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Sam Miguel
10-31-2013, 08:22 AM
3 PBA opening games in 3 cities

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

1:34 am | Thursday, October 31st, 2013


(Smart Araneta Coliseum)

2 p.m.—Opening Ceremonies

3 p.m.—San Mig Coffee vs Barangay Ginebra

(New Cebu Coliseum)

5:15 p.m.—Meralco vs Talk ‘N Text

(In Davao)

5:15 p.m.—Rain or Shine vs Alaska

A GAME in each of the country’s three major islands to be played simultaneously on Nov. 17 will usher in the 39th season of the Philippine Basketball Association.

Glitzy opening rites featuring the six teams that will be left in Manila formally gets the tournament going at Smart Araneta Coliseum at 2 p.m. before San Mig Coffee slugs it out with Barangay Ginebra.

Meralco and defending champion Talk ‘N Text will collide in a clash of sister teams at 5:15 p.m. in Cebu while Rain or Shine and Alaska tangle in Davao at about the same time in the Mindanao end of the opening bill.

The opening-day schedule reflects the major changes in the scheduling of the games this season.

From the usual three doubleheaders a week, the PBA has added Saturday as the fourth playing day to be able to compress the schedule and address the concerns of finishing on time for the Fiba World Championship in Spain where Gilas-Pilipinas will be represented by pro stars in August.

An “equalizer” system will also be put in place for the import spiced Commissioner’s Cup—the second conference—where the two eliminated teams in the Philippine Cup will be allowed to tap imports who are two inches taller than the 6-foot-9 limit.

Alaska is the defending Commissioner’s Cup champion and should the Aces want to bring Robert Dozier back, they would have to ask their import to be measured and fit in as 6-foot-9.

Marqus Blakely, if he fails to make it to the National Basketball Association, will again spearhead San Mig Coffee in the season-ending Governors’ Cup, the second “sprint” tournament of the season.

“I told him (during the championship celebration) that the only thing that can keep us from taking him back (this season) is if he makes an NBA team,” San Mig board representative Rene Pardo told sportswriters at the posh Westin Sydney here on Wednesday.

The Philippine Cup will, as usual, be the longest among the conferences, with each team to play a minimum of 14 games in the eliminations using the inter-intra format and the bottom two teams getting the boot.

Also, broadcast of the games will be on TV5 with opening-day coverage to start with the 2 p.m. parade of teams and their muses and then the game before airing of the live feed from Davao.

The Meralco-Talk ‘N Text match will be aired at 10 p.m.

The PBA board ended its planning session on Wednesday . They plane back in on Nov. 2 before rejoining their teams for the Annual Draft the day after at Robinson’s Place in Manila.

In a related development, Globalport and Petron Blaze agreed on a one-on-one trade that sent Chris Ross to the Boosters for Denok Miranda.

Sam Miguel
11-05-2013, 09:28 AM
Salud: No lopsided draft trades by Barako

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:47 pm | Monday, November 4th, 2013

BARAKO Bull drew incredulous comments in social media on Sunday after the team passed up on its chances to get younger and better by trading away three first-round picks during the Annual PBA Rookie Draft.

And management did it so well that even league commissioner Chito Salud was left with no recourse but to approve the trades.

Barako Bull traded away the electrifying Fil-American James Forrester at No. 4 and UAAP superstars Terrence Romeo and Ryan Roose Garcia of Far Eastern at Nos. 5 and 6, respectively.

The Globalport Batang Pier then made use of its No. 7 pick to snag 6-foot-9 Fil-Am Isaac Holstein.

“If the issue is the strategy, wisdom and rationale behind Barako’s or any other team’s decision to trade their picks for current stars or vice versa, that’s obviously not within my province to explain or second guess,” Salud said in a text message after the league was deluged by questions and comments.

“A team can strengthen its lineup through trades and/or draft picks. I did not perceive any lopsided trades during the Draft.”

Salud said this yesterday even as he approved another Barako trade that sent Enrico Villanueva to Globalport for former two-time MVP Willie Miller and undersized forward Hans Thiele.

“It remains… solely within the ballclubs’ prerogative and the teams would thus be in a best position to explain the direction they have chosen to take, provided of course, that there are no lopsided trades involved,” said Salud.

One of those intrigued by the Barako Bull trades was Talk ‘N Text owner Manny V. Pangilinan.

“Barako gave up all its 1st round picks, and so did its 2nd round. ‘The world wonders’—Admiral Chester W Nimitz:),” Pangilinan said in his Twitter account @iammvp.

Globalport pounced on the opportunity and built itself a title contender literally overnight, prompting team owner Mikee Romero to ask the Inquirer in jest: “Did we score a coup?”

Barako Bull has been hit by hard times in the last few years. It even went on the brink of disbanding until businessman Bert Lina, the Air21 team owner, rescued the franchise.

“They (Energy) traded for veterans with big salaries,” said the source, who declined to be named. “Maybe they are impatient, they want to win right away.”

Had Barako Bull stayed with its Draft picks, the Energy would have paid each of their rookies a maximum of just P150,000 a month under the league’s salary cap rules.

The Energy would spend a lot more by bringing in former Rookie of the Year Rico Maierhofer and Willie Wilson from Ginebra in exchange for Forrester.

On the other side of the coin, the teams that draft younger players not only get new projects to develop, but are also able to put some space in their respective salary caps by being able to unload some of their older players. Hence, the chance to offer more cash to other players.

Sam Miguel
11-05-2013, 09:32 AM
^^^ So Barako essentially gave up Forrester, Romeo and Garcia to get Miller, Wilson, Thiele, Maeirhofer and Labagala.

They gave up on three promising newcomers to bring in (bring back in Miller's case) proven veterans.

On balance that makes sense to me. Miller alone I think would still, even at his age, prove to be a better player than any of the three draftees. Barako I think actually took in a net gain from these transactions.

11-05-2013, 10:58 AM
^Miller and Thiele was traded for Villanueva, so that shouldn't count. As well as Labagala for Monfort.

It's Forrester, Romeo and Garcia to get, Wilson and Maeirhofer (4th pick), Isip and Sison (5th pick), Denok Miranda (6th pick).

Sam Miguel
11-06-2013, 10:02 AM
B. Pier get Najorda, Chua for Holstein

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:04 pm | Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

BEEFING up still, Globalport yesterday completed another trade and dealt away No. 7 Draft pick Isaac Holstein to San Mig Coffee for No. 10 choice Justin Chua and the veteran Leo Najorda.

The Batang Pier already strengthened their lineup with key selections from the PBA Rookie Draft last Sunday.

The 39th Season opens on Nov. 17 with three simultaneous games in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Globalport also nabbed former UAAP MVPs Terrence Romeo and Ryan Roose Garcia in the first round of the Draft, giving the Batang Pier one of the league’s most promising backcourt pairs.

Holstein, a 6-foot-9 Fil-American, will come to San Mig as the logical heir apparent to Rafi Reavis and Yancy De Ocampo.

Chua could see major minutes in his rookie season with the Batang Pier, who will now have the luxury of having Jay Washington slide to the power forward spot.

On Monday, the Batang Pier also unloaded Willie Miller and Hans Thiele to Barako Bull for the veteran Enrico Villanueva.

Sam Miguel
11-06-2013, 10:05 AM
^Miller and Thiele was traded for Villanueva, so that shouldn't count. As well as Labagala for Monfort.

It's Forrester, Romeo and Garcia to get, Wilson and Maeirhofer (4th pick), Isip and Sison (5th pick), Denok Miranda (6th pick).

However they got those players I still think those veterans are constants that can already deliver as opposed to the rookies Barako could have gotten.

To me outside of the Top 3 the rest of this draft was a crapshoot, anybody picked from Number 4 onwards may or may not pan out, regardless of how stellar an amateur career they had.

We might even put it simplistically: surely right here right now Willy Miller can easily outplay any one among Forrester, Romeo and Garcia. So just with this acquisition Barako already came out ahead, i.e. they got the better player in the transaction.

Sam Miguel
11-06-2013, 11:07 AM
Selection headache for Ramos as trades leave Barako Bull with surplus of players

From: Richard Dy

November 5, 2013, 08:55 pm

A FLURRY of trades in the offseason has left Barako Bull with a surplus of players, giving the coaching staff led by Bong Ramos a headache as it prepares to prune down the team two weeks before the PBA season.

No less than 27 players are in the team pool and a total of 24 players showed up in Barako's regular morning practice on Tuesday — 10 holdovers from the past season, eight coming from recent trade deals, five rookies from Sunday’s draft and a free agent.

Barako Bull acquired big men Willy Wilson and Rico Maierhofer from Barangay Ginebra during draft day after trading away its fourth pick - just one of several perplexing trades that drew criticism from fans and fanned accusations that the Energy Cola are a 'San Miguel farm team.'

The Energy Cola also gave up their fifth pick in exchange for Mark Isip and seldom-used big man Magi Sison of Petron (which traded the pick to Globalport for Yousif Taha) before totally skipping the first round by giving its sixth pick to Globalport for guard Dennis Miranda.

Before that, Barako Bull also swapped Eman Monfort for Rob Labagala of Ginebra.

Their top pick in the draft was 14th overall, which they used to take former San Miguel Beermen guard Jeric Fortuna. Carlo Lastimosa was the final pick of the second round, and he was joined by Darwin Cordero in the third round and Jett Vidal in the fourth.

Ramos said the coaching staff and management will have to trim down the bulging roster by Wednesday since the team is set to leave on Thursday morning for a four-team pocket tournament in Cebu.

“Meron na naman akong naisip na matitira but I still have to talk to management about it,” said Ramos.

There were also changes to the Barako Bull coaching staff with the arrival of Koy Banal, who is coming off a one-conference stint with Petron as one of Boosters coach Gee Abanilla’s assistants.

Despite the team coming under fire for what fans had lambasted as "lopsided" deals, Ramos said he is happy to have a pool of "tried and tested" players to choose from.

“Marami lang 27 (players) sa ngayon, pero kasi ang importante sa akin ngayon, yung sinasabi na beterano, tried and tested na sila sa PBA. Positive yun na nakikita ko sa practice. Pati attitude at intensity nila,” Ramos told Spin.ph after the team’s practice at the Gatorade Hoops Center.

Ramos said he intends to put together a full-court trapping team that has a lot of options on the half-court set.

“I think I will have a group na pang full-court, pang mabilis at pang set up,” explained the Barako Bull mentor.

Sam Miguel
11-06-2013, 11:11 AM
Gregorio banking on 'ageless' David to take Meralco to the next level

From: Snow Badua

October 11, 2013, 05:22 pm

GARY David will be Ryan Gregorio’s new James Yap.

Meralco Bolts team consultant Jong Uichico believes that the acquisition of the high-scoring guard from Globalport will give Gregorio the kind of player he has always wanted - a legitimate scoring threat much like Yap was for him during his successful run at Purefoods.

“Most likely (he is this team’s James Yap)… because Gary David is the style of player coach Ryan wants,” Uichico said. “He is a good fit to the team.”

“Gary is a type of player who can initiate his own shot. He can be a go-to guy during crunch time and he is also a very good one-on-one player,” added the incoming Sinag Pilipinas coach.

Gregorio, who won a couple of championships with Purefoods but is still in search of his first one at Meralco, said he is banking on David's proven scoring and leadership to get Meralco to the next level after a maiden semifinal appearance in the last PBA Governors' Cup.

"Gary gives us a legitimate scoring threat. He is great in transition, solid off-screen and he can manufacture his own points. His leadership can also help us in our desire to finish better than No. 3 in the next conference," said the Meralco Bolts coach.

Gregorio also shrugged off fears that the 35-year-old David may be past his prime.

"Despite his age, he has proven time and again that he has a lot of good years ahead of him," said Gregorio, who was an assistant to coach Chot Reyes in the Gilas Pilipinas team where David is a mainstay.

Uichico declared that the David trade, which also saw AJ Mandani move to Meralco for Chris Ross, Chris Timberlake and two second picks, has long been planned.

“It’s a consensus decision that we think the trade will be good for the team… so we went after it,” he added.

Asked to comment on how they plan to spread minutes among their battery of gunners, which also has Mark Cardona, Mike Cortez, Sunday Salvacion and John Wilson, Uichico made a safe reply.

“We’ll see muna. Binubuo din namin yung team eh. We’re still improving little by little,” said the former PBA champion coach with 8 championships.

“We’re trying to fill the spots we need to fill. We’re getting competitive but how fast can we improve in terms of team composition … that’s for all of us to see,” said Uichico with a smile.

Sam Miguel
11-06-2013, 11:12 AM
Danny Seigle declines Barako Bull offer, wants to explore other options

From: Richard Dy

November 5, 2013, 04:13 pm

VETERAN forward Danny Seigle has declined an offer from Barako Bull for a contract extension as he expressed his desire to explore other options, less than two weeks before the start of the PBA’s 39th season.

Barako Bull team manager Raffy Casyao said the former All-Star made his intent to explore other options known during a meeting on Tuesday morning inside the team's dugout at the Gatorade Hoops Center, even if the team has an offer for a new deal on the table.

“Sabi niya (Seigle) kasi, he will try to look for other options. May offer na kami sa kanya, at least a one-year extension, so he wanted to try other options. Then mag-usap uli kami,” Casyao told Spin.ph.

Spin.ph tried to get Seigle’s side, but the 37-year-old Wagner College alumnus declined to comment for the time being.

The Barako Bull team official said losing Seigle would be a big setback considering the former national player was the most realiable gunner for the team last season, submitting averages of 11.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 31 games this past season.

Although Barako Bull has a surplus of players right now following a series of trades in the offseason, Casyao said Seigle would leave a big gap in the Energy Cola's lineup.

“Iba pa rin ang talent ng Danny Seigle eh. Iyan ang No. 1 local scorer namin last conference. And even though madaming kaming players ngayon, tingin mo may replacement kami for Danny Seigle?" Casyao said.

"That’s the situation the coaching staff will have to think about,” he added.

Seigle, the 1999 Rookie of the Year, is a four-time Finals MVP and a two-time Mythical First team member. He also earned Best Player of the Conference twice (1999 Governors Cup and 2005-2006 Philippine Cup) while playing for San Miguel.

Sam Miguel
11-06-2013, 11:26 AM
^^^ I'll bet my left testicle he will somehow find his way either to a full-fledged San Miguel team or to Global Port.

Sam Miguel
11-07-2013, 08:19 AM
PBA bares 2014 Philippine Cup schedule

Slaughter-Fajardo clash on Christmas Day

By Mark Giongco

Philippine Daily Inquirer

9:50 pm | Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — The PBA on Wednesday released its schedule of the coming PLDT-DSL 2014 Philippine Cup.

And apart from its unprecedented three-game in three cities opening day on November 17, mark your calendars for some of the marquee match-ups avid basketball fans surely wouldn’t want to miss.

A rematch between Petron Blaze and San Mig Coffee, two teams that went toe-to-toe in the recently-concluded PBA Governors’ Cup Finals, meet for the first time since the Mixers outlasted the Boosters in seven games last October on November 27.

The Mixers and Alaska Aces renew their rivalry in the main game on November 22 while the Boosters take on Talk ‘N Text a day after.

But perhaps the most awaited battle this 39th season is between Petron Blaze and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, featuring the two giants Junemar Fajardo of the Boosters against Greg Slaughter of the Kings on Christmas Day.

The six-foot-10 Fajardo has become one of the elite big men in the league after his sterling Finals performance and he will be put to the test when he meets someone of his own size in the seven-foot Slaughter, the top overall selection in last Sunday’s Rookie Draft, as both take their college rivalry in Cebu to the pros.

Another interesting team to look out for is the new-look GlobalPort, which made the most off-season moves among the 10 teams.

The Batang Pier drafted UAAP stars RR Garcia, Terrence Romeo and Nico Salva before trading for another UAAP cager in Justin Chua and acquiring veteran big man Enrico Villanueva from Barako Bull.

The newest PBA season unfolds with three games with each game to be played in a different city.

After an elaborate opening ceremony, Barangay Ginebra and San Mig Coffee clashes at the Smart Araneta Coliseum at 3pm with Meralco tangling with TNT simultaneously played at the Cebu Coliseum. The other opening day game featuring Alaska and Rain or Shine, which will be parading no.3 pick Raymond Almazan, will be at 5:15pm in Davao.

Sam Miguel
11-08-2013, 08:32 AM
Globalport signs up RR Garcia for P9M, hires Menk

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:23 pm | Thursday, November 7th, 2013

First-round draftees RR Garcia and Alex Nuyles and No. 11 pick Jeric Teng came to terms with their respective PBA teams yesterday even as former MVP Eric Menk inked a one-year pact with Globalport where he could wind up his impressive career.

Garcia, the former UAAP MVP with Far Eastern U, struck a three-year deal worth P9 million with the Batang Pier, who sustained their buildup by signing the 39-year-old Menk to give them frontline muscle and experience.

Teng and Nuyles, on the other hand, signed two-year deals with Rain or Shine, which refused to divulge the terms of their respective contracts.

“We can’t reveal the financial terms but both players are delighted,” said lawyer Mamerto Mondragon, the Rain or Shine representative to the PBA board.

The Philippine Cup open’s the league’s 39th Season on Nov. 17 with simultaneous games in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Garcia, a point guard, will receive the maximum allowable salary for rookies in his first two years—P150,000 a month in the first season and P225,000 a month in the next. He will be paid P337,500 a month in his third year.

“We believe in his talent, that’s why we gave him a three-year contract,” Globalport owner Mikee Romero said of Garcia, whom the Batang Pier snagged at sixth overall after trading for the right by giving up Denok Miranda. “He’s the future of the team.”

Terrence Romeo, another former UAAP MVP with Far Eastern, was also expected to strike a similar deal with Globalport last night. He was the fifth overall choice in the Draft.

Rain or Shine still has to seal a deal with No. 3 pick, the 6-foot-7 Raymond Almazan, who is still playing for Letran in the NCAA.

“We don’t want to distract his (Almazan’s) attention because of his school commitment, we wish him well,” said Raymund Yu, who co-owns the Elasto Painters with Terry Que.

11-08-2013, 10:09 AM
Massive draft-day buildup proof Batang Pier mean business, says Washington

From: Richard Dy

November 4, 2013, 06:32 pm

THE series of trades Globalport pulled off on Draft Day isn’t lost on veteran forward Jay Washington, who’s convinced the young franchise is out to make a statement in its second PBA season.

Washington said selecting the likes of Far Eastern University stars Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia by trading away promising Yousif Taha and veteran point guard Denok Miranda is proof the Batang Pier are serious in putting together the pieces of what he hopes would be a champion roster someday.

Globalport acquired the No. 5 pick from Petron by sending away Taha before promptly using the selection to get Romeo, the high-scoring reigning UAAP Most Valuable Player. Petron acquired the pick from Barako Bull in exchange for Mark Isip and Magi Sison.

They Said It!

“We’re a totally different team after this draft. Now we just got to come together and see what we can do ." - Jay Washington, Globalport forward and two-time PBA Best Player of the Conference

The chance to pick Garcia, himself a former UAAP MVP, came when the Batang Pier traded Miranda to Barako for the No. 6 selection.

And for its own pick at no. 7, Globalport lost no time taking in Fil-Am big man Isaac Holstein.

“I just think it (trades initiated) shows how aggressive our management is. They (Globalport management) are not playing around. They mean business,” Washington told Spin.ph.as he joined owner Mikee Romero, team officials, and fellow players in welcoming their draftees on Sunday at Robinsons Place in Manila.

Globalport later added two-time UAAP Finals MVP Nico Salva to its rookie haul by tabbing the big man out of Ateneo at the start of the second round.

Other rookie picks by the Batang Pier in the late rounds include LA Revilla and Jopher Custodio.

The 6-foot-7 Washington, a former two-time Best Player of the Conference while playing for Petron, believes their rookies could easily make an impact if given the time to jell with the rest of the team.

“We’ve got a lot of quality picks that can help us win soon and contribute. We’re a totally different team after this draft. Now we just got to come together and see what we can do and jell together,” he added.

The 32-year-old power forward is also thankful that management has added veteran center Enrico Villanueva to the mix after Globalport shipped out former two-time league MVP Willie Miller and backup slotman Hans Thiele to Barako Bull on Draft Day.

“With Rico, he had many battles out there. His competitive level is very high. He’s another veteran who can lead young guys here, so definitely he’s gonna help,” explained Washington.

Globalport ended its maiden season in Asia’s first ever play-for-pay league with a 7-31 win-loss record overall, capped by its very first playoff appearance during the Governors Cup.

11-08-2013, 10:10 AM
David hopes jersey number switch will bring him luck in search for first PBA title

From: Snow Badua

October 25, 2013, 05:01 pm

FOR the first time in his PBA career, Gary David is shedding his favorite No. 20 jersey.

Hopefully, the change in jersey number will finally bring him good luck.

As David looks forward to a new season with new team Meralco, he also hopes a new fortune awaits him as he continues his seach for a first championship since his college days.

“Sana sa pagpapalit ko ng number, maka champion na. Sana may dalang swerte ito,” said David, who hasn’t won a single major championship since his playing days for the Lyceum Pirates.

“Hindi tayo pinalad , PBL at PBA. Wala pa. Sana ito na yun,” revealed the 35-year-old shooting guard.

At Meralco, the high-scoring pride of Dinalupihan, Bataan will be donning jersey No. 28 – a combination of his old number and his designated Gilas jersey number.

David said he can no longer use his old number with the Bolts as Jared Dillinger already owns it.

Dillinger arrived at Meralco two months earlier than David, both coming through separate trades.

“Na kay Jared na `yung No. 20. Kaya hindi ko na hinabol. Hindi ko na rin siya kinausap tungkol sa pag-arbor nung numero. Nauna siya, kaya respeto na lang,” said the three-time league scoring champion.

“Saka yung 28, birthday ng misis ko yan. Saka `yung 8 naman, birthday nung tatlong anak kong babae na sina Maxene, Gariel, at Jeylaa,” disclosed David.

But he admitted it will be one emotional transition as he has been donning the No. 20 jersey since his PBL days with Montana in early 2000.

“Tagal na nun ano?” he said, revealing the No. 20 was his tribute to his wedding with wife Jenn, which took pace on July 20, 2003.

He wore jersey No. 13 during his stint with Lyceum.

“Ikatlong palit ko to. Kasi `yung 13 ko nung college, birthday ko naman yun, July 13. Lahat ng number ko may meaning,” he said.

David said he’s a person who doesn’t believe in superstitions, but may well start doing so.

“Kasi parang swerte ako pag nasusunod sa pamahiin, naalala mo nung nag pahiyang ako nung Gilas at umuwi sa bahay?” he said laughing, while recalling how he ended his personal slump during the last Fiba Asia Men’s Championship.

[For full story see Gary David granted rare home pass as he bids to end shooting slump]

Likewise, David expressed satisfaction with the rebuilding undertaken by the Bolts, who recently snared key talents like him, Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Nelbert Omolon, Mike Cortez, and Kerby Raymundo in a series of wheeling and dealing the past two months.

“Maganda ang lineup namin ngayon. Kahit papaano masasabi na may ipapalag talaga,” David said.

11-08-2013, 10:15 AM
Eric Menk and Jay Washington on one team, good combination, a rugged interior operator and a guy who prefers to operate from the outside going in. Justin Chua will provide relief for either man off the bench. Rookie Nico Salva will be riding the pines this whole season with this development.

11-08-2013, 11:05 AM
^Menk may even come off the bench since they also have Enrico Villanueva. That means even less time for Chua since they also have Kelly Nabong.

Sam Miguel
11-11-2013, 09:42 AM
Globaport owner takes gamble as ‘cerebral’ Ticzon named interim coach

By Celest R. Flores


7:37 pm | Saturday, November 9th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — Globalport’s efforts to retool its roster didn’t just stop at the draft haul and player trades in the past few weeks.

On Saturday, the young Batang Pier franchise ushered in a new, yet interim, head coach, too, as they tapped former Ateneo star and PBA player Richie Ticzon.

Owner Mikee Romero made the announcement after Globalport defeated Alaska in a tune-up game, 102-92, with Ticzon calling the shots at the Gatorade Hoops gym.

“I slept over it. I was thinking about it over and over until we decided to bring in somebody new, who doesn’t have a PBA experience in coaching,” Romero said.

“But I will take the gamble, wherever he takes us, I will take it. Win or lose, we’ll stand by our decision.”

Ticzon coached in the PBA D-League alongside Nash Racela and now Batang Pier assistant Eric Gonzales for the Fruitas Shakers last year in the Aspirants’ Cup.

Romero also said that Globalport management explored other options, but went for Ticzon with the 2013 PBA Philippine Cup barely two weeks away.

“He [Ticzon] is a cerebral coach, in such a way that he understands the game. I will take the risk,” also said Romero of his franchise’s temporary mentor.

Ticzon took over Junel Baculi, whom Romero said had “other commitments.” Baculi is also National University’s athletic director.

The Batang Pier, who acquired nine new players in the off season either from trades or the draft, are fighting to set a new franchise record after reaching the quarterfinals for the first time last conference.

“We still have a lot work on,” the business tycoon/sportsman said in Filipino. “Chemistry is a big issue but I can see good prospect [in this team].”

Sam Miguel
11-11-2013, 09:43 AM
Black’s program in place as Talk N’ Text guns for All-Filipino ‘four-peat’

7:33 pm | Friday, November 8th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — Norman Black’s system is well in place in Talk N’ Text.

From the line-up for the upcoming PBA Philippine Cup to the Texters’ training abroad, “it’s now Black’s program,” said MVP group media officer Virgil Villavicencio Friday.

As Talk N’ Text guns for its four straight All-Filipino Cup crown, the franchise bankrolled by Manny V. Pangilinan opted to keep the line-up intact.

And most, if not all of the players are familiar with the system of Black, who steered the Texters to a title last year just after his duty with Ateneo.

“When you look at the roster, it’s basically [the players] who have worked with Norman and who knows the system,” Villavicencio said in the weekly SCOOP forum in Kamayan, Padre Faura.

No strangers to the Texters’ roster are Jimmy Alapag, Jason Castro, Ali Peek, Harvey Carey, and Ranidel De Ocampo, amogn others.

