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09-20-2013, 08:47 AM
From the PBA press corps ___

Banchero Boracay Rum top draft pick

Posted on Friday Sep 20th at 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Boracay Rum boosted its chances to finally contend for the crown after picking Fil-American Chris Banchero as the No. 1 draft choice of the first PBA Developmental League Rookie Draft yesterday.

Banchero, an MVP in the ASEAN Basketball League, was not around during the rites but Boracay Rum coach Lawrence Chongson said his agent, Marvin Espiritu, had been notified in advance about the team’s plan to pick him.

“We are in constant contact with (Banchero’s) agent. Frankly, I have not seen him play but I’ve heard good account of his skills and ability so I’m sure he must be good,” said Chongson of his top pick.

Fourteen teams are competing in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup which fires off Oct. 24 at the Ynares Sports Arena.

Café France and Cebuana Lhuillier owned the top two picks but gave up the chance to land the 6-1 Banchero after forging tie-ups with school teams.

All new players are required to join the Draft to be eligible to play for the league’s 2014 season. However, new players who are included in the line-up of school-based teams are deemed exempted from joining the Draft. Instead, they are considered to be the draft picks of their respective teams.

Café France has linked up with Centro Escolar University while Cebuana Lhuillier forged a partnership with the University of the East.

Also ceding their first round picks are four-time champion NLEX-San Beda, Air21-Arellano U, M Builders-Trinity U, UR Value-UP and Banco de Oro-National University.

Big Chill used its first round pick to net Perpetual Help College star guard Juneric Baloria while Blackwater Sports selected unheralded Andrew Avillanoza of Cebu City.

Cagayan Valley drafted Adamson shooting guard Celedonio Trollano, Hog’s Breath selected Letran’s Ford Ruaya, Jumbo Plastic St. Benilde’s Mark Romero while Wang’s Basketball Team landed little known Benedict Adamos.

The other drafted players were Raymark Belo, LA Revilla, Jericho Cruz, Philip Paredes, Rene Saycon, Jamil Gabawan, Dexter Garcia, Raymund Alvaro, Mark Anthony Lopez, John Marco Tayongtong, Jed Manguera, Francis Abarcar, Randy Dilay, Allen Etrone, Rafael Sanchez, Ar-Raouf Julkipli, Gian Abrigo, Joshua Cubillo, Van Abatayo, Alex Austria, Mark Franco, Christian Palma, John Rey Alabanza and Joemarie Adornado.

09-20-2013, 09:17 AM
Boracay Rum makes Banchero its top pick in first-ever PBA D-League draft

From: Reuben Terrado

September 19, 2013, 03:08 pm

AS expected, Chris Banchero has been picked by Boracay Rum with the third pick overall in the first-ever D-League Draft on Thursday at the PBA office in Quezon City.

After Cafe France and Cebuana Lhuilier used the first two picks to select players from their partner schools, Boracay Rum didn't hesitate to tab the reigning Asean Basketball League Finals MVP despite the San Miguel Beer star's expressed interest to play for Blackwater.

Boracay Rum, a part of the Lucio Tan group, now owns the rights to the Fil-Italian guard but it is still unclear what Banchero's next move would be.

Café France and Cebuana Lhuillier passed up on Banchero by selecting players from their school partners, with the Bakers picking Joseph Sedurifa from Centro Escolar University at No. 1 and Cebuana getting Roi Sumang of University of the East at No. 2.

Juneric Baloria of Perpetual Help was picked by Big Chill while Blackwater Sports settled for Andrew Avillonaza after failing to get its hands on Banchero.

NLEX selected Art Dela Cruz of San Beda, Cagayan Valley picked Celedonio Trollano from Adamson, and Hog’s Breath Café picked Ford Ruyawa of Letran.

Also selected in the first round were Mark Romero (Jumbo Plastic), Benedict Adamos (Wang’s Basketball Team), Zachary Nicholls (Air21), Rowell Maniago (M-Builders) and Raul Soyud (UR Value).

Two-time UAAP MVP Bobby Ray Parks was also pre-selected by Banco De Oro for its 14th pick after the Sy-owned ballclub forged a school tie-up with National University.

Boracay Rum coach Lawrence Chongson said there is no question that they will be selecting Banchero.

“He is the best player available, as I heard,” said Chongson. “In truth, I haven’t seen him play, I haven’t seen any ABL game. Puro hearsay lang. Pero maraming nagsabi na mga experts at naniwala naman ako.”

Banchero’s pick came at a time when he was originally set on playing for Blackwater Sports after a deal that prospered before the PBA D-League draft was implemented.

In the second round, Cebuana Lhuillier and Café France also selected a player from UE and CEU in Chris Javier and Rodrigue Ebundo.

Boracay Rum also picked Far Eastern University forward Mark Belo in the second round, while La Salle point guard LA Revilla was selected by Big Chill.

Blackwater Sports also beefed up its lineup by tabbing Jericho Cruz of Adamson in the second round, as former La Salle forward Papot Paredes was picked by NLEX.

The Road Warriors also picked several players from the Red Lions roster in Francis Abarcar, Van Abatayo, Antonio Bonsubre, and Dan Sara.

A total of 58 out of the 111 draftees were selected in the first draft of the developmental league.

Sam Miguel
09-25-2013, 09:25 AM
Banchero, Boracay agree on contract

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:51 pm | Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

TOP ROOKIE pick Chris Banchero will bring his celebrated act to Boracay Rum as the two camps finally ironed out kinks a month before new PBA D-League season kicks off.

Banchero signed a tender offer sheet with the Waves on Monday after sorting out the Filipino-Italian guard’s concerns due to prior commitments with other teams.

“We’re only after Banchero playing for us,” said Boracay Rum coach Lawrence Chongson.

Before the Waves made him the No. 1 pick in the league’s inaugural Rookie Draft last week, Banchero aired concerns as he already signed a playing and endorsement deal with defending champion Blackwater Sports.

Banchero also starred in San Miguel Beer’s championship romp in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) this year aside from serving as the brand’s image model.

Boracay Rum, a product of the Tanduay Distillers Inc., is a rival of San Miguel Corporation.

“We’re happy that it’s over–signed, sealed and delivered,” said Chongson. “He’ll play for us, that’s it. He can do any endorsement he wants. We’re just hoping that he’ll help us win our first championship.”

Banchero, the ABL Finals MVP, left for Italy yesterday and will return before the developmental league’s fourth season fires off on Oct. 24 at Ynares Sports Arena.

Sam Miguel
10-22-2013, 09:52 AM
PBA D-League lifts covers off 5 new squads

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:28 pm | Sunday, October 20th, 2013

FIVE squads debut when the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup gets going with a 14-team field starting this Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

Four of the five new squads will field school-based rosters in the developmental tournament where Blackwater Sports will vie for back-to-back championships.

Banco de Oro (National University), Derulo Accelero Oilers (University of the Philippines), Air21 (Arellano) and Zambales M-Builders (Trinity University) all linked up with schools in their maiden run as Wang’s Basketball Team rounds out the new teams.

Bent on extending its reign, Blackwater recently played in Cebu for a series of tune-up games against commercial team M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala and collegiate squads Southwestern University and University of San Carlos.

The Elite bagged their first crown last conference after a surprise Finals sweep of the NLEX Road Warriors, who have dominated since the inaugural season with four straight titles.

NLEX, though, thinks it will be among the underdogs as it goes school-based for the first time after years of parading virtual all-star teams.

The Road Warriors forged a tie-up with NCAA champion San Beda following the departure of several key cogs led by Greg Slaughter and RR Garcia, who signed up for the PBA Rookie Draft.

Boracay Rum, meanwhile, emerged as an early favorite after acquiring Filipino-Italian guard Chris Banchero in the league’s first Draft last month.

Banchero became the No. 1 pick just months after winning the Finals MVP in San Miguel Beer’s championship romp in the Asean Basketball League (ABL).

Other teams seeing action this season are Big Chill, Cebuana Lhuillier, Café France, Cagayan Valley, Hog’s Breath and Jumbo Plastic.

Teams will battle in a single-round eliminations where the the top two teams will earn outright semifinal berths, while the next four clash in the quarterfinals.

Sam Miguel
10-22-2013, 09:53 AM
Crack rookies in D-League Aspirants Cup

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:26 pm | Monday, October 21st, 2013

CHRIS Banchero and Ray Parks lead a strong rookie batch expected to make an instant impact when the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup unfolds this Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

Banchero, the Filipino-Italian guard picked No. 1 in the league’s first ever Rookie Draft, will debut with Boracay Rum just months after winning the Finals MVP in San Miguel Beer’s title romp in the Asean Basketball League (ABL).

Parks, a two-time UAAP MVP, leads several National University players set to banner new squad Banco de Oro.

The league kicks off with a double-header starting at 2 p.m. featuring retooled squads Café France and Cagayan Valley.

Derulo Accelero and Zambales M-Builders, two of five new teams this season, clash at 4 p.m.

Adamson star Jericho Cruz will suit up for Blackwater Sports, which will shoot for back-to-back crowns after ending the reign of four-time champion NLEX last conference.

Roi Sumang, a UAAP Mythical Team member this season, also heads the University of the East standouts who will form the core of Cebuana Lhuillier.

NLEX lost a handful of vital cogs, but tapped several San Beda players led by Art dela Cruz.

Joma Adornado, the son of PBA legend Bogs Adornado, will also debut with Derulo Accelero alongside University of the Philippines players Raul Soyud and Henry Asilum.

10-23-2013, 07:41 AM
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10-23-2013, 02:31 PM
NLEX, Blackwater emerge as favorites in leveled PBA D-League season

By Mark Giongco


4:32 pm | Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – As competitive as the new season of the PBA D-League promises to be, NLEX and recent champion Blackwater still emerged as the teams to beat when the Aspirants Cup unfolds this Thursday.

The Road Warriors were winners of the league’s first four conferences until the Elite pulled off the stunner when it seized the 2013 Foundation Cup last June.

And having that championship experience gives the two teams edge over the other 12 teams competing.

“[Team to beat] I think it’s very obvious, it’s the team who played in the finals last conference. I’m not underestimating the other teams but matagal-tagal na silang magkakasama [they’ve been together for quite sometime],” said Big Chill head coach Robert Sison referring to NLEX and Blackwater.

Elite coach Leo Isaac accepted the favorite tag on his team but also said that every team has the opportunity to win.

“I think it’s understandable when you win a championship, the following conference you’re being looked at as one of the favorites,” said Isaac during the PSA forum held at Shakey’s Malate Tuesday. “I should say everybody will have a fair chance. This is going to be an exciting conference.”

“The players are just confident being on a champion team and I think that’s the advantage of our team and NLEX,” Isaac added.

NLEX assistant coach Adonis Tierra also shares the same thoughts as Isaac in the coming Aspirants Cup, where the Road Warriors are defending champions.

“Last year we learned our lesson after we didn’t get the five peat,” said Tierra, who filled in for head coach Boyet Fernandez. “It’s going to be tough now because the teams are balanced.”

NLEX is set to lose RR Garcia and Nico Salva, who are expected to be drafted and signed after the two applied for this coming PBA Draft, and Blackwater too may lose its key players Justin Chua and Rob Celiz to the Rookie Draft.

And while Tierra admitted that the possibility of losing some of their players coupled with its core of San Beda players still playing in the NCAA are some of NLEX’s concerns, Isaac remained upbeat on his team’s chances.

“We have a positive outlook on our lineup even if they’re drafted. We still have the same goal of retaining and getting this back-to-back championship. We always practice good habits so not a doubt. We’re all geared towards one goal. It’s also good that we aspire for back to back and the players are cooperating very well and putting all their best in our practices. Tama lang peak ng players The players are peaking just right – before our first game,” Isaac said.

What worries Isaac though, is preparing his players’ mindset for a grueling conference ahead with the league expanding to 14 teams, seven of which are school-based.

But as NLEX and Blackwater get much of the attention, other teams like Big Chill and Boracay Rum, which will be parading crack guard Chris Banchero, are not to be overlooked.

The Superchargers may not have Terrence Romeo, who also made himself available for the Draft but they seemed to have addressed the situation in landing Perpetual Help’s Juneric Baloria, one of the NCAA’s top guards.

“Malaking bagay sa amin yon when Terrence Romeo decided to join the draft and it’s a challenge for the other players to fill in the void,” said Sison. “I think he [Baloria] will be a good addition to the team.”

Big Chill also bolstered its frontcourt, which Sison thinks is the team’s weakness in the previous season.

“We decided to go tall because that’s what we didn’t have the last 2 conferences. We’ve added Dexter Maiquez, Rodney Brondial and Michael Miranda. We were also able to acquire PBA free agent Reil Cervantes so I think we have a decent lineup.”

UAAP stars Roi Sumang and Bobby Ray Parks Jr. are also set to make their PBA D-League debut. Sumang will be suiting up for Cebuana Lhuillier, which is tied up with University of the East, while Parks will lead the BDO-NU squad.

The new D-League season opens with a double-header starting at 2 p.m. featuring Café France and Cagayan Valley and new teams Deruelo Accelero and Zambales M-Builders pitting against each other at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

10-23-2013, 02:32 PM
D-L teams keep pro hopefuls in roster

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:27 pm | Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

PBA D-LEAGUE teams brace for their veterans’ impending jump to the pros when the Aspirants Cup fires off tomorrow at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Several teams still lined up their players who applied for the PBA Rookie Draft set on Nov. 3 and intend to welcome them back if they don’t get picked.

Blackwater Sports coach Leo Isaac said he may have to do without pro hopefuls Justin Chua and Rob Celiz, two key cogs who helped power the Elite to a surprise title romp last conference.

“We have an excess of two to three players in our lineup just in case those who applied for the PBA Draft will be signed,” said Isaac in yesterday’s PSA Forum at Shakey’s Malate.

