fruitas just too hot for Big Chill

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:34 am | Friday, April 12th, 2013

CARLO Lastimosa ignited a third-quarter rally that carried Fruitas past Big Chill, 83-75, and to solo second yesterday in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena.

Lastimosa, who finished with 24 points, sparked a 10-3 run at the start of the second half as the Shakers forged ahead to stay at 47-45 after trailing 37-42 at halftime.

Carl Cruz and Gryann Mendoza also chipped in 11 points each as the Shakers moved within striking distance of idle leader Blackwater Sports (5-1) with a 4-1 record.

In the second game, newcomer EA Regens Med stunned last conference’s finalist Cagayan Valley with a 103-92 decision.

Clark Bautista drilled in 25 points to lead EA Regens which led all the way after a surprising 21-9 start.

Big men Raymond Almazan (20 points, 19 rebounds and four blocks) and Ian Sangalang (17 points and 11 boards) came away with huge double-double efforts for EA Regens, which clinched only a second win in four outings.

Cagayan Valley and Big Chill, two of the favored squads this conference, dropped to a share of seventh with 3-3 cards.

Only the top six teams in the 12-team field will advance to the next round at the end of the single round-robin eliminations.

The Superchargers played minus main man Terrence Romeo due to an agreement with the Shakers not to pit the topnotch Far Eastern University guard against the FEU-based Fruitas.

The scores:

First Game

FRUITAS 83—Lastimosa 24, Cruz 11, Mendoza 11, Escobal 8, Caram 7, Antonio 6, Pogoy 5, Escoto 4, Colina 4, Tolomia 3.

BIG CHILL 75—Montilla 16, Bringas 14, Nuyles 14, Lozada 8, Canlas 6, Villahermosa 6, Dumapig 5, Holstein 4, Santos 2, Bonifacio 0, Heruela 0.

Quarters: 13-17, 37-42, 55-53, 83-75

Second Game

EA REGENS MED 103—Bautista 25, Almazan 20, Sangalang 17, Aquino 15, Ko 12, Apinan 6, Miranda 4, Mirza 2, Terso 2, Sanga 0, Semira 0.

CAGAYAN VALLEY 92—Cruz 19, Poligrates 15, Webb 13, Celada 12, Exciminiano 10, Bringas 9, Lao 7, Melano 4, Canta 2, Montemayor 1, Jamito 0, Villanil 0.

Quarters: 27-21, 51-43, 75-70, 103-92

Sam Miguel
04-12-2013, 08:04 AM
Clark Bautista shines as EA Regen halts Cagayan Valley

By Celest R. Flores

INQUIRER.net

6:43 pm | Thursday, April 11th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — Unleashing its full attack, EA Regen halted Cagayan Valley, 103-92, Thursday in the 2013 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

Clark Bautista showcased his range and finished with 25 points on five three-pointers, while Raymund Almazan and Ian Sangalang threw their weight in the paint with 20 and 17 markers each.

“Nagtulong-tulong kami ngayon. Kasi siguro nung una nagkakahiyaan pa yung mga bata (The boys helped each other out. Before, they didn’t know each other that much),” said assistant coach Allan Trinidad.

The Delta improved to 2-2, but remains still far from the expectations coming into the conference with a loaded line-up.

But EA Regen showed a glimpse of how dominating they could be, leading the equally-talented Rising Suns, who dropped to 3-3, the entire game.

Almazan and Sangalang accounted for 30 of the Delta’s 55 rebounds just as Jimbo Aquino and Shane Ko added 15 and 12 points, respectively.

Trinidad took over the coaching reins on Thursday with head mentor Vergel Meneses sitting in the sidelines.

“Sabi ni coach Vergel ako daw muna, pahiyang daw muna sya. Pero sya pa rin head coach (Coach Vergel told me to coach the team as he sits on the sidelines. But he remains as head coach),” added Trinidad.

