PDA

View Full Version : 2014-15 Aspirants Cup



Sam Miguel
10-22-2014, 08:46 AM
BASKETBALL PBA Operations Chief Rickie Santos clears out ‘Chris Newsome issue’

By Angelo Falcon

October 21, 2014

MANILA – PBA Operations Chief Rickie Santos cleared out the issue surrounding the controversial move of Ateneo’s Chris Newsome to the Hapee Fresh Fighters in the PBA D-League.

Newsome, selected second overall by Tanduay Light, surprised everyone when he was included in the line-up for the Lamoiyan-backed franchise with just a few days left before the PBA D-League Aspirant’s Cup kicks off.

Santos absolved the Fresh Fighters of fault as he said that Newsome’s transfer was legal as per PBA rules.

“The office of the commissioner did not receive any document that will prove na nagtender sila ng offer sa player. So naglapse yung deadline. After nun deadline, Newsome was considered as a rookie free agent,” Santos said.

“It’s the same as the PBA draft. Kaya sila binibigyan ng five days to tender the offer. Para lang alam ng office na on-going na nag negotiations,” he added.

Santos also mentioned that the only document the PBA office received was a tender offer from Tanduay without the signature of Newsome or his agent, Charlie Dy which could be deemed as null as per PBA ruling.

“We didn’t get any document to prove that. They submitted a tender offer without the signature of the player or the agent.”

Now Newsome will be joining Hapee alongside the San Beda core of Baser Amer, Art dela Cruz and Ola Adeogon, NLEX holdovers such as Kirk Long and Garvo Lanete and collegiate superstars such as newly crowned NCAA MVP Earl Thompson and two-time UAAP MVP Bobby Ray Parks.

He will also be reunited with his assistant coaches in Ateneo in Ronnie Magsanoc and Xavi Nunag. Magsanoc will be calling the shots for Hapee. - Rivals 2014

Sam Miguel
10-23-2014, 08:12 AM
NU hero Troy Rosario officially joins Adeogun, Van Opstal in imposing Hapee frontline

From: From the Wires October 22, 2014, 04:43 pm

NU Bulldogs star Troy Rosario joins a star-studded Hapee team that includes Arnold Van Opstal of La Salle, Ola Adeogun, Baser Amer and Art dela Cruz of San Beda, and Bobby Ray Parks.

HAPEE Toothpaste is, indeed, leaving no stone unturned in its return to basketball prominence.

The Lamoiyan franchise added a champion player to its already star-studded roster by signing Troy Rosario of National University less than a week before the Fresh Fighters make their debut in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup.

Team manager Bernard Yang officially announced the acquisition of Rosario, exactly a week since the power forward helped the Bulldogs end their long 60-year title drought by winning the UAAP men’s basketball championship at the expense of Far Eastern University during their sudden-death match.

“We are glad that he (Rosario) picked Hapee to be his team in the PBA D-League,” said Yang. “We are also hoping that his championship experience in the record-breaking UAAP finals will rub off on his Hapee teammates.”

The presence of the 6-foot-7 Rosario readily gives Hapee the most imposing frontline in the D-League today as he’s expected to team up with fellow new acquisition Arnold Van Opstal and Ola Adeogun.

Rosario is not promising anything to Hapee management led by owner Cecil Pedro, but vowed to give his best each game, knowing he needs to step up big in a team loaded with future PBA stars.

“Masaya po ako na nakapasok sa Hapee dahil may winning tradition sila and I want to be part of this proud team," said Rosario of the Fresh Fighters, who are making a comeback in amateur basketball following a three-year absence.

Aside from Rosario and Van Opstal, Hapee also boasts of former two-time UAAP MVP in Bobby Parks – also a former NU player – Ateneo’s Chris Newsome, and newly-crowned NCAA MVP Earl Thompson of University of Perpetual University.

Despite having a star player in every position, Joel Pedro, Hapee COO, downplayed the team’s chances, saying the team still lacks chemistry.