Big Chill also hopes to come out strong despite the last-minute decision of star guard Terrence Romeo to join the pros.

“We beefed up our wing position,” said Big Chill coach Robert Sison.

Tournament director Eric Castro said half of the record 14-team field will field school-based rosters, including four-time champion NLEX.

“We’re still having problems with our practices since our San Beda players are still concentrating on the NCAA,” said NLEX assistant coach Adonis Tierra.

Café France also forged a tie-up with Centro Escolar U, while Cebuana Lhuillier hooked up with University of the East.

Rounding out the field are Boracay Rum, Cagayan Valley, Hog’s Breath, Jumbo Plastic and new teams Banco de Oro (National U), Derulo Accelero Oilers (University of the Philippines), Air 21 (Arellano), Zambales M-Builders (Trinity U) and Wangs Basketball.

10-25-2013, 01:04 PM

Cagayan dumps Café France; Vidal powers Zambales M-B

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:50 pm | Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Don Trollano delivered the key baskets as Cagayan Valley opened its PBA D-League Aspirants Cup campaign in style by scuttling Café France, 83-74, yesterday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

The Adamson gunner fired 22 points, including 17 in the second half, as the new-look Rising Suns got the better of a Café France squad groping for form with the arrival of new players in its lineup.

“He stepped up when we needed to score and he was big in the fourth quarter when Café France made a big run,” said Cagayan Valley coach Alvin Pua of his shooting guard.

Trollano’s performance couldn’t have come at a better time for the Rising Suns who are still missing Kenneth Ighalo, Prince Caperal, Mike Mabulac, John Pinto and Mark Cruz due to commitments to their school in the NCAA.

Later, the Zambales M-Builders, getting a big game from former Perpetual Help star Jett Vidal, also launched their campaign with an impressive 79-73 triumph over Derulo Accelero.

Vidal knocked in 12 of his 21 points in the final quarter, spearheading a 22-9 windup that boosted the Builders, who also drew 20 points from Far Eastern U star Mike Tolomia.

Built around University of the Philippines players, Derulo looked poised to notch a first victory when King Importante struck to give the Oilers a 64-56 lead with 6:23 left.

Then Vidal came to Builders’ rescue.

“Good thing Jett found his rhythm in the fourth,” said Zambales M-Builders coach Junel Mendiola.

The Bakers tied the game at 68 on a basket by Poligrates with 4:19 left in the fourth quarter but the Rising Suns closed the game with a 15-6 blast.

The scores:

First Game

CAGAYAN 83—Trollano 22, Celada 20, Bringas 11, Foronda 10, Canta 6, Mercader 5, Melano 5, Saycon 4, Jamito 0, Dela Cruz 0.

CAFEFRANCE 74—Exciminiano 16, Poligrates 14, Nimes 14, Ebondo 8, Mutombo 6, Knuttel 6, Parala 5, Abundo 4, De Leon 1, Sedurifa 0, Opiso 0, Batino 0, Sarangay 0.

Quarters: 15-17; 36-27; 55-53; 83-74.

Second Game

M-BUILDERS 79—Vidal 21, Tolomia 20, Cruz 10, Gomez 8, Alabanza 6, Ignacio 5, Mendoza 4, Pogoy 3, Maniago 2, Saret 0, Wong 0.

DERULO 73—Soyud 17, Asilum 15, Manuel 13, Jeffries 11, Importante 7, Corpuz 5, Bautista 3, Gingerich 2, Juruena 0, Morillo 0.

Quarters: 16-19; 34-31; 53-54; 79-73.

10-29-2013, 08:33 AM
After jail time, former PBA star Espino happy to be back in sport closest to his heart

From: Mei-Lin Lozada

October 27, 2013, 06:07 pm

AFTER a long and controversial absence, former PBA star Dennis Espino said he is happy to be back in a sport that made him a household name.

The top pick overall of the 1995 PBA rookie draft showed up at the D-League games on Thursday as one of the assistant coaches of expansion team Derulo Accelero, threee years since playing his last game in the pro league where he was among its biggest stars for close to two decades.

During that absence, the 6-5 former national team standout from Angeles City became a fugitive of the law and also spent time in jail for a serious illegal detention case filed by a former secretary in a piggery he put up in Mexico, Pampanga.

The 15-year veteran declined to talk about the case that led to his disappearance from the cage scene, but said he was happy to be once again involved in a sport where he first made a name as the star of the multi-titled University of Santo Tomas teams in the nineties.

"Syempre unang-una nakaka-miss dahil ang tagal rin tayong andiyan naglalaro since UST days natin tapos PBA so nakaka-miss," Espino shared to Spin.ph.

Espino said initially he was glad to get out of the game after ending a career that saw him win two PBA championships with Sta. Lucia Realty. He last saw action for the Coca-Cola franchise before he was traded to Talk 'N Text in 2011.

"Well noong una, hindi ko masyado hinananap kasi almost 17 years din tuluy-tuloy sa PBA tapos sa UAAP five years," said the 39-year-old. "Kaya noong una, hindi ko hinanap kasi pahinga rin."

But Espino said it didn't take long for him to miss the sport, the reason he immediately said yes when former Sta. Lucia teammate Paolo Mendoza asked him to be one of his assistants at Derulo.

"So noong nakapag-start na ulit, tinawagan ako ni coach Paolo Mendoza. Sabi niya, 'Dennis, tulungan mo ako rito,' kaya ngayon andito na naman tayo," he said.

Although the Oilers lost their debut game in the D-League, the former UAAP Most Valuable Player is positive the expansion team can do well in the developmental league with a little more polishing and seasoning.

"First game, medyo hindi pinalad hopefully itong team namin makapag-adjust kami para gumanda rin ang takbo," Espino said. "Medyo may lapses lang sa depensa pero overall, maganda naman. Rookie lang yung team pero maganda naman."

Espino, a member of Tim Cone's Centennial Team that won a bronze medal in the 1998 Asian Games, said he is looking to sharing his knowledge and experience with young players in his new career.

"Hopefully yung experience ko mai-share ko sa mga players ngayon," he said.

Sam Miguel
10-30-2013, 07:57 AM
Cagayan snags D-League lead

By June Navarro

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:00 pm | Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Mark Bringas scored with 3.8 seconds remaining to lift the Cagayan Rising Suns to the early lead of the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup with a 91-87 decision over the Zambales M-Builders last night at Arellano Gym.

With the clock winding down, Bringas received the inbound pass from John Pinto then fired the jumper that sealed the second straight victory for Rising Suns, who allowed the Builders to get back in the game after a dominant first half.

Rookie Don Trollano, Cagayan’s hero in an 83-74 win over Cafe France in the opener last week, topscored again with 27 points. Kenneth Ighalo scored 20 and Pinto had 12 and 11 rebounds.

The Rising Suns opened with a 17-4 run and stayed in front until the Builders, starring Grayann Mendoza, Bryan Cruz, and Jeff Vidal, forged ahead at 74-72.

But the Rising Suns responded with nine straight points capped by a Trollano three-pointer for a five-point edge. The Builders tied it at 87 before Bringas came through.

The Builders, who won last week over Derulo Accelero, 79-73, fell to 1-1.

Earlier, Boracay Rum, starring Chris Banchero, overpowered Derulo Accelero, 86-59, while Jumbo Plastic outplayed NU-BDO, 76-56, behind Jopher Custodio, ex-pro Jason Ballesteros, Jan Colina and Marion Magat.

Banchero, the Filipino-Italian guard, finished with 15 points and four assists in a grand debut for the Waves.

“This team is not about me. I want to win a championship for Boracay and I have to get my teammates involved,” said Banchero, a former Asean Basketball League Finals MVP.

Tireless forward Mark Belo was also instrumental for the Waves after scattering 10 of his 16 points in a huge scoring tear during the third period that eventually took the sting out of the Oilers.

Custodio poured 15 of his 25 points in the second half, Colina had 15 points, four assists and three steals, Jason Ballesteros also scored 15 and Marion Magat contributed 10 and eight boards for the Giants.

Star forward Bobby Ray Parks didn’t show up after the two-time UAAP MVP attended a personal commitment, according to NU-BDO coach Eric Altamirano.

The scores:

CAGAYAN VALLEY 91—Trollano 27, Ighalo 20, Celada 16, Pinto 12, Bringas 8, Caperal 4, Mercader 2, MAbulac 2, Saycon 0, Foronda 0.

M-BUILDERS 87—Mendoza 15, Cruz 14, Tolomia 12, Gomez 10, Ignacio 9, Vidal 9, Pogoy 7, Doligon 7, Alabanza 2, Saret 2, Maniago 0, Wong 0.

Quarters: 22-13; 42-37; 67-66; 91-87

Sam Miguel
10-30-2013, 08:25 AM
From the D League Media Office - - -

Custodio powers Jumbo Plastic past NU-BDO, 76-56

Jopher Custodio scored 15 of his 25 points in the second half to lead Jumbo Plastic to a 76-56 romp over NU-BDO on Tuesday in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the Arellano gym.

The Giants opened the game with a 12-0 run and led by as many as 22 points late in the fourth quarter.

Ex-pro Jason Ballesteros scored 15 points in his first game since being sidelined by leg injury in June last year that cut short his PBA career. Forward Jan Colina contributed 15 points, four assists and three steals in a stellar performance while Marion Magat added 10 and eight rebounds for the Giants, who dominated the Bulldogs with their height and defensive hassle.

“We have a lot of veteran players in the team and they’re doing a good job helping out the young guns. I thought we played well on both ends,” said Jumbo Plastic coach Steveson Tiu.

Tiu said he expects the Giants to figure prominently this conference with a revamped line-up.

The Bulldogs played without their star forward Bobby Ray Parks, Jr, who attended to a personal commitment according to BDO coach Eric Altimirano. But he said Parks will suit up in their next game against Big Chill on Monday.

NU-BDO trailed by 14 points with six minutes remaining in the third quarter but managed to pull within 42-46 late in the period on a 10-0 run.

Robin Rono scored 18 points and Joshua Alolino added 14 for the Bulldogs, who struggled throughout while visibly adapting to the rules of pro basketball.

Jumbo Plastic held a 53-44 lead after three quarters before Custodio and Colina sparked a 16-4 run that practically sealed the win for the Giants,69-47, with still 5:43 left in the game.

The Bulldogs looked good in the early going after Alolino and Jethroy Rosario pulled the team within two points but Custodio scored eight points during an 11-0 blast as the Giants extended the margin to 25-12 and controlled the game the rest of the way. (Dave Coros)

The scores:

Jumbo Plastic 76 – Custodio 25, Ballesteros 15, Colina 15, Magat 10, Dehesa 6, Romero 3, Melegrito 2, Petilos 0, Chiu 0, Antipuesto 0, Tan 0.

NU-BDO 56 – Rono 18, Alolino 14, Rosario 8, Perez 5, Javelona 4, Neypez 2, Javillonar 2. Khobuntin 2, De Guzman 1, Villamor 0.

Quarters: 27-13; 31-25; 53-44; 76-56.

Sam Miguel
11-05-2013, 09:33 AM
Big Chill pulls off improbable win over NU in PBA D-League

By Mark Giongco


7:12 pm | Monday, November 4th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — Big Chill needed just six seconds to steal the game away from National University-BDO.

The Superchargers scored five points in the final 6.6 seconds of the game to shock the Bulldogs, 92-91, in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Monday at the JCSGO Gym in Cubao.

“I’m speechless. I can’t believe what had just happened,” Big Chill head coach Robert Sison told reporters as he was still trying to catch his breath just moments after the thrilling finish.

Forward Khazim Mirza stole a weak pass by NU guard Gelo Alolino before laying it in for the game-winning basket with just 1.7 ticks left.

Janus Lozada buried a tough step back triple from the right corner that made it, 90-91, with 3.7 seconds remaining before Mirza’s interception and go-ahead bucket.

“It’s one for the books. I have to admit, it’s just a lucky win.”

Lozada topscored with 21 points on three-of-six shooting from deep while Mirza added 15 points, 10 in the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs seemed on their way to picking up their first win after taking a 91-87 lead on two free throws by Jeoffrey Javillionar with only 11.6 seconds left.

But that only setup the wild windup.

The Superchargers, who opened up their campaign with a win, also ruined the D-League debut of two-time UAAP MVP Ray Parks.

Parks had 17 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks but not even his return could get the Bulldogs, who dropped to 0-2, over the hump.

Sam Miguel
11-05-2013, 09:35 AM
Elite trim Waves; Jumbo Plastic up

By June Navarro

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:49 pm | Monday, November 4th, 2013

JUSTIN Chua hit a huge three as Blackwater Sports finally seized control and the defending champion Elite went on to nip Boracay Rum, 87-85, yesterday in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at JCSGO Gym in Quezon City.

Chua’s triple gave the debuting Elite a four-point lead with 48.3 seconds left and Mark Belo finally doomed the Waves by converting only two of three free throws with Blackwater up at 86-83.

Robby Celiz finalized the score with a free throw as Boracay took a first loss in two games.

Earlier, frontliners Jan Colina and Jason Ballesteros came up big as Jumbo Plastic withstood a late challenge from Cafe France for a 74-70 victory.

Colina and Ballesteros, who played for the Meralco Bolts in the PBA, imposed themselves in the paint in the final two minutes to help the Giants secure a second straight win for a share of the lead with idle Cagayan Valley.

Cafe France fell to 1-2.

Janus Lozada had 21 points and Kazim Mirza added 15 as Big Chill nipped NU-Banco de Oro, 92-91, in the other game.

The Bulldogs celebrated prematurely after Paolo Javelona sank his freethrows for a 91-87 lead, 11.6 seconds left.

Lozada drilled a three on the next sequence and Mirza intercepted Gelo Alolino’s miscalculated inbound pass for the easy game-winner.

