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03-26-2014, 11:36 AM
NLEX, Big Chill rip PBA D-League rivals

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

1:19 am | Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — Garvo Lanete sparked NLEX’s rally while Art dela Cruz and Kevin Alas applied the finishing touches in the Road Warriors’ 102-84 rout of Blackwater Sports in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup Tuesday at JCSGO Gym.

Lanete, last conference’s Most Valuable Player, pumped in 13 of his game-high 19 points in the third quarter to put the Road Warriors ahead, 71-69, after trailing for most of the first half.

Dela Cruz and Alas then combined for 15 points in a 22-6 blast that gave the Road Warriors an 18-point cushion, 93-75, midway in the fourth period.

Big Chill also opened its campaign going with an 81-73 tripping of Hog’s Breath Cafe, in the first game.

Jeckster Apinan drilled 18 points in the game the Superchargers controlled all the way after a blistering 19-3 start.

“I’m happy with the way we played defense,” coach Robert Sison said of his Superchargers, the losing finalist to the Road Warriors last conference.

“I think the guys realized their roles and they are stepping up.”

Jake Pascual also delivered 16 points and seven rebounds while Alas added 12 markers for the Road Warriors, who have yet to parade new recruit Bobby Parks.

Parks, the two-time UAAP MVP reportedly still has to attend to prior commitments.

The heated game also saw Blackwater’s Reil Cervantes getting ejected for punching NLEX center Ola Adeogun at the back of the head with two minutes left.

“There’s no problem with the physicality of the game, but when the intention is to hurt, I think it has no place in the league,” said NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez.

The scores:

First Game

BIG CHILL 81—Apinan 18, Maiquez 11, Heruela 10, Canlas 9, Lozada 8, Brondial 8, Villahermosa 7, Celada 5, Miranda 4, Santos 1, Bonifacio 0

HOG’S BREATH CAFE 73—Belencion 11, Canta 10, Gabawan 10, Najorda 9, Sanga 8, Ruaya 7, Terso 7, Robles 5, Publico 4, Racal 2, Austria 0, Rios 0, Macasaet 0, Avillanoza 0.

Quarters: 23-8, 41-26, 61-50, 81-73

Second Game

NLEX 102—Lanete 19, J. Pascual 16, Alas 12, R. Pascual 11, Adeogun 10, Dela Cruz 10, K. Pascual 9, Long 7, Dela Rosa 4, Amer 2, Ganuelas 2, Hermida 0. Koga 0.

BLACKWATER SPORTS 84—Bulawan 15, Cervantes 15, J. Cruz 11, Mangahas 10, Pinto 8, Trollano 6, Ferrer 4, Llagas 4, M. Cruz 3, Ciriacruz 3, Austria 3, Manguera 2, Pe 0, Acibar 0.

Quarters: 10-17, 44-48, 71-69, 102-84

Sam Miguel
04-01-2014, 10:39 AM
Cebuana, Big Chill forge 4-way tie for lead

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

2:35 am | Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — His multiple coaching posts may have gotten him into trouble but coach Boycie Zamar made sure to focus on the task at hand as he steered Cebuana Lhuillier to a share of the lead yesterday in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Zamar, fired recently as University of the East coach in the UAAP, drew big games from Bam Gamalinda and Paul Zamar, who teamed up to power the Gems to a come-from-behind 90-86 nipping of Derulo Accelero.

Gamalinda fired half of his 22 points in the final quarter and Zamar also sizzled with 22 on a 4-of-5 shooting from three-point range to lift the Gems from 10 points down, 38-48.

“The good thing is the players woke up and came back to their senses in time,” said Zamar, who is also an assistant coach of San Miguel Beer in the PBA.

Big Chill also joined the Gems, idle NLEX and Cafe France at 2-0 following a 72-66 victory over Cagayan Valley.

Just like the Gems, the Superchargers overcame a sluggish start behind Rodney Brondial’s 12 points and 16 rebounds.

Jumbo Plastic, meanwhile, improved to 1-1 following a 76-68 upset of defending champion Blackwater Sports.

Jopher Custodio unloaded 19 points as the Giants pulled away early, 44-28. Zamar said his focus has been on the Gems despite his falling out with his alma mater.

“As a good soldier, I will abide by their decision and I will always be grateful to UE,” said Zamar. With a report from Xavier Villaluz

The scores:

First Game

CEBUANA LHUILLIER 90—Gamalinda 22, Zamar 22, Martinez 18, Arellano 12, Padilla 12, Sarangay 2, Ilad 2, J. Banal 0, Leynes 0, Noble 0, Mangahas 0, Paredes 0, G. Banal 0.

DERULO ACCELERO 86—Corpuz 21, Soyud 17, Bautista 13, Juico 10, Jalalon 9, Acosta 8, Mendoza 4, Importante 2, Morillo 2, Roncal 0, Manuel 0, Olandiz 0.

Quarters: 21-22, 38-48, 67-70, 90-86 Second Game

JUMBO PLASTIC 76—Custodio 19, Viernaes 14, Cañada 9, Tan 7, Colina 6, Dehesa 5, Chiu 4, Villamor 4, Parala 4, Magat 2, Ballesteros 2, Lopez 0, Romero 0, Petilos 0.

BLACKWATER SPORTS 68—Trollano 19, Cruz 11, Ferrer 8, Ciriacruz 8, Bulawan 7, Mangahas 6, Llagas 6, J. Cruz 3, Manguera 0, Austria 0, Pe 0, Acibar 0, Pinto 0.