Diminutive guard Mark Cruz finished with 19 points and six rebounds for Cagayan Valley, which stayed within striking distance but couldn’t get the chance to take over.

Sam Miguel
05-17-2013, 10:45 AM
Boracay clobbers Fruitas, paves way for Blackwater

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:08 am | Friday, May 17th, 2013

JEFF Viernes sparkled in the clutch as Boracay Rum spoiled Fruitas’ bid for an automatic semifinal seat with a 63-54 victory yesterday in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

The shifty guard scattered six of his 12 points in the last two minutes to power the Waves, who also secured the No. 3 seed in the playoffs while paving the way for the Blackwater Elite to grab the second automatic semifinal slot.

The victory gave the wards of coach Lawrence Chongson their best finish in the elimination round in team history.

“This win is monumental for us,” said Chongson. “It’s the farthest we have gone. There’s a good chance we might just make the Final Four this year.”

Despite the loss, the Shakers, who finished the eliminations as fourth placers, will be armed with a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals against dangerous Big Chill beginning Tuesday.

The Waves will go up against EA Regen Med in the other quarterfinal pairing with Boracay Rum needing just a win to gain the semifinals.

NLEX, already assured of top seeding, refused to pull its punches and overwhelmed Jumbo Plastic, 81-70, in the first game, while Informatics finally scored a breakthrough win by whipping Hog’s Breath, 81-66.

The Road Warriors leaned on a balanced offensive led by Byron Villarias’ 14 points on their way to a ninth straight triumph.

Jeric Teng exploded for a conference-high 35 points, including 24 in the second half, as the Icons averted a tournament shutout.
With reports from Nicolo Pascual, Patty Perez, Nikka Valenzuela

The scores:

First Game

NLEX 81—Villarias 14, Garcia 13, Salva 12, Pascual J. 9, Ganuelas 7, Long 7, Alas 7, Hermida 5, Pascual R. 4, Camson 3, Amer 0, Taganas 0

JUMBO PLASTIC 70—Hayes 20, Mariano 16, Tan 16, Escueta 6, Dehesa 5, Najorda 2, Vidal 2, Acosta 2, Del Rosario 1, Gomez 0

Quarters: 17-11, 39-27, 58-52, 81-70

Second Game

BORACAY RUM 63—Viernes 12, Taha 11, Fernandez 9, Eguilos 8, Acibar 6, Siruma 5, Sabellina 5, Ilagan 4, Cabrera 3, Pasculado 0, Arellano 0, Tagarda 0

FRUITAS 54—Lastimosa 12, Escoto 9, Cruz 8, Escobal 8, Colina 5, Semira 5, Tolomia 3, Sentcheu 2, Caram 2, Mendoza 0, Pogoy 0, Antonio 0

Quarters: 10-15, 26-28, 43-40, 63-54

Third Game

INFORMATICS 81—Teng 35, Mabayo 14, Benitez 13, Acidre 10, Altamirano 5, Gamboa 2, Melegrito 2, Morales 0, Ablaza 0, Ibay 0, Montuano 0

HOG’S BREATH 66—Pacquiao 18, Robles 13, Morillo 9, Lima 6, Pangilinan 5, Cayabyab 5, Armecin 2, Eman 2, Alguno 2, Malinao 2, Macasaet 2, Rabalo 2

Quarters: 15-10, 41-27, 59-47, 81-66

Sam Miguel
05-28-2013, 08:22 AM
D-League Final 4: NLEX, Blackwater favored

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:35 pm | Monday, May 27th, 2013

NLEX looks to sustain its hot streak despite a two-week layoff when it tangles with Big Chill at the start of their best-of-three semifinal series in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup today at Blue Eagle Gym in Quezon City.

Anticipating a tight duel, coach Boyet Fernandez hopes to make the most out of Greg Slaughter’s return for the Road Warriors in the 2 p.m. duel.

“This will be a close series,” said Fernandez. “Whoever makes the stops in the end will make it to the Finals.”