The 6-foot-5 Chua, picked 10th overall by San Mig Coffee in Sunday’s PBA Rookie Draft, led the Elite with 15 points.

“He’s still on cloud nine and he delivered,” said Blackwater coach Leo Isaac of Chua.

The scores:

First game

JUMBO PLASTIC 74—Colina 14, Tan 14, Ballesteros 13, Petilos 10, Melegrito 7, Romero 5, Chiu 5, Custodio 2, Dehesa 2, Magat 2.

CAFE FRANCE 70—Poligrates 19, Parala 12, Knuttel 10, Nimes 10, Ebondo 9, Gallardo 5, Opiso 3, Sarangay 2, Sedurifa 0, Mutombo 0, De Leon 0, Abundo 0.

Quarters: 20-5; 44-30; 58-45; 74-70

Second game

BLACKWATER 87—Chua 15, Cruz 14, Ferrer 14, Llagas 11, Celiz 10, Austria 9, Ciriacruz 6, Mangahas 5, Pe 3, Avillanoza 0, Manguera 0, Reyes 0, Bagatsing 0, Vigil 0.

BORACAY RUM 85—Acibar 16, Belo 14, Banchero 14, Sabellina 10, Cabrera 8, Viernes 5, Rosopa 5, Taha 5, Arellano 0, Tagarda 0, Siruma 0.

Quarters: 19-18; 35-40; 59-64; 87-85

Third Game

BIG CHILL 92—Lozada 21, Mirza 15, Brondial 12, Maiquez 12, Cervantes 11, Canlas 7, Heruela 6, Santos 4, Belleza 2, Miranza 2.

NU-BDO 91—Parks 17, Javillonar 17, Rono 15, Javelona 14, Villamor 10, Khobuntin 8, Alolino 6, Neypes 4, Labing isa 0, De Guzman 0.

Quarters: 26-22; 42-44; 64-68; 92-91

Sam Miguel
11-05-2013, 09:35 AM
PBA-bound Chua shines in Blackwater’s win over Boracay Rum

By Mark Giongco


5:12 pm | Monday, November 4th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — First round pick Justin Chua starred as Blackwater Sports won in its first game after edging Boracay Rum, 87-85, in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Monday at the JCSGO Gym in Cubao.

Chua, who was tabbed by San Mig Coffee as the 10th overall selection Sunday night in the 2013 Rookie Draft, scored a team-best 15 points and had two blocks.

“It’s our first game and the advantage that we had was we already saw them play last Tuesday but it didn’t work out that way because maybe some of our players were too excited and we had to fall back on our veterans,” said Blackwater head coach Leo Isaac.

“He’s still in cloud nine after being drafted last night but still the same Justin Chua.”

The six-foot-four Chua showcased his feathery shooting touch with a crucial basket — a three-pointer from the top-of-the-key with the shot clock winding down — giving the Elite an 84-80 cushion with only 48.3 seconds remaining.

Chua though, fouled out with 1.7 ticks left after clipping Waves forward Mark Belo as the Far Eastern U slotman attempted a last-second three-point shot.

Unfortunately for Boracay Rum, Belo wasn’t able to tie the game at 86 after missing his first freebie.

Blackwater, the Foundation Cup champion, trailed, 59-66, early in the final frame before Isaac made the necessary adjustments at the defensive end.

“From man-to-man [defense] I adjusted to a 2-3 zone just to contain their one-on-one especially Banchero and it paid off. We got back into the game and held on during the crucial part of the game.”

The Fil-Italian guard Chris Banchero finished with 14 points and nine assists but had five turnovers.

Apart from Chua, versatile forward Robby Celiz was also drafted.

And according to Isaac, Chua was already given an offer by the Mixers and Celiz will “most likely” head into that direction under Talk ‘N Text.

“This is maybe their last game with Blackwater. We’ll just have to get minutes from our other players to fill in their absence.”

“We just have to continue on our winning ways and continue practicing our good habits.”

Adamson swingman Jericho Cruz and University of Santo Tomas lengthy forward Kevin Ferrer added 14 points apiece for the Elite.

Pari Llagas notched 11 points and 10 rebounds off-the-bench as Chua was saddled by foul trouble.

Sam Miguel
11-05-2013, 09:36 AM
PBA D-League: Giants hold off Bakers for 2-0 start

By Mark Giongco


3:14 pm | Monday, November 4th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — Jumbo Plastic averted a late game collapse as it weathered a fourth quarter storm by Cafe France for a 74-70 win in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Monday at the JCSGO Gym in Cubao.

The Giants, who gained a share of the early lead in the standings with the Cagayan Valley Rising Suns at 2-0, took a 17-point lead in the third quarter but still needed to lean on ex-PBA player Jason Ballesteros down the stretch to come out on top.

“The players became too confident after building a big lead and they relaxed,” said Jumbo Plastic coach Stevenson Tiu. “But games like this will help us gain experience.”

The six-foot-eight Ballesteros provided five of his team’s final seven points en route to a 13-point, 14 rebound and three-block effort.

Jan Colina made his presence felt with 14 points, four assists and a block in a game-high 33 minutes for Jumbo Plastic, which got off to a fast start as it led, 20-5, at the end of the first quarter.

Elliot Tan also had 14 points to go along with four rebounds and five assists.

Eliud Poligrates, who was taken by Talk ‘N Text late during Sunday night’s PBA Draft, scored 10 of his game-high 19 points in the final period but shot just five-of-17 from the field as the Bakers fell to 1-2.

Cafe France still found itself with a chance to steal the game at one point despite shooting atrociously from the field at 29.2%.

Sam Miguel
11-06-2013, 09:56 AM
Pinto powers Cagayan’s rise

Gems bounce back, spill Oilers

By June Navarro

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:21 pm | Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

John Pinto left his college teammates frustrated as he led the Cagayan Valley Rising Suns to an emphatic 92-75 demolition of Arellano U-Air21 yesterday in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Pinto, Arellano’s starting point guard in the NCAA, delivered 23 points on 8 of 12 shooting in a highly physical encounter that saw the unbeaten Rising Suns score their third win.

Ahead by seven points at halftime, Cagayan cut loose in the third period behind Pinto’s heady play.

The shifty 5-foot-11 had six points and combined well with Don Trollano and Adrian Celada in attack as the Rising Suns erected a 74-60 lead after three periods.

“We focused on defense in the third quarter and it clicked,” said Cagayan assistant coach Toto Dojillo. Head coach Alvin Pua snubbed the post-game interview.

In the other game, Ralph Olivares unloaded 11 of his 13 points in the second period to set the tone for Cebuana Lhuillier’s 88-60 rout of Derulo Accelero.

The 6-foot-2 Olivares went three-of-five from beyond the arc during that span as the Gems built a lead the Oilers never bridged.

James Martinez shot 15 points and Paul Zamar added 14 for the Gems, who chalked up their first win following a 67-70 defeat to Cafe France last week.

Pinto, who was whistled for a technical along with Arellano’s Levi Hernandez for a verbal skirmish late in the third, also issued five assists.

The scores:

First Game

CAGAYAN VALLEY 92—Pinto 23, Trollano 17, Celada 14, Foronda 12, Ighalo 9, Mabulac 7, Bringas 3, Saycon 2, Caperal 2, Melano 2, Jamito 1, Mercader 0, Canta 0, Dela Cruz 0.

ARELLANO-AIR21 75—Rogado 17, Bangga 15, Jalalon 10, Cortes 9, Ciriacruz 9, Hernandez 5, Acidre 4, Agovida 3, Lapuz 2, Fran 1, Bartolo 0.

Quarters: 24-17; 49-42; 74-60; 92-75

Second Game

CEBUANA LHUILLIER 88—Martinez 15, Zamar 14, Olivares 13, Banal 11, Aguilar 8, Javier 7, Dizon 6, Alas 5, Leynes 5, Casajeros 2, Flores 2, Noble 0, Paredes 0.

DERULO 60—Soyud15, Manuel 10, Juruena7, Wong 6, Jeffries 6, Corpuz 4, Morillo 4, Bautista 3, Importante 3, Dilay 2.

Quarters: 19-18; 41-31; 62-44; 88-60

Sam Miguel
11-08-2013, 08:34 AM
Blackwater, Big Chill put away foes, post 2nd wins

By June Navarro

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:30 pm | Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Defending champion Blackwater Sports and Big Chill scrambled past their respective foes yesterday to climb into a tie for second place in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Gio Ciriacruz pumped in 17 points and Jericho Cruz had 15 as Blackwater turned back Wang’s Basketball, 93-80, while Big Chill weathered a late surge by Jumbo Plastic for an 83-69 win.

It was the second straight win for both Blackwater and Big Chill, which shared second behind Cagayan Valley with its 3-0 slate.

“We have new players, so we’re not yet fluid in offense and defense,” said Blackwater coach Leo Isaac, who lost Justin Chua and Rob Celiz to the PBA.

Quinton Heruela nailed a three halfway through the fourth and stole possession twice to spark a 14-2 charge by Big Chill that eventually doomed the Giants to their first loss in three games.

From a two-point edge, the Superchargers zoomed to a double-digit lead that eventually pinned a first defeat on the Giants in three games.

“He (Heruela) carried us when we needed a push. But the experience of my veterans made the difference,” said Big Chill coach Robert Sison.

Khazim Mirza, the hero of their one-point escape victory over NU-Banco De Oro, led the Superchargers with 17 points.

The scores:

First Game

BLACKWATER SPORTS 93—Ciriacruz 17, Cruz 15, Mangahas 14, Ferrer 13, Bagatsing 8, Pe 7, Vigil 5, Avillanoza 4, Reyes 4, Llagas 4, Manguera 2, Austria 0, Suguitan 0.

WANG’S BASKETBALL 80—Gomez 25, Juico 17, Acosta 11, Banal 8, Ilad 7, Galiguez 6, Namocatcat 4, Onde 2, Sanches 0, Saitanan 0, Vijandre 0, Macuha 0.

Quarters: 20-16; 44-37; 67-59; 93-80

Second Game

BIG CHILL 83—Mirza 17, Lozada 16, Apinan 14, Cervantes 12, Heruela 10, Maiquez 8, Miranda 3, Santos 2, Canlas 1, Belleza 0, Brondial 0.

JUMBO PLASTIC 69—Romero 14, Dehesa 12, Tan 11, Magat 11, Ballesteros 7, Colina 7, Melegrito 5, Petilos 2, Najorda 0, Chiu 0.

Quarters: 14-13; 32-35; 60-50; 83-69

11-12-2013, 09:18 AM
Rising Suns hold off Oilers for fourth win

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

MANILA, Philippines - Cagayan Valley held off a rallying Derulo Accelero and pounded out a 104-100 victory in a high-scoring match to stretch its win run to four in the PBA Aspirants’ Cup at the JCSGO gym in Cubao, Quezon City yesterday.

The Rising Suns leaned on big third quarter run to build a double-digit lead which they used as a cushion to fend off the last-ditch rally by the Oilers.

Ken Ighalo came off the bench to fire a team-high 21 points while Andrian Celeda had 19 points and John Pinto tallied 17 and nine assists for the Rising Suns, who dominated the boards, 50-42, and forced the Oilers to 21 turnovers.

Derulo Accelero, led by Jett Manuel’s game-high 26 points, fell to 0-4.

Earlier, Josan Nimes fired a career-high 33 points and Café France outplayed Boracay Rum in the fourth quarter to post an 84-80 victory while Arellano University pulled off a 77-73 upset over Zambales M-Builders to end a two-game skid.

Nimes made all but two of his 15 shots and keyed a 12-4 run in the last period, including a rare four-point play, as the Bakers evened their card at 2-2 while dealing the Waves their second defeat in three starts.

The Bakers, who bounced back from a 70-74 loss against Jumbo Plastic last week, played without veteran playmakers Eloy Poligrates and Ping Eximiniano but Nimes and the rest stepped up to deliver the goods for Café France.

“That was part of the adjustments that we made. I’m just happy it clicked,” said Café France coach Egay Macaraya.

Poligrates and Eximiniano were reported to have signed up with Talk N Text and Alaska, respectively, while Jens Knuttel, who arrived in the second half, is also set to suit up with Barangay Ginebra, according to Macaraya.

Sam Miguel
11-13-2013, 09:23 AM
Big Chill cools off Blackwater

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:02 pm | Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Big Chill got a huge lift from Juneric Baloria as the Superchargers stunned defending champion Blackwater Sports, 90-83, to stretch its unbeaten run to three in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup yesterday at Ynares Sports Arena.

Baloria pumped in a game-high 22 points as the Superchargers pinned a first loss on the Elite in three games. Janus Lozada added 15 points, including three straight triples in a key run that gave Big Chill its biggest lead, 86-72, in the last three minutes.

“I thought we did what we had to do,” said Big Chill coach Robert Sison. “They (Elite) are a solid team and their confidence is high coming off a championship. For us to win, we really had to work hard, outplay them and play good defense.”

In the second game, newcomer Wangs Basketball scored a breakthrough win over Cebuana Lhuillier, 86-72, to tie its victim at 1-2.

The Couriers virtually dominated the second half with Ervic Vijandre (20 points) and Macky Acosta (16 points) leading the charge.

The Superchargers pulled away in the second period and erected a double-digit advantage at the break, 49-38, as the Elite struggled on the field with a 35 percent shooting clip.

“The key was we were able to defend well against their zone defense,” said Sison.

Sison also praised Baloria, the Perpetual Help guard who emerged as this NCAA season’s rookie sensation.

“What can I say? He played awesome,” said Sison. “I also thought the whole team played solid. We were focused the whole game.”

The Elite moved within a point, 72-73, early in the fourth period, before a six-minute scoring drought allowed the Superchargers to regain control.

Kevin Ferrer and Allan Mangahas shot 17 each to pace the Elite.