“We have big stars on our team but we need to translate their talents into one cohesive unit,” said the younger Pedro. “We need to have chemistry to win.”

Also expected to deliver for Hapee are veteran and Gilas Pilipinas cadet Garvo Lanete, Kirk Long, and San Beda’s Baser Amer and Art dela Cruz.

Sam Miguel
10-23-2014, 08:15 AM
Moala Tautuaa debut in D-League will have to wait as ABL team still in thick of title fight

From: Reuben Terrado October 21, 2014, 07:36 pm

Cagayan Valley expects top draft pick Moala Tautuaa to suit up for the Rising Suns on November 15 at the latest.

MOALA Tautuaa’s highly-awaited debut in the PBA D-League will have to wait a little while.

Tautuaa’s is still in service for the Westport Malaysia Dragons, whose very much in contention for the Asean Basketball League (ABL) title, that makes it impossible for him to suit up for Cagayan Valley in the season-opening PBA D-League Aspirants Cup that kicks off on Monday.

The Rising Suns are set to open their campaign in the season-opening conference not until October 30 against MJM M-Builders. But with the ABL still in its regular season phase, the Fil-Tongan will have to finish his playing stint with the Dragons first before plying his trade with the Rising Suns.

The ABL playoffs won’t start until Oct. 29. But Cagayan Valley has no problem waiting for the arrival of Tautuaa, the top pick in the last D-League rookie draft.

“Nakausap namin ‘yung agent niya. Baka pumasok kasi sila sa finals dahil nasa top two sila. Kaya pagkatapos ng ABL, sa amin na siya,” said Cagayan Valley assistant coach Nonoy Bonleon, adding Tautuaa will play for the team at the latest after November 15.

The Dragons are currently on top of the ABL with a 14-5 win-loss slate following their overtime victory over erstwhile first placers HiTech Bangkok City last Saturday.

The 6-foot-7 Tautuaa has gotten rave reviews after playing for the Dragons last season. Many now considers the 25-year-old big man as the next Asi Taulava, his fellow Fil-Tongan with whom he resembles in terms of physical characteristics.

Tautuaa is currently averaging 12.2 points and 6.2 rebounds for the Dragons this season.

AnthonyServinio
10-26-2014, 10:50 AM
https://servssports.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/10646795_10202929782394314_9001293228390386892_n.j pg?w=300&h=208 (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/10/26/racal-bares-pba-d-league-unit/)

WHEN THE PBA D-League opens its 2014-2015 Aspirants Cup tomorrow (October 27) at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, one new team focused on making a strong impression is Racal Motors Alibaba. Featuring the core of National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) contender Saint Clare College of Caloocan, the Saints hope to continue their good showing in recent varsity competitions into the next level against definitely tougher competition. READ MORE (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/10/26/racal-bares-pba-d-league-unit/)

AnthonyServinio
10-28-2014, 12:10 AM
https://servssports.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/img_20141027_120752.jpg?w=300&h=225 (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/10/27/routs-open-aspirants-cup/)

PASIG CITY – Blowouts marked the start of the 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Monday (October 27) at the Ynares Sports Arena. Despite the scores, the performances on the floor showed a fresh infusion of talents that could translate into a wide-open race for the championship. READ MORE (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/10/27/routs-open-aspirants-cup/)

Sam Miguel
10-28-2014, 08:01 AM
Cafe France thrashes Pacquiao’s MP Hotel to open new PBA D-League season

InterAksyon.com · Monday, October 27, 2014 · 9:09 pm

Cafe France and Cebuana Lhuiller steamrolled their opponents to open their respective campaigns on a high note in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Monday at the Ynares Arena in Pasig City.

The Bakers jumped the gun right at the the opening tip to blast newcomer MP Hotel, 86-59, while the Gems thumped Racal Motors, 89-70.

Wangs Basketball also won on opening day, cruising past AMA University, 96-78.

Against MP Hotel, owned by Kia Sorento player-coach Manny Pacquiao in the PBA, the Bakers dominated their inexperienced rivals the entire game and led by as many as 28 points.