They also tabbed acquired Rob Reyes along with Black’s former players in college Eric Salamat and Noy Baclao in a three-team trade last month.

But a welcome re-addition to the Texters this year is veteran forward Kelly Williams, who is returning from a seven-month, health-related sabbatical.

Williams joined Talk N’ Text’s two-week training in Las Vegas and will be on the final roster as the league opens a new season on November 17.

Villavicencio said that he believes that Williams, who is suffering a condition called immune thrombocytopeni purpura, has found new doctor and medicine for his blood disorder.

When asked of Williams’ conditioning after a long break, Villavicencio said: “when you undergo two-week training, that’s good enough.”

11-12-2013, 09:17 AM
Petron still the team to beat in Season 39

By Nelson Beltran

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

MANILA, Philippines - The Petron Blaze Boosters, the league’s winningest ball club, finally return to practice today, 16 days after bowing to the San Mig Coffee Mixers in the last game of the recent PBA season and just a week before the start of PBA Season 39.

Without draft rights in the first two rounds of the 2013 PBA Rookie Draft, the Boosters opted to enter into trade agreements with the Globalport Batang Pier and the Meralco Bolts before draft day to improve their lineup with center Yousef Taha and guard Chris Ross.

And the strong consensus is Petron is still among the teams to reckon with in the 2013-14 PBA wars beginning Sunday with three separate opening games at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, at the New Cebu Coliseum and at the USAP Gym in Davao.

Petron coach Gee Abanilla said they’re okay without major draft acquisitions.

“We have a good lineup. Taha and Ross are good additions. Taha is definitely a good recruit looking down the road. He’s young, mobile, aggressive and energetic. And no doubt, Ross is also a good addition. He’s very skilled, great defender though he has his weaknesses,” said Abanilla.

Then there’s Petron’s solid old core featuring 2013 MVP winner Arwind Santos, Rookie of the Year Junmar Fajardo, backup center Doug Kramer, ace guard Alex Cabagnot and wing guys Marcio Lassiter, Chris Lutz and Ronald Tubid.

“We’re quiet but we’ve done our job. The question is health,” said Abanilla.

Still being assessed by Abanilla and his staff are the players to fill in the last few spots completing their roster.

“There are a lot of players in the free-agent pool. We’ll take a look at them. One that’s trying it out with us is Jojo Duncil,” said Abanilla.

In the last draft, Petron selected Tata Marata of UP in the third round and Nate Matute of Jose Rizal U in the next round.

“We’re still assessing Marata. Matute is good but we can no longer consider him for our team as we’ve signed Jason Deutchman to a contract extension. There’s a certain limit for Fil-foreign players per team in the league,” Abanilla said.

Curiously, Danny Ildefonso’s status is among those in the balance.

His contract has expired, and it’s unclear what plan the management has on the 16-year PBA veteran.

But obviously, the two-time MVP winner still wants to play as he’s religiously undergoing therapy to strengthen his 36-year-old body.

Abanilla’s immediate concern is to beef up their 2 and 3 spots since Cabagnot and Tubid are still recovering from injuries.

Meanwhile, Gilas Pilipinas is back doing social duty, lending help in a fund-raising drive for the typhoon Yolanda victims.

Last night, they were at TV5 studio on a telethon dubbed “Tulong Kapatid, Sulong Kapatid. For pledges and donations, call 689-3355 or email tulongkapatid@tv5.com.ph

11-12-2013, 09:34 AM
Yap, Cruz, Espiritu, Vidal, Alvarez early cuts as Barako trims down bloated pool

From: Snow Badua

November 7, 2013, 11:06 am

VETERANS Roger Yap, Celino Cruz and Rich Alvarez as well as rookie pick Jett Vidal were among the early cuts as Barako Bull started the tedious process of trimming down a pool of players that ballooned to as much as 28 after a flurry of trades in the PBA offseason.

Head coach Bong Ramos has also released rookie Mike Silungan and Elmer Espiritu, who has moved to the Air21 Express, as the Energy Cola moved a step closer to picking the 17-man lineup - 14 active players and three reserves - allowed by the pro league's rules.

They Said It!

“We’re trying doubly hard to squeeze the best unit out of the pool we have. Kaya nating bumuo ng malakas na roster. Walang duda.” - Barako Bull coach Bong Ramos

“Nakausap ko si Roger, sabi ko, 'Medyo masikip ang guard (rotation) natin. Pwede mo muna sigurong subukan ang ibang teams,'” said Ramos, who already has Denok Miranda, Jonas Villanueva, Robert Labagala and rookies Jeric Fortuna and Darwin Cordero fighting for spots in the one position.

But the good news is, the surplus of players has made Ramos confident that he can form a competitive team that's deep in every position except the center spot.

“We’re trying doubly hard to squeeze the best unit out of the pool we have. Kaya nating bumuo ng malakas na roster. Walang duda,” said the soft-spoken coach.

Ramos is spoiled for choice at the off-guard position with former MVP Willie Miller, Ronjay Buenafe, Keith Jensen, Mark Macapagal and youngsters Paul Sorongan and Carlo Lastimosa battling for places.

“We just want a balanced mix of veterans and young guns sa two spot. Pero syempre, mas lamang ang mga beterano,” said Ramos.

The Cubao-based mentor likewise believes the Energy Cola won’t be short of options in the small forward position as JC Intal, Willy Wilson, Gilbert Bulawan and Hans Thiele are already shoo-ins for spots.

As Danny Seigle is still negotiating for a better contract, Ramos declared that his power forward spot can still be a fearsome position with veterans Rico Maierhofer, Mick Pennisi, Mark Isip and sophomore Dave Marcelo providing both scoring and the needed muscle.

“This is the spot where I think we can be at par with the other powerhouse teams,” said Ramos as he rushed to finalize a lineup which he intends to bring to Cebu for a four-team pocket tournament on Thursday afternoon.

Ramos plans to name his final 17 after the Cebu trip.

“Kung mapapansin mo, championship experience… hindi napapag-iwanan ang team,” added Ramos.

The problem is, wide-bodied Fil-Am Dorian Pena is the only reliable center the Energy Cola have underneath with Magi Sison as the only back-up, although Ramos plans to have Maierhofer and Pennisi sliding down to the middle from time to time.

“We really lack a reliable big man. Pero guys like Rico and Mick can dabble in that spot,” Ramos said.

“Mahirap talaga ang trabaho ngayon. Pero once na nabuo na namin 'yung lineup, makikita niyo na ang direksyon ng team,” added the former Mapua guard.

Pena is optimistic that the coaching staff can come up with a respectable roster.

“Of course, we’re looking to get better. And we’re gonna get better in time,” said Pena. “We’re looking to compete in the league. Once we get the team together, we’re gonna be pretty good."

11-12-2013, 09:36 AM
Ababou keen to make most of 'second chance' at Ginebra after trade close call

From: Karlo Sacamos

November 5, 2013, 12:42 pm

DYLAN Ababou considers his stay with Barangay Ginebra this season as a new beginning to his career after nearly getting traded in the offseason.

The fit-again swingman out of University of Santo Tomas was supposed to be traded prior to the PBA rookie draft to Barako Bull in exchange for the Energy Cola’s No. 4 pick overall.

Fortunately for Ababou, the trade was tweaked at the last minute. Ginebra instead sent Rico Maierhofer and Willy Wilson to the Energy Cola for a pick which the Kings used to tab Filipino-Canadian guard James Forrester.

Now Ababou is keen to prove himself all over again.

“Second chance ‘to,” said the soft-spoken Ababou in a phone chat with Spin.ph a day after the draft. “I need to prove myself again, like nung na-draft ako, kailangan ko i-prove ang sarili ko. Nung nasa UST ako, ganun rin.”

“Kung baga ito, balik ulit ako sa stage na ganun, back to zero,” he added. “Hindi na iba sa akin 'yun.”

Ababou, who was sidelined for 10 months by an ACL (arterior cruciate ligament) tear, admitted he was surprised about the trade report but nonetheless prepared himself for it.

“Ni-ready ko na 'yung sarili ko kung matutuloy man `yung trade, tanggapin ko na lang,” added the former Gilas mainstay, who turns 27 on December 7.

At the same time, he could not help but feel sad that Maierhofer and Wilson had to leave Ginebra.

“Family na kami sa Ginebra na pag may nawawala sa team, hindi ganun kadali,” Ababou admitted. “Maganda yung samahan namin. Si coach Alfrancis (Chua) tsaka si coach Ato (Agustin) `yung mga captain of the ship.”
The emergence of high-flying wingman Chris Ellis last season and the acquisition of Forrester this year also prove to be added challenge as Ababou fights for a rotation spot at Ginebra.

Ababou will deal with that but for the moment, he said his focus is to regain full fitness. Right now he declared himself 95-percent healthy.

“Ang focus ko ngayon ay maging healthy,” the pride of Leyte said. “Yung mga maintenance at workout ko para sa tuhod ko lagi kong ginagawa para pag bunutin ako ni coach Ato, makatulong ako sa team.”

11-12-2013, 09:40 AM
PBA banking on Ginebra roster buildup in bid to surpass banner season

From: Snow Badua

November 6, 2013, 08:50 pm

THE revitalized Barangay Ginebra team is one of the major reasons why hopes are high last year’s record-breaking season of the PBA will likely be surpassed again.

League chairman Ramon Segismundo of Meralco said the Kings’ roster upgrade, capped by selecting big man Greg Slaughter with the year’s No. 1 overall pick, will mean heightened interest in the league’s most popular ballclub - and increased popularity for the league.

And that should augur well for a league that is coming off a record season which netted a total gate receipts of P200 million and broke existing attendance and television ratings records.

“I think, that’s doable (beating record). Ginebra’s roster has improved tremendously. So victories by the crowd favorite squad should mean bigger draw,” said Segismundo in expressing his awareness of the King’s drawing power.

“Admittedly, no doubt, Ginebra has a strong following. The fact that they (Kings) have revitalized their roster bodes well for the PBA,” said the amiable team official.

“And the fact that other teams have revitalized as well, we can see more balanced games,” the Meralco vice-president for corporate affairs added.

The league chairman is hoping Ginebra’s popularity will also cascade into the rest of the teams, which will lead to the total resurgence of Asia’s first ever play-for-pay league.

“Maganda ang following ng Ginebra, but I think it’s the collection of all the fans that will matter most. It’s the basketball nation that is the life blood of the league,” said Segismundo.

Even though Ginebra was swept by Alaska during the Commissioner’s Cup Finals, the throng of Ginebra supporters mostly made up the record paying fans of 23,436 that watched Game Three of the title series – easily the best-attended basketball game to be played at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Mark Caguioa, the team’s charismatic leader, declared Ginebra as the biggest crowd drawer in the PBA.

“I would say Ginebra will always be the number one attendance (getter) sa PBA. If Ginebra plays well, everything will come,” said the outspoken former league MVP.

Asked if his team is the most popular ballclub in the country, Caguioa said: “That’s not even a question.”

Team manager Alfrancis Chua said Ginebra supporters are always there, it’s just that proper stimulus must be in place to attract them to watch the games.

“Yung crowd naman ng Ginebra laging nandyan yan eh. Kaya lang naman namin na–break `yung record last season, kasi galing kami sa ilalim, tinalo namin mga bigating teams,” said Chua, who called the shots for the team in that record-setting game.

“Pero ngayon kumpleto ang lineup ng Ginebra, I guess `yung mga dating namatay na fans ng Ginebra, mabuhuhay ulit,” he said.

Sam Miguel
11-14-2013, 09:07 AM
SMC teams fancied as PBA opens in three cities

By Nelson Beltran

(The Philippine Star) | Updated November 14, 2013 - 12:00am

Games Sunday:

3 p.m. – Ginebra vs San Mig Coffee (Smart Araneta Coliseum)

3 p.m. – Meralco vs Talk n Text (Cebu Coliseum)

5:15 p.m. – Alaska vs Rain or Shine (USEP, Davao)

MANILA, Philippines - The 39th PBA season kicks off Sunday with a milestone opening in three key cities and sister ball clubs Barangay Ginebra, Petron Blaze and San Mig Coffee tipped as the prohibitive favorites that could turn the upcoming season into one big family affair.

Each team boosted its roster from the rookie draft and the busy pre-season wheeling and dealing, but most still point to the Kings, the Boosters and the Mixers as the teams to watch in the season that will see 18 new faces, five returnees and 18 players in new uniforms on opening day.

The Kings and the Mixers test each other’s mettle at the Smart Araneta Coliseum while four other teams see action at two different playing venues in an innovative season inaugurals tipped to establish new record on gate attendance and gate receipts for a season opener.

The Big Dome game alone between Ginebra and San Mig, featuring the pro debuts of top draft pick Greg Slaughter, second draft selection Ian Sangalang and three other freshmen, could break the existing mark following a banner 2012-13 season.

Talk n Text starts its quest for a Philippine Cup four-peat versus Meralco at the Cebu Coliseum while Commissioner’s Cup titlist Alaska Milk tangles with Rain or Shine over at the USEP gym in Davao City.

“Three games in three different cities on opening day is in line with our season theme One PBA, One Philippines,” said PBA board chairman Mon Segismundo during the season media launch at Makati Shangri-La yesterday.

Also present in the affair were commissioner Chito Salud, governors Patrick Gregorio of Talk n Text, Lito Alvarez of Air21, Rene Pardo of San Mig Coffee, Dickie Backmann of Alaska, Mert Mondragon of Rain or Shine, Manny Alvarez of Barako Bull, Robert Non of Ginebra, Erick Arejola of Globalport, and Sports5 director Chot Reyes.

Most of them pointed to Ginebra, Petron and San Mig as title contenders.

“We love to be the favorites. But at the moment, we’re only the strongest on paper. Remember this team is still a work in progress. Only three are holdovers – Mark Caguioa, Jayjay Helterbrand and Billy Mamaril. The team still needs to jell,” said Non.

“Hopefully, it gets proper jelling in time and we be champion again after six long years,” Non added.

Talk n Text, Rain or Shine, Alaska Milk and Globalport got good reviews while Air21, Meralco and Barako Bull officials expressed confidence they have a fighting chance with the moves that they’ve done.

For Reyes, the Gilas Pilipinas coach, the top bets are still those teams who have long been together.

“The game is played not on paper but on the wood. Sa akin, lamang pa rin yong matagal ng magkakasama. There’s Talk n Text and Rain or Shine. San Mig is always tough with coach Tim Cone,” said Reyes.

Talk n Text tries to stretch its Philippine Cup reign with a team boosted by the return of Kelly Williams and the addition of rookie Eliud Poligrates and former Petron player Noy Baclao.

Rain or Shine, a consistent contender at least in the last two seasons, is bringing back its fighting team souped up by good draft acquisitions Jeric Teng and Alex Nuyles. No. 3 pick Raymond Almazan joins the team only after the 2013 NCAA Finals.

Globalport is now getting second looks with an overhauled lineup. Interim coach Richie Ticzon will have at his disposal a 14-man roster including one-time MVP winner Eric Menk and no less than five rookies in RR Garcia, Terrence Romeo, Nic Salva, Justin Chua and LA Revilla.

Six different teams made the finals last year. Salud said his wish is for the four non-finalists – Air21, Globalport, Barako Bull and Meralco – to get there this time.

Alvarez said he has good reasons to believe it would be Air21’s year.

“We’re doing good in the pre-season. We’ve beat Ginebra and Talk n Text. Asi Taulava is highly motivated and playing his best. The two spot used to be our weakness and we’ve addressed that with the acquisition of Joseph Yeo and Mac Cardona,” Alvarez said.

Barako made bold moves, taking veteran players in exchange for three top draft rights.

Meralco is virtually the same team as last year, except for its acquisition of Gary David and AJ Mandani in exchange for Mac Cardona and Chris Ross. The Bolts are one of only two teams without a rookie in their lineup.

Sam Miguel
11-18-2013, 07:05 AM
Ababou sparks Kings; Texters clobber Bolts

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:11 pm | Sunday, November 17th, 2013

There was much talk about the 7-foot Greg Slaughter debuting as a pro for Barangay Ginebra, and how the Gin Kings were still Mark Caguioa’s team.

Everyone—San Mig Coffee most especially —overlooked the returning Dylan Ababou.

The former Santo Tomas star entered the game halfway through the third period yesterday and dropped 16 points that keyed a Ginebra breakaway en route to an 86-69 ripping of the Mixers at the start of the PLDT MyDSL PBA Philippine Cup eliminations at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

In a simultaneous game held at Cebu Coliseum, defending champion Talk ‘N Text, with four players shooting in twin digits, hacked out an 89-80 decision of sister squad Meralco.

Jason Castro fired 20 points, Nonoy Baclao had 14, Eliud Poligrates scattered 13 and the comebacking Kelly Williams added 10 for the Texters, who are trying to win this conference for an unprecedented fourth straight time.

In Davao, Rain or Shine showed a lot of depth in a lopsided 87-74 win over Alaska before a similarly huge crowd at University of Southeastern Philippines gymnasium.

The Elasto Painters got contributions coming from practically everyone and rookies Jeric Teng and Alex Nuyles played quality minutes as Rain or Shine broke away in the second period to post leads of as many as 20.

Ababou’s heroics happened exactly one year after he injured his right ACL against the same team.

“I will remember this date—Nov. 17—because that was when I injured my ACL last year and it’s also the same date that I returned,” Ababou said after shooting three triples and playing so well that the team found no need for Caguioa from there.

The Kings actually trailed by 12 late in the first half but came out of the halftime break on their skates, easily erasing a 34-42 deficit with Ababou and LA Tenorio leading the way.

The scores:

In Manila

BARANGAY GINEBRA 86—Aguilar 18, Tenorio 17, Ababou 16, Slaughter 10, Reyes 10, Ellis 7, Helterbrand 5, Caguioa 2, Monfort 1, Baracael 0, Urbiztondo 0, Forrester 0, Faundo 0.

SAN MIG COFFEE 69—Barroca 14, Acuna 11, Sangalang 8, Yap 8, Pingris 7, Reavis 7, Melton 5, De Ocampo 4, Mallari 4, Holstein 1, Cawaling 0.

Quarters: 20-21, 34-42, 58-55, 86-69

In Cebu

TALK ‘N TEXT 89—Castro 20, Baclao 14, Poligrates 13, Williams 10, Alapag 8, Carey 6, Fonacier 6, Peek 6, Aban 4, Anthony 2, Ferriols 0.

MERALCO 80—David 26, Dillinger 11, Hodge 9, Cortez 8, Hugnatan 7, Al-Hussaini 7, Salvacion 6, Wilson 2, Allado 2, Artadi 2.

Quarters: 24-23; 42-42; 64-66; 89-80

In Davao

RAIN OR SHINE 87—Chan 17, Rodriguez 13, Cruz 12, Quinahan 9, Norwood 8, Ibanes 6, Belga 5, Teng 5, Arana 4, Lee 4, Nuyles 4, Matias 0

ALASKA 74—Baguio 17, Casio 10, Hontiveros 10, Espinas 8, Abueva 7, Ramos 7, Buenafe 5, Jazul 5, Thoss 3, Avenido 2, Eman 0, Dela Cruz 0.

Quarters: 24-18, 48-39, 70-52, 87-74

11-18-2013, 10:33 AM
Rain or Shine puts on show in Davao by dealing Alaska a sound beating

From: Karlo Sacamos

November 17, 2013, 08:10 pm

DAVAO - Rain or Shine showed why it remained a force to be reckoned with in the PBA Philippine Cup, but only after surviving a late scare by Alaska, 87-74, on Sunday night at the University of Southeastern Philippines gym.

The Elasto Painters, who reached the finals in the All-Filipino conference last year, leaned on its torrid shooting to join Barangay Ginebra and defending champion Talk ‘N Text as opening-day winners.

The historic match was one of the three games held in the three major cities of the country in the opening of the 39th season of Asia’s first play-for-pay league.

Jeff Chan, one of the best shooters in the country, gave the sellout crowd in the 8,000-seater venue a treat by leading the offensive onslaught with 17 points, including a left-wing triple late in the third quarter that gave the Painters their biggest lead at 68-48.

“We just have to take care of the rebounds and we have to keep on shooting when we’re open. And nagawa naman namin yun,” said Painters assistant coach Caloy Garcia, whose team, anchored by the Extra Rice Inc. of Beau Belga and JR Quinahan, outrebounded the opposition, 54-49.

“At yung defense yung nagdala sa game namin that’s why we had big lead.”

The Painters enjoyed a sizeable cushion throughout, but saw the Aces threaten down the stretch behind their own long bombs courtesy of JV Casio, Dondon Hontiveros, and rookie Ryan Buenafe.

Trailing, 62-81, with three minutes and 25 seconds remaining, the Aces used a 12-2 salvo to cut the deficit to just nine points, 74-83, before the Painters held on.

ROS forced Alaska to 20 turnovers and limited them to 34-percent shooting.

The scores:

Rain or Shine (87) – Chan 17, Rodriguez 13, Cruz 12, Quinahan 9, Norwood 8, Ibanes 6, Belga 5, Teng 5, Arana 4, Lee 4, Nuyles 4, Matias 0

Alaska (74) – Baguio 17, Casio 10, Hontiveros 10, Espinas 8, Abueva 7, Ramos 7, Buenafe 5, Jazul 5, Thoss 3, Avenido 2, Eman 0, Dela Cruz 0

Quarterscores: 24-18, 48-39, 70-52, 87-74

11-18-2013, 10:34 AM
Cebu hero Poligrates in memorable debut as Talk 'N Text clips Meralco

From: Jonas Panerio

November 17, 2013, 07:20 pm

JASON Castro came up with 20 points and three others scored in double figures as Talk N Text debuted in the 2013 PBA Philippine Cup with an 89-80 victory on Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Noy Baclao added 14 points, local player Eliud Poligrates chipped in with 13, and Kelly Williams was impressive in his first game back from a seven-month layoff due to an illness, delivering 10 points for the Texters.

Poligrates, a native of Poro in the Camotes Island, hit several baskets in a 17-4 fourth-quarter run by the Texters that turned a 64-66 deficit into an 81-70 lead.

The former Southwestern University star drained a fadeaway jumper to give the Texters a 76-68 lead.

Isolated on the right wing against David, Poligrates shook off the former scoring champion and stepped back to can a three-pointer for an 81-70 Talk ’N Text lead with 5:27 left.

The Bolts came within seven at several points but were pushed back down the stretch by points made by Castro and Baclao.

David, moved from Globalport to Meralco in the offseason, led the Bolts with 26 points but had a crucial three-point attempt blocked with a little over a minute remaining in the game. The only other Meralco player to reach double figures was Jared Dillinger with 11 points.

The scores:

Talk N Text 89 – Castro 20, Baclao 14, Poligrates 13, Williams 10, Alapag 8, Carey 6, Fonacier 6, Peek 6, Aban 4, Anthony 2, Ferriols 0.

Meralco 80 – David 26, Dillinger 11, Hodge 9, Cortez 8, Hugnatan 7, Al-hussaiani 7, Salvacion 6, Wilson 2, Allado 2, Artadi 2.

Quarterscores: 24-23; 42-42; 64-66; 89-80.

Sam Miguel
11-25-2013, 08:04 AM
Energy, Gin Kings on top

12:16 am | Monday, November 25th, 2013

Chalk up another win for Barako Bull as it continued to justify its roundly criticized off-season maneuvers.

The Energy used the long court to overhaul a 15-point deficit in the third quarter then brought down the fancied Alaska Aces, 97-93, last night to emerge as unlikely co-leader with Barangay Ginebra in the elimination round of the PLDT MyDSL PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Gin Kings also soared to a 2-0 start after whipping Rain or Shine, 97-84, in the second game.

Barako Bull dropped seven triples in the fourth period alone and erased a 65-80 deficit to win for the second straight night while dealing the Aces a second loss in three outings.

Ronjay Buenafe and Mick Pennisi both went 3-of-3 from long distance in the fourth period and JC Intal had the seventh conversion from there as the Energy finished off with a flurry after going cold in the third period.

“It’s still too early, we still have 12 games left,” coach Bong Ramos said. “Hopefully, we continue to gain positive results.”

Barako Bull hugged the headlines for the wrong reasons a day after the Draft, when it traded all three of its first round picks in favor of older, more expensive players.

Ramos defended that move in a lopsided win over Air21 last week. Last night, he didn’t even need to talk about it.

“I was just lucky because I missed my first three (three-point) shots,” Pennisi said. “But that is what I am here for—to shoot threes.”

The veterans-laden squad played with so much poise in a tight endgame, with Willie Miller and JC Intal also stepping up at the crunch with Miller’s fallaway jumper with 43 seconds left giving the Energy a 93-91 lead.

“We have been waiting for Willie and JC (to explode),” Ramos said. We made out outside shots and that was crucial.”

Buenafe topscored for the Energy with 27 points, topping his brilliant offensive game with the shot of the night—a double-pumping short stab coming off a pirouette off two defenders—that gave the Energy the lead, 95-93, entering the final 33 seconds.

All told, the Energy made a total of 17 triples, 13 more than what the Aces made and five more than what they nailed from two-point zone.

In fact, the Energy’s 17-of-39 shooting for a 43 percent clip from beyond the arc was better than their 12-of-36 clip from the two-point distance. Those 17 triples reset the franchise mark for a regulation game for Barako Bull.

Cyrus Baguio, who paced the Aces with 20 points, tossed up the potential game-tying triple attempt when the score was 96-93 but missed it with 2.2 seconds left which led to a Miller free throw.

Mark Isip was the second player in twin digits for the Energy with 12.

The scores:

First Game

BARAKO 97—Buenafe 27, Isip 12, Jensen 9, Intal 9, Pennisi 9, Miller 8, Macapagal 5, Wilson 4, Villanueva 4, Miranda 4, Labagala 3, Pena 3.

ALASKA 93—Baguio 20, Thoss 16, Espinas 15, Casio 12, Jazul 9, Abueva 9, Avenido 4, Ramos 4, Hontiveros 2, Eman 2, Belasco 0, Dela Cruz 0.

Quarters: 21-16, 44-40, 63-76, 97-93

Second Game

GINEBRA 97—Caguioa 22, Aguilar 19, Slaughter 18, Tenorio 10, Ellis 9, Helterbrand 6, Reyes 5, Ababou 3, Forrester 3, Baracael 2, Monfort 0, Mamaril 0.