The scores:

First Game

BIG CHILL 90—Baloria 22, Lozada 15, Cervantes 14, Mirza 11, Maiquez 7, Villahermosa 6, Brondial 4, Apinan 4, Heruela 3, Canlas 2, Miranda 2, Santos 0.

BLACKWATER SPORTS 83—Ferrer 17, Mangahas A. 17, Cruz 15, Ciriacruz 13, Llagas 6, Bagatsing 5, Pe 3, Vigil 2, Mangahas J. 2, Austria 2, Avillanoza 1, Manguera 0, Suguitan 0.

Quarters: 21-23, 49-38, 69-67, 90-83

Second Game

WANGS 86—Vijandre 20, Acosta 16, Juico 15, Gomez 10, Saitanan 10, Ilad 4, Banal 4, Castro 4, Galliguez 3, Namocatcat 0, Alvarado 0, Sanchez 0.

CEBUANA LHUILLIER 72—Zamar 13, Olivarez 11, Martinez 10, Dizon 8, Aguilar 7, Paredes 6, Banal 6, Sumang 5, Javier 4, Casajeros 2, Noble 0, Leynes 0.

Quarters: 23-20, 36-32, 64-48, 86-72

Sam Miguel
11-15-2013, 09:30 AM
Fiery Razorbacks storm past Rising Suns

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:24 pm | Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Hog’s Breath Cafe dropped a 17-0 bomb in the last five minutes and halted Cagayan Valley’s unbeaten run with an upset 82-78 decision yesterday in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at Ynares Sports Arena.

Philip Paniamogan sizzled in the run that lifted the Razorbacks, who played minus head coach Caloy Garcia, from 13-points down, 63-76, in the last 5:04 minutes.

“We started hitting our shots from the outside and they (Rising Suns) struggled with our zone defense in the end,” said Razorbacks deputy coach Joel Jabar, who took over as Garcia called the shots for Letran, which dragged San Beda into a winner-take-all match for the NCAA title.

Paniamogan shot 11 of his 18 points in the final quarter as the Razorbacks dealt the Rising Suns’ first loss in five games.

Paul Sanga fired 13 of his 16 points in the second half and Julius Pasculado added 15 for the Razorbacks, who nailed a second straight triumph.

Earlier, Jumbo Plastic rebounded from its first loss with an 80-62 rout of Zambales M-Builders, while Boracay Rum also halted a two-game skid with a 73-63 victory over winless National University-Banco de Oro.

Karl Dehesa fueled the Giants’ strong start by firing 12 of his 16 points in the first half, before Elliot Tan helped put away the Builders with 14 in the last two quarters.

Jumbo Plastic climbed to third at 3-1, while Boracay Rum moved past Zambales M-Builders (2-3) with a 2-2 record.

Chris Banchero and Mac Belo, meanwhile, combined for more than half of Boracay’s scoring in foiling the Bulldogs.

The scores:

First Game

BORACAY RUM 73—Belo 20, Banchero 20, Cabrera 8, Bautista 6, Ilagan 6, Taha 6, Sabellina 3, Tagarda 2, Eguillos 2, Arellano 0, Siruma 0.

NU-BDO 63—Parks 11, Roño 9, Villamor 9, Rosario 9, Khobuntin 8, Javillonar 7, Alolino 7, Javelona 3, Neypes 0, Celda 0, Perez 0.

Quarters: 18-18, 37-31, 58-50, 73-63

Second Game

JUMBO PLASTIC 80—Tan 16, Dehesa 16, Melegrito 9, Alano 7, Colina 7, Romero 6, Ballesteros 5, Petilos 5, Magat 5, Chiu 4, Antipuesto 0.

ZAMBALES M-BUILDERS 62—Gomez 18, Vidal 10, Tolomia 8, Doligon 8, Ignacio 6, Cruz 3, Wong 3, Pinas 2, Saret 2, Mendoza 1, Pogoy 1, Alabanza 0, Maniago 0.

Quarters: 18-14, 38-29, 59-55, 80-62

Third Game

HOG’S BREATH CAFE 82—Paniamogan 18, Sanga 16, Pasculado 15, Allera 12, Robles 9, Bartolo 6, Terso 4, Austria 2, Ynion 0, Rios 0.

CAGAYAN VALLEY 78—Trollano 16, Melano 15, Bringas 12, Pinto 9, Ighalo 7, Celada 7, Jamito 6, Mabulac 3, Caperal 2, Foronda 1, Mercader 0, Collado 0.

Quarters: 17-18, 31-40, 54-63, 82-78

11-19-2013, 10:19 AM
Big Chill nips Lhuillier five

Road Warriors debut in style

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:02 pm | Monday, November 18th, 2013

JECKSTER Apinan completed a three-point play with 34.1 seconds left as Big Chill slipped past Cebuana Lhuillier, 81-78, to grab the solo lead with its fourth straight win in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup yesterday at JCSGO Gym.

Apinan, who finished with 13 points and eight rebounds, scored from underneath while fetching a foul from June Dizon in the decisive play that shattered a 77-77 deadlock.

“I told the team that for us to be a strong team, we really need to know how to close out games,” said coach Robert Sison as his Superchargers streaked to the franchise’s best start.

NLEX only had a day of practice yet still rolled to a 93-60 rout of Arellano-Air21 at the start of its campaign, while Cafe France had a tougher time in forging an 80-73 triumph over winless Derulo Accelero.

Janus Lozada topscored for Big Chill with 14 points and Mar Villahermosa added 11, including a buffer free throw with 15 seconds left after Gems star Roi Sumang had trimmed the gap to 80-78 with a foul shot.

The Gems, who fell to 1-3 along with the Chiefs, had a chance to forge overtime but Ralf Olivarez missed his three-point try in the dying seconds.

The scores:

First Game

NLEX 93—Lanete 19, Ganuelas 16, Alas 12, Adeogun 9, Pascual J. 9. Hermida 8, Dela Rosa 5, Pascual R. 5, Koga 4, Pascual K. 4, Long 2, Dela Cruz 0, Amer 0.

ARELLANO-AIR21 60—Bangga 14, Hernandez 11, Jalalon 10, Arquero 7, Fran 6, Bartolo 4, Palma 2, Serjue 2, Mendoza 2, Ciriacruz 2, Tayongtong 0, Agovida 0, Cortes 0.

Quarters: 20-13, 37-27, 63-46, 93-60

Second Game

BIG CHILL 81—Lozada 14, Apinan 13, Villahermosa 11, Cervantes 9, Brondial 9, Maiquez 9, Baloria 7, Canlas 6, Mirza 3, Heruela 0, Santos 0.

CEBUANA LHUILLIER 78—Sumang 20, Leynes 11, Aguilar 9, Banal 8, Zamar 8, Dizon 8, Paredes 4, Javier 3, Martinez 3, Olivares 2, Alas 2, Flores 0.

Quarters: 19-18, 44-40, 61-60, 81-78

Third Game

CAFE FRANCE 80—Nimes 20, Knuttel 14, Ebondo 13, Montilla 7, Gallardo 6, Abundo 6, De Leon 4, Parala 4, Batino 3, Sedurifa 2, Sarangay 1, Celso 0, Mutombo 0.

DERULO ACCELERO 73—Jeffries 17, Corpuz 16, Soyud 15, Manuel 9, Asilum 5, Wong 5, Importante 3, Bautista 3, Dilay 0.

Quarters: 18-22, 42-45, 63-55, 80-73

Sam Miguel
11-20-2013, 10:24 AM
Breath Cafe survives Wang’s repeated rallies

(The Philippine Star) | Updated November 20, 2013 - 12:00am

Games tomorrow (Ynares Arena)

12 p.m. –Arellano U vs Jumbo Plastic

2 p.m. – Derulo Accelero vs Big Chill

4 p.m. – Banco de Oro vs NLEX

MANILA, Philippines - Jansen Rios accounted for three of his team’s six 3-point shots in the fourth quarter to help Hog’s Breath Café weather repeated rallies by Wang’s Basketball for a 109-93 victory on Tuesday in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the Ynares Arena in Pasig City.

The Razorbacks led the entire game but needed big shots from Rios, Paul Sanga and Alex Austria in the stretch to put away the visibly inspired Couriers.

Rios, a 6-2 forward from Adamson with a good touch, poured 11 of his team-high 17 points in the fourth, including successive 3-pointers to highlight a searing 17-6 run in the stretch as the Razorbacks pulled away for their third straight win in as many games.

“We shot well from the perimeter and that was the key. I thought the guys also took care of the basketball well,” said Hog’s Breath Café coach Caloy Garcia.

The Razorbacks shot 50 percent from the field and made 13 of 35 attempts from the 3-point range.

In the other games, Cagayan Valley bounced back from a disappointing setback to the Razorbacks last week by dumping an out of focused Boracay Rum, 84-54, while Blackwater Sports rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Banco de Oro, 71-69. .

The Rising Suns were all business from the start and were never challenged after building a 49-21 advantage at the halftime break. They limited the Waves to 9 of 34 shooting and dominated the glass, 29-19 in the first 20 minutes of action.

Kenneth Ighalo came off the bench and led Cagayan Valley with 22 points. The Rising Suns also got a double-double effort from Don Trollano, who finished with 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

The Rising Suns improved to 5-1 while dealing Boracay Rum its third loss in five games.

Chris Banchero was the only player in double-digit for the Waves with 12 points.

The Elite, on the other hand, needed an 8-0 run late in the fourth to take control and improved 3-1 (win-loss) record.

It was another tough loss for the Bulldogs (0-4), who blew a 12-point lead in the third quarter.

Garcia said Wang’s Basketball provided a tough challenge but admitted he never though the game would be close. “I have never really seen them play so we have no idea how to play them,” he said.

Their 82-78 victory against Cebuana Lhuillier last week visibly boosted the confidence of the Couriers, who played with lot of energy and intensity.

But they couldn’t sustain the effort, coming short against a team that got deeper with the arrival of Kevin Racal, Jonathan Belorio, Jamil Gabawan and Reneford Ruaya.

The Couriers picked up their third loss in four games.

Paul Sanga scored 17 points, Racal had 15 and Philip Paniamogan added 14. Francis Allera pulled down 11 rebounds as the Razorbacks won the battle of the boards, 51-46.

The physicality of the game took its toll in the fourth quarter when Wangs Basketball center Bryan Ilad was ejected with still seven minutes remaining. He was called for flagrant foul category two for sneaking punch at Razorback guard Joseph Terso during an inbound play.

Hog’s Breath Café took a 56-44 lead at the halftime break and led 65-52 with six minutes left in the third quarter when the defensive minded Couriers made charge and pulled within 68-75 entering the fourth quarter.

Wangs Basketball made it a three-point game when Abel Galliguez hit a technical free throw but the Razorbacks quickly responded with a 9-2 run to push the lead back to double digit, 89-79 with 5:57 remaining. Rios and Austria hit a 3-pointer each during that spurt.

Michael Juico led all scorers with 20 points. Galliguez tallied 15, Ervic Vijandre had 14 and Macky Acosta added 12 for the Couriers, who threatened for the last time at 86-93 on a 3-point play by Karlo Gomez with 3:18 left.

The scores:

First Game

Hog’s Breath Café 109 – Rios 17, Sanga 17,Racal 15, Paniamogan 14, Austria 12, Belorio 10, Allera 9, Ruaya 8, Gabawan 4, Terso 3, Robles 0.

Wang’s Basketball 93 – Juico 20, Galliguez 15, Vijandre 14, Acosta 10, Ilad 6, Banal 5, Macuha 5, Castro 4, Saitanan 2, Sanchez 0.

Quarterscores: 26-22; 56-44; 75-68; 109-93

Second Game

Cagayan Valley 84 – Ighalo 22, Trollano 16, Caperal 14, Melano 9, Bringas 8, Cruz 5, Pinto 4, Jamito 2, Celeda 2, Collado 2, MAbulac 0, Gonzales 0, Foronda 0.

Boracay 54 – Banchero 12,Belo 9, Bautista 7, Tagarda 7, Taha 7, Siruma 5, Arellano 2, Eguillos 2, Sabellina 2, Rosopa 1, Acibar 0, Ilagan 0, Cabrera 0.

Quarterscores: 20-7; 49-21; 69-35; 84-54

Third Game

Blackwater Sports 71 – Bagatsing 15, Mangahas 14, Manguera 10, Ciriacruz 9, Llagas 7, Ferrer 6, Vigil 4, Austria 3, Cruz 2, Suguitan 1, Avillanoza 0, Reyes 0, Pe 0.

Banco de Oro 69 – Parks 18, Alolino 15, Perez 12, Khobuntin 11, Neypes 5, Rono 4, Villamor 2, Rosario 2, Labing isa 0, Javelona 0, De Guzman 0.

Quarterscores: 20-20; 32-36; 50-57; 71-69

Sam Miguel
11-22-2013, 10:02 AM
Big Chill scores 5th win in row

(The Philippine Star) | Updated November 22, 2013 - 12:00am

Games Monday (JCSGO Gym)

12p.m. –Big Chill vs Café France

2p.m. – NLEX vs Boracay Ruml

4p.m. – Wang’s Basketball vs Cagayan Valley

MANILA, Philippines - Big Chill made 50 percent of its shots in the first quarter and capitalized on it to beat Derulo Accerelo, 75-56, yesterday in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the Ynares Arena in Pasig City.

The Superchargers have now won five straight to stretch their season-best start. Still they are not showing any signs of slowing down.

“We have learned our lessons over the past two conferences. Teams like Hog’s Breath and Informatics have spoiled our playoff aspirations. That’s basically the reason why there’s no let up in our effort every game. So I like the attitude the guys are showing on the floor,” said Big Chill coach Robert Sison, who got another remarkable effort from his team.