Blackwater Sports, an outright semifinalist just like NLEX, battles Boracay Rum in the other Final Four pairing at 4 p.m.

Slaughter only suited up in the Road Warriors’ last two games due to commitments with his school and the national team.

But the seven-foot standout blended well with the defending champions, who racked up nine straight wins for a league-best 9-2 record.

“Any way I look at it, we don’t have any advantage over NLEX,” said Big Chill coach Robert Sison, noting that the imposing Slaughter remains a concern.

“That team is complete in all positions and anyone in their lineup can dominate the game.”

The Superchargers, though, hope to ride on the momentum of their quarterfinal run where they overcame Fruitas’ twice-to-beat edge to claim the last semifinals slot.

Sison said his crew, led by Terrence Romeo and Jeckster Apinan, need to come out even more tenacious against NLEX’s virtual all-star squad of Slaughter, Nico Salva, RR Garcia, Kevin Alas, Ronald Pascual and Borgie Hermida.

“We have to work doubly hard and we must have a really good game plan especially on defense to limit their offensive attacks,” said Sison.

The second-seeded Elite also try to live up to their favorite tag behind Kevin Ferrer, Allan Mangahas and Pari Llagas. Jasmine W. Payo

Sam Miguel
05-29-2013, 08:58 AM
NLEX, Blackwater down rivals

(The Philippine Star) | Updated May 29, 2013 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Greg Slaughter took charge in the fourth quarter as defending champion NLEX bucked poor form to thwart Big Chill, 66-59, while Blackwater Sports subdued Boracay Rum, 79-69, as they moved closer to a title showdown in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Blue Eagle gym inside the Ateneo campus yesterday.

The seven-foot Slaughter imposed his will inside in the payoff period, scoring all but one of his eight points as the Road Warriors rode on a 14-0 run to put away the pesky Superchargers and take the opener of their best-of-three Final Four series.

Kirk Long and Jake Pascual also starred in that decisive NLEX fourth quarter attack with Slaughter adding three late free throws to help give the Road Warriors a big 62-49 lead.

“We’re rusty, we shot poorly and we missed a lot of free throws. It was an ugly game and I’m happy we got the win,” said NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez.

“Good thing we have Greg. He doesn’t want to lose and he made the difference in the fourth when we needed a spark,” he added.

The victory, NLEX’s 10th straight since losing its first two games, thus moved the Road Warriors to a win for a fifth straight trip to the finals.

Later in the day, Blackwater Sports outscored Boracay Rum, 24-13, in the third period, breaking away from a tight first half game and into the double-digit win that pushed them closer to a title duel with the fancied Warriors.

“At halftime, which ended at 35-all, I told the players to just play two more good quarters. Sometimes when you challenge your players they respond well. I thought they did a good job in the second half,” said Blackwater Sports coach Leo Isaac, seeking his first championship since 2009 when he steered the Arellano to victory in the National Capitol Region Athletic Association.

Gio Ciriacruz scored 16 points while Allan Mangahas tallied 14 markers and had eight assists for the Elite.

The defending champions and the Elite could wrap up the their respective series with another pair of victories tomorrow.

Long scored 14 points while Jake Pascual added 10 markers and 13 rebounds for the Road Warriors, who groped for form majority of the way after a two-week break.

Sam Miguel
05-31-2013, 09:19 AM
NLEX back in finals; Boracay forges KO

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:28 pm | Thursday, May 30th, 2013

After a shaky start, NLEX is back in familiar territory.

The Road Warriors advanced to the finals for the fifth straight conference after subduing the Big Chill Superchargers, 80-71, last night to complete a sweep of their PBA D-League Foundation Cup best-of-three semifinal series at Ateneo’s Blue Eagle Gym.

Kirk Long scored 12 points and Kevin Alas chipped in 10 as the Road Warriors used a balanced attack to finish off the Superchargers.

“I thought we played good defense, made stops and scored in transition,” said NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez.