RAIN OR SHINE 84—Arana 21, Chan 14, Cruz 11, Almazan 9, Belga 8, Nuyles 6, Lee 5, Rodriguez 4, Norwood 3, Quinahan 2, Ibanes 1, Tang 0, Teng 0.

Quarters: 29-19, 48-37, 68-62, 97-84

Sam Miguel
11-27-2013, 10:07 AM
Danny Seigle now with Talk 'N Text

by Rappler.com

Posted on 11/26/2013 5:57 PM | Updated 11/26/2013 6:30 PM

MANILA, Philippines – After starting the season without a team, veteran forward Danny Seigle is now set to join the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters.

Texters' team manager Paolo Trillo confirmed the acquisition Tuesday, November 26.

"He'll join us for practice tomorrow so he'll be joining the team already," Trillo told Rappler in a phone interview.

But Trillo said they have yet to inform the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

"As far as signing is concerned, we've already come to an agreement. Since this happened late this afternoon, we weren't able to send an official communication to the PBA yet," Trillo explained.

Danny Seigle averaged 12.27 points, 4.76 rebounds, and 1.29 assists while playing for Barako Bull Energy Cola the past two seasons.

Earlier reports said Seigle and Barako Bull were discussing a new contract but negotiations fell through.

When Trillo learned that Seigle was available, they got into talks on the possibility of him joining the Philippine Cup defending champions.

Fil-foreign rule

Trillo said they acquired Seigle primarily because the team has been dealing with some injuries to its players and needed a healthy body who can immediately help them out.

The PBA only allows 5 active Filipino-foreign athletes per team. There are already 5 Fil-foreign players on the Texters' active list, namely Jimmy Alapag, Kelly Williams, Sean Anthony, Harvey Carey and Ali Peek. They also have one more Fil-Am in the roster but he is on the injured list - Rob Reyes.

Trillo said it is up to the coaching staff whose spot Seigle will take.

Proven winner

Asked why they decided to get him despite being over the limit in terms of Fil-Am players, Trillo said Seigle is a veteran who can help the team right away.

"He's a proven winner," he added.

Seigle came into the league in 1999 as a direct-hire by the San Miguel Beermen franchise (now known as the Petron Blaze Boosters.)

"Dynamite Danny" was a star in San Miguel, leading the team to multiple championships. He was the 1999 Rookie of the Year, and bagged the Finals Most Valuable Player award four times (1999 Commissioner's Cup, 1999 Governors' Cup, 2000 Governors' Cup, 2001 All-Filipino Cup)

Seigle can play both forward positions and, at 37 years old, is still one of the most versatile scorers in the game. - with reports from Bea Cupin and Rodneil Quiteles/Rappler.com

Sam Miguel
11-27-2013, 10:25 AM
Dilemma for Black as he ponders Fil-Am cut to make room for Seigle in TnT lineup

From: Richard Dy

November 26, 2013, 07:14 pm

WITH veteran Fil-Am forward Danny Seigle set to join Talk ‘N Text in practice on Wednesday, coach Norman Black has the unenviable task of deciding on who among the five current active Fil-foreign players he will relegate to the reserve list to comply with PBA rules.

Still, Black said he sees it as a "good problem" to have.

"Danny S is a great pick-up for us," said the Talk 'N Text coach as he confirmed a breaking story by Spin.ph on Tuesday that the free agent forward is joining his team on a one-year deal. [For full story, see Many-time All-Star Seigle joining Talk 'N Text on one-year deal]

"It's really hard to pass up a player like Seigle," the multi-titled Black added.

Black, though, will have some tough decisions to make since league rules limit the number of Fil-foreign players on the active roster of teams to five.

The Tropang Texters opened the PBA’s 39th season with five active Fil-foreign players in Jimmy Alapag, Ali Peek, Harvey Carey, Sean Anthony and Kelly Williams. A sixth Fil-foreigner, big man Rob Reyes, is on the injured list and is getting ready to come back.

Contrary to popular perception, Ryan Reyes is considered a homegrown player by the league.

That still means Black will have to drop one of his five active Fil-foreigners to the reserve list to make room for Seigle - a situation he considers not as a dilemma but as an opportunity to add depth to an 'old' team that started the season with injuries to Ranidel de Ocampo and the two Reyeses.

"I don't look at it as a dilemma," said Black. "I see it as an opportunity to add depth to our team which for the last few years have been battling injuries.

"You also have to remember that some of our top players have a lot of kilometers in them, not only because they've been around in the league very long but also because of our commitment to the national team."

Seigle, who turned into a restricted free agent when he failed to reach an agreement with Barako Bull on a contract extension, will practice with the team for the first time on Wednesday but won't be suiting up in the Texters' game against Alaska on Thursday.

“He won’t be activated yet for Thursday’s game because he still has to familiarize with the team’s system,” Talk 'N Text team manager Paolo Trillo told Spin.ph.

However, the roster decision becomes even harder for Black when Rob Reyes, acquired in a recent trade, finally becomes available in mid-December.

Still, Black is looking forward to having Seigle, marking the first time two players who had checkered careers with San Miguel will be finally working together.

Seigle joined San Miguel in 1999, or two years after Black departed as the Beermen's coach.

Asked if he still sees Seigle standing out for the Texters at 37, Black said: "He was a very productive player for Barako Bull last season, so I see no reason why he can't be a big help for us.

"He'll add new dimension to our offense with his low-post game and the other things he can do on the floor, and he also adds depth to our lineup."

Sam Miguel
11-27-2013, 10:28 AM
Yeng Guiao admits flashing dirty finger out of frustration over PBA referees' calls

From: Richard Dy

November 26, 2013, 02:31 pm

RAIN or Shine coach Yeng Guiao admitted flashing a dirty finger during the E-Painters’ 84-97 loss to Barangay Ginebra on Sunday out of frustration over the way the referees officiated the game.

“Masyadong manipis yung tawag,” Guiao said on Tuesday, a day after the PBA told Spin.ph the coach will be summoned after he was caught on camera making the dirty finger sign during the game.

Guiao specifically pointed to one play early in the fourth quarter when Rain or Shine rookie Jeric Teng was called for a foul on Ginebra's Jayjay Helterbrand which Guiao insisted shouldn't have been called at all.

They Said It!

“It’s not the first time I did it. 'Di na naman bago 'yun eh. Ang hirap lang kasi sa (referees), magreklamo ka, ikaw pa rin ang mali.” - Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao

“A lot of them (fouls called against Rain or Shine), they (Gin Kings) were initiating the contact," he said. "Ang usapan kasi diyan, you lose the right when you initiate the contact.”

Asked about the obscene gesture, Guiao said it wasn’t the first time he did it during a game.

“It’s not the first time I did it (dirty finger sign). Di na naman bago 'yun eh," said Guiao, adding he considers complaining to the referees an exercise in futility.

"Ang hirap lang kasi sa kanila (referees), magreklamo ka, ikaw pa rin ang mali,” he said.

In the past, Guiao said he would visit the Commissioner’s Office to bring video tapes of their games and point out some officiating lapses, in the hope that it would be addressed by league officials.

But that, too, has become a pointless exercise, Guiao said.

“Dati, I used to bring videos (of the previous game). Pero tumigil na rin akong pumunta kasi wala rin,” said Guiao, who during his long, multi-titled career has racked up thousands in fines for ejections, technical fouls, and his comments on officiating.

Looking at the game statistics alone, Guiao pointed out that Ginebra was sent to the free throw line for a total of 38 attempts compared to the 24 free shots of Rain or Shine.

According to PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial, the official summon has been hand-delivered to Guiao on Tuesday. The fiery coach will appear before Commissioner Chito Salud on Wednesday morning.

Sam Miguel
11-27-2013, 10:37 AM
^^^ I've always maintained that complaints get you nowhere in organized sports, especially calls made by game officials. That age-old complaint of "manipis ang tawagan" is an indictment against the one complaining. It is not the job of the game officials to adjust to how rough or not rough teams play. It is the teams who must do the adjusting to the way game officials call it. Beau Belga is a much loved antihero type in the PBA, and the truth is he is just another guy making up for his lack of athletic ability and skill by roughhousing opponents, and he even relishes it based on numerous interviews he's given over the years.

While it is acknowledged fact that basketball is a physical sport with more than its fair share of dirty tricks, it is an equally acknowledged fact that there is only so much any player or team will get away with in terms of this. Major professional sporting leagues will do their damn best to ensure their superstars get every chance to stay on the floor and showcase their talent because those are the players that bring in the fans, the purchases and build the brand equity of the league. Belga is not such a player, and Rain Or Shine is not such a team. Plus over the years Yeng Guiao has made it abundantly clear that his teams will roughhouse more than play. Just look at his rosters over the years. Remember the ever loveable Jimwell Torion?

Yet Guiao has proven he can win with this tack. He has gotten away with it. His team has gotten away with it. Belga has gotten away with it.

Apparently the league is no longer letting him get away with it, and that is his real problem.

Sam Miguel
11-28-2013, 10:09 AM
Meralco crushes Air21

Wilson goes 6-of-6 from beyond arc to fuel Bolts

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:04 pm | Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Meralco broke into the win column in a big way last night after tearing Air21 to shreds in the middle two quarters of a 112-79 victory in the PLDT MyDSL PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

John Wilson was perfect in six tries from beyond the arc and finished with a career-high 26 points coming off the bench, leading four others in twin digits as the Bolts won one after dropping their first two games.

Sunday Salvacion was another role player who contributed big, shooting 15 points built around four triples as he and Wilson scored 22 points in the breakaway second quarter.

And when the duo cooled off somewhat in the third, the others stepped up to drop 32 points in the period.

The Bolts had 70 points in the second and third periods, just nine short of what the Express came up with the entire game.

The loss was the third lopsided decision that the Express took as Air21—like in its first two games—seemed terribly out of synch.

“We needed this one badly to keep our confidence high,” Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio told reporters later. “We came so close to winning against Rain or Shine. Maybe it just wasn’t our time (to win) then.”

The first quarter ended with the Bolts holding a 16-15 lead before the Meralco defense held the Express to just 40 points in the middle two quarters.

Wilson, who won the NCAA MVP award while with Jose Rizal in 2009, joined a select group of players who made the most three-point shots in a game without a miss.

Glenn Capacio did it twice while with Purefoods, and Simon Atkins, Ritualo, Vic Pablo and Dondon Hontiveros of Alaska also pulled off the trick.

Meanwhile, Barangay Ginebra, looking as solid as any other pre-tournament favorite, shoots for a third straight win when it battles Globalport today at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.

The Gin Kings and the Batang Pier slug it out in the 8 p.m. contest just after Alaska and Talk ‘N Text try to rebound from stinging losses in the 5:45 p.m. contest.

The scores:

First Game

MERALCO 112—Wilson 26, Salvacion 15, Hugnatan 15, Dillinger 13, Al-Hussaini 11, Cortez 8, David 7, Caram 6, Guevarra 6, Omolon 4, Allado 1, Sena 0.

AIR21 79—Ritualo 12, Yeo 10, Menor 8, Sharma 8, Atkins 8, Manuel 8, Custodio 7, Taulava 6, Canaleta 3, Jaime 2, Burtscher 2, Arboleda 2, Camson 2, Espiritu 1.

Quarters: 16-15, 54-36, 86-55, 112-79

Sam Miguel
11-28-2013, 10:10 AM
Fajardo dominates as league-leading Boosters beat winless Mixers

By Mark Giongco


10:33 pm | Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – Petron Blaze shook off a slow start to beat San Mig Coffee, 91-78, and go 3-0 in the 2014 PLDT MyDSL Philippine Cup Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Sophomore giant Junemar Fajardo asserted his size to notch 21 points and 25 rebounds on top of four blocks for the shorthanded Boosters.

“Junemar (Fajardo) was a post presence for us,” said Petron coach Gee Abanilla. “We worked the ball inside and out and freed a lot of our shooters also.”

Reigning league MVP Arwind Santos added 17 points and 14 rebounds while Chris Lutz had 14 points and career-highs 13 assists and nine turnovers.

“I think Chico (Lanete) gave us a lift. He gave us a good substitution,” added Abanilla.

Lanete was solid in just 11 minutes of play off the bench with seven points.

The Boosters leaned on Fajardo, Lassiter and Lutz late to keep the winless Mixers at bay.

After JR Cawaling cut Petron’s lead down to six, Lassiter scored before Fajardo converted a three-point play to extend the advantage back to 10, 82-72, with only 4:09 left. San Mig Coffee never threatened again.

Mark Barroca paced the Mixers with 20 points while Pingris and Cawaling has 16 and 15 points, respectively.

Two-time MVP James Yap struggled anew with just five points on one-of-eight shooting.

Sam Miguel
11-29-2013, 08:19 AM
Caguioa wins duel with Romeo as Ginebra stops Globalport

By Celest R. Flores


11:34 pm | Thursday, November 28th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines—Mark Caguioa put a stop to Terrence Romeo’s show in the fourth, and towed Ginebra to 109-104 victory over Globalport Thursday in the 2013 PLDT MyDSL PBA Philippine Cup.

Not to be outdone by the rookie Romeo, who has been mentioned in the same breath as him, the Kings’ star Caguioa turned in a masterful performance of 29 points—14 in the payoff period.

As Romeo started to heat up for the Batang Pier for a 93-91 edge, Caguioa took matters into his own hands by scoring or assisting in the next the 15 points of the Kings and took the 106-98 lead with 38.7 ticks left.

“For us veterans, we have to show the rookies that we can still keep up with them,” Caguioa, who also had two rebounds and four assists, said after the game.

If not for Caguioa’s heroics, the Kings would’ve slipped in the face of the attack led by the Batang Pier’s rookies Romeo, RR Garcia and Justin Chua.

“They adjusted in the second half, they pressured us. Our players were rattled. We couldn’t run our plays and we took it one-on-one,” said head coach Ato Agustin.

But the Kings, who was even leading 83-66 at the turn of the third quarter, recovered—with a gigantic help from Caguioa, of course—and hiked their record to 3-0.

Romeo, after a 34 point game the last time, showcased how good of a scorer he is anew and wound up with 27 points on a 11-of-16 shooting clip.

Romeo, the youngest player in the league today, led the Batang Pier in the staggering 27-8 run which put them ahead, capped by a basket where he handily shook of his defender Chris Ellis for two.

Garcia, who was also Romeo’s teammate in college, wasn’t so far behind and had a PBA career-best 20 points along with two rebounds, three assists and a steal.

Sam Miguel
11-29-2013, 08:19 AM
Talk ‘N Text nips Alaska

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:24 pm | Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Jason Castro tossed in a career-high 33 points and led Talk ‘N Text to a 114-111 overtime victory over Alaska in the PLDT MyDSL PBA Philippine Cup eliminations at Mall of Asia Arena last night.

Castro, who also had five rebounds and four assists, got his 33rd point from a bonus free throw off a foul on Aldrech Ramos with 2:11 remaining which actually put the Texters in the lead to stay, 109-108, for their second win in three outings.

The loss was the second straight for the Aces in a 1-3 card after they flubbed several golden chances, including two free throws by Dondon Hontiveros with 15.8 seconds remaining which would have erased a 111-112 deficit.

JV Casio forged the extension at 103 by hitting a triple with 22 seconds remaining.

But the former No. 1 pick in the Draft missed the last two Alaska attempts, including what looked like a makeable layup after a great drive which would have tied it at 113.

“We knew this game was really going to be tough. It was one of those games that we had to gut it out,” said coach Norman Black while letting out a huge sigh of relief.

Talk ‘N Text will also welcome new recruit Danny Seigle to the lineup in their next game against Globalport. The Texters acquired the former all-star from Barako Bull.

The scores:

First Game

TALK ‘N TEXT 114—Castro 33, Alapag 20, Fonacier 18, Carey 15, Williams 7, Reyes 7, Poligrates 5, Peek 4, Anthony 3, Baclao 2, Celiz 0, Reyes 0.

ALASKA 111—Ramos 20, Thoss 16, Hontiveros 15, Abueva 14, Casio 13, Espinas 12, Baguio 10, Jazul 7, Dela Cruz 2, Eman 2, Avenido 0, Buenafe 0.

Quarters: 28-24, 50-48, 75-74, 103-103, 114-111

12-02-2013, 10:09 AM
E-Painters zap Energy; SMC up

Rain or Shine seizes third victory; Mixers survive 2 OTs minus Yap

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:07 pm | Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Rain or Shine bounced back from its first loss and dealt Barako Bull its first defeat, 91-83, even as San Mig Coffee finally found a way to win in the PLDT MyDSL PBA Philippine Cup eliminations last night at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.

The Elasto Painters opened up hot and completed the coast-to-coast triumph despite giving extended minutes to their rookies, while the Mixers—playing without ace gunner James Yap—broke into the win column via a 92-83 double-overtime thriller over the luckless Air21 Express.

TY Tang jumpstarted the Rain or Shine offense with nine of his team-high 14 points in the first period and rookie Jeric Teng scored 10 coming off the bench while getting the feel of how it is to guard a veteran superstar in Willie Miller.

“We survived a great game by Willie Miller,” Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao said. “We considered it a learning experience, especially the rookies who guarded veterans like Willie.”

Miller’s MVP form

Miller, the former two-time MVP, scored 23 points while shooting 70 percent from two-point zone as he kept the Energy in the thick of the fight for most of the game.

Rain or Shine opened up a 28-17 lead after the first quarter and went on to rise to 3-1 while handing Barako Bull its first loss in three outings.

Five players scored in twin digits for Rain or Shine while the reedy 6-foot-7 newcomer Raymond Almazan, the third overall choice in the recent Rookie Draft who has played well in the last two games for the Painters, added eight points and 11 rebounds.
Ian Sangalang finally showed his true worth for San Mig Coffee, scoring eight critical points in the second overtime to key the win for the Mixers earlier.

The 6-foot-7 former San Sebastian ace, the second overall pick behind Barangay Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter, hit six in an 8-0 spurt for the Mixers, who finally won one after three losses.

Yap’s elbow pain

Yap sat out the contest because of a hyper-extended right elbow even as the Mixers welcomed Peter June Simon, who scored 11 points in his first game back from a bruised Achilles tendon.

Sangalang pounced on the absence of man-mountain Asi Taulava, who picked up his sixth foul in the first extension. He finished with 14 points and six rebounds in 27 minutes coming off the bench for coach Tim Cone.

Joseph Yeo scored 21 and Nino Canaleta 20 for the Express, who remained winless in the young season after dropping to 0-4.
Ugly or beautiful win

“We just needed the win, that’s the bottom line. We don’t care if it’s an ugly win, or a beautiful win. We’ll take any win,” said Cone. “When you are desperate, you will take any win. We just need to try to get ourselves going.”

Alex Mallari finished with 12 points, including a jumper with 4.9 seconds left that forged the first extension at 69-all. Canaleta sealed the second overtime with three free throws off a foul by Rafi Reavis with three-tenths of a second left for 79-all.

The scores:

First Game

SAN MIG SUPER COFFEE 92—Barroca 19, Pingris 15, Reavis 15, Sangalang 14, Mallari 12, Simon 11, Acuna 3, Cawaling 3, De Ocampo 0, Gaco 0, Holstein 0.

AIR21 83—Yeo 21, Canaleta 20, Manuel 14, Cardona 13, Camson 6, Jaime 5, Taulava 4, Espiritu 0, Arboleda 0, Sharma 0, Custodio 0, Atkins 0.

Quarters: 11-20, 30-35, 47-50, 69-69, 79-79, 92-83

Second Game

RAIN OR SHINE 91—Tang 14, Quinahan 13, Chan 11, Teng 10, Lee 10, Belga 8, Almazan 8, Cruz 6, Rodriguez 5, Arana 4, Norwood 2, Tiu 0, Nuyles 0, Ibanes 0.

BARAKO 83—Miller 23, Buenafe 14, Macapagal 10, Wilson 10, Villanueva 8, Isip 6, Intal 5, Pennisi 5, Pena 2, Jensen 0, Labagala 0.
Quarters: 28-17, 47-44, 73-63, 91-83

Sam Miguel
12-04-2013, 08:49 AM
Texters send strong message: Demolish B Pier for third win

By Nelson Beltran

(The Philippine Star) | Updated December 4, 2013 - 12:00am

Games today (Smart Araneta Coliseum)

5:45 p.m. – Petron vs Barako Bull

8 p.m. – Air21 vs Alaska Milk

MANILA, Philippines - Jimmy Alapag played his 500th PBA game and his Talk n Text teammates helped make the milestone more memorable with a 106-93 conquest of Globalport in the PLDT MyDSL PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City last night.

Alapag took to school rookies Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia with a steady, efficient quarterbacking of the Tropang Texters, who roared to a second straight win and improved to 3-1 in a tie with the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.

The brilliant Fil-Am playmaker laced his newest personal career achievement scoring 17 points and dishing out six assists to join the league’s elite 3,000-assist club. He was 8-of-8 from the stripe in this game and 27-of-27 dating back to last season.

“It’s an absolute blessing to be with the PBA playing with Talk n Text in last 11 years. Credit goes to my family, my wife, the franchise and the players I’ve played with,” said Alapag.

On his perfect free throws, Alapag said: “It’s a free shot. And with all these talented young guys, any opportunity that comes, I try my best to knock it down.”

Danny Seigle, finally making his TnT debut, and Ranidel de Ocampo, returning from the injured list, put in their shares as the three-time defending champs Texters reasserted their mastery of the Batang Pier with a dominant performance.

The Texters led from start to finish as they dealt the Batang Pier a third loss in four starts.

Starting strong in each quarter, the Texters enjoyed a 21-point right in the first half and led by 25 thrice towards the end in a performance that augured well for an expected showdown with Barangay Ginebra Sunday.

“It’s good feeling having more offensive weapons tonight with Danny S and Ranidel coming back,” said Talk n Text coach Norman Black. “We’re limited in the first three games. Those two have made us more balanced.”

Seigle scored on a drive, Robbie Celiz drained two charities and Eliud Poligrates fired away a trey as the Texters led by 21, 41-20, at the start of the second period.

Meralco stoked the fire of its 112-79 rout of Air21 the last time out and pulled off a king-sized 100-87 upset of Barangay Ginebra later in the night.

Working well together on both ends throughout, the Bolts ended the Kings’ unbeaten run, allowing the Petron Blaze Boosters to gain solo lead in the tourney at 3-0.

The Bolts improved to 2-2 while the Kings moved down to joint second place with the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and the Talk n Text Tropang Texters at 3-1.

The Batang Pier trimmed their deficit down to 13, 51-64, at the half through the efforts of Jay Washington, Sol Mercado and Terrence Romeo.

Alapag, Larry Fonacier, Noy Baclao, Sean Anthony and Kelly Williams got the Texters to a good start, erecting an early double-digit spread at 14-4.

It was five minutes into the game when Alapag hit his newest personal milestone of a 3,000th career assist, feeding Harvey Carey for a layup that made it 17-8

Alapag was the ninth player to make the 3,000-assist club after Robert Jaworski, Ramon Fernandez, Philip Cezar, Willie Generalao, Dindo Pumaren, Ronnie Magsanoc, Johnny Abarrientos and Olsen Racela.

Jaworski is No. 1 in career assists with 5,825, followed by Fernandez (5,220), Pumaren (4,043), Abarrientos (3,757) and Generalao (3,256).

Meanwhile, Petron Blaze stakes its clean slate against Barako Bull while Air21 hopes to finally nail the elusive first win in taking on Alaska Milk at the resumption at the Smart Araneta Coliseum tonight.

Despite injuries to key players, the Boosters are the odds-on picks versus the Energy Cola in their 5:45 p.m. faceoff while the Aces, the Commissioner’s Cup champs, are favored over the slumping Express in their 8 p.m. tiff.

The scores:

First Game

Talk N’ Text 106 – Fonacier 18, Alapag 17, Seigle 13, Castro 12, Carey 11, Baclao 10, Williams 8, Poligrates 7, Anthony 5, De Ocampo 3, Celiz 2, Ferriols 0, Reyes 0.

Globalport 93 – Washington 21, Romeo 16, Mercado 14, Chua 11, Garcia 7, Nabong 6, Salva 6, Belencion 4, Hayes 4, Lingganay 2, Menk 2, Ponferrada 0, Salvador 0.

Quarterscores: 34-20, 64-51, 91-68, 106-93

Second Game

Meralco 100 – Dillinger 25, Cortez 21, David 14, Al-Hussaini 14, Wilson 14, Sena 7, Guevarra 3, Salvacion 2, Caram 0, Hugnatan 0.

Ginebra 87 – Aguilar 23, Tenorio 14, Caguioa 14, Reyes 8, Slaughter 7, Baracael 5, Ellis 5, Ababou 3, Urbiztondo 3, Forrester 3, Monfort 2, Helterbrand 0, Mamaril 0.

Quarterscores: 27-25, 46-35, 78-58, 100-87

Sam Miguel
12-05-2013, 08:59 AM
Dillinger, Meralco deal Ginebra its first loss for 2nd win in a row

By Mark Giongco


11:52 pm | Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

MANILA, Philippines—A step quicker, Meralco outpaced Barangay Ginebra San Miguel for a convincing 100-87 win in the 2014 PLDT MyDSL Philippine Cup Tuesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Forward Jared Dillinger scored 13 of his game-high 25 points in the third quarter, where the Bolts shifted to higher gear and just left the erstwhile undefeated Kings behind.

“We’re fortunate that we got them on an off night. They weren’t scoring the way they scored the past three games and I thought it’s due to the highly emotional game they played against [GlobalPort]. Probably it zapped a lot of energy from them,” said Meralco head coach Ryan Gregorio, after the Bolts picked up their second straight win after starting the conference at 0-2.

“For us were just happy to be at 500 with a lot of players down and [Reynel Hugnatan] going down, we huddled the players and told them for as long as the game is played five-on-five, they don’t have an edge.”

Meralco, which lost veteran big man Reynel Hugnatan to injury early, limited the usually high-scoring Ginebra squad to just 10 points in the second period and sustained its solid play on both ends in the second half.