Big Chill led the entire game and kept its double digit margin the rest of the way after Mike Miranda, Mark Canlas, Janus Lozada and Reil Cervantes completed a 9-0 run that extended a 34-28 lead to 17 points at the start of the third quarter.

Earlier, Jumbo Plastic clamped down on defense in the second quarter when the Giants pulled away en route to their second straight win, an 81-55 rout of the hapless Arellano UChiefs.

And before dusk fell, defending champion NLEX rallied in the second quarter and defeated winless Banco de Oro, 84-71.

With Art dela Cruz and Baser Amer at the offensive, the Road Warriors shot 57 percent (11 of 19) and outscored the Bulldogs, 27-14, in the second period. NLEX led 43-33 at halftime and never trailed again en route to their second win in as many games.

It was another heartbreaker for the Bulldogs (0-5), who took a 19-16 lead after the first period but were held to 3 of 16 shooting in the next 10 minutes.

Lozada and Jeckster Apinan scored 14 points apiece, Reil Cervantes had 12 and Rodney Brondial added 10 for the Superchargers, who went 9 for 18 in the first quarter to open a 23-10 lead that held on to the end.

“Up to this point my players are physically and mentally sound to do battle against any team. But I also would like to acknowledge the scouting work of my assistants because it makes my job easy,” Sison said.

“I don’t want to take anything from Derulo. I think they’re a good team. Right now I think they’re still feeling their way in the league.”

Sam Miguel
11-26-2013, 08:42 AM
Big Chill improves to 6-0; NLEX up

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

9:47 pm | Monday, November 25th, 2013

Mar Villahermosa and Reil Cervantes teamed up for 36 points as Big Chill rolled to its sixth straight victory with a 94-87 decision of Cafe France yesterday in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at JCSGO Gym.

Villahermosa unloaded all his 18 points in the second half and Cervantes finished with the same output in the game that the unbeaten Superchargers controlled most of the way.

“The players are determined and eager to win every game,” said coach Robert Sison as his Superchargers stayed solo on top. “Everyone is playing and accepting his role. I think those are the things working for us.”

NLEX also stretched its unbeaten run to three following an 82-75 triumph over skidding Boracay Rum in the second game.

The Road Warriors pulled away by 16 points right in the first quarter, 30-14, before dousing a late run that saw the Waves move within three, 76-73, in the last 73 seconds.

Garvo Lanete dropped a game-high 23 points, 15 coming from three-point range, while Jake Pascual (11 points), Byron Villarias (10) and Art dela Cruz (10) also delivered in key stretches.

In the nightcap, Jonathan Banal sank two free throws with 6.4 seconds left as newcomer Wangs Basketball upset Cagayan Valley, 76-74.

Michael Juico topscored with 22 points for the Couriers, who closed with an 8-2 run to improve to 2-3 while dealing a second loss to the Rising Suns in seven games.

The Bakers fell to 3-3 while the Waves dropped to 2-4.

The scores:

First Game

BIG CHILL 94—Cervantes 18, Villahermosa 18, Apinan 14, Maiquez 11, Lozada 8, Canlas 7, Brondial 7, Heruela 6, Baloria 3, Mirza 2, Miranda 0.

CAFE FRANCE 87—Montilla 23, Parala 17, Nimes 17, Knuttel 12, Gallardo 8, Jamon 5, Mutombo 5, Sarangay 0.

Quarters: 20-16, 44-38, 67-59, 94-87

Second Game

NLEX 82—Lanete 23, J. Pascual 11, Dela Cruz 10, Villarias 10, Hermida 8, Adeogun 6, Dela Rosa 6, Long 3, R. Pascual 3, Ganuelas 2, Koga 0, Amer 0, K. Pascual 0.

BORACAY RUM 75—Belo 18, Eguilos 11, Viernes 11, Sabellina 7, Taha 6, Cabrera 6, Banchero 6, Siruma 4, Bautista 2, Ilagan 2, Tagarda 2.

Quarters: 30-14, 44-30, 59-50, 82-75

Sam Miguel
11-27-2013, 09:00 AM
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Paniamogan leads Razorbacks past struggling Gems

6:35 pm | Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – Philip Paniamogan scored 19 points as Hog’s Breath beat shorthanded Cebuana Lhuillier, 93-69, in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Tuesday at the Blue Eagle Gym.

Paniamogan, the Jose Rizal U guard, knocked in 10 points in the third quarter anchoring a 33-point period where the Razorbacks regrouped and got back control of the game.

“What I told the players is that we lack height so all we have to do is keep on running and hope that the other team tires out,” said Hog’s Breath coach Caloy Garcia after the Razorbacks picked up their fourth straight win in as many games.

The Gems missed the services of their star guard Roi Sumang, who was with the University of the East in Batangas for a crucial game in the PCCL Sweet 16.

Cebuana Lhuillier stared at a 15-point deficit early but slowly worked its way back to just a thread, 48-49, in the third period before Paniamogan made consecutive baskets to spark a run by Hog’s Breath, which held the Gems to just 29.5% shooting from the field.

The Razorbacks, despite their lack of size, also managed to dominate the Gems, who dropped to 1-4, in the rebounding department, 66-47.

Francis Allera, a wing player in his college days with University of Santo Tomas, this time played center and grabbed nine rebounds while Jonathan Belorio, a forward, had 10 boards and a block at the four position.

Sam Miguel
11-27-2013, 09:01 AM
B’water, Hog’s whip D-L rivals

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

9:40 pm | Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

BLACKWATER Sports and Hog’s Breath Cafe distanced themselves early to dump separate opponents and stay among the early leaders in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup yesterday at Blue Eagle Gym.

Banking on Kevin Ferrer’s hot start, the Elite cruised to a 91-69 blasting of Zamboanga M-Builders in a lopsided outing where they virtually held a 20-point buffer most of the way.

“We want to continue our good habits,” said Blackwater coach Leo Isaac after the Elite, last conference’s champion, improved to 4-1. “Even if we saw the match heading to a rout, we didn’t want to play relaxed.”

The Razorbacks also fought with no let-up, rolling to a 93-69 triumph over Cebuana Lhuillier to stay unbeaten in four games.

Philip Paniamogan dropped 13 of his 19 points in the second half where the Razorbacks outscored the Gems, 23-7, in one stretch to turn a 49-48 lead to a 17-point gap, 73-55.

“I told the players that even if we lack height, all we have to do is keep running and hope the other team will get tired,” said Hog’s Breath coach Caloy Garcia.

Although undersized, the Razorbacks still dominated the Gems in the rebounding department, 66-47.

Jamil Gabawan chipped in 14 markers and eight boards for the Razorbacks.

Ferrer paced the Elite with 17 points, while Gio Ciriacruz finished with 11 markers.

The Builders fell to 2-4, while the Gems skidded to their fourth loss in five matches.

The scores:

First Game

BLACKWATER SPORTS 91—Ferrer 17, Ciriacruz 11, Cruz 10, A. Manguera 9, Bulawan 8, Mangahas 7, Pe 6, Llagas 5, Bagatsing 4, J. Mangahas 4, Austria 4, Suguitan 4, Avillanoza 2, Reyes 0.

ZAMBALES M-BUILDERS 69—Tolomia 14, Wong 13, D. Semerad 12, Pogoy 8, Saret 5, Doligon 5, Ignacio 4, Gomez 4, Pinas 2 2, Cruz 2, A. Semerad 0, Maniago 0, Vidal 0.

Quarters: 17-14, 44-22, 66-46, 91-69

Sam Miguel
11-29-2013, 08:17 AM
Hog’s Breath derails NLEX

Jumbo Plastic, Derulo prevail

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:29 pm | Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Hog’s Breath drew a clutch performance from Paul Sanga in turning back powerhouse NLEX, 83-78, yesterday even as Jumbo Plastic and Derulo Accelero notched crucial wins in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at Blue Eagle Gym.

Finding his rhythm late in the game, Sanga finished with 21 points as the Razorbacks stayed unbeaten in five games, while pinning a first loss on the Road Warriors.

Jumbo Plastic relied on a solid defensive stand in the final period to overwhelm Wang’s Basketball, 75-59, and stay within striking distance of the leaders while Derulo finally barged into the win column after seven games with an 82-75 trouncing of Arellano-Air21.

Mark Romero pumped in 14 points for Jumbo Plastic, which also drew 14 points and 11 rebounds from Jan Colina. The victory improved the Generals’ record to 5-1.

The Oilers banked on a monster performance from Raul Suyod, who wound up with 22 points, 23 rebounds and five assists.

The scores:

First Game

JUMBO PLASTIC 75—Romero 14, Colina 14, Dehesa 12, Ballesteros 11, Tan 11, Lopez 4, Arboleda 3, Petilos 2, Alano 2, Magat 2, Chiu 0, Melegrito 0.

WANGS BASKETBALL 59—Juico 20, Ilad 14, Acosta 10, Namocatcat 5, Vijandre 3, Lopez 3, Galliguez 2, Banal 2, Cerico 0, Sanchez 0, Castro 0, Macuha 0.

Quarters: 12-17, 37-32, 55-53, 75-59

Second Game

DERULO ACCELERO 82—Soyud 22, Bautista 20, Corpuz 13, Jeffries 11, Roncal 7, Wong 7, Importante 2, Dilay 0, Manuel 0, Wierzba 0, Juruena 0, Morillo 0.

ARELLANO-AIR21 75—Jalalon 17, Webb 12, Rogado 12, Bangga 9, Arquero 6, Mendoza 6, Cortes 6, Hernandez 5, Agovida 2, Ciriacruz 0, Acidre 0.

Quarters: 16-18, 35-32, 57-48, 82-75

Third Game

HOG’S BREATH 83—Sanga 21, Paniamogan 16, Racal 11, Terso 8, Gabawan 6, Allera 5, Belorio 5, Bartolo 4, Rios 4, Austria 3, Ruaya 0.

NLEX 78—Lanete 19, Adeogun 11, J. Pascual 9, Long 9, Ganuelas 7, Dela Cruz 6, Amer 5, Villarias 4, R. Pascual 3, K. Pascual 2, Hermida 2, Dela Rosa 1, Koga 0.

Quarters: 11-15, 37-36, 59-59, 83-78

Sam Miguel
12-03-2013, 08:57 AM
NLEX freezes Big Chill; Cagayan up

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

9:32 pm | Monday, December 2nd, 2013

NLEX bounced back big as the Road Warriors dealt league-leader Big Chill its first loss with a 97-88 decision in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup yesterday at Trinity University of Asia gym.

Garvo Lanete drilled 14 of his 24 points in the final quarter to power the Road Warrios to their fourth victory, a week after absorbing a shock 78-83 setback to Hog’s Breath Cafe.

Former Talk ‘N Text guard Pamboy Raymundo debuted with 14 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Road Warriors, who snapped the Superchargers’ six-game win run.

Cagayan Valley also recovered from an upset loss with a 75-68 nipping of Blackwater Sports in the second game.

Mark Bringas knocked in 21 points on a 7-of -12 shooting clip and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Rising Suns to their sixth win in eight outings.

Adrian Celeda and Jason Melano also combined for 23 points as the Rising Suns came back from a stunning 74-76 loss to newcomer Wangs Basketball.

“We cannot just show up for a game and expect to win,” said coach Boyet Fernandez after his Road Warriors pulled off the huge win despite the ejection of African center Ola Adeogun in the third quarter.

“We have to want to win because any team in this league is capable of winning.”

The scores:

First Game

NLEX 97—Lanete 24, Raymundo 14, R. Pascual 11, Adeogun 10, j. Pascual 9, Dela Cruz 8, Ganuelas 7, Hermida 6, Dela Rosa 4, Long 4, k. Pascual 0.

BIG CHILL 88—Cervantes 18, Heruela 18, Baloria 11, Maiquez 9, Canlas 8, Mirza 6, Villahermosa 6, Brondial 6, Apinan 6, Belleza 0, Santos 0, Lozada 0, Miranda 0.

Quarters: 27-13, 46-28, 71-53, 97-88

Second Game

CAGAYAN VALLEY 75—Bringas 21, Celada 12, Melano 11, Pinto 9, Trollano 6, Mabulac 5, Collado 5, Ighalo 1, Jamito 0, Caperal 0, Foronda 0.

BLACKWATER SPORTS 68—Llagas 17, Bulawan 13, Cruz 13, A. Mangahas 8, Avillanoza 6, Austria 5, Acibar 2, Suguitan 2, J. Mangahas 1, Ciriacruz 1, Manguera 0.

Quarters: 24-16, 48-35, 60-56, 75-68

Sam Miguel
12-04-2013, 08:53 AM
Hog’s Breath fuels D-League streak

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:37 pm | Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Hog’s Breath Cafe sustained its surprise run by routing Zambales M-Builders, 83-54, to grab the solo lead with a 6-0 record in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup yesterday at Blue Eagle Gym.

“Our up-tempo game plays a big part in our campaign,” said Hog’s Breath coach Caloy Garcia. “Our goal every game is to limit our opponent to below 40 percent field-goal shooting, and we can only do that with a fast-paced game.”

Cafe France picked up its fourth win in seven games with a 74-69 triumph over winless National University-Banco de Oro while James Martinez knocked in the clutch baskets as Cebuana Lhuillier (2-4) snapped out of a losing spell with a 68-66 decision of Boracay Rum (2-5).

Martinez, who buried all of his 15 points from three-point range, nailed the go-ahead triple, 66-65, with 1:25 left.

The Razorbacks, the only squad playing without a certified star, pulled away early behind a relentless running game to build a 34-19 halftime advantage over the Builders.

Josan Nimes and Mac Montilla fueled a late charge as the Bakers forged ahead at 63-56 from a 49-49 deadlock against the Bulldogs, who played minus injured star Ray Parks.