Four starters finished with double figures for the Bakers with Filipino-American Maverick Ahanmisi and guard Alvin Abundo leading the way with 11 points apiece. Jam Cortes and Rodrigue Ebondo added 10 markers each.

“We just had a good start. At yung kalaban namin medyo naninibago pa,” said Cafe France coach Egay Macaraya of their lopsided victory.

Ahanmisi, who played college ball for Minnesota University in the US NCAA Division 1, made his presence felt early after scoring 10 of his points in the first quarter on perfect 3-of-3 shooting, including two 3-point shots to spark Café France’s breakaway.

Jamabon Bulac came off the bench and topscored for MP Hotel with nine points.

After a 4-all deadlock, the Bakers pulled off a 27-5 run to close the first quarter which allowed Macaraya to rest his starters for the remainder of the game.

The Gems also used a 21-7 spurt in the second quarter grab the lead for good against Racal Motors.

Paul Zamar and Allan Mangahas paced the Gems with back-to-back threes that turned a 26-23 deficit into a 44-33 advantage at the half which was too much to overcome for the opposition.

“We’re just trying to improve from our performance last season. We hope to improve every practice, every possession, every game,” said Gems coach Boysie Zamar.

Bradwyn Guinto came off the bench to lead the Gems offensive with 18 points. Mangahas and Paul Zamar had 13 apiece while Almond Vosotros added 11.

The Gems played without shooting forward Kevin Ferrer, out with a wrist injury, and Norbert Torres, who still needs to submit some documents for his eligibility.

Marte Gil scored 15 points and Kevin Ortuoste had 12 for Racal Motors, who led 20-16 in the first quarter but lost momentum due to poor shooting in the second quarter.

The scores:

First Game

Café France 86 – Ahanmisi 11, Abundo 11, Cortes 10, Ebondo 10, Jeruta 8, Adrada 8, Sedurifa 7, Galanza 6, Noble 6, Batino 5, Habelito 2, De Leon 2, HUertas 0, Celso 0.

MP Hotel 59 – Bulac 9, Escosio 8, Yaya 8, Collado 7, Belorio 6, McCarthy 5, Sumido 4, Calo 4, Morillo 4, Allen 2, Hainga 2, Blanco 0, Landicho 0, Yusop 0.

Quarters: 31-9; 48-22; 69-42; 86-59

Second Game

Cebuana Lhuillier 89 – Guinto 18, Mangahas 13, Zamar 13, Vosotros 11, Vilahermosa 10, Sison 8, Acibar 4, Ciriacruz 4, J. Mangahas 3, enciso 2, Arellano 2, Sarangay 1.

Racal Motors 70 – Gil 15, Ortuoste 12, Viernes 11, Asuncion 11, Gabawan 8, Jamito 5, Saitanan 3, Ruaya 3, Ibay 2, Ibarra 0, Redoh 0.

Quarters: 16-21; 44-33; 64-49; 89-70

Third Game

Wangs Basketball 96 – Juico 18, Acosta 15, Acidre 12, Miranda 11, Montuano 10, Pontejos 8, Mendoza 7, Vijandre 6, Arambulo 3, Lina 3, Rosopa 2, Ferrer 1, Importante 0, Acuna 0.

AMA 78 – Sabangan 22, Balicanag 13, Purdy 12, Camasura 9, Taganas 6, Eriobu 5, Angeles 4, Malones 3, Olivares 3, Diswe 1, Santiago 0, Calma 0, Macaranas 0, Jordan 0.

Quarters: 24-10; 39-26; 73-49; 96-78.

Sam Miguel
11-03-2014, 08:58 AM
Jumbo Plastic, Lhuillier clash for lead

(The Philippine Star) |

Updated November 3, 2014 - 12:00am

Games today (Ynares Arena, Pasig City)

12 noon – Hapee vs AMA

2 p.m. – Jumbo Plastic vs Cebuana Lhuillier

4 p.m. – MJM M-Builders vs Tanduay Light


MANILA, Philippines - Jumbo Plastic’s scrambling victory last Thursday apparently alarmed coach Stevenson Tiu. So he’s gathering his troops back to the drawing board.