Japeth Aguilar led the Kings, who dropped to 3-1, with 23 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks.
“We’re just a quicker team than them. I think that’s the best antidote as proven with tonight’s game that If you want to win against a taller and longer team you have to use whatever it takes for you to be quicker.”

Mike Cortez added 21 points and 11 assists while Rabeh Al-Hussaini had 14 points and 16 rebounds. Sharp-shooting John Wilson also shone with 14 markers including two huge treys in the third quarter as Meralco maintained its imposing lead.

Sam Miguel
12-05-2013, 09:02 AM
Ailing Petron trips Barako

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:51 pm | Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Down to eight healthy veterans and a lightly regarded rookie, Petron Blaze managed to remain unbeaten in the PLDT MyDSL PBA Philippine Cup after scraping past Barako Bull, 96-90, last night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Boosters used a hot finish to salvage their fourth straight victory, shooting seven unanswered points at the start of the fourth period to take the lead for good.

Marcio Lassiter scored 26 points that went with eight rebounds and four assists and June Mar Fajardo had 11 points and 22 boards in another mammoth effort that enabled the Boosters to dominate the middle the entire night.

The loss was the second straight for the Energy, who dropped to a level 2-2 card.

Petron held the Energy scoreless for the first 4:39 of the fourth quarter and easily erased a 71-73 deficit entering the period, before holding off Barako Bull’s last-gasp stand led by former two-time MVP Willie Miller.

“We’re very very happy about this win. Coming into this game, we had a lot of injured players,” Petron coach Gee Abanilla said. “We came into the game with eight players and one rookie. But the standard of expectation should not be changed. We came out flat at the start but managed to hang on and gained a chance to win.”

In the second game, Calvin Abueva hit clutch shots in overtime as Alaska held off Air21, 97-91.

Paolo Hubalde, getting the chance to start at the point with all-star Alex Cabagnot sitting out a fourth straight game, scored nine of his 15 points in the fourth period and ended up as one of the biggest performers for the Boosters.

Petron was also without Ronald Tubid, Yousef Taha, Chris Ross and Chris Lutz.

The scores:

First Game

PETRON 96—Lassiter 26, Santos 19, Hubalde 15, Fajardo 11, Lanete 10, Deutchman 7, Duncil 4, Kramer 4, Marata 0.

BARAKO BULL 90—Intal 11, Macapagal 10, Miller 10, Buenafe 10, Wilson 9, Isip 9, Pena 9, Jensen 7, Fortuna 5, Villanueva 5, Pennisi 5, Marcelo 0.

Quarters: 24-31; 46-50; 71-73; 96-90

Second Game

ALASKA 97—Abueva 19, Exciminiano 16, Jazul 13, Espinas 11, Thoss 10, Casio 7, Baguio 7, Dela Cruz 6, Belasco 4, Ramos 4, Hontiveros 0, Eman 0.

AIR21 91—Canaleta 22, Manuel 20, Custodio 13, Cardona 12, Espiritu 10, Taulava 5, Yeo 4, Sharma 4, Jaime 1, Arboleda 0, Ritualo 0, Camson 0.

Quarters: 9-16, 26-29, 52-49, 80-80, 97-91

Sam Miguel
12-05-2013, 09:03 AM

Abueva tows Aces past Express in OT


11:48 pm | Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines—Alaska proved to be the steadier team down the stretch as it survived Ari21, 97-91, in overtime in the 2014 PLDT MyDSL Philippine Cup Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Second-year player Calvin Abueva scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to help the Aces snap a two-game slide.

“Three straight tough games. It was nice to battle and compete and find ways to win. Give credit to Air21. They played quality basketball as well,” said Alaska head coach Luigi Trillo after his squad improved to 2-3.

Abueva showed the way for the Aces along with a pair of guards Chris Exciminiano and RJ Jazul.

“Ping (Exciminiano) was great, he came in and he changed the game for us. We lacked energy and we needed a lift. He came in and I think he hit four out of four three-point shots,” Trillo said of his rookie Exciminiano, who was picked 18th overall.

“I was fortunate enough to handle Ping in the D-League. He’s a hard-working guy and down-to-earth.”

Exciminiano fired 16 points on six-of-seven shooting from the field—making all of his four attempts from deep—while Jazul had 13 points, seven in the extra period, on top of eight rebounds as both stepped up with Cyrus Baguio and JVee Casio struggling.

Abueva completed a three-point play that gave Alaska a 93-89 edge with 1:18 left before Jazul calmly sank two free throws that made it, 95-91, with only 22.8 ticks left.

Niño Canaleta led the Express, which dropped to 0-4 and which has now lost its second straight overtime game, with 22 points but failed to get touches in OT. Vic Manuel also had quite a performance with 20 points and 12 rebounds.

Sonny Thoss sent the game into overtime, 80-all, on a baseline hook over Asi Taulava with only 33.5 seconds remaining in regulation after Manuel put Air21 up by two 13 seconds earlier.

Second Game

ALASKA 97—Abueva 19, Exciminiano 16, Jazul 13, Espinas 11, Thoss 10, Casio 7, Baguio 7, Dela Cruz 6, Belasco 4, Ramos 4, Hontiveros 0, Eman 0.

AIR21 91—Canaleta 22, Manuel 20, Custodio 13, Cardona 12, Espiritu 10, Taulava 5, Yeo 4, Sharma 4, Jaime 1, Arboleda 0, Ritualo 0, Camson 0.

Quarters: 9-16, 26-29, 52-49, 80-80, 97-91

Sam Miguel
12-05-2013, 09:36 AM
With one text message, Petron officially ends 15-year relationship with Ildefonso

From: Richard Dy

November 30, 2013, 04:04 pm

PETRON Blaze officially released veteran forward Danny Ildefonso on Saturday, ending a memorable 15-year partnership that produced eight PBA championships the past decade with just one text message.

Ildefonso broke the sad news to Spin.ph, saying he received a text message from the secretary of San Miguel Corp. big boss Ramon S. Ang informing him that he won't be signed to a contract by the franchise.

The SMC-controlled team had until Saturday to sign Ildefonso to a new deal before the two-time league MVP became an unrestricted free agent under the pro league's new rules on free agency.

The text message made it clear Petron's plans for the 36-year-old pride of Urdaneta, Pangasinan was to serve as mentor up and coming sophomore big man June Mar Fajardo.

"If you really wish to play for another team, we respect that. We wish you well,” the text message read, according to Ildefonso.

Once the cornerstone of the Petron franchise, Ildefonso incurred the ire of management over his frank comments on the team's controversial moves, from the firing of former coach Olsen Racela to the trades that sent Danny Seigle and Dondon Hontiveros to other teams.

The former NU Bulldogs star said he wrote a letter asking for a possible meeting with Ang.

“Pinasulat ako ng letter, pero ang reply lang sa akin is nasa text na released na nga daw ako. Gusto ko sana sabihin na gusto ko pa sanang maglaro kasi feeling ko makakatulong pa naman ako sa team,” Ildefonso said.

Nevertheless, Ildefonso said he’s still hopeful of a final meeting with Ang to thank him for the opportunities he was given by the organization.

Ironically, the text message clears the way for Ildefonso's move to another team - most likely with a team in the telecommunications business - after spending his entire career with the San Miguel organization.

But Ildefonso may not be a free agent for long since the 6-5 slotman is expected to hook up with one of the two teams under the banner of sportsman-businessman Manny V. Pangilinan.

Ildefonso has admitted talking to a Talk ‘N Text official, who inquired about his status at Petron a few days ago. He also said he prefers to be reunited with former coach Jong Uichico at Meralco.

But with Ildefonso’s current status, he intends to entertain any possible offer through his longtime agent William Ong.

“Si Popsy (Ong’s nickname) na ang bahala sa negotiation. Tingnan na lang natin kung ano ang offer sa kabila,” he said, referring to either Talk ‘N Text or its sister team Meralco.

Uichico gave San Miguel Beer (Petron’s former name) six championships behind the core of Ildefonso, Danny Seigle, and Olsen Racela in dominant run by the team in the late 90s until the early 2000.

Seigle has since moved on, playing for Barako Bull the past two seasons, before inking a one-year contract with Talk ‘N Text just last Tuesday.

Sam Miguel
12-05-2013, 09:37 AM
Shock loss to Meralco a timely wake-up call for 'complacent' Ginebra, says Tenorio

From: Richard Dy

December 3, 2013, 11:13 pm

GUARD LA Tenorio said the shock loss to Meralco should serve as a wake-up call for a Barangay Ginebra team that has been hailed as a title favorite after winning its first three games in the PBA Philippine Cup.

“Ngayong natalo kami, it should serve as a wake up call for us,” said the former Ateneo star after a game which saw the erstwhile unbeaten Gin Kings trail by double digits most of the way on the way to an 87-100 loss to a Meralco team that wasn't given a ghost of a chance to win.

The Gilas Pilipinas star scored 14 points, grabbed four rebounds and issued nine assists for Ginebra, but neither he nor fellow leader Mark Caguioa could lead the team back from the depths of a 25-point deficit.

But Tenorio said what led to Ginebra's downfall was the formidable defense of Meralco, which held Ginebra to 38.7 percent shooting and clamped down on top rookie pick Greg Slaughter (seven points, six boards) despite having only Rabeh Al-Hussaini and Reynel Hugnatan in the frontline.

That alone, Tenorio said, should serve as a reminder for Ginebra that there's no room for complacency, even in games against unheralded ballclubs.

“In this game, we have to give credit to Meralco because they played great defense against us, especially against our big guys,” Tenorio said. "At lalo naming kailangan i-improve yung individual defense namin."

Tenorio said they will just have to regroup in the next few days as they prepare for their much-awaited clash with three-time all-Filipino conference champion Talk ‘N Text on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Sam Miguel
12-09-2013, 07:35 AM
Ginebra nips TNT; Batang Pier score

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:06 pm | Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Japeth Aguilar completed the plays Barangay Ginebra needed on both ends in the dying seconds last night as the Gin Kings escaped with a 97-95 nipping of Talk ‘N Text for solo second place in the PLDT MyDSL Philippine Cup eliminations at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Aguilar first drained the go-ahead triple with 1.1 seconds left and then deflected the potential game-tying jumper by Ranidel de Ocampo on the other end as the Gin Kings rebounded from their first loss of the season to rise to 4-1, just half-a-game behind idle leader Petron Blaze.

Aguilar wound up with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 7 blocks.

The Kings erased a 14-point third quarter deficit behind relievers Mac Baracael and Eman Monfort in the fourth period.

Baracael scored all 12 of his points in the fourth quarter, nine of them coming off triples, while Monfort disrupted the Talk ‘N Text offense no end in the final frame with his pressure defense on the TNT point guards.

Jason Castro, after shooting 25 points in the first three periods, was good for just two more in the fourth while being guarded by the much smaller Monfort, while Jimmy Alapag was 0-for-8 from beyond the arc and finished with just seven points.

“The play was for a pick-and-roll for Japeth and for him to take it hard to the hoop,” Ginebra coach Ato Agustin said.

Earlier, Globalport chalked up the franchise’s first winning run in the PBA after fending off Rain or Shine, 90-88, to improve to 3-3.

Jay Washington finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

The scores:

First Game

GLOBALPORT 90—Washington 20, Mercado 20, Garcia 13, Chua 12, Nabong 8, Yee 5, Lingganay 5, Hayes 4, Salvador 2, Romeo 1, Menk 0, Belencion 0.

RAIN OR SHINE 88—Lee 20, Quinahan 14, Norwood 11, Belga 10, Cruz 9, Chan 8, Arana 7, Teng 4, Nuyles 3, Tiu 2, Almazan 0, Ibanes 0, Rodriguez 0.

Quarters: 18-22, 36-35, 70-60, 90-88

Second Game

GINEBRA 97—Aguilar 21, Ellis 17, Slaughter 16, Baracael 12, Ababou 7, Helterbrand 7, Reyes 6, Urbiztondo 6, Caguioa 3, Tenorio 2, Monfort 0.

TALK ‘N TEXT 95—Castro 27, Fonacier 23, Anthony 12, De Ocampo 8, Williams 8, Alapag 7, Seigle 5, Baclao 4, Carey 1, Ferriols 0, Poligrates 0.

Quarters: 19-25, 40-43, 68-80, 97-95

Sam Miguel
12-12-2013, 09:48 AM
Cabagnot keeps Petron run alive

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

1:19 am | Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Out of the first five games because of a foot injury, Alex Cabagnot made sure that the Petron Blaze streak wouldn’t end on his return.

The all-star point guard nailed the marginal shot on a running floater with 3.5 seconds left last night as Petron hacked out a 90-88 victory over Air21 that extended the Boosters’ winning run in the PLDT MyDSL Philippine Cup to six games at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Cabagnot made the most out of a collapse in the Air21 defense inside the final 20 seconds, dribbling past a screen set up by June Mar Fajardo and getting free when Asi Taulava refused to help as the Boosters pulled out their closest win thus far.

“It’s going to be a big confidence boost for Alex, coming off a long layoff,” Petron coach Gee Abanilla later told reporters. “Air21 challenged us until the end, tons of credit to them.”

The Express, after snapping a five-game losing streak just last weekend, slipped to 1-6 and stayed in the cellar.

In the second game, Meralco used a strong fourth quarter to turn back San Mig Coffee, 72-64.

Cabagnot actually had two buzzer-beaters, the first a three-pointer at the half that forged a 39-all tie. He finished with 10 points and seven assists in his first 27 minutes of the young season.

Chris Lutz and Marcio Lassiter kept Petron in the thick of the fight, hitting timely shots that countered baskets by Mac Cardona and KG Canaleta on the other end.

Canaleta hit two straight triples in a 20-second span, the last with 20.2 ticks left which forged the game’s last tie at 88.

The scores:

First Game

PETRON BLAZE 90—Lutz 25, Santos 14, Fajardo 13, Lassiter 12, Ross 10, Cabagnot 10, Hubalde 4, Lanete 2, Duncil 0, Kramer 0.

AIR21 88—Cardona 24, Taulava 16, Canaleta 11, Camson 10, Manuel 10, Arboleda 6, Sharma 4, Custodio 4, Jaime 3, Matias 0, Burtscher 0, Espiritu 0, Yeo 0.

Quarters: 19-10, 39-39, 59-60, 90-88

Second Game

MERALCO 72—Wilson 19, Hugnatan 16, Dillinger 13, Al-Hussaini 7, David 5, Sena 4, Cortez 4, Salvacion 2, Guevarra 2, Timberlake 0, Allado 0.

SAN MIG COFFEE 64—Yap 14, Pingris 12, Barroca 11, Simon 10, Sanggalang 7, Devance 3, Cawaling 3, Mallari 2, Reavis 2.

Quarters: 16-12; 29-37; 46-54; 72-64

Sam Miguel
12-18-2013, 12:55 PM
De Ocampo helps Talk ‘N Text weather ROS rally

By Mark Giongco


11:25 pm | Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — Defending champion Talk ‘N Text blew a 20-point lead before salvaging a 90-87 win over Rain or Shine in the 2014 PLDT MyDSL Philippine Cup Tuesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Ranidel de Ocampo scored 20 points, eight coming in the fourth quarter including a go-ahead jumper from mid-range that gave the lead for good to the Tropang Texters, 88-86, with only 1:01 left.

Kelly Williams made the key defensive stop after taking the ball away from Jeff Chan as time ran out.

“I think it would be an understatement to say it’s a big win because it’s a huge win for us mainly because Rain or Shine is a very strong team and we knew it was going to be difficult game for us to get by,” said TNT head coach Norman Black. “Hopefully, we could build on this win.”

The Elasto Painters trailed, 23-43, at one point in the second quarter before grabbing the upper hand on a jumper by Jervy Cruz, 83-82, with 3:24 remaining.

A basket by de Ocampo and a free throw each by Jayson Castro and Danny Seigle put Talk ‘N Text ahead by three, 86-83, before Paul Lee knotted the count at 86 for the third and final time with a tough shot after Beau Belga split his charities with 1:05 to go.

“The whole idea is to keep track of the top two teams in the league today Petron and Ginebra to have a shot of the top two slots,” added Black, whose team is now in third place with a 4-2 record just behind Barangay Ginebra San Miguel (5-1) and Petron Blaze (7-0).

Cruz had 14 points, 12 in the second half, while Gabe Norwood scored 10 of his 13 points in the final frame. The Elasto Painters, who got out-rebounded, 47-64, slid into a tie with GlobalPort with a 4-3 mark.

12-27-2013, 09:37 AM
Ginebra whips Fajardo-less Petron behind Aguilar’s 25 to take top spot

By Mark Giongco


11:02 pm | Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines—Barangay Ginebra San Miguel ripped a Petron Blaze side reeling the absence of its injured star center, 97-83, in the 2014 PLDT myDSL Philippine Cup Wednesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Athletic forward Japeth Aguilar scored 25 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and had two blocks to lead the rising Kings, who have now won five straight to grab solo first place with an 8-1 record.

“The start of the game they played relaxed because we know Junemar (Fajardo) is out and I told them to stick with our game plan. I always remind them that whether he plays or not we still have to stay with our plan,” said Ginebra coach Ato Agustin in Filipino.

Ginebra turned a precarious six-point edge early in the fourth quarter to a 22-point lead with Aguilar, Greg Slaughter and Mark Caguioa anchoring the Kings’ surge.

Two free throws by Aguilar after a three-point play made it, 96-74, with 2:51 remaining.

“We’re now the leader but still we have five more games and a lot of things can happen so we still need to win our games,” added Agustin.

Caguioa had 18 points on nine-of-11 shooting from the two-point area while the seven-foot Slaughter added 17 points and eight rebounds taking advantage of the Boosters’ smaller bigs in Doug Kramer and Yousef Taha with Junemar Fajardo out with a right knee injury.

Reigning MVP Arwind Santos scored 22 points and hauled down 12 rebounds to go along with three steals and two blocks while Kramer tried his best to fill the huge void at the center position with 11 points and 14 rebounds while having to hold his own at the defensive end against the much bigger Slaughter.

Ginebra shot 50% from the field while holding Petron, which succumbed to its second straiht setback after a 7-0 start, to just 36%.

12-27-2013, 09:38 AM
Slaughter hopes Fajardo will be healthy when Ginebra, Petron meet again

By Mark Giongco


4:45 pm | Thursday, December 26th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s Greg Slaughter hopes to finally meet long-time rival Junemar Fajardo when the Kings and the Petron Blaze Boosters face again along the way.

And for the seven-foot Slaughter, it won’t take long before it happens.

“I was looking forward to it (playing against Fajardo),” said Slaughter after his 17-points, eight-rebound effort in Ginebra’s 97-83 win over an undermanned Petron side late Wednesday night.

“But injuries are part of the game so we can’t dwell on that,” added Slaughter, who has had quite a few battles with Fajardo when the two used to play in Cesafi for their respective teams.

Fajardo, the six-foot-10 sophomore, sustained a sprained ACL on his right knee last Monday and will be out for two weeks and with the Boosters left sans a center able to match up size and strength wise against Slaughter, the Kings were able to take advantage.

Slaughter though, wouldn’t say if Fajardo’s presence would’ve changed the outcome of the game.

“You can’t tell, that’s just the way it goes sometimes. Injuries are part of the game so we can’t really think about that.”

“I’m sure we’ll run into them in the playoffs but hopefully Junemar will be healthy by then.”

12-27-2013, 09:38 AM
Fajardo rendered helpless as Petron takes beating from Ginebra

By Mark Giongco


2:50 pm | Thursday, December 26th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — Japeth Aguilar soared for a two-handed baseline dunk while Greg Slaughter found an open lane before throwing down a two-handed dunk of his own.

It was that kind of night for Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s towering frontline while Petron Blaze giant Junemar Fajardo couldn’t do anything but watch every basket the Kings would get in a 97-83 holiday stuffing of the Boosters on Christmas day.

“They’re playing really well, they’re very strong,” Fajardo, who is sidelined for two weeks with a sprained ACL on his right knee, said in Filipino, referring to Ginebra. “We had a hard time against them because our big men were undersized.”

“I wanted to play and I feel bad for my teammates but I couldn’t do anything to help them,” lamented Fajardo, whose facial expressions alone while he spoke with reporters could tell how badly he wanted to play to help his team Wednesday night.

The six-foot-10 Fajardo couldn’t say how much of a difference he would’ve made if he was able to take off his warmers but his average of 15.5 points, 17.2 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game could well speak of the magnitude his absence was to Petron on both ends of the floor.

“Obviously, it’s a big factor [Fajardo] was out. What happened to them was their guards had to do it on their own and they had a hard time,” said Ginebra’s chief playmaker LA Tenorio, who had six assists and didn’t even need to score a single point for his team to win in such dominating fashion over a shorthanded yet formidable Petron side.

Reigning MVP Arwind Santos and Doug Kramer, who started at center in place of Fajardo, had solid double-double efforts in an inspired attempt to fill the void upfront but doing so much offensively while having to deal with a hefty seven-foot Slaughter and an athletic six-foot-nine Aguilar defensively was just too much to handle.

“We took advantage of them and then there’s Greg and Japeth working together inside,” added Tenorio.

Aguilar scored 25 points on eight-of-14 shooting from the field and sinking nine of his 12 attempts at the line to go along with 11 rebounds and two blocks while Slaughter had 17 points, eight rebounds and a couple of rejections as well.

Fajardo dragged his hurting knee out of the hallways of the Mall of Asia Arena and while the soft-spoken sophomore wouldn’t say how much of a factor he would’ve played had he been healthy late Wednesday night, he perhaps knew that he didn’t need to tell what’s obvious.

“They were about minus 20 points and 15 rebounds without Junemar,” said Tenorio.

12-27-2013, 10:17 AM
Rookies shine in PBA


By Joaquin M. Henson

(The Philippine Star) | Updated December 27, 2013 - 12:00am

There were 44 players chosen in the PBA rookie draft last month and so far, 22 have seen action in the Philippine Cup with Barangay Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter clearly the standout of the freshman class.

Slaughter, 25, is the only rookie ranked in the league’s top 10 standings in scoring, field goal percentage, rebounding, blocked shots and minutes played. There isn’t a more dominant first-year player than the 6-11 5/8 center from the University of the Visayas and Ateneo. Slaughter is averaging 15.2 points and 10.3 rebounds with five double-doubles to his credit. More importantly, Slaughter has figured prominently in Ginebra’s surge to an 8-1 record. In the Barangay’s 97-83 win over Petron last Christmas Day, Slaughter compiled 17 points on 8-of-16 field goals, 1-of-1 from the line, eight rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots in 35 minutes.

The highest-drafted player who still has to report for duty in the PBA is J. P. Erram who was selected in the second round by Alaska. Erram, who stands 6-7 3/8, never played in the D-League but his ceiling certainly had a lot to do in convincing the Aces to take a chance on him in the draft. The former Ateneo center was chosen over Air 21’s Eric Camson, Talk ‘N’ Text’s Robby Celiz and eight others who’ve already played this conference. The lowest-drafted player who has seen action is San Mig Coffee’s J. R. Cawaling who was picked last in the third round.

Every PBA team has played a rookie even as the Texters, Petron, Meralco, Barako Bull and Air 21 had no first round pick in the draft. Here are the rookies who’ve played in at least a game so far – Slaughter and James Forrester for Ginebra, Ian Sangalang, Justin Melton, Isaac Holstein and Cawaling for San Mig Coffee, Anjo Caram for Meralco, Eliud (Eloy) Poligrates and Celiz for Talk ‘N’ Text, Jeric Teng, Alex Nuyles and Raymond Almazan for Rain Or Shine, Ryan Buenafe and Chris (Ping) Exciminiano for Alaska, Jeric Fortuna and Carlo Lastimosa for Barako Bull, Camson for Air 21, Sam Marata for Petron and Terrence Romeo, R. R. Garcia, Nico Salva and Justin Chua for Globalport.

Still waiting for a call to play are Globalport’s L. A. Revilla of La Salle and MLQU’s Jopher Custodio. Revilla was a late entry to the draft and opted to renounce his last year of UAAP eligibility to turn pro. He was picked on the third round by the Batang Pier franchise ahead of Marata, Caram, Poligrates and Cawaling. Custodio, 26, was Globalport’s first pick in the third round, two slots over Revilla. He’s a 6-1 5/8 shooting guard from Pangasinan with experience in the D-League.

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The surprise in the draft is Camson, a burly power forward from Adamson and the only rookie in the Express lineup. In his last four outings, Camson averaged 7.8 points and 7.3 rebounds, playing alongside Asi Taulava in the frontline. Camson, 23, checked in at 6-3 3/8 with a 77-inch wingspan during the official sizing supervised by the PBA. Another surprise is Poligrates who took Best Player honors in his PBA debut where he hit 15 points in fueling the Texters’ 89-80 win over Meralco last Nov. 17. Since the eruption, Poligrates hasn’t contributed much to the Tropa’s offense, scoring only 18 in his next seven games for an overall clip of 4.1 points.

Aside from Slaughter, the rookie who’s making big waves is Romeo, the former FEU spitfire who exploded for 34 points in 32 minutes in Globalport’s 114-100 demolition of Air 21 last Nov. 23. Consistency is an issue with Romeo who notched only a point in a win over Rain Or Shine and two in a loss to San Mig Coffee. Still, Romeo is averaging 14.9 points, next only to Slaughter among the top rookie scorers. His backcourt teammate Garcia is norming 9.6 points with a high of 20 scored in a loss to Ginebra.

Of San Mig Coffee’s four rookies, Sangalang has shown tremendous progress and is ranked among the top 10 in offensive rebounding. The 6-5 5/8 power forward from San Sebastian College is averaging 11.8 points with a high of 15 and a slow of seven, indicating a rare consistency for a rookie.

Three rookies who have been a disappointment are Forrester, Holstein and Melton. Forrester was the fourth overall draft pick and is averaging only 1.6 points. Holstein was the seventh overall choice and is averaging 1.4 points. Holstein is a 6-7 1/4 forward with an 83 1/2 inch wingspan. Somehow, he hasn’t been able to make his mark in the Mixers frontline which is loaded with Sangalang, Marc Pingris, Rafi Reavis, Joe DeVance and Yancy de Ocampo. Melton hit five points in his San Mig Coffee debut and hasn’t played since the loss to Ginebra last Nov. 17.