The scores:

First Game

CAFE FRANCE 74—Nimes 19, Ebondo 17, Montilla10, Jamon 9, Gallardo 8, Abundo 6, Batino 3, Sarangay 2, Parala 0, De Leon 0.

NU-BDO 69—Alolino 13, Roño 11, Khobuntin10, Rosario 9, Villamor 8, Neypes 7, Perez 4, Labing-isa 4, Javillonar 3, De Guzman 0.

Quarters: 14-20, 33-36, 49-49, 74-69

Second Game

CEBUANA LHUILLIER 68—Martinez 15, Sumang 12, Paredes 10, Zamar 9, Aguilar 8, Banal 8, Padilla 3, Javier 2, Reynes 1.

BORACAY RUM 66—Taha 13, Belo 12, Cabrera 11, Siruma 8, Sabellina 7, Banchero 6, Viernes 5, Arellano 4, Eguilos 0, Bautista 0.

Quarters: 22-10, 39-25, 52-50, 68-66

Third Game

HOG’S BREATH CAFE 83—Sanga 14, Macasaet 10, Racal 9, Paniamogan 8, Allera 7, Robles 7, Terso 7, Rios 6, Austria 5, Gabawan 2, Ruaya 2, Pasculado 2, Belorio 2, Bartolo 2.

ZAMBALES M-BUILDERS 54—Gomez 10, A. Semerad 8, Tolomia 6, Ignacio 6, Cruz 5, Doligon 5, Perales 2, Pinas 2, Pogoy 2, D. Semerad 1.
Quarters: 15-10, 34-19, 55-30, 83-54

Sam Miguel
12-06-2013, 08:20 AM
Wangs, Boracay fan slim D-L bids

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:21 am | Friday, December 6th, 2013

Wangs Basketball survived Derulo Accelero’s late fighback to prevail, 81-71, in a battle of struggling newcomers in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup yesterday at Ynares Sports Arena.

Michael Juico pumped in a game-high 25 points built on an 11-of-16 clip apart from collecting four rebounds, five assists and three steals to lift the Couriers to their third triumph.

Boracay Rum regained its winning ways as Chris Banchero fired 20 points to power the Waves past Arellano-Air 21, 71-63, in the first game.

Although the winning squads remained outside the top six, Wangs (3-4) and Boracay Rum (3-5) expect to make a strong push late in the eliminations.

Only six of the 14-team field will advance to the next round, with the top two earning outright semifinal berths.

“At 3-5 we still have a chance,” said Boracay Rum coach Lawrence Chongson. “This is an obstacle given to us, but we’ll continue to work hard. We’ll see what happens.”

The Waves staged a 12-2 run to pull away by double-digits in the second half, 61-50, after a slim 49-48 lead.

“We’ll just keep fighting,” said Wangs coach Pablo Lucas after his Couriers survived the Oilers’ late run that nearly wiped out their 15-point advantage, 69-54, in the last five minutes.

The scores:

First Game

BORACAY RUM 71—Banchero 20, Siruma 11, Cabrera 11, Tagarda 6, Ilagan 6, Viernes 5, Sabellina 4, Arellano 3, Rosopa 3, Taha 2.

ARELLANO-AIR21 63—Arquero 14, Rogado 10, Hernandez 9, Bangga 8, Fran 7, Webb 6, Jalalon 4, Bartolo 2, Palma 2, Mendoza 1, Cortes 0, Acidre 0.

Quarters: 18-19, 36-37, 56-48, 71-63

Second Game

WANGS BASKETBALL 81—Juico 25, Lopez 14, Banal 11, Acosta 10, Franco 8, Ilad 5, Vijandre 4, Galliguez 2, Escueta 2, Gomez 0, Saitanan 0, Castro 0.

DERULO ACCELERO 71—Corpuz 19, Soyud 15, Roncal 10, Manuel 7, Bautista 6, Jeffries 4, Morillo 4, Bonifacio 2, Gingerich 2, Importante 2, Dilay 0, Wierzba 0, Juruena 0.

Quarters: 16-12, 30-35, 63-52, 81-71

12-10-2013, 09:17 AM
Rising Suns trim Jumbo five

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

9:42 pm | Monday, December 9th, 2013

JOHN Pinto caught fire in the second half and powered Cagayan Valley past Jumbo Plastics, 82-78, in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup yesterday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

The Rising Suns came back from double-digit deficits as Pinto dropped 15 of his 22 points in the final two quarters to nail their seventh victory in nine games.

Adrian Celeda also came out big for the Rising Suns with 17 points, including 15 from beyond the arc, and Michael Mabulac added a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds.

“We played bad in the first half because the guys tend to lose their composure every time Jumbo plays physical,” said Cagayan coach Alvin Pua. “So at halftime, I told them to just keep their composure and stick to our game plan.”

In the other game, Cafe France cruised to a 98-64 win over the depleted Zambales M-Builders and rose to 5-3.

Rod Ebondo buried 18 points as the Bakers pulled away early from the Builders, who struggled minus the Far Eastern University standouts who suited for their school in another varsity tournament yesterday (See story above).

Pinto shot a perfect 4-of-4 from the field in the fourth quarter to help the Rising Suns surge ahead with a 17-9 run for a 73-70 lead.

The Giants, who fell to 5-2, turned sloppy after a strong first half, committing a total of 25 turnovers.

An Elliot Tan triple tied the game for the last time at 66 before Pinto drilled the Rising Sun’s next five points to spark Cagayan’s breakaway.

The scores:

First Game

CAGAYAN VALLEY 82—Pinto 22, Celeda 17, Mabulac 14, Trollano 8, Cruz 6, Melano 5, Ighalo 5, Bringas 5, Mercader 0, Collado 0, Foronda 0.

JUMBO PLASTIC 78—Romero 22, Colina 16, Tan 10, Petilos 7, Dehesa 7, Ballesteros 5, Lopez 5, Alano 2, Arboleda 2, Magat 2, Melegrito 0.

Quarters: 16-26, 34-43, 56-61, 82-78

Second Game

CAFE FRANCE 98—Ebondo 18, Opiso 13, Nimes 12, Mutombo 10, Sarangay 10, Montilla 8, Sedurifa 7, De Leon 7, Jamon 7, Banua 3, Gallardo 2, Batino 1.

ZAMBALES M-BUILDERS 64—Ignacio 13, Pinas 11, Vidal 11, Doligon 8, Alcober 7, Maniago 6, Gomez 6, Wong 2.

Quarters: 27-20, 57-38, 69-46, 98-64

Sam Miguel
12-11-2013, 08:46 AM
Hog’s Breath, Big Chill fuel semifinal drives

(The Philippine Star) | Updated December 11, 2013 - 12:00am

Games today (Blue Eagle Gym)

12 noon – Cagayan Valley vs Big Chill

2 p.m. – Café France vs Wangs Basketball

4 p.m. – Hog’s Breath Café vs Jumbo Plastic

MANILA, Philippines - Unbeaten Hog’s Breath Café shook off a sloppy first quarter stint and rolled past Derulo Accelero, 86-72, to stretch its win run to seven while Big Chill held off Arellano, 70-63, as they stayed on track for outright semifinal berths in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the Blue Eagle Gym.

Philip Paniamogan scored 24 points, including four triples, and Kevin Racal added 20 markers for the Razorbacks, who dominated the game right from the start despite going 4 of 20 from the field in the first 10 minutes for their lowest production in a quarter this conference.

But they settled down in the second quarter, built a 12-point bulge at the turn and went 20 points up, 60-40, before cruising to victory.

The Oilers dropped to 1-8.

“We shot poorly in the first quarter because we had a last minute change in our starting five. But the good thing about the players is that they never lost their focus on defense,” said Hog’s Breath coach Caloy Garcia.

Regular starters Francis Allera is out with a foot injury while guard Ali Austria is sidelined by flu.

Earlier, Quinton Heruela fell one rebound short of a triple double but Big Chill succeeded in thwarting Arellano to improve to 7-1.

The 5-10 Heruela finished with 13 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in a stellar performance but the Superchargers needed a late burst in the closing minutes to put away the upset conscious Chiefs, who fell to 1-7.

“We had a good run in the first quarter but we somehow lost our momentum when our second unit came in. Arellano capitalized on it, kept the game close and gained some confidence. But I thought we did a good job closing out the game,” said Big Chill coach Robert Sison.

The Superchargers also got big games from Reil Cervantes (20 points), Janus Lozada (18 points) and Jeckster Apinan (10 points, 11 rebounds) as they bounced back from an 88-97 loss to NLEX last week.

The scores:

First Game

Big Chill 70 – Cervantes 20, Lozada 18, Heruela 13, Apinan 10, Brondial 6, Maiquez 3, Baloria 0, Mirza 0, Canlas 0, Villahrmosa 0, Santos 0.

Arellano U 63 – Webb 15, Serjue 10, Jalalon 7, Acidre 7, Fran 6, Bangga 6, Tayongtong 5, Palma 4, Arquero 3, Bartolo 0, Ciriacruz 0.

Quarterscores: 20-11; 29-27; 50-49; 70-63

Second Game

Hog’s Breath Café 86 – Paniamogan 24, Racal 20, Sanga 10, Ruaya 9, Robles 7, Balerio 4, Terso 4, Gabawatan 3, Macasaet 3, Rios 2, Bartolo 0.

Derulo Accelero 72 – Soyud 24, Corpuz 18, Bautista 10, Dilay 6, Roncal 5, Jeffries 5, Importante 3, Manuel 1, Wierzba 0, Bonifacio 0, Wong 0, Gingerich 0.

Quarterscores: 9-6; 34-22; 60-40; 86-72

Sam Miguel
12-17-2013, 08:36 AM
Big Chill still hot; Cafe France rips Hog’s 5

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:07 pm | Monday, December 16th, 2013

Big Chill 9 1
Hog’s 7 2
Cagayan 7 3
Cafe France 7 3
Jumbo P. 6 2
NLEX 4 1
Blackwater 4 2
Wangs 3 5
Bora Rum 3 5
Cebuana 2 4
M-Builders 2 7
AU-Air21 1 7
Derulo 1 8
NU-BDO 0 6

(Blue Eagle Gym)

12 nn—Wangs vs Arellano-Air21

2 p.m.—Derulo Accelero vs Jumbo

BIG Chill turned back a pesky Zambales M-Builders, 82-71, to tighten its hold of top spot in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup yesterday at Trinity University of Asia gym.

Reil Cervantes dropped a game-high 16 points, including key baskets late in the game that helped the Superchargers clinch their ninth win in 10 games.

The race for the No. 2 slot tightened up as Cafe France hacked out a surprise 81-58 rout of Hog’s Breath Cafe, which absorbed its second straight loss after a 7-0 start.

“I think the top two spots will be a close fight,” said Big Chill coach Robert Sison. “So we really have to win our remaining three games to have a strong shot.”

Mac Montilla paced a balanced charge with 12 points as the Bakers pulled away early with a 17-8 start. The win propped up the Bakers to a share of third with Cagayan Valley at 7-3.

The Builders, who fell to 2-7, rallied within five, 67-72, behind Mike Tolomia with three minutes left before Cervantes and Brian Heruela combined to quell the rally.

The scores:

First Game

BIG CHILL 82—Cervantes 16, Baloria 11, Brondial 10, Heruela 7, Mirza 7, Villahermosa 7, Maiquez 6, Lozada 6, Apinan 5, Canlas 5, Belleza 2, Santos 0.

ZAMBALES M-BUILDERS 71—Vidal 15, Gomez 11, Ignacio 8, Tolomia 8, D. Semerad 6, Cruz 6, A. Semerad 6, Pogoy 5, Doligon 4, Wong 2.

Quarters: 15-13, 34-26, 61-56, 82-71

Second Game

CAFE FRANCE 81—Montilla 12, Ebondo 10, Batino 10, Sedurifa 9, Cortes 9, Abundo 9, Mutombo 6, Jamon 6, Nimes 6, Gallardo 4, De Leon 0, Sarangay 0.

HOG’S BREATH CAFE 58—Ruaya 12, Rios 12, Gabawan 10, Racal 9, Belorio 5, Paniamogan 3, Austria 2, Sanga 2, Bartolo 2, Bercede 1, Robles 0, Terso 0.

Quarters: 17-8, 35-24, 62-44, 81-58

Sam Miguel
01-07-2014, 07:49 AM
Banchero lifts surging Waves

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

9:57 pm | Monday, January 6th, 2014

Chris Banchero powered a surging Boracay Rum to a 91-67 rout of a Hog’s Breath Cafe squad on an alarming downward spiral in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup yesterday at Arellano Gym.

Banchero, the top rookie pick who has keyed Boracay’s turnaround, fired 16 points and dished out six assists to lead the Waves to a third straight victory that kept them in quarterfinal contention at 5-5.

Jeff Viernes also shot 14 and Mac Belo had a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds against the Razorbacks, who surprisingly dropped their last three games by an average of 21.3 points after a remarkable 7-0 start.

“The good thing right now is that the players are starting to embrace the system,” said Waves coach Lawrence Chongson. “We still can be better.”

Earlier, National University-Banco de Oro, playing without coach Eric Altamirano, dumped Arellano-Air21, 97-68, to snap out of a six-game losing spell.

Ray Parks pumped in 18 points and Troy Rosario shot 18 in a game the Bulldogs controlled all the way after building a double-digit lead, 23-12, right in the first quarter.

The Waves pulled away with a 10-0 run in the first quarter for a 20-12 advantage that ballooned to 17 points, 55-38, by halftime.

Only the top six out of the 14-team field will advance to the quarterfinals.

The scores:

First Game

NU-BDO 97—Parks 20, Rosario 18, Villamor 9, Labing-isa 8, Celda 7, Khobuntin 7, Roño 6, Neypes 6, Perez 6, De Guzman 5, Javelona 3, Alolino 2.