The Road Warriors will face the winner of the series pitting Blackwater Elite and Boracay Rum which was extended to a deciding duel after the Waves hacked out a 69-65 win in Game 2.

With their season on the line, the Waves played with urgency and leaned on the stellar play of Maclean Sabellina to level the series.

Sabellina fired 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter, including four straight baskets that gave the Waves cushion in the final minute.

“We were resilient in this game,” said Waves coach Lawrence Chongson. “We always strive when our backs are against the wall. And this conference I don’t think we lost back-to-back games.”

Chongson also praised Sabellina for his performance in the stretch.

“I thought Mac played fireman in this game. He stepped up when the chips were down,” said Chongson.

The scores:

First Game

BORACAY RUM 69—Acibar 14, Sabellina 14, Fernandez 9, Eguilos 7, Ilagan 7, Arellano 5, Siruma 4, Tagarda 3, Pasculado 2, Cabrera 2, Taha 2, Viernes 0.

BLACKWATER ELITE 65—Ferrer 14, Ciriacruz 14, Celiz 11, Chua 7, Vigil 7, Suguitan 6, Mangahas 5, Austria 1, Bagatsing 0, Pe 0, Llagas 0.

Quarters: 16-9, 35-27, 53-41, 69-65.

Second Game

NLEX 80—Long 12, Alas 10, Camson 9, Slaughter 8, Salva 8, Garcia 8, Villarias 7, Hermida 7, Pascual 4, Lanete 3, Ganuelas 2, Pascual 2.

BIG CHILL 71—Romeo 25, Lozada 13, Apinan 13, Montilla 9, Villahermosa 6, Heruela 3, Bringas 2, Bonifacio 0, Holstein 0, Canlas 0, Dumapig 0, Santos 0.

Quarters: 18-14; n34-29; 55-47; 80-71

Sam Miguel
06-04-2013, 08:08 AM
Elite, Waves collide for D-League’s 2nd title slot

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:14 pm | Monday, June 3rd, 2013

HOPING to avoid a repeat of last conference’s debacle, Blackwater Sports shoots for the last title berth against Boracay Rum today in the rubber match of their PBA D-League semifinal series at Blue Eagle Gym in Loyola Heights.

“Nothing has changed in our goal to make the finals,” said Blackwater Sports coach Leo Isaac. “We’re just one win away from being there.”

The Elite take on the Waves at 3 p.m. with the winner advancing against NLEX in the best-of-three championship series.

“We just have to battle and battle and give it our best shot,” said Boracay coach Lawrence Chongson. “Hopefully, our resilience will make a difference again.”

The Elite claimed the semifinal opener with a 79-69 victory as Gio Ciriacruz and Allan Mangahas teamed up for 30 points.

But the Waves shut down Mangahas in Game 2 and leveled the series with a 69-65 decision.

NLEX advanced to the title round for the fifth straight time after sweeping Big Chill (66-59) and (80-71).

The Elite were also seeded second in the last conference and favored to cruise to the finals only to be stunned by Cagayan Valley.

Chongson thinks his Waves can pull off the same feat behind Maclean Sabellina, Ken Acibar and Paolo Taha.

Isaac hopes Mangahas would reprise his heroics in Game 1 where the veteran guard shone with an all-around game of 14 points, six rebounds and eight assists. Jasmine W. Payo

Sam Miguel
06-05-2013, 09:00 AM
Elite nail title berth vs NLEX

Blackwater rallies to oust Bora

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:00 pm | Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Blackwater Sports’ Allan Mangahas, Kevin Ferrer and Pari Llagas made sure there would be no repeat of last conference’s heartbreak.

The trio fueled Blackwater’s late push as the Elite rallied to an 82-74 victory over Boracay Rum yesterday to clinch the last title berth in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Blue Eagle Gym in Loyola Heights.

“We wanted it,” coach Leo Isaac said of his Elite, who were seeking redemption after getting stunned by a lower-seeded team in last conference’s semifinals.