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Other rookies who’ve enjoyed their moments of brilliance are Exciminiano (16 points against Air 21), Cawaling (15 against Petron), Lastimosa (15 against Air 21), Chua (12 against Rain Or Shine, 11 against Talk ‘N’ Text and San Mig Coffee), Caram (6 against Air 21), Salva (9 against Air 21) and Teng (10 against Barako Bull). The only rookie who has yet to score a point is Marata who went scoreless in his PBA debut against Barako Bull last Dec. 4.

Teng said recently he’s lucky to be playing with co-freshmen Nuyles and Almazan. “Alex is very athletic and a tough defender,” said the 22-year-old Teng. “If the defense relaxes, he’ll score. Raymond is proving why he’s a top three draft pick, he can score inside and outside and he’s a dominating rebounder. I feel blessed that I’m with our team. Before the draft, I practiced with Globalport, Barako and San Mig Coffee so I was surprised when Rain Or Shine picked me. I’m very happy with Rain Or Shine. The Chinese management (owners Terry Que and Raymund Yu) is very supportive. My teammates are all helping me to improve, like Jervy (Cruz) who’s from UST like me, Chris (Tiu) and T. Y. (Teng) who are also from Xavier like me and Ryan (Arana) and Paul (Lee) whom I shoot with and play 1-on-1 after practice. They’re all giving me advice, also Gabe (Norwood) on what I should do in certain situations. We’re all very close, we have good team rapport and communication.”

Against Barako Bull last Dec. 1, Teng said he had fits defending Willie Miller. “Kuya Willie is so experienced and so deadly in many ways,” he said. “When he posts up, it’s hard to stop him from scoring. I also defended Mark Macapagal and Jonas Villanueva. I’m slowly adjusting and taking it one game at a time.” The Elasto Painters won, 91-83, with Teng contributing 10 points.

Teng said his aim is to improve game after game. “I want to do better than my previous game,” he said. “Not just in terms of points but in defense and distributing the ball. My focus is to keep improving.”

12-27-2013, 11:38 PM
nagkamali si the "Dean". Erram was selected by TNT not Alaska.

Sam Miguel
01-06-2014, 08:29 AM
Mixers fan playoff hopes, nip Kings

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:08 pm | Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Dishing out a high-quality effort against the best team thus far in the PLDT MyDSL Philippine Cup, San Mig Super Coffee won a battle of attrition against Barangay Ginebra yesterday to fan its flickering playoff hopes.

The Mixers survived the loss of an 18-point first-half lead and a 13-point bubble going into the third quarter last night before eking out an 83-79 decision of the Gin Kings before 20,596 screaming fans—the biggest-ever PBA crowd at Mall of Asia Arena.

“I wish we could play this way the whole conference,” San Mig coach Tim Cone told reporters after getting 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists from Marc Barroca. “But it’s better late than never.

“We’ve been beating ourselves up the last two weeks trying to put the negativity away.”

Barroca stood out in the low-scoring fourth quarter, shooting six points while helping the rest of the team shut down the high-octane Ginebra offense as San Mig improved slightly to 4-7.

Ginebra, which saw a six-game winning streak come to a halt, lost for just the second time in 11 games but still kept the No. 1 spot at 9-2, now just half a game ahead of Petron Blaze.

Rain or Shine also crept up in the standings, regaining solo third place earlier with a 98-87 win over a Sol Mercado-less Globalport crew.

Rookie Alex Nuyles had 16 points and four others tossed in 10 or better for coach Yeng Guiao, whose Elasto Painters won a fourth straight game to climb to 8-3, just a full game out of the lead and within half a game of the second-running Boosters.

Globalport has now lost four in a row and at 4-7, the Batang Pier are now tied for 5th to 9th spots with the Mixers, Barako Bull, Meralco and Alaska.

The Mixers still have to play Air21, Petron and defending champion Talk ‘N Text.

San Mig held the Gin Kings to three points inside the final 3:49 and to just 13 in the fourth quarter after Ginebra had dropped 51 points in the middle two quarters.

The Mixers took several 18-point leads, the last at 43-25 after a Peter June Simon triple with 3:22 left in the second period.

They closed out the half sitting on a 48-35 bulge only to allow 31 Ginebra points in the third quarter that even saw the Kings take just their second lead of the contest, 64-63, with 2:03 left after a charity by Greg Slaughter.

Ginebra was in the lead for the last time at 68-67 after a Jay-R Reyes layup before the San Mig defense clicked and held the Kings to just two points for the next four minutes for a 76-70 advantage.

The scores:

First Game

RAIN OR SHINE 98—Nuyles 16, Cruz 12, Tang 12, Chan 11, Tiu 10, Lee 9, Arana 8, Belga 5, Rodriguez 5, Norwood 5, Almazan 3, Quinahan 2, Ibanes 0.

GLOBALPORT 87—Washington 26, Salva 11, Romeo 10, Garcia 9, Hayes 7, Chua 5, Yee 4, Menk 4, Nabong 4, Salvador 3, Lingganay 2, Revilla 2, Ponferrada 0.

Quarters: 22-20, 46-38, 80-67, 98-87

Second Game

SAN MIG SUPER COFFEE 83—Barroca 16, Simon 15, Pingris 12, Yap 12, De Ocampo 9, Reavis 8, Devance 7, Sangalang 4, Mallari 0, Melton 0.

GINEBRA 79—Aguilar 26, Slaughter 14, Tenorio 13, Baracael 12, Ellis 9, Monfort 3, Reyes 2, Ababou 0, Helterbrand 0, Urbiztondo 0, Caguioa 0.

Quarters: 25-15, 48-35, 65-66, 83-79

Sam Miguel
01-06-2014, 08:31 AM
Meralco Bolts sign Ildefonso for one conference

By Celest R. Flores


5:36 pm | Friday, January 3rd, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — Danny Ildefonso’s presence in Meralco’s bench will give the struggling Bolts a “positive perspective,” which is what the Bolts need more than ever, as they hope to arrest a four-game slide in the PBA Philippine Cup.

Meralco on Friday signed the popular veteran forward to a one-conference contract, and Ildefonso is expected to suit up on Saturday against Air21 as the league resumes from its holiday break.

“He has championship experience and high basketball intelligence. Things that you cannot teach as a basketball coach, but, you learn through time as a basketball player,” Gregorio said in a text message.

Ildefonso, who didn’t get an extension from Petron after the 2012-2013 season, is a welcome progress especially after the Bolts ended 2013 in a tailspin.

“With DI on-board, he gives us a positive perspective on how to win games whether he plays or just by being on the bench. He will definitely improve our locker room atmosphere just by his mere positive attitude,” Gregorio added.

After ending his 15-year relationship with the San Miguel Corporation, the 37-year-old Pangasinan native, who spent the past few years beset by injuries, struggled to immediately find a new home.

Meralco, in fact, took its time before tapping Ildefonso’s services, but Gregorio said that he believes ‘Danny I’ still has “what it takes to compete at a high level in the PBA.”

“He has been aching for teams to give him a venue to display what he has and we are more than willing to provide him with the platform,” he added.

Sam Miguel
01-09-2014, 09:51 AM
Air21, Barako Bull forge key upsets

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

6:13 am | Thursday, January 9th, 2014

BARAKO Bull and Air21 hit the big shots down the stretch last night and brought down separate heavyweights to enhance their playoff chances in the PLDT MyDSL Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Energy claimed solo fifth spot at the moment after a 92-88 upset of Petron Blaze, which came after the Express shot down defending champion Talk ‘N Text, 102-100, in a pair of thrilling encounters that more or less painted a clearer playoff picture.

Barako Bull broke out of an erstwhile five-team tie and put a foot into a best-of-three series while denying the Boosters the chance to reclaim a piece of the lead.

The Energy finally came out on top of a wild finish and rose to 5-7 after getting a couple of clutch baskets and 17 total points from JC Intal while dealing Petron just its third loss in 12 outings.

The Express rallied from six points down inside the final 3:55 with Joseph Yeo and KG Canaleta doing the most damage on the Tropang Texters as they notched just their third win also in 12 outings to remain mathematically in the hunt.

Talk ‘N Text doesn’t blow late leads often, and this one could cost the Texters dearly as they went down to 7-4, now almost two games off second spot and the second twice-to-beat privilege in the first round of the playoffs.

Idle league-leader Barangay Ginebra is at 9-2 and now has some buffer over Petron, which made a last-minute decision to not play cornerstone June Mar Fajardo.

“At least with this victory, we are still alive and kicking,” said Air21 coach Franz Pumaren. “The beauty right now is that our destiny is still in our hands.”

Asi Taulava led the Express with 23 points and 18 rebounds, with Canaleta finishing with 16 points and Yeo dropping 13 that went with a night-high 12 assists.

Canaleta actually gave the Express the chance to win in the end, connecting on a triple with 2:34 left which put Air21 within 97-94.

Yeo then scored five straight points, the final three coming off a three-point play with 35 ticks to go that gave the Express a 99-97 lead to stay.

“This time, we closed out well,” Pumaren said.

The scores:

First Game

AIR21 102—Taulava 23, Canaleta 16, Custodio 15, Matias 13, Yeo 13, Camson 10, Manuel 8, Cardona 4, Espiritu 0, Arboleda 0, Sharma 0.

TALK ‘N TEXT 100—Castro 21, Alapag 20, De Ocampo 14, Reyes R. 11, Baclao 11, Seigle 8, Fonacier 6, Anthony 4, Reyes J. 3, Carey 2, Williams 0.

Quarters: 23-21, 45-46, 75-77, 102-100

Second Game

BARAKO BULL 92—Peña 18, Intal 17, Miranda 11, Lastimosa 10, Pennisi 9, Maierhofer 7, Miller 7, Isip 6, Buenafe 5, Wilson 2, Macapagal 0, Jensen 0.

PETRON 88—Lutz 17, Cabagnot 15, Santos 15, Lanete 8, Kramer 8, Lassiter 7, Tubid 6, Taha 4, Deutchman 4, Ross 4.

Quarters: 24-21, 36-47, 63-71, 92-88

Sam Miguel
01-13-2014, 09:32 AM
Kings surge past Energy; Batang Pier near playoffs

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:22 am | Monday, January 13th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — Barangay Ginebra survived a scare Sunday night and moved within another victory of the No. 1 ranking after clipping Barako Bull, 90-83, in the PLDT MyDSL Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Gin Kings came charging back from 10 points down early in the fourth quarter, hitting baskets from inside and out in a swashbuckling finish to rise to 10-2 and move a clear game ahead of joint second placers Petron Blaze and Rain or Shine.

Ginebra’s guard rotation did the job from the outside and its twin-tower combination of Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar controlled the paint as the Kings won pulling away while dealing the Energy their eighth loss in 13 games.

Eman Monfort came off the bench in the second half to ignite Ginebra’s outside game, and Aguilar had six fourth-quarter points that helped the Kings put the game away and move on the threshold of topping the eliminations for the first time since 2006.

The last time the Kings finished No. 1 was during Jong Uichico’s first conference with the Kings in the Philippine Cup eight years ago, and that was the last all-Filipino title for the most popular team in the land.

And Sunday night, it looked like the Energy were on their way to posting an upset, until a spate of miscues and botched opportunities did Barako Bull in.

Meanwhile, Globalport assured itself of at least a playoff for the No. 8 spot after nipping Alaska, 91-88, in overtime.

The win snapped a five-game slide and put the Batang Pier at 5-8, while the Aces are now in danger of missing the cut after sliding down to 4-9.

The Alaska coaching staff did not play Calvin Abueva, who was reportedly nursing a sprained foot, but reliable sources said after the game that management had slapped a sanction on him for being drunk two nights ago.

Terrence Romeo scored 18 points and Kelly Nabong scored 13 that went with 10 rebounds in one of the most impressive games of his young career. Nabong also forged overtime at 82-all.

“This is the most important game for us,” Ginebra coach Ato Agustin said, since it put them in position to bag the No. 1 spot on Friday against Globalport.

Agustin said they struggled for control in the first half and trailed after failing to solve the Barako Bull zone.

The scores:

First Game

GLOBALPORT 91—Romeo 18, Nabong 13, Mercado 11, Menk 10, Belencion 9, Salvador 8, Salva 7, Najorda 6, Garcia 5, Hayes 4, Revilla 0, Chua 0.

ALASKA 88—Casio 21, Thoss 21, Baguio 20, Espinas 14, Dela Cruz 7, Buenafe 3, Eman 2, Laure 0, Jazul 0, Hontiveros 0, Ramos 0, Exciminiano.

Quarters: 15-19, 34-31, 68-55, 82-82, 91-88

Second Game

GINEBRA 90—Slaughter 14, Caguioa 14, Aguilar 13, Ellis 11, Tenorio 11, Baracael 9, Helterbrand 6, Monfort 6, Reyes 3, Urbiztondo 3, Ababou 0, Mamaril 0, Forrester 0.

BARAKO BULL 83—Miranda 16, Intal 15, Pennisi 15, Macapagal 14, Maierhofer 10, Jensen 9, Isip 2, Pena 2, Lastimosa 0, Wilson 0, Miller 0, Buenafe 0.

Quarters: 21-12, 43-38, 60-68, 90-83

01-13-2014, 09:53 AM
^ Magandang match-up yung Intal-Ellis.

Sam Miguel
01-15-2014, 10:53 AM
David also gets sanction; Abueva, Dillinger draw PBA fines

By Nelson Beltran

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

MANILA, Philippines - PBA commissioner Chito Salud yesterday slapped Alaska Milk’s Calvin Abueva and Meralco’s Jared Dillinger a combined fine of P23,000 in the aftermath of their commotion Saturday and meted another Meralco player Gary David a fine of P5,000 for getting involved in the incident.

Salud imposed the sanctions on Abueva, Dillinger and David after a review of the video of the incident and after hearing the testimonies of the erring players.

Abueva, the 2013 Rookie of the Year awardee, drew the most with a total fine of P13,000, including P3,000 for his history of “flopping.” to gain an offensive foul.

Abueva and Dillinger were fined P10,000 each as the league commissioner upgraded their double-technical infraction to flagrant foul.

Meanwhile, Meralco official Virgil Villavicencio said Dillinger was found to have suffered a broken nose in his collision with Abueva. This makes the 6-foot-4 Fil-Am player a doubtful starter for their game today against Rain or Shine.

Both players crashed on the courtside railing when they got entangled after a strong drive by Dillinger off Abueva.

With a bloodied nose after the collision, Dillinger grabbed Abueva on the neck, sparking a commotion that also saw coaches Luigi Trillo and Ryan Gregorio engage in a verbal tussle.

With Abueva pinned down by Dillinger by the courtside railing, David joined the melee, raising his right arm with a closed fist toward the direction of the fallen Alaska player.

Upon review of the incident, Salud sanctioned Dillinger, saying “his act of physically restraining Abueva by grappling him by the neck, along with the taunting and trash-talking, is clearly unnecessary.”

As for Abueva, Salud said: “Inadvertent as they may seem, he landed on Dillinger causing the latter’s face to bleed and bruise.”

“Additionally, (I) reviewed Abueva’s proclivity to exaggerate fouls against him and other forms of physical contact in which he is involved. In accordance with this office’s memo on flopping dated July 26, 2013, Abueva is being fined an additional P3,000,” Salud added.

“As for David, he had no reason to intervene in the incident in question. He was clearly seen, not in the act of pacifying the parties involved, but instead was shown to have taken a fighting stance that could have exacerbated the incident,” Salud also said.

The league head also reminded the players “that the highest tenets of sportsmanship should never be secondary to their passion for the game.”

Sam Miguel
01-15-2014, 01:25 PM
'Arrogant' Abueva's antics make him a danger to other players, warns Al Panlilio

From: Snow Badua

January 11, 2014, 04:00 pm

“I am going on record because it is starting to become a routine for him to be involved in controversies," Meralco alternate governor Al Panlilio says of Alaska star Calvin Abueva. "I am just afraid that worse incidents o mas malalang gulo pa ang mangyari which might involve him. And I hope that day doesn’t come.”

“HE is already in the PBA. He has to be professional.”

These were the words Meralco alternate governor Al Panlilio sent out to Alaska Aces sophomore Calvin Abueva in the wake of his much-talked about altercation with Bolts star Jared Dillinger.

Usually elusive to media, Panlilio, a Meralco vice-president, longtime PLDT official and head of the MVP Sports Foundation, said he spoke out to warn the league that Abueva's "antics" have made him a danger to other players.

“It seems that it is already becoming a habit for him to hurt other players, which results in different game controversies. Dalawang taon pa lang siya sa liga, pero ilang beses na siya na-involve sa gulo?” Panlilio said.

“He’s a good player, but he’s arrogant. His extra-curricular activities and his antics do not help his team. In fact, when it happened we were just up by four. After it happened we started to pull away,” he added.

Panlilio said Abueva's game has crossed the line of being merely physical and aggressive.

“You can be physical and passionate, but to the point that you are already trying to hurt somebody else?” said the soft-spoken official.

Panlilio compared Abueva's style of play with that of another physical player in Meralco's Clifford Hodge, who he said "doesn’t get himself involved in so many controversial game issues."

“If you look at Cliff Hodge, they’re both intense players. But Cliff doesn’t hurt his opponent. Abueva’s physicality is already at the borderline of being flagrant,” insisted Panlilio. “There’s a different distinction between that.”

“Plus Abueva has antics that further worsen the situation. He smirks, he sticks his tongue out, he even taunted the (Meralco) bench after the incident.

“He should realize he is already in the professional league. He has to be professional!”

Since he entered the league last season, Abueva has been summoned by league officials a number of times for on- and off-court issues - something that Panlilio thinks PBA officials should be cognizant of.

“So you were asking me, ‘Do I think the problem (with all these ctronversies) is already Abueva?’ I say yes. And this has to be reviewed and looked upon by the league,” added Panlilio.

“Just look at Abueva for one game … Just look at him in that (Meralco) game … he’s been pestering not just JD (Dillinger), but also Gary David and the other players of Meralco. Even yung hindi niya kaposisyon, naiinis niya,” he added.

Still, Panlilio said he has no intention to raise the issue with Commissioner Chito Salud. He added that Meralco management has also asked team governor and present PBA chairman Mon Segismundo to inhibit himself from the probe into the incident.

“I am going on record because it is starting to become a routine for him to be involved in game controversies. I am just afraid that worse incidents o mas malalang gulo pa ang mangyari which might involve him. And I hope that day doesn’t come,” he reiterated.

“I am not against physicality and tough play and being emotional in the game, but if it borders on unsportsmanlike function and hurting the other player - it’s not acceptable. It’s uncalled for. That is not sportsmanship, that is not competition.”

When sought for a reaction, Abueva told Spin.ph that rival players have been very physical on him since he joined the league last season, to the point of hitting him with "cheap shots."

“Bakit ganun? Ako nga ang lagi nilang pinipisikal tapos pag ako na ang mamimisikal, ayaw na nila? Galit na sila?” Abueva, the second pick overall in last season's rookie draft, said.

“Saka bakit sila ang magsasalita … sila ba ang player? Sila ba ang naglalaro at nakikipagbanggan?” he added.

Sam Miguel
01-15-2014, 01:26 PM
^^^ That last statement by Abueva says it all. He is an idiot and probably should not be in the PBA. He wants to help his team win, that is one thing. He gets himself in trouble constantly, that is another. Even in offseason games he gets into trouble. I'm with Al Panlilio on this one.

Sam Miguel
01-15-2014, 01:28 PM
PBA must take action against Abueva's 'extra-curricular activities,' says Gregorio

From: Richard Dy

January 10, 2014, 09:13 pm

MERALCO coach Ryan Gregorio said he hopes the league will do something about the “flopping” of Alaska sophomore forward Calvin Abueva, which led to an altercation with Jared Dillinger early in the fourth quarter that left the Bolts guard with a bloodied nose.

“I respect the game of Abueva. I think he brings in a lot of positives in the game,” Gregorio told Spin.ph afterthe Bolts leaned on Gary David’s 24 points and Dillinger’s near triple-double of 10 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to pull off a 74-65 victory over the Aces on Friday.

“However, his (Abueva) extra curricular activities seem to hurt other players. Probably, inadvertently, but still, I thought some were overreactions,” he added.

Gregorio cited the incident in the fourth quarter when Abueva and Dillinger got tangled up as they fell over the railings, with the Alaska forward hitting Dillinger with a wayward elbow for what he said was an "overreaction."

“The bloodied nose of JD (Dillinger) was a prime example. Damage was done. But I leave it to the league. The PBA has a strict anti-flopping policy. They know better,” said the Meralco mentor.

“We don’t like flopping in the league,” he added. “It’s hard enough for the referees to call the legitimate calls and legitimate non-calls. Now if you fake it, wow, it’s gonna be harder for them (referees to make the right call)."

Sam Miguel
01-15-2014, 01:30 PM
Dillinger and Abueva swap accusations but quick to play down scuffle

From: Richard Dy

January 10, 2014, 09:13 pm

MERALCO forward Jared Dillinger was quick to play down his altercation with Calvin Abueva of Alaska that marred the Bolts’ 74-65 win over the Aces in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup.

But while he stressed the minor scuffle was borne out of their desire to win the game, Dillinger was the latest to add his voice to accusations that Abueva is a flopper.

“Well, Calvin is known a little bit of a flopper here and there, but that’s part of his game,” said the bearded Fil-Am after he and Abueva were slapped with technicals during the fourth quarter incident for taunting and second motion.

The 6-foot-4 Dillinger ended up with a bloodied nose after being hit by an Abueva wayward elbow while both players landed hard at the baseline railing under Meralco’s goal with 10:09 left in the game.

Dillinger got up immediately and gave the 6-foot-1 Abueva a push before cooler heads intervened.

“The rift between me and Calvin, I fully understand. That’s two men going after the ball with emotions flying,” said Dillinger. “The game is on the line, but i have nothing against him (Abueva). I know he was going hard. I’m going hard, but sometimes, emotions overflow a little bit.”

But Abueva was quick to point out that it was Dillinger who lost his cool during the incident.

“Wala naman akong sinabi eh, siya (Dillinger) ang napikon,” Abueva told Spin.ph when asked about it.

Last season’s Rookie of the Year said he was simply trying to do his job in helping the Aces get the all-important win, especially since Alaska was down by 15 points at that point.

“Kailangan lang namin ibalik yung laro namin na nagpapanalo kami,” he added, while declining to comment about him being a flopper.

Dillinger obviously, had everything water under the bridge as the former University of Hawaii standout said the skirmish with Abueva was all part of the game, knowing that the two teams’ playoff hopes hung in the balance with a possible loss.

“Both teams knew the importance of this game, so both teams played it like it was a playoff game,” said the 29-year-old Dillinger.

Sam Miguel
01-15-2014, 01:33 PM
Salud's advice to Abueva: Mellow down, focus on the game and not on 'side acts'

From: Snow Badua

January 15, 2014, 12:36 pm

HE admits being impressed with Calvin Abueva’s tenacity and passion for the game, but PBA commissioner Chito Salud only has one piece of advice for the hard-nosed player from Pampanga.

Mellow down.

“Alam mo napaka-passionate na player niyang si Calvin, skilled and talented pa 'yan. Rookie of the Year natin 'yan. Kaso pinaalala ko lang sa kanya that he should focus on the game more,” Salud told the late-afternoon television sports newscast PTV Sports.

“He has to focus on the game, more than the ‘side acts’ that he is doing … more than the antics. 'Yun, pinaalala ko sa kanya 'yun. At napakabait naman nung bata, kasi nakikinig talaga siya,” he added.

Salud summoned Abueva and the Meralco pair of Jared Dillinger and Gary David for their roles in a skirmish that marred the Alaska-Meralco game on Friday night. He later handed out fines totalling P28,000, with Abueva getting fined another P3,000 for flopping.

Asked if he sees Abueva going over the boundaries at times because of his aggressiveness and physicality inside the court, the lawyer said: "Sinabihan ko talaga siya na mag-mellow down, kung talagang nagiging sobrang pisikal na siya.

“Napag-usapan din namin 'yun na, ‘Minsan, napapagkamalan ka talagang nanakit on purpose.' And I told him that it is not helping him or his team. And he took it well … Nakikinig yung bata and I’m sure tatandaan niya 'yun,” added the league chief.

Since joining the league as the second pick overall of the 2012 rookie draft, Abueva has been summoned a few times to the PBA Commissioner’s Office due to on-court and off-court trouble.

His most controversial summon so far was when he was caught moonlighting in a barangay league in Bulacan. [For full story, see Moonlighting Abueva summoned by Salud as manager Pineda fumes over escapade]

He was recently sanctioned by Alaska management for missing the team’s practice last Saturday, on the eve of an important match with GlobalPort Batang Pier which the Aces eventually lost, 88-91.

Abueva’s adviser, Charlie Chua, said he too has not been remiss in reminding the former NCAA MVP to tone down his act.

“Hindi ako nawawalan ng pangaral kay Calvin. Noon nga lang nabalitaan ko na nagka-problema siya sa Alaska noong isang araw, pinagalitan ko talaga,” said Chua, chief of staff of Abueva’s manager, Pampanga vice governor Dennis Pineda. “Sabi ko sa kanya, 'PBA ka na. Ibahin mo na ugali mo.'”

“Ganun kasi yun si Calvin eh. Isip bata. Pero tingin ko magbabago na 'yan. Lalo pa ngayon mag-aapat na yung anak niya,” added Chua, while revealing how Abueva’s wife, Sam, is three months pregnant.

“Ilang beses ko talaga sinabi sa kanya na, ‘Pangalawang taon mo na sa PBA. Magbago ka na. Maglaro ka lang, wala ng masyadong ng kung ano-ano.’ Nakikinig naman yun,” said the lawyer.

Asked what he will do in case Abueva doesn’t shape up soon, Chua gave a stern warning.

“Pag hindi siya nakinig? Ikukulong ko 'yan. Bubutasin ko (gulong ng) sasakyan niya para hindi na makalabas,” he said before breaking into laughter.

As for the former San Sebastian star's antics on the court that usually rub fellow players the wrong way, Chua said: “Sa laro kasi, ganun na 'yun eh. Kaya lagi ko rin siyang pinapagalitan sa extra motion nya. Parang kiti-kiti kasi 'yan, very energetic kaya minsan nakasakit talaga kahit hindi niya sadya.”