ARELLANO-AIR21 68—Hernandez 12, Ciriacruz 11, Bangga 10, Yaya 7, Nuilan 7, Tayongtong 6, Bartolo 4, Palma 4, Jalalon 4, Fran 3, Arquero 0, Acidre 0.

Quarters: 23-12, 47-35, 76-45, 97-68

Second Game

BORACAY RUM 91—Banchero 16, Viernes 14, Belo 12, Cabrera 12, Siruma 10, Eguilos 9, Taha 8, Tagarda 4, Ilagan 4, Sabellina 2, Arellano 0.

HOG’S BREATH CAFE 67—Sanga 11, Gabawan 10, Paniamogan 10, Racal 10, Terso 7, Ruaya 6, Rios 5, Pasculado 4, Austria 2, Macasaet 2, Publico 0, Allera 0.

Quarters: 26-13, 55-38, 71-56, 91-67

Sam Miguel
01-07-2014, 07:50 AM
Parks leads NU past Arellano for its first PBA D-League win

By Mark Giongco


4:12 pm | Monday, January 6th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — National University-BDO started the new year on a winning note following a 97-68 drubbing of Arellano-Air21 at the resumption of the 2014 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Monday at the Arellano University gym.

NU zoomed to a fast start sparked by Troy Rosario, who nearly matched Arellano’s measly 12-point output in the first quarter with 10 points as the Bulldogs took a 23-12 lead, an advantage that would grow to 31 after three quarters.

“[The win] lifts the pressure off us to win our first game,” said NU assistant coach Joey Guanio, filling in for head coach Eric Altamirano, who is currently in the US.

Two-time UAAP MVP Ray Parks led the way for the Bulldogs with 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Parks also had a steal and two blocks in just 21 minutes while Rosario finished with 18 points, eight rebounds and three blocks.

NU, which shot 51% from the field and hit 11 3-pointers, finally barged into the win column after losing its first six games while Arellano dropped to 1-9.

01-08-2014, 09:41 AM
Gems beat M-Builders behind Sumang’s 28

By Mark Giongco


4:13 pm | Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — Roi Sumang led a fourth-quarter scoring binge as Cebuana Lhuillier beat Zambales, 95-86, in the 2014 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Tuesday at the JCSGO gym in Cubao.

Sumang, the University of the East star, scored nine of his game-high 28 points in the last period where the Gems outscored the M-Builders, 30-18.

James Martinez added 16 points as he and Sumang combined to make seven 3-pointers to shoot Cebuana Lhuillier to its third win in seven games.

Mike Tolomia had 24 points for the M-Builders while Bryan Cruz and Roger Pogoy each notched a double-double. Cruz finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds while Pogot wound up with 14 points and 14 rebounds.

Zambales reeled to its eight defeat in 10 outings despite out-rebounding its opponent, 60-42.

01-08-2014, 09:42 AM
PBA D-League: Lanete lifts NLEX over Wangs

By Mark Giongco


6:19 pm | Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

MANILA , Philippines — NLEX overcame a slow start and needed to ride on Garvo Lanete in the fourth quarter to fend off Wangs Basketball, 96-80, in the 2014 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Tuesday at the JCSGO gym in Cubao.

Lanete carried the Road Warriors, who upped their mark to 5-1, in the final frame with 13 of his 24 points coming in that period alone.

“Scary win. Credit to Wangs they were ready for us,” said NLEX head coach Boyet Fernandez, whose team trailed by as much as 11 points in the second quarter before making the necessary adjustments in the second half.

The former San Beda standout Lanete completed a three-point play that put NLEX up by 10, 79-69, with 5:40 left before sinking a 3-pointer to stretch the Road Warriors’ advantage to 14, 87-73, with 3:56 to go.

The Couriers still found themselves in the thick of things early in the final frame until Michael Juico had to sit for three minutes at the 7:30 mark after committing a flagrant foul 1 as he and Kirk Long got into it. Long also picked up a flagrant foul.

With Juico, who had a game-high 27 points, on the bench, NLEX went on a 19-7 run capped by a Lanete basket as its lead ballooned to 17, 93-76, with 1:40 remaining.

Stocky playmaker Abel Galliguez and Ervic Vijandre added 13 points apiece for Wangs, which fell to 4-7.

The Road Warriors played minus Nigerian center Ola Adeogun, who served his one-game suspension after getting ejected during their win over Big Chill.

“The boys didn’t want to lose. I scolded them at the half. If we play the same way we played today, we’ll have trouble against Jumbo,” said Fernandez, whose squad clashes with fellow contender Jumbo Plastic next.

Sam Miguel
01-15-2014, 10:51 AM
Giants, Elite boost bids for D-L playoffs

(The Philippine Star) | Updated January 15, 2014 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Jumbo Plastic and Blackwater Sports charged past their respective rivals with big runs in the second half to enhance their playoff drive in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the Trinity University of Asia gym in QC yesterday.

Elliot Tan scored 17 points and had five assists while Jan Colina sparked a third quarter breakaway as the Giants bounced back from a setback to the NLEX Road Warriors with an 86-72 romp over the Boracay Rum Waves.

“The guys were very anxious today after losing badly to NLEX last week. But I thought we played smart today. Jan (Colina) was exceptionally well today. He was all over the court. The way he played today was really beyond our expectation,” said Jumbo Plastic coach Steven Tiu, whose wards improved to 9-3.

Colina picked up his rhythm in the third and led the Giants’ breakaway. He scored eight points in a 13-3 run to help stretch Jumbo Plastic’s six-point halftime lead to 45-29.

Colina eventually finished with 16 points and pulled down seven rebounds, had one assist, four steals and one block in a stellar 30-minute job.

Later in the day, Jericho Cruz tallied 31 points as Blackwater Sports subdued Derulo Accelero, 94-80.

Allan Mangahas fired 17 points and had seven assists while Gio Ciriacruz added 11 markers for the Elite who notched their sixth win in nine games.

Derulo Accelero dropped to 1-10.

“This is a big game for us. I thought this win assured us a spot in the quarterfinals,” said Tiu.

The Giants wind up their elimination round campaign against the Cebuana Lhuillier Gems tomorrow.

Another victory will likely net the Giants either third or fourth place for a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarters.

Jumbo Plastic also got big games from Karl Dehesa (14 points), Harold Arboleda (12 points) and Harry Petilos, who went 3 of 9 from three-point range in the first half to get things going for the Giants.

Marion Magat came off the bench and pulled down 12 rebounds as Jumbo Plastic gained a 46-41 advantage off the glass.

The loss snapped Boracay Rum’s three game winning run as the Waves bowed out of the quarterfinal race with a 5-6 card.

The scores:

First Game

Jumbo Plastic 86 – Tan 17, Colina 16, Dehesa 14, Arboleda 12, Petilos 9, Romero 8, Magat 6, Ballesteros 2, Alano 2.

Boracay Rum 72 – Banchero 16, Siruma 12, Viernes 9, Cabrera 9, Belo 7, Tagarda 6, Ilagan 3, arellano 1, Bautista 0, Sabellina 0.

Quarters:13-11; 32-26; 59-44; 86-72

Second Game

Blackwater Sports 94 – Cruz 31, Mangahas 17, Ciriacruz 11, Suguitan 8, Avillanoza 7, Manguera 5, Bagatsing 5, Bulawsan 3, Ilagas 3, J. Mangahas 2, Acibar 0.

Derulo Accelero 80 – Soyud 21, Manuel 16, Corpuz 11, Wong 10, Baitista 8, Weirzba 6, Jeffries 6, Roncal 2, Eman 0, Gingerich 0, Importante 0, Morillo 0.

Quarters:22-24; 43-43; 67-61; 94-80

01-28-2014, 10:59 AM
PBA D-League: Cafe France keeps quarterfinal hopes alive

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

1:45 am | Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Cafe France carved out an emphatic 92-63 victory over Arellano-Air21 to keep its quarterfinal hopes alive in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Monday at JCSGO Gym.

Rod Ebondo starred with 18 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks in the lopsided victory that lifted the Bakers to solo sixth at 8-5 at least for a day.

In other games, Big Chill nipped Boracay Rum, 94-91, for its 11th victory, while National University-Banco de Oro picked up a second straight win with a 94-68 rout of Zambales M-Builders.

Cafe France will only advance to the quarterfinals if Blackwater Sports loses to Cebuana Lhuillier in the 12 noon match on the penultimate day of the eliminations Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Arena.

A win gives Blackwater a tie with Cafe France with the Elite grabbing the last quarterfinal berth over the Bakers due to a superior quotient.

“All we can do now is sit and wait,” said Cafe France coach Egay Macaraya. “Our fortune is not in our hands. But in case a miracle happens, we’re ready for the next round.”

Mark Parale had 15 points and Ryan Gallardo added 10 points and eight assists for the Bakers, who overwhelmed the Chiefs off the boards, 54-32.

Even if the Bakers fail to make it to the next round, Macaraya said he will be satisfied.

“It’s a big improvement from last conference,” he said. “It only goes to show that our goal to develop new players is a success.”

Reil Cervantes paced the Superchargers with 28 points and burly guard Brian Heruela also came up big with 10 points, including the go-ahead basket, 93-91, with 29.1 seconds left, on top of 10 assists, five rebounds and three steals.

Troy Rosario posted a double-double of 23 points and 17 rebounds to power the Bulldogs to their fourth win in 12 games.

The scores:

First Game

CAFE FRANCE 92—Ebondo 18, Parale 15, Gallardo 10, Montilla 9, De Leon 8, Nimes 7, Batino 6, Cortes 5, Abundo 4, Banua 2, Celso 2, Mutombo 2, Opiso 2, Sarangay 2.

AU-AIR21 63—Webb 14, Acidre 14, Tayongtong 10, Arquero 9, Nuilan 6, Fran 5, Rogado 3, Palma 2, Yaya 0, Ciriacruz 0.

Quarters: 26-18, 50-36, 72-48, 92-63

Second Game

BIG CHILL 94—Cervantes 28, Apinan 12, Heruela 10, Villahermosa 10, Mirza 8, Lozada 8, Maiquez 7, Baloria 6, Canlas 3, Brondial 2, Santos 0.

BORACAY RUM 91—Belo 20, Banchero 17, Taha 12, Cabrera 10, Bautista 7, Ilagan 7, Viernes 6, Arellano 4, Tagarda 4, Sabellina 2, Eguilos 1, Rosopa 1.

Quarters: 29-20, 52-44, 69-68, 94-91

Third Game

NU-BDO 94—Rosario 23, Parks 15, Khobuntin 14, Labing-isa 13, Alolino 12, De Guzman 6, Neypes 6, Roño 5, Javelona 0, Perez 0, Villamor 0, Celda 0.

M-BUILDERS 68—Tolomia 27, Alabanza 20, Cruz 12, Saret 7, Wong 2, Ignacio 0, Vidal 0.

Quarters: 23-15, 51-29, 79-47, 94-68

Sam Miguel
01-29-2014, 07:36 AM
Elite nail last quarterfinal slot; Cagayan stops NLEX

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

1:53 am | Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — Blackwater Sports wasted no time in clinching the last quarterfinal berth in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Arena.

Playing for survival for the second straight game, the Elite zoomed to a 25-5 start on the way to a 96-74 dumping of Cebuana Lhuillier to barge into the top six while eliminating idle hopeful Cafe France.

Jericho Cruz pumped in 19 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for the in-sync Elite, who wound up tied with the Bakers at 8-5 but earned the ticket to the next round due to a superior quotient.

“The players were aware of the importance of this game,” said Blackwater coach Leo Isaac. “We were on the same page offensively and defensively.”

Cagayan Valley, assured of a quarterfinal slot, snapped the seven-game winning run of NLEX with a 78-74 upset, while National University-Banco de Oro wrapped up its campaign with a third straight triumph over Derulo Accelero, 83-57.

Despite slipping to 10-2, the Road Warriors along with idle Big Chill (11-1) have secured the top two slots and will go straight to the semifinals.

The Elite, meanwhile, hope to buck the odds anew against No. 3 Jumbo Plastic (10-3), which owns a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.

No. 4 Hog’s Breath Cafe (9-3) holds the other quarterfinal bonus in its duel against the Rising Suns.

The scores:

BLACKWATER SPORTS 96—Cruz 19, A. Mangahas 16, Ferrer 11, Llagas 11, Bulawan 9, Bagatsing 9, Ciriacruz 8, Austria 6, Suguitan 3, Avillanoza 2, Acibar 2, Pe 0, J. Mangahas 0.

CEBUANA LHUILLIER 74—Gamalinda 14, Leynes 10, Sumang 9, Olivares 9, Casajeros 7, Zamar 7, Banal 6, Paredes 4, Noble 2, Javier 2, Flores 2, Bustos 2, Padilla 0.

Quarters: 31-13, 51-34, 80-54, 96-74

Sam Miguel
02-04-2014, 10:36 AM
Kakupalan na ito ng typical Pinoy...

Fury mounts as 'monkey' slur on Adeogun mars NLEX-Cagayan game in D-League

From: Snow Badua

January 28, 2014, 06:45 pm

The Cagayan staffer was caught on camera holding up a banana while chanting the name of NLEX's Nigerian center Ola Adeogun in the two teams' D-League game on Tuesday.

A PBA D-League game has become a flash point for racism in sports when NLEX big man Ola Adeogun became the subject of a 'monkey' slur by a member of the Cagayan Valley staff.

What Reader's Say

draco: last time i checked ola was and is still playing. he got suspended "wrongly" but he was still allowed to play. i think you're confused, racism has many manifestations, don't tell me you're downplaying racial slurs into "heckling" because you can't deny that "bedans" are also guilty of this? isn't that double standards sir (or is it double morals)? how can calling another school "squatter" or gabby espinas "ita" add spice to a game? so you mean to say bernard santos didn't commit a racial offense and that he simply added "spice" to the game by making fun of ola? -seventwo

The incident happened on Tuesday afternoon at The Arena in San Juan when a utility staff of the Rising Suns was seen holding up a banana infront of the team's bench while chanting the Nigerian's name, apparently trying to get the big man's attention.