Up next for the Elite are the formidable NLEX Road Warriors, who are vying for a fifth straight crown in the best-of-three series starting at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Mangahas, making up for a measly five-point outing in the Elite’s Game 2 loss, fired a game-high 22 in the semifinal match where the Waves had control of the middle quarters.

Llagas and Ferrer also helped shatter a 70-70 deadlock as the Elite staged a 12-4 windup.

“I think that interception of Kevin was the turning point of the game,” said Isaac.

The Elite looked in danger of yielding the series when the Waves forged a winner-take-all match with a 69-65 Game 2 win last week.

The Road Warriors secured the first title berth after sweeping Big Chill, 2-0, in their own semifinal series.

The scores:

BLACKWATER SPORTS 82—A. Mangahas 22, Celiz 14, Ferrer 11, Llagas 11, Chua 10, Bagatsing 8, Ciriacruz 4, Pe 2, Vigil 0, J. Mangahas 0, Suguitan 0.

BORACAY RUM 74—Acibar 16, Viernes 16, Sabellina 12, Fernandez 8, Taha 8, Siruma 5, Rosopa 5, Arellano 2, Eguillos 1, Ilagan 1, Pasculado 0, Tagarda 0.

Quarters: 18-14, 34-37, 55-58, 82-74

Sam Miguel
06-06-2013, 08:36 AM
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Blackwater, NLEX begin D-League title series

11:51 pm | Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Although NLEX hasn’t dropped a finals game in all its four title runs, that doesn’t make the Road Warriors any more confident when they shoot for the PBA D-League Foundation Cup Championship against the Blackwater Sports Elite starting today.

The Road Warriors, in fact, know that their seeming invincibility only challenges their opponents to end their reign.

“[Blackwater] is a strong and well-coached team,” said NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez. “So defense will be an important factor. Whoever makes stops in the end will win Game 1 and probably the championship.”

The Road Warriors and the Elite—the top two seeds who advanced to the finals in contrasting fashions—battle in Game 1 of the best-of-three series at 3 p.m. at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

“I keep telling my boys that to make a mark in this league, you have to challenge NLEX [in the finals],” said Blackwater coach Leo Isaac. “This is the time to do it.”

The return of the seven-foot Greg Slaughter, though, late in the eliminations has made the Road Warriors even more formidable as the Road Warriors streaked to 11 straight wins after a surprise 0-2 start.

Jake Pascual has also played a major role this conference in leading the NLEX’s all-star crew of RR Garcia, Kevin Alas, Nico Salva, Ronald Pascual and Kirk Long.

Veteran guard Allan Mangahas, who has been piling up numbers in recent games, banners the Elite along with Kevin Ferrer, Gio Ciriacruz and Pari Llagas.

“I think we’re a competitive team,” said Isaac. “This is our first time in the finals and we are facing a very experienced team. So hopefully, we’ll avoid folding up early.”

NLEX advanced to the title round for the fifth straight time after sweeping Big Chill in Game 1 (66-59) and Game 2 (80-71).

Blackwater, though, flirted with elimination before the Elite pulled out an 82-74 victory against Boracay Rum in the do-or-die Game 3 last Tuesday.

The Elite claimed the opener with a 79-69 victory, but the Waves leveled the series at 1-1 with a 69-65 upset.

“It will be a tough but exciting series,” said Fernandez.

Sam Miguel
06-07-2013, 09:33 AM
Fearless Elite stun NLEX five

Blackwater a victory from title

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

2:26 am | Friday, June 7th, 2013

Blackwater Sports showed no fear of four-time champion NLEX as the Elite shocked the Road Warriors, 70-67, yesterday to move within a win of the PBA D-League Foundation Cup championship at Ynares Sports Arena.

Kevin Ferrer buried an undergoal stab with 14 seconds left as the Elite pinned a first loss on the Road Warriors in the title series of the league.