Despite his tendency to get into trouble, Salud said Abueva has attracted a big following from fans who look up to him as an idol and inspiration.

“That’s what being in the PBA is all about. You inspire and you become role models to the youth, some of whom will play in the league we have come to love for decades,” Salud said.

“Again… Calvin is a good player … but he can still be better!”

Sam Miguel
01-15-2014, 01:34 PM
Why were Dillinger and Co. spared from suspensions after fight? Salud explains

From: Snow Badua

January 14, 2014, 07:48 pm

RIVAL fans of both the Meralco Bolts and the Alaska Aces may be left wondering why there were no suspensions handed out after the skirmish involving Jared Dillinger, Calvin Abueva and Gary David.

But for league commissioner Chito Salud, handing out a ban would be unfair as there was no clear violence that erupted during the controversial incident last Friday.

“Tingin ko kasi yung mga nangyari sa game na yun hindi naman violente. Una, hindi naman sila nagsuntukan. Hindi nagwala. Hindi sila nag out of control,” stressed Salud.

“At kung makikita mo yung nangyari … panandalian lang. Bugso ng damdamin at hindi umabot dun sa punto na napaka-violente na nila para magbigay tayo ng suspension,” added the lawyer.

Salud has been known to hand out stiff penalties for acts detrimental to the league, which includes a fistfight involving Kelly Nabong, Marc Pingris and Joe Devance that marred the San Mig-GlobalPort game last September.

Salud has also banned former Petron Blaze Renaldo Balkman from playing the league again after running amok and choking teammate Arwind Santos last March.

Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio expressed satisfaction with the way Salud handled the controversy.

“I will not question the judgment of the commissioner. Historically, he has proven that he hands out fair decisions,” said Gregorio in an interview with Spin.ph.

“Knowing the importance of our game, it is nice to know that both JD (Dillinger) and Gary David will be able to play against Rain or Shine,” added the outspoken coach.

Alaska mentor Luigi Trillo earlier expressed confidence in how Salud weighs situations.

“It’s nice to meet with Com (Salud) because he’s open to hearing us out,” said the reigning PBA Coach of the Year.

Meanwhile, Salud issued another stern warning to PBA players that they can't get away with foul tactics in the pro league.

“Ang purpose dyan (summon and reprimand), malaman ng mga players na nakikita ng liga kung ano ang nangyayari sa mga players sa laro. Hindi nakakalagpas sa pansin ng PBA ang mga antics nila,” Salud said.

“At dapat nilang tandaan na lagi akong may panahon para pag-aralan, busisiin at disiplinahin ang mga lalabag sa batas ng liga, particular na sa mga laro,” added the league commissioner.

Sam Miguel
01-20-2014, 09:46 AM
Aces live on, upend Energy

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:58 pm | Sunday, January 19th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — Playing with a lot of resolve late in a game it absolutely could not lose, Alaska posted an 89-80 victory over Barako Bull Sunday night to put itself in another knockout match for the last quarterfinal spot in the PLDT MyDSL Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

JV Casio and Gabby Espinas did the most damage on the Energy in the fourth quarter, forming a two-sided battering ram that ultimately gave the Aces a new lease on life after ending the elimination round tied for sixth to ninth spots with Barako Bull and two others at 5-9.

The long road back to contention for the season-opening championship starts at 8 p.m. Monday for the Aces, who will battle the Meralco Bolts before drawing the unenviable task of beating the No. 1 team—Barangay Ginebra—two straight times after qualifying as the eighth seeds.

Globalport is the other team in that logjam, and, after the application of the quotient that had the Energy still finishing sixth, the Batang Pier took the seventh seed and will battle No. 2 Rain or Shine, also needing to beat the Elasto Painters twice.

Those games are scheduled on Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, also the venue of the lone game slated today as the Aces and the Bolts break a 1-1 deadlock in the tournament for the right to progress to the next stage. Barako Bull drew powerhouse Petron Blaze, the third seed, as a quarterfinal foe in another best-of-three series.

Texters overwhelm Gin Kings Defending champion Talk ‘N Text will take a winning feeling to its best-of-three quarterfinal series with San Mig Coffee after ripping Barangay Ginebra, 103-79, in a no-bearing game later.

Seeking to become the first franchise to win this conference four straight years, the Tropang Texters opened up leads of as many as 25 points in the second quarter behind Jimmy Alapag before cruising to the win that gave them fourth spot at 8-6.

The Mixers bagged the No. 5 seed with their series to start Tuesday.

Casio and Espinas starred in a 15-4 run early in the fourth period that had Alaska turning a one-point deficit into a 77-67 lead. The duo scored the last eight points of that spurt as Alaska snapped a three-game slide.

“We just lived to fight another day,” said Alaska coach Luigi Trillo, named as last season’s Coach of the Year by the PBA Press Corps.

“It has been painful this conference because out of the nine games (that we lost), six could have gone either way.”

Casio finished with 24 points built around four triples to pace the Aces, with Espinas finishing with 21, all but four of them coming in the final two quarters.

The 5-foot-9 Casio also had seven assists and five boards.

The scores:

First Game

ALASKA 89—Casio 24, Espinas 21, Jazul 11, Abueva 9, Baguio 8, Thoss 6, Eman 6, Dela Cruz 4, Hontiveros 0, Avenido 0, Ramos 0, Buenafe 0.

BARAKO BULL 80—Buenafe 14, Lastimosa 11, Pena 8, Macapagal 7, Miller 7, Jensen 6, Wilson 6, Isip 6, Pennisi 6, Intal 5, Maierhofer 2, Miranda 2, Marcelo 0, Labagala 0.

Quarters: 22-17, 41-38, 62-63, 89-80

Second Game

TALK ‘N TEXT 103—Seigle 20, Seigle 19, Alapag 17, Peek 10, Castro 8, Ferriols 7, Reyes 6, Fonacier 6, Aban 4, Anthony 4, Reyes 2, Poligrates 0.

BARANGAY GINEBRA 79—Slaughter 15, Caguioa 11, Tenorio 9, Mamaril 8, Ellis 7, Aguilar 6, Helterbrand 6, Ababou 5, Monfort 5, Reyes 4, Baracael 3, Urbiztondo 0, Forrester 0.

Quarters: 32-21, 62-39, 84-62, 103-79

01-23-2014, 10:27 AM
Red-hot Rain or Shine ousts GlobalPort, nails 1st semis slot

By Mark Giongco


8:43 pm | Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

MANILA, Philippines—Rain or Shine nailed the first semifinals slot after knocking off GlobalPort, 106-96, in the 2014 PLDT MyDSL Philippine Cup Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Beau Belga drained a big 3-pointer that stopped the Batang Pier’s end-game run and extended the Elasto Painters’ lead to five, 101-96, with only 40.5 seconds left.

“GlobalPort out up a tough fight. They kept coming back and we couldn’t put them away,” said ROS head coach Yeng Guiao, whose squad led and blew a 15-point lead twice.

“We kept our streak but we don’t really want to focus on that. We want to focus our preparations for the semifinals,” added Guiao after his team fanned its franchise-best winning streak to eight games.

Belga finished with 17 points on three-of-four shooting from long range and had six rebounds and four steals.

The Painters will face the winner of the Petron Blaze and Barako Bull series where the Boosters are up, 1-0, in a best-of-three duel.

Rookie Terrence Romeo led GlobalPort, which played minus star forward Jay Washington due to a foot injury, with 23 points but only had four points in the second half and was scoreless in the fourth quarter.

GlobalPort moved to within two, 96-98, on a reverse by reserve guard Rudy Lingganay with still 3:21 remaining but Rain or Shine made stops and Belga came through down the stretch to hang on.

01-23-2014, 10:28 AM
Alaska refuses to go down, beats Ginebra to force do-or-die

By Mark Giongco


10:34 pm | Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Alaska survived its third knockout game in four days following a masterful 104-97 win over top-seeded Barangay Ginebra San Miguel to forge a rubber match for a semifinals slot in the 2014 PLDT MyDSL Philippine Cup Wednesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Calvin Abueva was focused all game long and it showed with a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds on top of four assists to give the Aces a boost.

“Just nice to see him play well also he has had a very tough conference and I didn’t think he could pay because of his sprain but he’s motivated and I don’t want him to be satisfied,” said Alaska head coach Luigi Trillo of Abueva, who was all over the floor and grabbed eight offensive rebounds.

“It’s just one game and we’re going to need Calvin to do the same thing on Saturday.”

Dondon Hontiveros also had quite of a performance with 18 points, including a huge 3-pointer, that got the Aces’ lead back to 13, 102-89, with 3:22 remaining.

Japeth Aguilar scored 22 points and had 12 rebounds for the Kings, who threatened to turn the tide when they pulled to within a point, 63-64, in the third quarter before the Aces took control anew and for good to end the period.

Alaska led by as much as 16, 92-76, on a Cyrus Baguio basket coming off a steal and assist from the sophomore Abueva with 7:03 left.

The Aces go on another do-or-die game on Saturday in hopes to defy the odds and eliminate the crowd-favorite Kings at 4pm at the Cuneta Astrodome.

“You want to close it out on Saturday but it’s going to be very very hard. We know they will go back to the drawing board and make adjustments.”

Baguio also posted 18 points while JVee Casio had 16.

Center Sonny Thoss and starting power forward Gabby Espinas also notched a double-double in points and rebounds for Alaska, which beat Barako Bull and Meralco to make the quarterfinals.

The Aces’ offense worked in unpredictable fashion with seven players in double-digit scoring with backup guard RJ Jazul chipping in 10 points.

“I think it’s beyond coaching at this point. Those guys are just playing hard. You have Dondon who’s 36 playing his heart out,” Trillo said.

Ginebra looked perplexed at the defensive end as Alaska went inside-and-out with Thoss and Espinas taking turns at the post and Abueva moving well without the basketball with deadly outside shooters either Hontiveros, Casio or Baguio spreading the floor.

“We had a good feel because the back-to-back wins gave us the confidence,’ added Trillo.

The Aces shot close to 50% from the field and made 12 out of their 20 attempts from long range with the 36-year-old Hontiveros making five from deep.

Alaska neutralized Ginebra’s seven-foot rookie center Greg Slaughter, who had to work hard for a measly 12-point output.

01-26-2014, 05:58 PM
Kings overpower Aces, nail third semis slot

Birthday boy Japeth fires 29 points to lead Ginebra

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:33 am | Sunday, January 26th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — Rediscovering its dominating form in a do-or-die game, Barangay Ginebra claimed a seat in the PLDT MyDSL Philippine Cup’s Final Four Saturday night with the same ease that the Gin Kings flashed in topping the elimination round.

The Gin Kings nailed all sorts of shots and pounced on Alaska’s cold-shooting to rout the Aces, 108-95, in their KO match to chalk up their most impressive win of the season at a packed Cuneta Astrodome.

And that meant a best-of-seven semifinal clash with either Talk ‘N Text or San Mig Coffee, squads with rich championship histories that will collide in their own version of the decider Sunday at 5 p.m. also at the Pasay venue.


“We played with such a high level of intensity,” an ecstatic Ginebra coach Ato Agustin told reporters. “The energy was also there. Ginebra is used to playing in situations like this (knockout) even when I was still playing.

“And of course, with the help of the fans, it was like our home court out there.”

Japeth Aguilar celebrated his 27th birthday with a career-high 29 points and 13 rebounds and LA Tenorio finished with 22 points, seven assists and the same number of rebounds as the Kings dominated every aspect of the match.

Strong start

Ginebra blasted out of the gates hard and never looked back, zooming to commanding leads early and moving ahead by as many as 31 points in the third quarter that proved too much for the game Aces.

To its credit, Alaska—even with things falling terribly out of its way—also played with the heart of a champion, never giving up until the final buzzer despite being booed by a capacity crowd on every possession.

Alaska trailed, 76-45, early in the third period, but that didn’t stop the Aces from cutting that down to 13 late in regulation.

Fire in their eyes

“Yesterday during practice, I saw the fire in the eyes of my players,” Agustin said. “And I told them that if we come out the same way for this game, we were going to win. And the players came out with more (fire).”

JV Casio and Gabby Espinas worked themselves ragged to shoot 16 points each and pace the Aces, who joined Air21, Barako Bull, Meralco and Globalport in an early vacation.

Season high

There were four more who scored at least 11 points for Ginebra, whose 69 first half points were the most by any team in a half this season.

Ginebra was so in-form that it scored a combined 62 points off second chance points, turnovers and fastbreaks—and Alaska didn’t even reach 62 points until the end of the third period.

“That’s a lot,” said Agustin. “We can play this way again in our future games. And we don’t care who we play (in the semifinals). We will be ready for either Talk ‘N Text or San Mig.”

The scores:

BRGY. GINEBRA 108—Aguilar 29, Tenorio 22, Ellis 16, Baracael 12, Caguioa 12, Slaughter 11, Helterbrand 5, Mamaril 1, Reyes 0, Monfort 0, Urbiztondo 0, Faundo 0.

ALASKA 95—Casio 16, Espinas 16, Jazul 14, Abueva 13, Thoss 13, Baguio 13, Hontiveros 6, Avenido 4, Dela Cruz 0, Eman 0.

Quarters: 39-21, 69-43, 86-62, 108-95

Sam Miguel
01-27-2014, 09:47 AM
PBA: Mixers topple pesky Texters, battle Gin Kings in semifinals

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:28 pm | Sunday, January 26th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — Almost written off after a poor start, San Mig Coffee completed its climb to the Final Four Sunday night while snuffing out Talk ‘N Text’s bid for PBA Philippine Cup history.

The Mixers held the Tropang Texters scoreless in the final 2 minutes and 30 seconds while coming up with eight unanswered points in a 90-82 win that clinched for San Mig Coffee the last semifinal slot in the season-opening tournament at Cuneta Astrodome.

Mark Barroca and Marc Pingris scored all but two of those points inside the final 1:38 as the Mixers wriggled out of an 82-all tie to seal a best-of-seven series clash with sister team and elimination-round topnotcher Barangay Ginebra starting Tuesday.

The Mixers also got a huge lift from high-flying 5-foot-9 rookie Justin Melton, who was never a factor for the team until yesterday (Sunday) and threw the Talk ‘N Text defense in disarray.

Melton scored a career-high 12 points on a 4-of-7 clip from beyond three-point distance, getting clear looks at the basket with the Talk ‘N Text defense not knowing how to play him.

“We have a secret weapon tonight in Justin,” said San Mig coach Tim Cone, who is in his sixth Final Four appearance with the Mixers. “He was the key for us tonight because he gave us a new dimension (on offense).”

The Tropang Texters tied the count at 82 after a Ranidel de Ocampo triple with 2:30 to go only to cool off and kiss their bid for a record fourth straight all-Filipino crown goodbye.

San Mig started out with three straight losses and was at 1-5 before finishing the elimination round with a 7-7 card for the No. 5 slot in the quaterfinal playoffs. The Mixers have won six of their last seven games and will be colliding with a Ginebra squad that will be coming off its most impressive win of the season.

Meanwhile, the other half of the Final Four gets going today when Rain or Shine battles Petron Blaze in Game 1 of their own race-to-four series at 8 p.m. at Mall of Asia Arena.

The Elasto Painters booked a place in the Final Four in one try, while the Boosters swept Barako Bull in their quarterfinal duel.

The scores:

SAN MIG SUPER COFFEE 90—Barroca 18, Devance 14, Pingris 13, Melton 12, Simon 10, Mallari 8, Yap 8, Sangalang 7, De Ocampo 0, Reavis 0.

TALK ‘N TEXT 82—De Ocampo 22, Castro 15, Canaleta 13, Seigle 8, Alapag 6, Williams 5, Fonacier 5, Carey 5, Reyes R. 3, Aban 0, Peek 0, Reyes J. 0, Baclao 0.

Quarters: 20-21, 42-40, 61-60, 90-82

01-28-2014, 11:00 AM
Elasto Painters still hot, down Boosters

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

1:52 am | Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — Running when the chance presented itself and executing patiently when needed, Rain or Shine Monday night broke down Petron Blaze with clinical precision for a 103-95 Game 1 victory in their PLDT MyDSL Philippine Cup Final Four series at Mall of Asia Arena.

Practically everything and everyone clicked for the Elasto Painters, who trailed just once at 4-6 before going on to lead by as large as 17 points and having an answer to every Petron comeback in the stretch for the psychological edge in their best-of-seven series.

“This (Petron) is a powerhouse team and it was really the effort and the desire of the boys that got us through,” Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao told reporters.

“It’s only the first game and we need three more (victories) and that won’t be easy against Petron.”

If anything, Rain or Shine certainly made it look easy in the series opener.

Paul Lee instigated a huge third quarter for the Painters with flair, shooting eight of his team-high 18 points in that stretch as Rain or Shine, which lost in last season’s Finals here via a sweep to Talk ‘N Text, broke the game wide open.

A former Rookie of the Year, Lee gave Rain or Shine a 57-42 lead with a sick hangtime move to complete a coast-to-coast drive, shaming the defense of reigning MVP Arwind Santos that got the adrenaline of the Painters going even more.

Jervy Cruz added 15 points and Beau Belga had 11 while spending most of his 29 minutes on the floor putting a body on 6-foot-10 Petron cornerstone June Mar Fajardo.

Fajardo still led the Boosters with 23 points and 15 boards, but he practically had to bleed for his production with the Rain or Shine defense clamping down hard on him every time in the shaded lane.

If it was any consolation for the Boosters, they did finish the game with some sort of momentum after coming within five points in the final 31.7 courtesy of three-point baskets from Marcio Lassiter.

Lassiter finished with 20 points like Santos, who fouled out in the dying seconds after also collaring 17 rebounds.

The missing link for the Boosters was Chris Lutz, who scored all of his four points inside the final 60 seconds.

Game 2 is slated tomorrow at 8 p.m., also at MOA Arena, and Guiao is bracing his boys for a hard Petron fightback. But the fiery drillmaster is confident that they can weather the tide.

“This is the way we want it played—fast and open court,” Guiao said. “Petron also plays the open court well, but with our (deep) rotation, we feel we can sustain this (pace) even for a seven-game series if need be.”

Meanwhile, Barangay Ginebra and San Mig Coffee open their own best-of-seven series at MOA Arena Tuesday in a duel that promises to be another smash hit at the gates.

Game starts 8 p.m., with both squads expected to be sharp and focused after pulling off quarterfinal series-deciding victories over the last three days.

The scores:

RAIN OR SHINE 103—Lee 18, Cruz 15, Belga 11, Arana 10, Nuyles 9, Almazan 7, Rodriguez 7, Norwood 7, Chan 6, Teng 6, Ibanes 5, Tiu 2, Tang 0.

PETRON 95—Fajardo 23, Lassiter 20, Santos 20, Ross 8, Hubalde 6, Cabagnot 4, Lutz 4, Duncil 2, Tubid 3, Lanete 2, Kramer 2.

Quarters: 28-20, 49-40, 76-63, 103-95

Sam Miguel
01-29-2014, 07:37 AM
Barroca keys gritty San Mig Coffee’s last-gasp win over Ginebra

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

1:45 am | Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — San Mig Coffee won out over Barangay Ginebra in a game of spurts last night, with Marc Barroca draining the marginal basket in an 85-83 victory that gave the Mixers a 1-0 lead in their PLDT MyDSL Philippine Cup semifinal series at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.

Barroca hit a jumper under heavy pressure—his only basket for the night—with 11.6 seconds remaining as the Mixers scored four points inside the final 32.2 seconds to snatch the win right under the Gin Kings’ noses.

Game 2 of this series, the winner of which will face the survivor of the Rain or Shine-Petron Blaze pairing which the Elasto Painters lead, 1-0, is slated Friday, also at the Smart Araneta Coliseum

LA Tenorio hit back-to-back wide-open layups in a 25-second span that actually gave the Gin Kings an 83-81 lead heading into the final 35.8 seconds, before the Mixers found a way to squeeze in those two buckets, the first coming from Joe Devance for 83-all.

“It can’t get any better than that,” said San Mig coach Tim Cone, looking for his first all-Filipino title since leaving Alaska.

“There’s no feeling of comfort after winning Game 1, but it does give you an opportunity to dictate the series.”

San Mig actually came back from eight points down at the start of the fourth period to take an 80-75 lead after back-to-back three-point shots by Yancy De Ocampo and rookie Justin Melton.

But the Kings got back into the game just as quickly, with Tenorio feeding Mark Caguioa two straight times that put the game in the balance heading into the final two minutes.

After that Devance basket, Ginebra had the chance to shatter the 83-all tie before the San Mig defense clicked.

Coming off a timeout, the Mixers forced Mac Baracael to call for another stoppage after he failed to get the inbounds pass in.

And in their second stab at the potential game-winning play, Devance tapped the inbounds pass that led to Barroca’s game-winner.

Meanwhile, Rain or Shine guns for a commanding 2-0 lead over Petron Blaze when they clash again Wednesday in their separate best-of-seven series, also at the Pasay venue.

Looking very impressive in their 103-95 Game 1 win Monday night, the Elasto Painters are the odds-on choices to make it two in a row over the Boosters in their 8 p.m. game.

But coach Yeng Guiao, a veteran of many wars against the San Miguel Corp. franchise, is still bracing for a hard grind, no matter how authoritative the series-opening win looked.

“Petron is a powerhouse team,” Guiao said two nights ago. “All we did was take a 1-0 lead. We are ready to go seven games if need be.”

The scores:

SAN MIG SUPER COFFEE 85—Devance 20, Simon 16, Pingris 10, De Ocampo 9, Sangalang 8, Melton 8, Barroca 5, Yap 5, Mallari 4, Reavis 0.

GINEBRA 83—Tenorio 16, Aguilar 14, Baracael 12, Slaughter 10, Ellis 9, Caguioa 8, Reyes 5, Helterbrand 4, Monfort 3, Mamaril 2.

Quarters: 26-28, 43-40, 57-65, 85-83

Sam Miguel
02-04-2014, 10:44 AM
PBA: Rain or Shine snags 3-1 lead vs Petron

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

4:47 am | Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — Even without a coach and its premier point guard for most of Monday night, Rain or Shine played with great maturity and put a foot in the Finals of the PLDT MyDSL Philippine Cup.

Playing hard on both ends, the Elasto Painters scored an 88-83 victory over fancied Petron Blaze for a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven series, doing it with coach Yeng Guiao ejected and premier sentinel Paul Lee limping out in the second quarter at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Beau Belga, who got a thorough dressing down from Guiao at the sidelines for losing focus and picking up a fourth foul as early as the second quarter, hit the game’s biggest shot, a triple with 1:53 remaining that helped stave off the Boosters.

That was the burly center’s only basket for the night and it was the one that mattered most, as he regained his wits and finished the game that had the Painters coming back from several double-digit deficits.

More importantly, the victory gave the Painters three chances to wrap the series up and advance to the championship playoffs here for the second straight year.

Last season, Rain or Shine got swept by Talk ‘N Text in four games.

“The guys just never gave up, they won this game on their own. I had nothing to do with this win,” Guiao said.

“They (Painters) lost Paul (Lee), they lost me, but they kept their fighting hearts. “Any team made of softer material would have folded up,” added Guiao, proudly.

The Boosters, who came into the game fresh from a 33-point shellacking of the Painters just two nights before, scored just one point in the final four minutes and would now have to climb out of a formidable hole.

Ryan Araña scored 12 points and led all Rain or Shine shooters.

The scores:

RAIN OR SHINE 88—Araña 12, Chan 11, Ibanes 11, Norwood 10, Cruz 8, Rodriguez 8, Quinahan 7, Lee 7, Nuyles 6, Belga 3, Tang 3, Almazan 2, Tiu 0.

PETRON 83—Fajardo 27, Santos 14, Lutz 13, Lassiter 10, Ross 9, Tubid 5, Cabagnot 5, Duncil 0, Taha 0, Kramer 0, Hubalde 0, Deutchman 0.

Quarters: 33-28, 48-50, 72-69, 88-83

Sam Miguel
02-10-2014, 07:37 AM
Mixers squeak past Kings, lead 3-2

By Nelson Beltran

(The Philippine Star) | Updated February 9, 2014 - 12:00am

Game tomorrow (Smart Araneta Coliseum)

8 p.m. – San Mig Coffee vs Ginebra

MANILA, Philippines - James Yap knocked in this time practically the same crucial three-point attempt that he missed the last time, and San Mig Coffee moved within a win of a second straight PBA Finals on a 79-76 nail-biter over Barangay Ginebra at the Smart Araneta Coliseum yesterday.

Yap was 2-of-14 from the field when he once again found himself in a spot.

Without hesitation, Yap took the challenge, though, rifling in a trey off Mac Baracael from the left quartercourt to push the Mixers ahead, 78-76, with 13.4 ticks left.

And then for Ginebra, LA Tenorio bravely took matters into his own hands and ended up the goat in bungling two drives in the last 10 seconds of the pivotal contest.

In their final possession, Tenorio surprised everybody in the jampacked playing venue – and those watching on TV – as he drove to the basket in the closing seconds when they were trailing by three at 76-79.

His mental lapse in those dying seconds went with six errors he committed in the contest.

“I wasn’t sure myself if we’re up by two or by three, and I can’t blame LA. He got caught up in the moment,” said San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone.

“It’s the ‘Manila Classico.’ It should come down to that last possession,” Cone also said after they pulled through in the gripping battle and took the three-game-to-two lead in the best-of-seven semifinal series.

Mark Barroca, Marc Pingris, PJ Simon and Rafi Reavis were the other Mixers who played big in the contest, giving San Mig Coffee two cracks at arranging a repeat of their 2012 Governors Cup finale with Rain or Shine.

The Mixers take their first shot at closing out the series in Game Six set at 8 p.m. tomorrow also at the Big Dome.

Game Five was a dogfight that could have gone either way.

The Mixers took the biggest lead in the game at 66-57 on a 10-to-nothing run in the fourth quarter but the Kings were quick to fight back, unleashing a 15-6 counterattack to pull even at 72.

And the two teams engaged in a toe-to-toe battle to the finish.

A 15-foot jumper by Chris Ellis gave Ginebra its last taste of the lead at 76-75 then Yap seized the moment.