The incident was caught on camera by Spin.ph.

The team staffer was later identified as Bernard Santos.

Asked about the incident after the game won by the Rising Suns, 78-74, Adeogun said he was aware of the racial attack and admitted that he was hurt by the display.

But when sought to comment, Adeogun tried to shrug off the incident in a mixture of English and Filipino but was left teary-eyed after the brief inerview.

A member of the multi-titled San Beda Red Lions team, the center said he is used to being the subject of such taunts, even in the NCAA.

“It’s okay, that is his own way. Sabi ko, 'Ituloy mo lang 'yan.' Okay lang sa akin yan, I’ve been facing that ever since in the NCAA. It’s okay,” said the soft spoken giant.

“Okay lang 'yun, okay lang,” he kept saying. “Talk to coach, talk to coach.”

Racism has become a major issue in major sports leagues across Europe and North America, but it has rarely been discussed and addressed in leagues in the country.

According to NLEX, it called the attention of league officials during the incident. The referees, in turn, claimed they relayed the complaint to Cagayan coach Alvin Pua.

“Sinabi na po namin kay coach Alvin yun eh bago mag halftime,” said one of the referees who officiated the match. “Siguro po nung ginagawa niya 'yun, pag nakatalikod na kami. Pero bawal po 'yun eh.”

NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez expressed disappointment at how his star center was treated.

“Masama naman talaga ang mangyayari kung gaganunin ang isang tao … kawawa naman yung tao,” said Fernandez, adding they are leaving it up to PBA commissioner Chito Salud to act on the incident.

“It’s the first time (in the D-League) that I’ve seen him treated that way,” he added. “I’m sure he was hurt. Hindi pwedeng ganun palagi, porket ba foreigner siya gaganunin na lang?”

“Tayo nga nagagalit pag ginaganun tayo sa ibang bansa. I hope the commissioner will see that and he will take action. Masakit yun eh. The guy is just here to study and play and plan for his future… tapos gaganun tayo.”

Spin.ph tried to get the side of Santos, but the wide-bodied staffer refused to be interviewed.

Sam Miguel
02-04-2014, 10:38 AM
Hog's Cafe Razorbacks bracing for a scrap against Cagayan Valley

From: Reuben Terrado

February 3, 2014, 07:52 pm

HOG’S Breath Café prepares for a physical battle against Cagayan Valley as the Razorbacks eye a first ever semifinal berth in franchise history opposite the Rising Suns in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan.

The Razorbacks-Rising Suns encounter is set at 4 p.m.

Hog’s Breath has a slight advantage over Cagayan Valley, having won their November 11 match, 82-78.

After winning just a game in their debut conference in the Foundation Cup, the Razorbacks claimed a quarterfinals berth after finishing with a 10-3 win-loss slate to take the fourth-seed and a twice-to-beat edge in the playoffs.

Hog’s Breath head coach Caloy Garcia, however, said it won’t be an easy series against Cagayan Valley, which finished as the No. 5 seed with a 9-4 win-loss slate.

“We know that they play physical. We just have to be ready for the physicality. As long as we play within our system, we have the advantage,” said Garcia.

The winner of the series will face top-seed NLEX in a best-of-three semifinal series.

Cagayan Valley is also coming to the game on a high after beating NLEX to cap off its elimination round campaign.

“We want to come into the quarterfinals with a high morale,” said Cagayan Valley assistant coach Raymond Valenzona after the NLEX win.

Incidentally, Hog’s Breath also defeated NLEX early in the eliminations.

Sam Miguel
02-07-2014, 10:04 AM
Against all odds: Elite trip Giants, book semis berth

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:51 pm | Thursday, February 6th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines—Blackwater Sports beat the odds anew to clinch the last semifinal berth in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Friday at Ynares Sports Arena.

Rallying from 15 points down, the Elite overcame the twice-to-beat advantage of Jumbo Plastic, 91-81, in the knockout quarterfinal duel to become the lowest seeded team to advance to the Final Four.

Jericho Cruz exploded for 29 points to fuel the huge fightback of the sixth-ranked Elite, who escaped elimination for the fourth straight time to arrange a semifinal showdown with Big Chill.

“It was a good test of character on our part,” said Blackwater coach Leo Isaac. “At the back of our minds we knew we could beat them anytime. All we had to do was play disciplined basketball, control ourselves, control our motion and play with a lot of intensity.”

Game 1 of the best-of-three semifinal series kicks off on Tuesday with No. 1 NLEX battling Hog’s Breath Cafe at 2 p.m. and No. 2 Big Chill taking on Blackwater at 4 p.m. at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Cruz dropped 17 points in the pivotal third quarter where the Elite staged a 12-2 rally to trim a 39-50 deficit to just a point, 51-52.

Five straight points from Allan Mangahas gave the Elite their first lead since the opening minutes, 56-55, before another seven-point cluster from Cruz gave them the lead for good, 63-58.

“He really played with intensity,” Isaac said of Cruz, who wound up with a double-double by also grabbing 10 rebounds.

“We wanted him to go for isolation plays or one-and-one plays, but he surprised us with a lot of three pointers. And with able support from Mangahas and (Kevin) Ferrer, we were able to survive.”

Mangahas delivered with 17 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals, while Ferrer added 14 markers.

The Elite forged the winner-take-all after drubbing the Giants, 86-78, last Tuesday in a game they controlled all the way.

This time, though, the No. 3 Giants came out sizzling in the first half and pulled ahead by as many as 15 points, 40-25, behind Karl Dehesa.

Dehesa finished with 18 points, 12 in the first half, while Mark Romero also shot 17 for the Giants.

The scores:

BLACKWATER SPORTS 91—Cruz 29, Mangahas 17, Ferrer 14, Llagas 11, Ciriacruz 8, Bulawan 7, Austria 3, Manguera 2, Bagatsing 0, Pe 0.

JUMBO PLASTIC 81—Dehesa 18, Romero 17, Colina 10, Tan 10, Ballesteros 8. Petilos 7, Arboleda 6, Magat 5, Alano 0.

Quarters: 21-27, 33-44, 66-63, 91-81

Sam Miguel
02-11-2014, 09:30 AM
No clear favorites as PBA D-League semis duels unfold

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

2:03 am | Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — After claiming the No. 1 spot on a “silver platter,” NLEX braces for a grueling best-of-three semifinal series against Hog’s Breath Cafe in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

The Road Warriors expect a tough duel at 2 p.m. against the Razorbacks, one of only two squads that beat them in the eliminations and will go into the game inspired by a confidence-boosting quarterfinal win.

“When we came into this conference, nobody gave us a chance,” coach Caloy Garcia said of his Razorbacks.

“They (Road Warriors) have all the advantages but it doesn’t matter as long as we play hard.”

Big Chill also heads into its own series at 4 p.m. expecting a tough grind against Blackwater Sports, which incredibly dodged elimination four straight times to reach the Final Four.

“It tested our character and the players’ confidence level is really high,” said coach Leo Isaac after the No. 6 Elite overcame the twice-to-beat advantage of Jumbo Plastic in the quarterfinals.

“We have a good chance now that it’s back to zero in the semifinals.”

NLEX and Big Chill wound up tied at 11-2 at the end of the eliminations, but the Road Warriors grabbed the top spot due to a superior quotient.

“We’re quite wary,” coach Boyet Fernandez said even after his Road Warriors wrapped up their elimination run with a 64-point ripping of Zambales M-Builders to set the biggest winning margin in league history.

Sam Miguel
02-12-2014, 07:51 AM
Road Warriors, Elite close in on PBA D-League title clash

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:57 am | Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — Back from injury, Garvo Lanete got his fiery form back as well to power NLEX within a win of a championship berth following a 99-74 dumping of Hog’s Breath Cafe in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Arena.

Lanete, who sat out two games due to a shoulder injury, teamed up with Kevin Alas in a hot start that put the Road Warriors up by 19 points right in the first quarter, 31-12, in Game 1 of their best-of-three semifinals.

“We caught them on an off night,” said coach Boyet Fernandez as his top-seeded Road Warriors built leads of more than 30 points against the Razorbacks.

“They were missing their shots and even their free throws.”

Blackwater Sports, on a roll after escaping elimination four straight times, also downed Big Chill, 84-72, to take a 1-0 lead in their own semifinal series.

Jericho Cruz buried 19 points, 10 in the second quarter where the Elite pulled away from a 29-all deadlock to build a 47-36 lead at the half.

“As we were getting one victory after another, we were using those victories to motivate the players further and improve their confidence level,” said Blackwater coach Leo Isaac.

The Road Warriors and the No. 6 Elite, who stunned NLEX last conference to bag their first crown, will shoot for a series sweep Thursday.

Lanete, a leading candidate for the MVP plum, paced the Road Warriors with 23 points, 12 coming from three-point range.

Matt Ganuelas added 14 points and nine boards, while Alas fired all of his 12 points in the first half for the Road Warriors.

Aside from their woeful shooting, the Razorbacks also had to do without head coach Caloy Garcia in the second half after he was ejected due to excessive complaining in the third quarter.

The scores:

First Game

NLEX 99—Lanete 23, Ganuelas 14, Alas 12, J. Pascual 11, Dela Rosa 9, Adeogun 8, R. Pascual 8, Hermida 5, Raymundo 4, K. Pascual 4, Long 1, Dela Cruz 0, Koga 0, Amer 0.

HOG’S BREATH CAFE 74—Publico 13, Ruaya 11, Sanga 10, Allera 9, Gabawan 7, Paniamogan 7, Racal 6, Robles 5, Austria 4, Rios 2, Macasaet 0, Belorio 0, Terso 0.

Quarters: 31-12, 45-26, 71-45, 99-74

Second Game

BLACKWATER SPORTS 84—Cruz 19, Mangahas 15, Ferrer 10, Llagas 10, Austria 10, Bulawan 9, Ciriacruz 8, Bagatsing 3, Pe 0.

BIG CHILL 72—Cervantes 22, Baloria 12, Villahermosa 10, Lozada 10, Mirza 6, Apinan 5, Brondial 3, Canlas 2, Maiquez 2, Heruela 0.

Quarters: 21-23, 47-36, 70-52, 84-72

Sam Miguel
02-19-2014, 09:29 AM
Big Chill nails 2nd PBA D-League title slot

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:02 am | Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — Big Chill sustained a strong start and ended Blackwater Sports’ incredible run with a 89-78 decision to claim the last finals berth in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Arena.

With Janus Lozada and Reil Cervantes waxing hot, the Superchargers staged a second-quarter breakaway and kept the Elite at a distance the entire second half for a decisive win in the do-or-die Game 3.

“Overall it was a team effort offensively and defensively,” coach Robert Sison said after his Superchargers won the best-of-three semifinal series, 2-1.

“Our defense worked; Blackwater wasn’t able to set up.” Lozada fired 21 points, 15 coming from three-point range, while Cervantes also shone with 18 points and nine rebounds.

The Superchargers’ solid form will be tested anew by the top-seeded NLEX in the best-of-three championship series starting at 1 p.m. this Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

NLEX, which will head into the finals after a nine-day layoff, swept Hog’s Breath Cafe in their own semifinal duel to advance to the title round for the sixth straight time.

The Elite had hoped to become the lowest-ranked team at No. 6 to clinch a title berth after surviving elimination four straight times to gain the Final Four.

And the Elite looked unstoppable after taking Game 1, 84-72, but failed to wrap it up last Thursday as the Superchargers carved out a 95-84 triumph.

Jericho Cruz (21 points) and Allan Mangahas (16 points) delivered for the Elite, but the usually reliable Kevin Ferrer was hardly a factor, scoring only seven on a 1-of-8 shooting clip.

The scores

BIG CHILL 89—Lozada 21, Cervantes 18, Canlas 15, Brondial 9, Apinan 9, Maiquez 8, Baloria 3, Heruela 3, Villahermosa 3, Mirza 0, Santos 0.

BLACKWATER SPORTS 78—Cruz 21, Mangahas 16, Llagas 12, Bulawan 11, Ciriacruz 11, Ferrer 7, Manguera 0, Bagatsing 0, Pe 0.

Quarters: 20-18, 41-33, 66-56, 89-78

Sam Miguel
02-28-2014, 01:30 PM
NLEX five out to keep titled core

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:16 am | Friday, February 28th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — Five-time champion NLEX intends to keep its core even as some of its stars led by MVP Garvo Lanete go for one final run in the next PBA D-League conference starting March 18.

Lanete, who played a pivotal role in the Road Warriors’ bid to reclaim the crown, hopes for another strong showing in the Foundation Cup before joining this year’s pro draft.

“I’m hoping to improve more,” said Lanete. “I really want to prepare for the PBA.”

Lanete, along with Jake Pascual, Kevin Alas, Matt Ganuelas and Ola Adeogun, helped the Road Warriors regain the title with a 2-0 sweep of Big Chill in the Aspirants Cup championship series last Wednesday.

“A day after we lost in the last conference, we really made sure that we’ll come back,” Lanete said of the Road Warriors, who were swept by Blackwater Sports in last year’s finals after dominating the first four conferences.

NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez said he is sticking with his lineup even if he is expecting to lose most of them to the PBA Draft this year.

“We’re keeping our core,” said Fernandez. “We’re happy with our lineup and we’re looking forward to another good run next conference. We know some of our players will join the Draft, so we’re also looking for players who will form our core next season.”

The Road Warriors will get a Macau trip as bonus, but Fernandez said their break will be brief as the next conference rolls off in two weeks.