“I’ve been telling my players that they (Road Warriors) eat the same way we do,” said Blackwater coach Leo Isaac. “They’re also human. We conditioned our minds that we can beat them.”

Blackwater will try to complete the monumental upset in Game 2 of the best-of-three series on Tuesday.

Ferrer scored the go-ahead basket for the Elite, 68-67, after the Road Warriors had grabbed the lead, 67-66, on Ronald Pascual’s back-to-back triples.

The Road Warriors blew their chance in the next play with an errant inbound pass. Allan Mangahas then nailed two free throws with 12.1 seconds left to set the final count and cap another all-around performance of 16 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and two steals.

The Road Warriors looked set for another convincing win as they posted double-digit leads in the first half.

Still trailing 36-45 midway in the third, the Elite rallied behind Chua to gain the upperhand for the first time, 48-47.

“We identified the NLEX players who can hurt us,” said Isaac. “Everyone knew what they had to do.”

The scores:

BLACKWATER SPORTS 70—Chua 17, A. Mangahas 16, Llagas 8, Ciriacruz 7, Celiz 7, Ferrer 6, Suguitan 5, Bagatsing 2, Vigil 0, Mazo 0, Pe 0, J. Mangahas 0, Austria 0.

NLEX 67—Lanete 12, Salva 10, R. Pascual 10, Slaughter 9, Long 7, Villarias 6, J. Pascual 6, Camson 4, Alas 3, Amer 0, Hermida 0, Garcia 0.

Quarters: 14-20, 29-38, 56-52, 70-67

Sam Miguel
06-13-2013, 07:58 AM
Blackwater five takes it

By Cedelf P. Tupas

9:56 pm | Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Playing with a lot of tenacity in the second half, Blackwater Sports ended the reign of NLEX in the PBA D-League with a pulsating 80-74 victory yesterday, completing a sweep by the Elite of the Foundation Cup finals at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Robby Celiz and Justin Chua showed up their more touted rivals by starring in a torrid second-half assault that boosted the Elite from 18 points down in the third period and eventually dethroned the Road Warriors, who ruled the first four conferences with ease.

Undaunted by the Road Warriors’ winning tradition, the Elite, owned by businessman Dioceldo Dy, proved tougher when it mattered in Games 1 and 2.

“It wasn’t easy but all we had to do was believe in the players and in the system, and instill discipline on offense and defense” said Blackwater coach Leo Isaac.

“Down (14 points) at halftime, we knew we can’t win if we lose our composure, so we took it possession by possession and took good shots.”

More importantly, Blackwater, playing with a thin rotation, was undaunted by NLEX’s star-studded lineup.

Celiz, a seldom-used guard playing out of National U, fired 20 points, including 11 in the third quarter that sparked the Elite’s comeback from 40-58 down.

Motivated by the thought of playing against his more heralded collegiate teammates in Greg Slaughter and Nico Salva, former Ateneo center Chua delivered 17 points and six boards.

Allan Mangahas dished out a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

“We feel sorry for him not winning the MVP award, but he proved that he is the team’s MVP,” Isaac said of the former Mapua court general.

The Road Warriors leaned on Slaughter to take a 52-38 lead at halftime. They padded it to 18 in the third, before back-to-back triples by Celiz set off the fightback.

Baser Amer tied the game for NLEX at 72 with 2:17 left, but Mangahas buried a runner in the lane and Celiz followed up a Chua miss with 41.2 ticks to go.

The scores:

BLACKWATER 80—Celiz 20, Chua 17, Mangahas 13, Ferrer 12, Llagas 11, Ciriacruz 7, Bagatsing 0, Austria 0.

NLEX 74—Salva 14, Lanete 12, Slaughter 11, Long 9, Alas 8, Garcia 7, J. Pascual 6, Amer 5, Villarias 2, Ganuelas 0, R. Pascual 0, Camson 0.

Quarters: 21-22, 38-52, 60-62, 80-74