Joe Devance drained a trey to tie the count at 21-all at the end of the opening quarter, then the Mixers pounced on consecutive errors by Tenorio to surge ahead, 39-34, in the second period.

The Mixers outscored the Kings, 16-9, on points off turnovers in the first half.

The San Mig second-string guards established good rhythm for the Mixers, turning a six-point deficit to a six-point lead before closing the half at 46-44.

02-10-2014, 11:33 AM
Kapag malaki kang team, iba ang labanan (sa tawagan), rues Rain or Shine official

From: Snow Badua

February 6, 2014, 09:15 pm

Rain or Shine co-owners Raymund Yu, left, and Terry Que are in disbelief over the gravity of penalty meted by the PBA Commissioner’s Office on team coach Yeng Guaio.

NO less than the two amiable owners of Rain or Shine are in disbelief over the gravity of penalty meted by the PBA Commissioner’s Office on team coach Yeng Guaio.

The fiery mentor was slapped with a one-game suspension and a P100,000 fine for flashing a dirty finger and excessively complaining about officiating during Game Four of the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup semifinals between the Elasto Painters and Petron.

Guiao will serve the suspension in Game Five of the best-of-seven series on Friday night when Rain or Shine guns for a return trip to the Finals of the all-Filipino conference.

Rain or Shine co-team owner Raymund Yu, however, said the issue should not just be about the dirty finger flashed at officials by Guiao but on what also provoked the champion coach, who also once served as commissioner of the Philippine Basketball League.

“Yung issue nung reaction ni coach Yeng, hindi pwedeng yun lang ang tignan, kasi cause and effect yan. Dapat tignan din kasi kung bakit frustrated na frustrated siya at nag-react siya ng ganun,” said the youthful team owner.

Yu also believes the league is saddled with "officiating inconsistencies."

“Hindi lang naman si coach Yen gang nagre-reklamo sa officiating, di ba? Look at Bong Ramos, Luigi Trillo, Norman Black, and Ryan Gregorio, lahat sila nagre-reklamo. Lahat nag-raise ng issue,” he stressed.

Terry Que, the soft-spoken Rain or Shine partner of Yu, also questioned the degree of penalty handed out on Guiao.

“Tingin ko masyadong malaki yun. P100,000 tapos suspended pa. Semis pa naman ngayon,” said Que.

Rain or Shine board of governor Mamerto Mondragon, meanwhile, called for parity and a more transparent officiating, saying some of the league’s most popular teams "are usually at the advantageous side of the calls."

“Personal opinion ko, pag malaki kang team, iba ang labanan,” said Mondragon, a former league chairman.

“Yan (poor officiating) nga ang rason kaya lagi naming sinasabi sa mga players namin: ‘Para hindi tayo mag-alanganin sa laro, lamangan niyo na ng malaki ang kalaban.’ Masyado kaming dehado sa tawagan lagi,” said the longtime team official.

But in fairness to the league, Mondragon said he believes Commissioner Chito Salud is doing his best to address the problem, but stressed that ‘it hasn’t been felt right now.’

“Sinasabi ni commissioner, they are improving the quality of officiating, pero bakit may mga ganun pa rin (nagre-reklamo).”

“Kaya ginagawa ni coach Yeng yun, pinapakita niya na parang walang ginagawa,” he added.

“Hindi kino-condone yung mga antics ni coach. Pero dapat isipin naman ni commissioner kung bakit gumagawa ng ganun si coach. Silipin muna nila yun. Baka talagang may problema na ang officiating.”

02-10-2014, 11:34 AM
^ Nginaratan ng coach ninyo ang Commissioner, huling-huli sa camera, kahit ano pa dahilan niya, maling-mali 'yon.

Pasalamat na lang si Yeng Guiao at hindi ban for the remainder of the conference ang pinataw sa kanya.

02-10-2014, 12:27 PM
^ Nginaratan ng coach ninyo ang Commissioner, huling-huli sa camera, kahit ano pa dahilan niya, maling-mali 'yon.

Pasalamat na lang si Yeng Guiao at hindi ban for the remainder of the conference ang pinataw sa kanya.

Walang takot si Yeng. Hehe. Brod ni señor Salsa Caballero si Atty. Commish. :)

Sam Miguel
02-11-2014, 09:25 AM
Caguioa, Ginebra edge San Mig Coffee to force Game 7

By Mark Giongco


10:35 pm | Monday, February 10th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines—Mark Caguioa played his best game yet and it couldn’t have come at a better time for Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Monday night.

Caguioa topscored with 21 points to push the Kings past the San Mig Coffee Mixers in a 94-91 thriller and into a deciding Game 7 in the 2014 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“We won because of our defense, we were aggressive and we were able to come back,” said Ginebra coach Ato Agustin after his team rallied from 14 points down. “I told them to be patient, let’s cut down the lead slowly, we can’t just rush things.”

Slowly but surely, the Kings found their way back as the game went down-the-wire before a pair of free throws from Caguioa and Greg Slaughter in the final 16.2 ticks and a last-second defensive stop sealed the win.

Caguioa calmly sank his charities to give Ginebra the lead, 92-91, off a foul by James Yap before the rookie Slaughter made a couple freebies with 2.0 seconds left after PJ Simon missed a one-hander near the free throw line.

The seven-foot Slaughter finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds while LA Tenorio bounced back with 16 points after getting the flak for his decision-making in the waning seconds of Game 5.

“I was really down after last game,” Tenorio acknowledged. “Actually, I didn’t think of myself to bounce back. I just thought I need to bounce back to help the team win and the players also responded that helped us to win.”

Agustin wasn’t the only one who got to speak with his team during halftime. PBA legend Robert Jaworski, who attended the game, also had something to say as he made a surprise visit at the Ginebra dugout after the Kings stared at a 41-50 halftime deficit.

It was a brief talk but Jaworksi’s message was clearly felt by the Kings, who came out strong in the third quarter where they outscored the Mixers, 32-24.

“In the first half some of the players were too eager to beat San Mig, which is what senator Jaworski pointed out. He just said that it’s not easy to beat San Mig and we need to relax and enjoy the game,” said Tenorio.

Dynamic forward Marc Pingris scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half for the Mixers as he dominated Japeth Aguilar in their matchup anew.

Game 7 is set on Wednesday at 8 p.m. also at the Big Dome.

Sam Miguel
02-11-2014, 09:26 AM
Petron set to promote US mentor Todd Purves

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

2:13 am | Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — A coaching change is again looming at Petron Blaze with management reportedly set to give American assistant Todd Purves a more active role in calling the shots during games in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup which starts in early March.

The move is nothing new as far as San Miguel Corp. teams are concerned, with the likes of even more established coaches—Jong Uichico at Barangay Ginebra and Siot Tanquingcen and Ato Agustin also at Petron— getting relieved after failed campaigns.

Gee Abanilla, who steered the Boosters to a semifinal stint in the ongoing Philippine Cup, actually spelled Tanquingcen and Agustin several times while he was still one of the assistants.

He took over full time in last season’s Governors’ Cup and steered the squad to a second-place finish behind sister team San Mig Coffee in seven dramatic games.

It could also be an ironic twist that Purves will be calling the shots for a squad that will revert back to its proud San Miguel Beer name in the next conference.

Carrying the name San Miguel Beer in the Asean Basketball League last year, the Beermen, handled by Leo Austria who is now also an assistant at Petron, beat Purves’ Indonesian side in the championship. San Miguel has since bolted from the ABL.

Purves, a former video coordinator of the Sacramento Kings in the NBA, is already responsible for the defensive plays of the Boosters ever since he was wooed out of the Indonesian squad.

Petron’s semifinal exit in the Philippine Cup at the hands of Rain or Shine, certainly doesn’t sit well with management, more so since the Boosters were one of the fancied sides in the season-opening conference with a super-loaded lineup led by June Mar Fajardo and reigning MVP Arwind Santos.

The Boosters actually opened with seven straight wins and set the pace for most of the eliminations, only to sputter and qualify for the playoffs third overall. Then they ran into a brick wall that was Rain or Shine.

Management also came up with this approach in the Philippine Cup last season where Rajko Toroman, the Serbian who was the first coach of the Gilas Pilipinas program, called the shots despite being listed as an assistant to Olsen Racela.

Toroman was later booted out unceremoniously because of the clamor from the players and Racela was given full rein of the Boosters.

But the former star guard failed to lead the Boosters to a championship, hence, the appointment of Abanilla.

Meanwhile, Beau Belga of Rain or Shine was named the Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week after sterling performances that helped the Elasto Painters close out the Boosters earlier than what most pundits had expected.

Belga was the hero of the Game 4 win and paced all Rain or Shine shooters with 18 points in the clinching fifth game that the Painters pulled off despite the absence of suspended head coach Yeng Guiao.

Sam Miguel
02-13-2014, 08:46 AM
PJ-Yap blend sends Mixers to title series

By Nelson Beltran

(The Philippine Star) | Updated February 13, 2014 - 12:00am

Game tomorrow (Smart Araneta Coliseum)

8 p.m. – Rain or Shine vs San Mig Coffee

MANILA, Philippines - San Mig Coffee, largely behind the extra hot shooting of gunners James Yap and PJ Simon, fashioned out a record Game Seven triumph before a record crowd, torching Barangay Ginebra, 110-87, to clinch the second berth in the PLDT MyDSL PBA Philippine Cup Finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last night.

A new record crowd of 24,883 stood as witness as the Mixers pulled off the most lopsided win in a deciding Game Seven in league history to advance to the finals against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.

Yap and Simon unleashed their meanest form together in a long while, combining for 58 points as the Governors Cup titleholders reigned over the Gin Kings and lined themselves up for a possible first-ever back-to-back championships.

The Mixers disposed of the playoffs top seeds and set a rematch of their 2012 third conference finals showdown with the Elasto Painters.
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San Mig Coffee and Rain or Shine start their best-of-seven titular series tomorrow also at the Big Dome.

“We just had too much James (Yap) and too much PJ (Simon). Whatever they ate, we’ve got to find out and let them eat every game,” said San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone, refusing to take any credit on their dominant showing in what’s expected to be a battle.

“Never in my life I’d seen a shooting like that, not in my career specially in a Game Seven,” Cone also said. “It’s a great shooting, not great coaching. I didn’t do anything out there.”

Yap fired 30 points on 7-of-10 three-point shooting and 4-of-8 two-point clip while Simon rifled in 28 on 11-of-15 field goals -- the most dominant performance by a duo in a Game Seven since Danny Seigle and Dondon Hontiveros produced 36 and 31 in the 2007 Philippine Cup.

Behind an impressive, quick ball movement, the Mixers converted 60 percent of their shots as against the Kings’ 38.6-percent marksmanship.

“We’re worried we’re playing well, and they’re still right there eight and 10 points behind. I was thinking if we don’t break away, it might turn ugly and nasty. But we never cooled down,” said Cone.

The Mixers sustained a torrid shooting throughout, erasing the 19-point wins in a Game Seven by Presto and San Miguel Beer in 1990 and 1992, respectively.

The Mixers took control early, opening double-digit spreads right in the opening quarter and closing the half at 57-44.

The Mixers issued 20 assists in the first two quarters with Yap and Reavis mostly the recipients, combining for more than half of San Mig’s first-half output.

For the record, San Mig averaged only 17.8 assists a game before this game.

Reavis scored all of San Mig’s first four field-goal baskets underneath on drop passes by Yap, Simon and Joe Devance.

And as Yap started his hot outside shooting, the Mixers erected a commanding 26-15 lead.

The Kings caught up at 32-all on a 12-4 start in the second period but the Mixers pulled away again, 48-35, as Yap went firing again coming back from a brief rest.

NOTES: PBA commissioner Chito Salud attended a Congressional hearing on the state of professional basketball hours before the Ginebra-San Mig do-or-die match. The House committee on games and amusements, chaired by Elpidio Barzaga, grilled GAB commissioner Fritz Gaston on their functions as government office supervising pro sports. The committee expressed dissatisfaction over GAB’s performance and ordered the regulatory sports body to be more dynamic and proactive.

The scores:

San Mig Coffee 110 – Yap 30, Simon 28, Sangalang 15, Reavis 15, Pingris 8, Barroca 6, Mallari 6, Devance 2, Melton 0.

Ginebra 87 – Caguioa 23, Aguilar 17, Tenorio 16, Slaughter 12, Mamaril 6, Helterbrand 5, Ellis 4, Baracael 3, Reyes 1, Monfort 0, Urbiztondo 0.

Quarterscores: 28-20, 57-44, 79-67, 110-87

Sam Miguel
02-17-2014, 08:13 AM
Lee nails game-winner as Rain or Shine escapes San Mig Coffee in finals game 1

By Celest R. Flores


10:33 pm | Friday, February 14th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — Paul Lee nailed the game-winner to give Rain or Shine an 83-80 win over San Mig Coffee and a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven finals series in the 2014 PBA Philippine Cup.

Lee scored on an alley oop from a pass by Gabe Norwood with 0.9 seconds, then knocked down the technical freethrow as San Mig sued for time without timeouts left.

Head coach Yeng Guiao said that the play was for Jeff Chan, who bailed the Elastopainters out with two clutch threes, but commended Norwood’s decision.

“We set up that play for Jeff, but it was Paul who got open. It’s a good recognition for Gabe to give it to Paul,” Guiao said after.

That was only Lee’s sixth point of the game as Beau Belga and Jervy Cruz led the Elastopainters with 15 points apiece, while Chan had eight, all in the second half.

Rain or Shine needed to rush back from a 76-70 deficit courtesy of Chan’s back-to-back threes, but James Yap answered with two clutch jumpers to give San Mig Coffee an 80-78 lead with 34.7 ticks left.

Cruz converted Chan’s miss from downtown in the ensuing play to tie the match, but the Mixers were left with 22.5 seconds left to snatch the game away.

But as San Mig Coffee was setting up on the floor, Tim Cone called a timeout to draw a play with 8.7 ticks remaining, but that also gave Rain or Shine a chance to plan its defense.

None of the Mixers’ options were freed up and Mark Barroca settled for a forced layup, which still left the Elastopainters ample time for the last shot.

“I stepped out of character. I don’t usually do that [call the time out]. I should’ve let the play go,” said head coach Tim Cone after the game.

San Mig Coffee, though, didn’t seem like they just came out of a grueling seven game semifinals as they matched Rain or Shine’s intensity all game long.

Game two is on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Sam Miguel
02-17-2014, 08:14 AM
Cone takes blame for San Mig’s finals opener loss

By Celest R. Flores


3:15 pm | Saturday, February 15th, 2014

MANILA, Philippine — San Mig Coffee head coach Tim Cone put all the blame on himself for the Mixers’ 80-83 setback to Rain or Shine in opener of the PBA Philippine Cup finals late Friday, where they lost to a getaway layup by Paul Lee in the dying seconds.

“I feel really horrible. That was all on me,” were the first words Cone, who is chasing a record of 16th championship in the PBA, said at the post-game presser at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

After Jervy Cruz knotted the game at 80 on a follow-up from Jeff Chan’s miss, Cone used up all their remaining timeouts in the last 22.5 seconds as the Mixers aimed for the game-winner.But that also gave Elastopainters the opening to set up their defense and Mark Barroca ended up forcing a layup for the Mixers, leaving Rain or Shine enough time to draw up a go-ahead play.

“Yeng [Guiao] made a brilliant play down the stretch,” said Cone.. I feel bad because our guys worked so hard for it. They had to dig deep and they gave us a chance to win it, and gave me the chance to help and win and I couldn’t help them. I blew it, actually.”

The Mixers were left with no timeouts after Lee’s clutch bucket, and were called for a technical after Cone burned one just to set-up final shot with 0.9 tickets left. Lee nailed the freebie, and San Mig couldn’t even get a decent final heave.

“I stepped out of character. I don’t know why I called a timeout in the first place, I should’ve let the play go. I allowed them to get the match ups they wanted on the floor. I never do that. I don’t know why I did that this time,” said the rueful Cone.

But with game two scheduled just a day apart, Cone knows he can’t afford to wallow on his miscues for any longer.

“I’m gonna kick my hind all night tonight and going to be thinking about this all night. But tomorrow I’m going to wake up fresh and focused for game 2. Basically that’s all you can do.”

Cone, though, is confident that the Mixers could play even better in the succeeding games after playing toe-to-toe with Rain or Shine when everyone expected them to run out of gas early.

“This one was really sayang for us. We had our chance, really food chance, but it didn’t happen But I think we can play better than we played today. There’s a better basketball for us ahead. Hopefully I can coach a good game down in this series.”

Sam Miguel
02-17-2014, 08:16 AM
San Mig routs Rain or Shine, ties PBA PH duel

Fine defense does it for Mixers

By Musong R. Castillo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:10 am | Monday, February 17th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines–San Mig Coffee was so dominant Sunday night that even coach Tim Cone didn’t immediately realize the short work that his Mixers did on Rain or Shine.

Peter June Simon scored five straight points to break the game’s last tie at 4-4 before the Mixers scooted away for good to nail an easy 80-70 Game 2 victory that deadlocked the PLDT MyDSL Philippine Cup title series at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

And after Cone reviewed what had happened in the post-game interview, the multititled coach was surprised at the short time they spent on the floor in dusting off the Elasto Painters.

Simon finished with 15 points in 22 minutes, James Yap had 13 in 24 and the Mixers practically earned a win within a win after being able to keep their aces fresh for the third game scheduled this Wednesday at 8 p.m.

“Let’s go home, it’s late,” Cone told scribes after the interview, not realizing that it was still way before supper time. “Oh, I’m sorry, I thought it was past 8 or something.”

The Mixers kept the Painters at bay with their tough defense, and the ugly loss was compounded by the fact that Rain or Shine played its worst offensive game in more than two months, or since winning its last seven elimination-round games and six of its seven playoff outings, counting an 83-80 Game 1 victory on Friday.

Only Jeff Chan finished in twin digits for the Painters with 18 as Rain or Shine shot an atrocious six of 26 from three-point range, made just 23 of 52 two-point shots and just 50 percent of its free throws.

“Aside from the fact that we couldn’t make our shots, the defense really compounded our problems,” Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao said. “I think San Mig needs to be given credit for playing really good defense.”

Three others were in twin digits for Cone, with Marc Pingris completing a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Pingris was also the player who stayed longest on the floor for the Mixers, logging 39 minutes.

“I thought we kept James and PJ fresh throughout the game,” Cone said. “I think, in the past, against this team, we’ve always had problems keeping these guys fresh. It’s a big bonus for us.”

The Painters, after that 4-4 tie, went into a scoring drought and picked up just seven more the rest of the first period. Rain or Shine had just 24 at the end of the half to trail by 13.

San Mig led by as many as 17 points early in the fourth period after the Painters had come within 58-51 on a Paul Lee triple to open the final frame.

Even with the loss, Guiao didn’t seem to be that bothered.

“I am not really worried,” he said. “The longer this series takes, the better it is for us. Winning Game 1 gave us the adjustment advantage. But we can’t afford to give up that advantage [by losing Game 3].

“San Mig is too experienced a team [for us] to let them have the lead in this series.”

Ryan Araña, who started out in one of the forward spots for Guiao, is listed as doubtful for Game 3 after injuring his left collarbone in the first quarter.

Araña, possibly Guiao’s best defender for Yap, was rushed to the hospital for a suspected fracture after ramming into a tough screen from Rafi Reavis in the first period.

“Game 3 will be really big for us,” Guiao, chasing his first all-Filipino title, said. “We need to find the proper adjustments and we need to execute better.”

The scores:

SAN MIG SUPER COFFEE 80—Simon 15, Devance 13, Yap 13, Pingris 11, Sangalang 10, Mallari 8, Barroca 4, Reavis 4, Melton 2, Gaco 0.

RAIN OR SHINE 70—Chan 18, Cruz 8, Norwood 8, Belga 7, Lee 7, Almazan 5, Teng 5, Quinahan 3, Nuyles 3, Tang 2, Ibanes 2, Rodriguez 2, Arana 0, Tiu 0.

Quarters: 20-13, 37-24, 58-48, 80-70

Sam Miguel
02-17-2014, 08:17 AM
Rain or Shine suffers double whammy with Araña ‘doubtful’ for Game 3

By Mark Giongco


7:59 pm | Sunday, February 16th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Just when things couldn’t get any worse for Rain or Shine Sunday, the Elasto Painters could miss the services of Ryan Araña for Game 3.

ROS head coach Yeng Guiao said Araña is “doubtful” for Wednesday’s game after the rugged swingman hurt his left collarbone in the first half of the Painters’ 70-80 loss to San Mig Coffee in Game 2 of the 2014 PLDT MyDSL Philippine Cup championship series.

“I think Ryan (Araña) is still doubtful [for Game 3]. We’re still waiting for a word on the hospital on his status,” said Guiao.

“Yung collarbone niya mukhang medyo nakausli kanina (his collarbone appeared protruded earlier).”

Guiao said Araña was in pain after he took a hit on a screen set by Reavis.

Without Araña in the final three quarters, the Painters lost a key contributor on both ends.

“It was a huge loss for us because Ryan’s one of our best slashers and he gives us a lot of points inside,” said ROS guard Chris Tiu. “And not only that, he’s a tough defender. He can guard James, PJ and Joe so we lost that.”

PJ Simon had 15 points while James Yap and Joe Devance finished with 13 apiece for the Mixers.

And the way Game 2 went, Rain or Shine would certainly need Araña back quickly.

02-18-2014, 10:39 AM
Petron/SMB to get Maierhofer, Chua in complex seven-player, four-team trade

From: Snow Badua

February 18, 2014, 12:07 am

THE Sol Mercado-Alex Cabagnot swap may just be the tip of the iceberg.

According to insiders, Petron/San Miguel and GlobalPort are involved in another complex deal with Air21 and Barako Bull that will see seven players and draft picks changing hands on Tuesday morning.

The two-part deal, which is set be reviewed by PBA commissioner Chito Salud on Tuesday, will start off with GlobalPort sending veteran wingman Leo Najorda to Barako Bull for Jonas Villanueva who in turn will be shipped to Air21 for two-guard Bonbon Custodio.

Petron/San Miguel will then get involved in the second part of the transaction, dealing sophomore Yousef Taha and its 2016 second-round pick to Barako Bull for Rico Maierhofer.

Taha will then be sent by Barako to GlobalPort for rookie Justin Chua, who will then be shipped by the Energy to Petron/San Miguel for sweet-shooting big man Jason Deustchman and the 2016 second-round pick.

Once the whirl of transactions are approved by Salud, Petron/San Miguel will end up as the biggest winner by getting two big men to shore up its frontline in Maierhofer and Chua.

Barako will get Deustchman, Najorda, and a future draft pick; GlobalPort will get back former player Taha and Custodio to add to Cabagnot, who arrived from Petron/San Miguel in a separate deal in exchange for Sol Mercado.

On the other hand, Air21 will finally have a legitimate point guard in Villanueva.

Still, the biggest gainer is undoubtedly Petron/San Miguel, which will now have Maierhofer and Chua to boost a frontline that depended too much on June Mar Fajardo in the last Philippine Cup campaign.

However, the deals are dependent on the approval of Salud.

02-18-2014, 10:40 AM
Petron/San Miguel set to trade Alex Cabagnot to GlobalPort for Sol Mercado

From: Snow Badua

February 17, 2014, 06:58 pm

AFTER changing its name and its coach, San Miguel Beer has now shifted its attention to altering its roster.

According to a source, a big one-on-one trade is set to be consummated hours – or days – from now by San Miguel flagship franchise that will have starting guard Alex Cabagnot swapping places with GlobalPort's high-scoring guard Sol Mercado.

The trade papers have already been signed and delivered to the PBA Commissioner's Office for approval, the source added.

“I think the team is working on a couple of trades right now. Baka in the next 24 hours,” said the San Miguel Beer source. “Pero dadalhin na sa PBA office 'yan. One-on-one lang yan.”

Spin.ph tried to contact San Miguel and Globalport officials, but both declined to comment on the matter.

The trade comes in the wake of San Miguel’s decision to replace Gee Abanilla as head coach in favor of Biboy Ravanes, who will have American Todd Purves by his side as 'active consultant.'

Before that, the franchise has also dropped the Petron name.

Another source bared it was new Globalport coach Pido Jarencio who approved the trade first as he once handled Cabagnot when he was still a deputy coach at Petron.

Meanwhile, Mercado has reportedly been offered to several teams before San Miguel took an interest on him, paving the way for the Fil-Am guard’s move to a third team in less than 12 months.

Once approved, the trade will see Chris Ross taking over the starting point guard chores for the Petron/SMB franchise with Mercado completing a deadly set of wingmen with Marcio Lassiter and Chris Lutz.

On the other hand, Cabagnot will be a veteran presence in a GlobalPort backcourt that in the last Philippine Cup relied mostly on rookies RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo.

02-18-2014, 10:41 AM
Ravanes to be new Petron coach, Purves to take on more active role after yet another coaching shuffle

From: Snow Badua

February 17, 2014, 11:56 am

DON'T look now but word has reached Spin.ph that Petron will not only have a new name in the coming PBA Commissioner’s cup, but San Miguel Corp.'s flagship team will also have a total facelift beginning with the coaching staff in the next few weeks.

According to a source, longtime Petron assistant coach Biboy Ravanes is set to be elevated as the team’s new coach replacing Gee Abanilla in yet another coaching shuffle for a once proud franchise that has underachieved over the last three seasons.

But that's not all. Insiders said Ravanes will have by his side Todd Purves, the Petron consultant who will now be given the go-signal to take on a more active role in the team in a set-up similar to Rajko Toroman's 'active consultant' position with Olsen Racela last season.

“Yun ang naging desisyon. It was already relayed to them. Todd already knows his new role in the team. Hopefully this one will work wonders,” said the source, who revealed that the new appointments have been formalized on Monday morning.

“Ngayon lang 'yan. As in, ngayon na ngayon lang,” added the source.

The appointments confirmed a story ran by Spin.ph six days ago saying Purves, the former coach of the Indonesia Warriors in the Asean Basketball League, will be taking over the running of the team as the franchise switches back to its iconic San Miguel Beer name in the mid-season conference.

“Yes. Si Todd ang maghahawak ng whiteboard (during games). He’ll play a more active role,” said the source.