Quarters: 25-15, 44-28, 64-49, 76-68

Third Game

BIG CHILL 72—Brondial 12, Celada 12, Maiquez 10, Bonifacio 9, Canlas 8, Villahermosa 7, Lozada 6, Heruela 3, Santos 2, Apinan 2, Belleza 1, Miranda 0, Belorio 0.

CAGAYAN VALLEY 66—Casajeros 15, Daquioag 12, Galliguez 8, Webb 7, Foronda 7, Ighalo 7, Melano 4, Revilla 2, Olivares 0, Collado 0, Lao 0, Bangga 0.

Quarters: 11-18, 38-28, 54-50, 72-66

Sam Miguel
04-02-2014, 11:14 AM
Road Warriors blow past Razorbacks; Waves rise

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:51 am | Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

MANILA, Philippines —After a couple of jittery wins, NLEX got its old intimidating form back Tuesday to grab the solo lead in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Meralco Gym.

The Road Warriors, riding a balanced assault led by Ola Adeogun, broke the game wide open early and dumped Hog’s Breath Cafe, 91-58, to stretch their unbeaten run to three games.

NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez said he’s finally “pleased” with his players’ defensive game after his five-time champions held the Razorbacks’ output to below 60.

“I challenged them to play defense,” said Fernandez. “I was not happy with our first two games where, on the average, we allowed our opponents to score 89 points.”

Boracay Rum, though, spoiled Cafe France’s bid to join the Road Warriors on top after forging an 80-79 escape.

Mac Belo drained a corner jumper with 8.4 ticks left for the game-winner, just less than 30 seconds after Chris Banchero nailed a layup that pushed the Waves within a point, 78-79.

“We won this one by stroke of luck,” said Boracay Rum coach Lawrence Chongson.

Banchero drilled a game-high 19 points and Prince Caperal shot 11 to lead the Waves to a 2-1 record, putting them in a tie with the Bakers, who wound up scoreless in the final minute.

Adeogun buried a team-high 13 points as the Road Warriors zoomed to a 28-14 start and kept a comfortable distance the rest of the way.

Fernandez said the loaded Road Warriors are expecting the arrival of another amateur star in Ray Parks, who hopes to suit up next week after finishing his school commitments.

The scores:

First Game

BORACAY RUM 80—Banchero 19, Caperal 11, Taha 10, Belo 10, Ignacio 8, Bautista 5, Ilagan 5, Roño 5, Cabrera 3, Sabelina 2, Tagarda 2, Lingganay 0, Siruma 0.

CAFE FRANCE 79—Ebondo 18, Cortes 18, Montilla 14, Abundo 11, Sedurifa 7, Batino 5, Acidre 3, Gallardo 3, Opiso 0, De Leon 0, Banua 0, Mutombo 0.

Quarters: 19-23, 39-38, 59-64, 80-79

Second Game

NLEX 91—Adeogun 13, J. Pascual 12, Dela Rosa 10, Ganuelas 10, Lanete 9, R. Pascual 8, Long 7, Amer 5, Dela Cruz 4, Alas 4, K. Pascual 3, Koga 2.

HOG’S BREATH CAFE 58—Sanga 14, Gabawan 10, Avillanoza 10, Robles 8, Rios 5, Canta 3, Najorda 3, Belencion 3, Racal 2, Ruaya 0, Austria 0, Publico 0, Terso 0, Macasaet 0.

Quarters: 28-14, 48-29, 69-43, 91-58

06-02-2014, 09:11 AM
NLEX eyes PBA D-League title clincher vs Blackwater

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

2:18 am | Monday, June 2nd, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — Looking to cap a perfect run with a championship, NLEX hopes to come out solid on both ends again in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals Monday.

The Road Warriors, who are vying for a sixth crown before bidding farewell to the league they’ve dominated, hope to down Blackwater Sports one last time in Game 2 of the best-of-three series at 3:30 p.m. at Mall of Asia Arena.

“We’re just up by one, we still have to finish it,” said NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez. “We’re hoping we’ll come out ready again.”

The Road Warriors have a shot at replicating their incredible 13-0 title romp in 2012 after a clinical Game 1 performance where they dismantled the Elite, 90-77, last Friday.

Fernandez, however, knows that Game 2 might not be as one-sided even with Ronald Pascual regaining his hot shooting to boost the consistent performances of Kevin Alas, Garvo Lanete, Art dela Cruz and Ola Adeogun.

“They (Elite) bogged down on the defensive schemes, but I’m sure come Monday, they’ll be ready for that,” said Fernandez.

And that’s what the Elite intend to do to stay alive in the series before their ballclub jumps to the pros along with the Road Warriors as the PBA’s latest expansion teams.

“We have to give it our all,” said Blackwater coach Leo Isaac. “But it’s still all about discipline.”

The Elite got off to a fiery start in the opener behind Mark Cruz and Reil Cervantes, but the Road Warriors clamped down on the duo in the second half as vital cogs Jericho Cruz, Kevin Ferrer and Gilbert Bulawan hardly made their presence felt.

Isaac rued the Elite’s individualistic play, but expects his players to correct their Game 1 errors to stay on track in their title defense. Fernandez also expects some adjustments from the Elite, the only squad that has beaten them in the Finals.

“We know it’s going to be tough,” said Fernandez. “They (Elite) have a good coach and good players. We cannot rest on our laurels.”