The same source bared that former coach Abanilla, who led the team to the finals and a semifinal stint in his two conferences in charge, was promoted to a team manger’s role replacing Siot Tanquincen, who up to now is still without a new post.

“Gee will also help out in the team. He’ll be a manager, pero we still expect him to help in the running of the practices,” said the source.

Though blessed with a very formidable lineup, the Boosters have struggled to regain their championship form as player and coaches movements continued to be as constant as the sunset.

Petron finished runner-up to the San Mig Coffee Mixers in the PBA Governors' Cup last season before being ousted by Rain or Shine in the Philippine Cup semifinals, signalling the end to Abanilla's reign.

Prior to that, Petron finished seventh in the 2013 all-Filipino conference with Toroman and Racela calling the shots and third in the succeeding Commissioner’s Cup in Racela's first and only conference with the team as a full-fledged head coach.

Sam Miguel
02-20-2014, 09:31 AM
San Mig turns to defense to frustrate Rain or Shine, take 2-1 lead in Finals

From: Richard Dy

February 19, 2014, 10:15 pm

SAN Mig made two big defensive stops in the endgame to pull off a 77-76 win over Rain or Shine on Wednesday night and seize the initiative in the PLDT myDSL PBA Philippine Cup Finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Mixers trailed most of the way and couldn't make the baskets to put Rain or Shine away in the endgame, but twice reduced the Painters into throwing desperate jumpers from way, way out in their final possessions.

The last of those two Rain or Shine offensives ended with Jeff Chan missing a three-point try from a full step away from the three-point arc, allowing San Mig to win its second straight game in the series and take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven championship series.

"What an awesome game. That (Game Three) was tough one to be a part off, but still, we were a bit shaky because it was a back and forth game," said San Mig coach Tim Cone, more relieved than anything else after the lowest-scoring Finals game in almost six years.

San Mig's offense may be wanting, but Cone couldn't be any happier with a defense that held Rain or Shine to just one field goal in the final four minutes.

Jervy Cruz's basket inside off Gabe Norwood's drop pass slashed San Mig's lead to 76-77 with 1:25 to go in the game, but both teams failed to buy another basket again in the game.

San Mig had an opportunity to extend the lead but James Yap airballed a long three-point heave from about 25 feet, giving the Elasto Painters the chance to grab the lead with about 10.6 ticks to go.

"We just kept finding ways to stay in the game, stay in the game, and down to the last few possessions," said Cone. "But I thought the guys played a little tired tonight."

The American mentor also commended big men Joe Devance and Marc Pingris.

Devance, who turned 32 on Wednesday, finished with four assists, 13 points and nine rebounds while Pingris had five assists to go with seven points and eight rebounds in another all-around effort.

Paul Lee led the Elasto Painters with 23 points, but couldn't get a clear look to the basket with Rafi Reavis covering him during the dying seconds of the match, leading to Chan's desperation three-point attempt.

Chan finished with 11 points.

The scores:

San Mig 77 - Simon 14, Devance 13, Yap 13, Sangalang 12, Barroca 8, Pingris 7, Mallari 5, Reavis 4, Melton 1, De Ocampo 0.

Rain or Shine 76 - Lee 23, Chan 11, Cruz 10, Almazan 7, Belga 6, Rodriguez 6, Quinahan 5, Norwood 4, Tiu 2, Ibanes 2, Tang 0, Teng 0.

Quarterscores: 19-20, 38-39, 63-64, 77-76

Sam Miguel
02-20-2014, 09:33 AM
Rain or Shine gunner Jeff Chan left to rue a final play gone horribly wrong

From: Richard Dy

February 19, 2014, 11:37 pm

RAIN or Shine gunner Jeff Chan was left to rue a final play gone terribly wrong as the Painters allowed San Mig to escape with a 77-76 victory and a 2-1 lead in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Wednesday night.

Coming off a timeout with 10 seconds left and behind by just a point, all Rain or Shine got from its final possession was a three-pointer by Chan from way, way out that fell short.

In all, Rain or Shine made just one field goal in the last four minutes of Game Three.

"Double time na kami sa pagtrabaho niyan," said a dejected Chan after missing his last attempt with Marc Pingris' hand on his face. "Mahirap na trabaho ngayon eh, kailangan naming manalo sa Game Four."

Chan felt the final play would have been better had backcourt partner Paul Lee been able to create, attract the attention of the defense, and freed Chan for his usually deadly spot-up jumper.

Instead, the former Far Eastern University shooter felt Lee's pass to him from the top of the three-point arc came a bit too soon, forcing him to create a shot against Pingris' defense.

"Dapat makapag-create si Paul 'nun. Eh siguro nakita niya na open ako ng konti kaya naipasa niya," said Chan, who finished with 11 points. "Medyo napaaga lang (ang pasa). Saka medyo matagal pa ang oras."

But more than anything else, Chan is worried about the way they have allowed San Mig to dominate the boards in the title series since Game One.

The Painters were outrebounded for the third straight game, 39-49.

"Iyung rebounds mas maganda talaga makuha namin, eh kahit sa Petron (semifinal series) talo kami sa rebounds. I think makadikit man lang, kasi more possessions yun eh," he said.

Sam Miguel
02-20-2014, 09:33 AM
Cone says versatile Joe Devance the 'most underrated player in the PBA'

From: Karlo Sacamos

February 19, 2014, 11:50 pm

JOE Devance said he doesn't mind staying in the shadows of star San Mig Coffee teammates James Yap, Marc Pingris, PJ Simon, and Mark Barroca.

The way he's playing, the versatile Mixers forward is bound to steal the show.

On Wednesday, Devance underscored his status as the X factor of the Mixers in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals against Rain or Shine as he provided the key baskets down the stretch that resulted in the 77-76 victory and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

While it was the Mixers' defense that preserved the morale-boosting win, it was Devance's endgame offense that proved vital as he scored the Mixers’ last four points, giving his team the lead for good at 75-74, before scoring the insurance points at 77-74.

“It wasn’t really about taking over. I just found my spots,” said the former top overall pick, who finished a rebound shy of a double-double with 13 points on top of four assists and one steal in 34 minutes.

“They were playing good defense on me the whole game, and I just picked my spots and was able to get open. That was it.”

“I think I just got lucky,” Devance added. “Some stuff was going my way, so I was lucky in that way and just thankful that we got the win.”

He may be downplaying his performance, but not his coach.

“He’s the most underrated player in the PBA,” Tim Cone said. “I don’t think there’s any doubt. People don’t give him credit for all the things that he does for us.”

“He does a lot more than what comes out in the stats,” the American mentor added of Devance, who celebrated his 32nd birthday on the same day.

“It was a great present, but it’ll be a greater present if we could win this championship,” admitted the eight-year PBA veteran. “Just winning this game is not good enough. I’m happy, but I’m not content ‘til we win the championship.”

Sam Miguel
02-20-2014, 09:35 AM
Yeng Guiao insists Painters 'disappointed but not discouraged' after sorry defeat

From: Gerry Ramos

February 19, 2014, 11:57 pm

YENG Guiao rued the opportunity that Rain or Shine allowed to slip away after losing Game Three of the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup Finals despite controlling the match majority of the way.

The Elasto Painters led by as many as nine points in the first half and eight in the third period, but lost the contest on their final possession as Jeff Chan missed a long, hurried three-pointer in the dying seconds, allowing San Mig to escape with a 77-76 victory.

“We could have just broken the game away, but we were not able to cash in on that advantage,” said Guiao, who took more than an hour before emerging from Rain or Shine’s dugout Wednesday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

“We’re disappointed, but we’re not discouraged.”

Despite now trailing the best-of-seven series at 1-2, Guiao remains upbeat about the Elasto Painters’ chance of coming back especially with the way they played Wednesday night.

“I’m not really discouraged because I know at a certain point, we could just have broken the game away.”

Guiao said the team learned its lesson well which should augurs the Elasto Painters well in the series.

“We learned our lesson on that and we just have to take that lesson into Game 4,” he said.

Again, the fiery Rain or Shine coach stressed the longer the series gets, the better for his team.

“But we’ll have other opportunities. The good thing about it is that if we can keep the series longer I still feel we can come out the winner in this series,” he said.

Sam Miguel
02-24-2014, 09:15 AM
Painters keep title bid alive

By June Navarro

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:31 am | Monday, February 24th, 2014

No matter how big the deficit, Jeff Chan always believes Rain Or Shine can come back.

Chan found his range when his team needed it most as the Elasto Painters survived the San Mig Coffee Mixers, 81-74, last night to remain in the hunt for the PLDT MyDSL PBA Philippine Cup title.

With the Mixers charging back, Chan swished a turnaround jumper from the corner, an incredibly tough shot over PJ Simon that snuffed any hope that San Mig Coffee had from taking the crown for good.

“We just ground out a win and we’re still certainly behind in the series,” said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao after they cut the best-of-seven series to 3-2.

“But one thing we can promise the fans is we will fight it out to the end.”

Chan rediscovered his shooting form in the final half, knocking down 10 straight points capped by a pair of threes as the Elasto Painters gained control, 69-60, early in the fourth.

Not to be outdone, James Yap retaliated with a surge of jumpers of his own, drilling two threes and slicing the lead to five inside two minutes.

Gabe Norwood swished a three from the corner in the next sequence and Chan closed out the shooting spree with that difficult shot over Simon.

“We always think that we can come back. That’s our way of staying positive in the series,” said Chan, who had 24 points.

Marc Pingris, showing up despite a hurting right eye that got badly poked in Game 4, had 18 points along with Yap for the Mixers, who seemed in control right from the start only to get flustered in the end.

“We gave a valiant effort on trying to beat this team four games in a row, but it’s a difficult task,” said San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone.

On the cusp of greatness, Cone is aiming to become the winningest coach in PBA history with another title win. He’s currently tied with the legendary Virgilio “Baby” Dalupan with 15 titles.

Woeful freethrow shooting hounded the Elasto Painters all game long as they missed 17 of 28 from the line, four freebies late in the first half that would have turn things around.

Ryan Araña misfired a pair of freebies and Lee split his charities, missing the chance for the Elasto Painters to knot the count after trailing by nine points twice.

Mark Barroca swished back-to-back jumpers after coach Yeng Guiao was slapped a technical and the Mixers regained control going into the dugout at halftime.

The Elasto Painters actually led, 9-4, in the early going, but it was wiped out just as quick.

Yap ignited a big run with a long jumper and Joe Devance rattled off seven straight points, including a three that rocked the massive coliseum.

Trailing, 17-9, Beau Belga broke the lull with a freethrow and Gabe Norwood nailed a three as the Elasto Painters got their bearings back.

The scores:

RAIN OR SHINE 81—Chan 24, Belga 10, Tiu 9, Lee 8, Norwood 7, Quiñahan 6, Rodriguez 5, Arana 4, Almazan 4, Cruz 2, Ibanes 2.

SAN MIG COFFEE 74—Pingris 18, Yap 18, Mallari 11, Barroca 10, Devance 7, Simon 4, Sangalang 3, De Ocampo 2, Reavis 1, Melton 0.

Quarters: 14-20, 35-43, 59-54, 81-74

Sam Miguel
02-27-2014, 07:45 AM
San Mig: Great blend, great champ

By Nelson Beltran

(The Philippine Star) | Updated February 27, 2014 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - A walkout and a big rally by Rain or Shine; and a slip, recovery and rise all the way to the summit by San Mig Coffee.

In one of the most dramatic and thrilling championship battles ever seen in the league, the San Mig Coffee Mixers outfought the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 93-87, to complete an epic journey making them the bewildered champs at the conclusion of the PLDT MyDSL PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last night.

The Mixers got off to a swashbuckling start, temporarily lost momentum after an RoS walkout attempt in the second quarter, then recovered and hung tough to the finish to nail the coveted championship before a roaring crowd of over 20,000 at the Big Dome.

San Mig Coffee just improved its legacy with its first back-to-back championships and an unprecedented sixth all-Filipino crown while coach Tim Cone finally surpassed one of the longest standing records in the league (coach Baby Dalupan’s 15 titles) with his 16th.

Mark Barroca took over the game in the crunch, scoring 14 of his game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter, and bagged the Papa John’s Pizza Finals MVP Award.

“I didn’t expect all these. I didn’t even think we would take a lead in the series. We just gave our best. Then yung mga maliliit na bagay nagsamasama, and this is it,” said Barroca.

“Look at this series, four or five games could’ve gone either way, and it’s awesome to win it,” said the winning coach.

“The players are awesome. They worked very hard for this. Many times, we could’ve quit, pulled out camp but we didn’t,” Cone also said, amazed at their triumphant ride after a poor 1-5 tournament start.

Finishing only fifth in the elimination round, San Mig Coffee defied tremendous odds, topping fourth-ranked Talk n Text in the quarterfinals, third seed Petron in the semifinals and, finally, second ranked Rain or Shine in the finals.

The Mixers beat the Elasto Painters, 4-2, in the best-of-seven finale with earlier triumphs in Game One, Game Three and Game Four.

The game was stopped for about 10 minutes at the outset of the second quarter with coach Yeng Guiao calling on his team to abandon the game in protest of what he felt was a spotty officiating going against them.

But Guiao and the E-Painters returned to the floor after talks by commissioner Chito Salud with team owner Raymond Yu and governor Mert Mondragon.

Nonetheless, under revised league rules on walkouts, Rain or Shine now faces a possible heavy sanction for its walkout attempt. It’s P2 million if it’s ruled “a partial walkout.”

PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial said the league commissioner makes the decision after a meeting with RoS officials.

As the league commissioner ordered to start running the 15-minute grace period, the E-Painters were back on the bench and ready to return to play in 90 seconds.

At the resumption of play, the Mixers stretched a 30-17 lead to 49-32, but then the Elasto Painters found a way to get back into the game, 43-49, at the half.

The E-Painters roared on in the third period and surged ahead, 62-60, on a three-pointer by Chris Tiu.

Rain or Shine was the fourth team in league history to stage a walkout. Anejo Rum (P550,000 in 1990) and Talk n Text (P1 million in 2010) were heavily fined for walking out and refusing to finish a playoff game. Red Bull had its walkout attempt in 2006 but returned to play in time.

NOTES: Ali Peek, the third pick in the 1998 PBA Draft, announced in his Twitter account yesterday he’s done playing. He hung his jersey at age 39 and in his 16th season in the league. He embellished his long career with one Mythical First Team citation, one Second Mythical Team honors, one Sportsmanship Award and three All-Star Game stints..The list of imports seeing action in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup is now complete with San Miguel Beer signing up former New Jersey Net starting center Josh Boone and Barako Bull enlisting Joshua Dollard in place of original prospect Dwayne Chism.

The scores:

San Mig Coffee 93 – Barroca 24, Sangalang 15, Devance 12, Pingris 12, Yap 10, Simon 9, Reavis 5, Mallari 4, Melton 2.

Rain or Shine 87 – Lee 23, Belga 21, Cruz 11, Chan 7, Quiñahan 6, Rodriguez 6, Araña 5, Tiu 3, Ibañes 3, Norwood 2, Almazan 0, Tang 0.

Quarterscores: 30-17, 49-43, 66-67, 93-87

02-27-2014, 09:57 AM
Subtle celebration as Barroca transforms from overeager rookie to unflappable hero

From: Snow Badua

February 27, 2014, 12:40 am

FROM a wide-eyed rookie who took some heat for his overeager celebration inside the B-Meg dugout after his first career PBA championship to an unflappable hero of Game Six, Mark Barroca has truly come a long way.

The third-year guard out of Far Eastern University's major transformation was none more evident than on Wednesday night, when he scored 14 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter of San Mig's title-clinching 93-87 win over Rain or Shine in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals.

The peppery guard was the most composed player on the floor before more than 20,000 cheering fans with the title on the line - a far cry from the excitable rookie who became the butt of jokes for his 'wet scene' interview with TV reporter Erika Padilla inside the dugout back in 2012.

Now, the maturity is evident not only in his play on the court but in his subdued celebration after winning his first career Finals MVP award.

He was the last to enter the joyous San Mig dugout, making his entrance after the lights were already out of the Big Dome floor, then gave his wife Russell a warm hug while lifting her off her feet.

"Binuhat niya pa nga ako eh. Priceless moment yun," Mrs. Barroca told Spin.ph later. "Pero hindi na kami nakapag usap kasi andaming tao ang lumapit sa kanya ... Nagpa-picture at autograph."

So happy was the former Ms. Alinea that she chose not to dwell on the trials that had buffeted the Zamboanga-born cager early in his career, from the 'game-fixing' allegations at FEU to the Padilla controversy to the constant ridicule Barroca gets over their marriage.

"Ayoko na pag-usapan 'yun. Patay na yung issue na 'yun. Ayaw ko na ng negative story," she said. "Mas gusto na lang namin mag-celebrate. Masyado na kaming madaming pinagdaanan. Since college siya, iba't ibang negative na ang binabato sa kanya."

Instead Mrs. Barroca savoured what she called vindication for her husband.

"Sa totoo lang, mas masakit na di hamak 'yung paratang sa kanya nung nasa FEU pa siya... pinagbintangan siyang nagbebenta," Barroca recalled. "Atleast, vindicated talaga kami. I am happy with how Mark is proving himself now."

"I am really happy for him. Sana people see Mark and appreciate him for his game and contributions. Sana makita nila na magaling na player siya at hindi siya ginagawang katatawanan," said Russell.

02-27-2014, 09:59 AM
On night he passed 'Maestro,' Cone looks back at time Dalupan 'swept my ass'

From: Richard Dy

February 27, 2014, 12:29 am

ON the night he surpassed legendary coach Virgilio `Baby’ Dalupan for the most championships won in PBA history, the one thing that stood out in Tim Cone's mind was the time the 'The Maestro' broke his heart in the only time their paths crossed in the Finals 24 years ago.

Only in his second season calling the shots for Alaska, the then 35-year-old Cone found himself in a coaching duel with the 67-year-old Dalupan who was the man at the helm of Purefoods during the 1990 Third Conference championship series.

The American mentor admitted he felt the Milk Kings had Dalupan’s Hotdogs on the ropes after going up, 2-0 in the best-of-five championship showdown.

But Cone said the next three games gave him a taste of what Dalupan’s coaching touch is all about.

“You gotta remember, I think this was underplayed, and I think this was just coincidental, but my first Finals appearance was Baby Dalupan’s last championship and, we’re in that championship, 2-0 (up) in the best-of-five,” recalled Cone just moments after steering San Mig to a 4-2 Philippine Cup Finals series victory over Rain or Shine on Wednesday night.

“And he swept my ass in three games and won that championship.”

The American mentor said Dalupan’s magical three-game turnaround en route to his record 15th league championship at his expense was one that “tore his heart out.”

“That was like it was my first time in the Finals. Alaska hasn’t won a championship yet, and we’re so sure we would win that thing,” Cone said.

“But he just tore my heart out and then maybe, he retired two conferences later after that. So that’s my claim to fame. I was able to coach in the finals against Baby and get beat,” he added.

“That’s the proudest thing, to coach against him and get beat.”

Cone may have been shamed nearly a quarter of a century ago in his one and only PBA title showdown against Dalupan, but since that championship heartbreak, the 56-year-old coach went on to achieve his own coaching greatness, becoming the most successful coach with a 16th title to his name.

Truth is, before joining San Mig at the start of the 2012 season, Cone already had a total of 13 titles with Alaska, including the 1996 Grand Slam.

He went on and win three more with the franchise, starting with the 2012 Commissioner’s Cup, followed by last season’s Governors Cup, and this year’s All-Filipino crown.

In all, San Mig now has won six All-Filipino championships, making the franchise the winningest team in terms of Philippine Cup titles won.

The franchise now has a total of 11 titles in all since joining the league in 1988 and won its first back-to-back titles this season.

“I’m surreal at this point. I’m in a daze right now,” said Cone of the success he and the franchise just achieved. “I’m having trouble sorting it all out.”

02-27-2014, 10:01 AM
Yeng Guiao on walkout: 'We didn't want to go to that extent, but what can we do?'

From: Reuben Terrado

February 26, 2014, 11:37 pm

Yeng Guiao on walkout: 'We didn't want to go to that extent, but what can we do?'

YENG Guiao insisted Rain or Shine was trying to drive a point over what he claimed was 'unfair officiating’ when it made a `partial walkout’ that marred Game Six of the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup Finals against eventual champion San Mig on Wednesday night.

The outspoken coach believes the move was necessary under the circumstances as he felt the Elasto Painters were getting the raw end of the calls during the match that saw shooting guard Paul Lee already saddled with three personal fouls early in the second period.

“We were trying to make a point,” said Guiao after emerging from the team dugout at the end of the match which the Mixers won, 93-87. “It was an obvious point. If we have not done that, it would have been worse.”

Rain or Shine left the court and headed to the dugout at the 11:39 mark of the second period while trailing, 30-17. The team was later prevailed to return and finish the game.

Now the franchise faces the prospect of being fined a whooping P2 million for that `partial walkout’ as what league officials termed it - a first in the PBA eight years.

But Guiao said the team is ready to face the consequences.

“Kasama talaga ‘yun. Of course, we didn’t want to go to that extent of extreme action. But what else can we do? Wala kaming magawa. ‘Yun lang ang magagawa namin,” said Guiao.

“The public can judge for themselves,” he said.

Ironically, Guiao also instigated a similar move when he was still calling the shots for Red Bull after the team walked out in the 2006 Philippine Cup semifinals against San Miguel Beer that merited a P500,000 fine.

The unpopular decision appeared to have worked in favor of the Elasto Painters as they came charging back and even led at the end of the third period, 67-66.

Again, Guiao couldn’t help but cite several calls which he thought were too glaring in the final stretch.

“’Yung pinakamalaki, ‘yung block ni Beau (Belga) kay (Ian) Sangalang. I thought it was a clean block. ‘Yung tumama sa top ng board, that’s automatic, it’s supposed to be in our possession. The last one was the obvious foul on Jervy Cruz.”

Once again denied a first all-Filipino title, the multi-titled Guiao managed to crack a joke about the second technical that got him ejected late in the game.

"Sa akin binigay ng referee (iyong bola) eh," he said, "sinalo ko lang."

In the end, Guiao said he was glad with the effort shown by the Elasto Painters.

“It was a gallant effort. We had a chance to win the game in the fourth (quarter). The breaks weren’t falling our way,” Guiao said.

“We did our best. That’s it. From the start, we had no chance of winning sa umpisa pa lang,” the Rain or Shine coach stressed.

02-27-2014, 10:03 AM
Salud declines to comment on walkout issue as Rain or Shine summon moved to a later date

From: Reuben Terrado

February 27, 2014, 12:07 am

PHILIPPINE Basketball Association (PBA) commissioner Chito Salud declined to comment on the ‘partial walkout’ committed by Rain or Shine in Game Six of the Philippine Cup Finals Wednesday night other than saying the summon on team officials had been moved to a later date.

Pressed for comment by Spin.ph about the controversy that marred the title-series of the league’s season-opening conference, Salud said his office has already extended an invitation on Rain or Shine team governor and former chairman Atty. Mamerto Mondragon.

“We have invited Atty. Mondragon to shed light on the incident. That was supposed to be tomorrow (Thursday) but they (Rain or Shine) asked for a postponement,” said Salud.

The commissioner refused to touch on the ‘walkout’ incident.

The summon came in the light of the team walkout instigated by coach Yeng Guiao in the early part of the second half due to what he alleged was ‘unfair’ officiating.

The Elasto Painters though were eventually prevailed upon to return back to the court and resume playing.

As of post time, the Commissioner’s Office has yet to issue a summon on Guiao.

Rain or Shine though faces a P2 million fine for the ‘partial walkout,’ a term coined by the league on a team which walked out of the playing court only to come back and finish the game.

Salud earlier summoned Guiao during the semifinals after he was ejected out of the playing court for two straight games, the last one when he flashed a dirty finger on on Petron forward Arwind Santos.

Guiao had openly criticized officiating in the league even before the walkout.

Sam Miguel
02-28-2014, 01:33 PM
Yeng Guiao, Elastopainters face P2-M fine for partial walkout

By June Navarro

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:18 am | Friday, February 28th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — For walking out in Game 6 of their championship duel with the San Mig Coffee Mixers Wednesday, coach Yeng Guiao and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters could end up paying the biggest single fine in Philippine Basketball Association history.

League commissioner Chito Salud has summoned the firebrand coach and Rain or Shine team officials to a meeting in his office Friday, ready to slap a huge penalty of P2 million after the team walked out—for 10 minutes—in the second quarter of the game the Mixers eventually won, 93-87, to clinch the championship.

“The rules on walkouts, partial or otherwise, are clear and we will enforce them accordingly,” said Salud Thursday.

Under league rules, a team that walks out of a game for good gets a fine of P10 million. If a team returns to play, the partial walkout means a P2 million penalty for the club.

Guiao, who was fined P100,000 on top of a one-game suspension for flashing a “dirty finger” in the semifinals against Petron Blaze, is also facing an extra fine of P50,000 for the last two of the multiple technical fouls he had incurred throughout the conference.

With the calls not going their way, Guiao herded his team to the dugout with still over 11 minutes to play in the quarter, drawing jeers from the 20,337 fans at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.

Salud and league executive Willie Marcial later had a brief talk with Rain or Shine team owner Raymund Yu and the Elasto Painters returned to the court after delaying the game for almost 10 minutes.

“The momentary walkout kind of broke our momentum,” said San Mig coach Tim Cone.

Trailing, 17-30, the Elasto Painters erased the deficit over the next two quarters and even led by two points on a pair of three-pointers from Chris Tiu and Paul Lee late in the third.

“When they came out of that walkout, they outplayed us, no doubt about that,” said Cone.

It wasn’t the first time Guiao instigated a partial walkout. Coaching for Red Bull in 2006, Guiao also left the court with his team during Game 4 of their semifinal tussle with San Miguel Beer but later returned to the floor.

The team was fined P400,000 and Guiao P100,000.

Robert Jaworski’s Anejo Rhum was fined P500,000 by the league after abandoning a championship game against Shell in 1990.

The fine was raised to P1 million when Talk ‘N Text repeated the act in the fourth game of the 2010 Philippine Cup quarterfinals opposite Barangay Ginebra.