Tiu is convinced the Giants need a quick fix and hopefully they would be a lot better for today’s matchup against Cebuana Lhuillier as the two teams dispute the solo lead in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup. Game time is 2 p.m.

The other games pit Hapee against fellow newcomer AMA University at 12 noon and Tanduay Light against MJM Builders at 4 p.m.

The Giants played catch up for most part of their season opener against newcomer Bread Story and needed to summon their experience in the fourth quarter to escape with a 79-74 come-from-behind victory.

“We played individually and forgot the team concept. We also played lousy on defense. Talagang sa experience lang nagkatalo,” Tiu said.

“Hopefully, we can make the adjustments with the short time we have. If we play the way we did (against Bread Story) we’re in big trouble.”

The Giants will miss forward Jan Colina, out with a shoulder injury.

Cebuana Lhuillier opened its campaign with an 89-70 blowout over newcomer Racal Motors. But Boycie Zamar, the Gems’ coach, knows their next assignment would not be as easy.

“They are (Giants) a deep team. So we have to take it one game at a time,” Zamar said.

With an overhauled lineup, Zamar hoped the Gems would improve on its standings last conference.

So we have to get better every practice, every possession, every game,” he said.

The Gems will again be without injured forward Kevin Ferrer and 6-7 center Norberto Torres, who is barred from playing pending the completion of his documents required for Fil-foreign players.

Hapee is fancied to be the team to beat with its star-studded roster and a wealth of big men led by 6-foot-9 Ola Adeogun. Also on the team are shooters Garvo Lanete, Bobby Ray Parks and Chris Newsome.

Against a Titans team that is still feeling its way in the league, the Fresh Fighters should encounter little trouble. AMA is coming off a 78-96 beating against Wangs Ball Club on opening day last week.

In contrast, the Tanduay Light-MJM Builders game promises to be a thriller.

“If there’s one advantage that maybe we have (against MJM Builders) it’s experience. I got some ex-pros in my team that hopefully I can rely on to lead the younger guys,” said Tanduay Light coach Lawrence Chongson.

But while he likes their chances, Chongson admitted the Builders’ size and familiarity with each other might be their biggest obstacle.

The Builders are trying to bounce back from an 86-94 loss against Cagayan Valley last Thursday.

Sam Miguel
11-03-2014, 10:03 AM
Lawrence Chongson says lack of parity killing D-League due to MVP group's 'super teams'

From: Reuben Terrado

November 1, 2014, 05:03 pm

Lawrence Chongson says he has no doubt in his mind that new D-League ballclub Hapee Toothpaste is being run by the MVP group.

CONTROVERSIAL coach Lawrence Chongson said parity - or the lack of it - is killing the PBA D-League because officials allow teams like NLEX and Hapee Toothpaste to form 'super teams.'

The Tanduay Light coach said most D-League teams are left to fight for second place because Hapee and, before it, six-time champion NLEX are able to corner the top collegiate and amateur players in the country.

“’Yung labing-isang teams, puwede ng umatras,” said the outspoken coach. “Last year, sinabi ko na nga na puwede na bang ibigay na lang ‘yung trophy sa NLEX tapos kami na lang ang maglaban sa second place. Bakit ang D-League, ina-allow ‘yun?”

Chongson’s tirade came after Tanduay Light lost its first-round draft pick Chris Newsome to Hapee, whose collection of stars have made it the hands-down favorite to rule the Aspirants Cup.

Chongson's team is also involved in a tug-of-war for its 2013 second-round pick Mac Belo, who was named to the lineup of an MJM Builders team backed by Far Eastern University despite having a live contract with Tanduay.

Incidentally, Tanduay’s first game of the conference is against Belo’s MJM Builders on Monday followed by a match Newsome’s Hapee Toothpaste on Thursday. Both games will be held at the Ynares Sports Arena.

The controversial coach said it is precisely the absence of parity that several companies which have joined the D-League ended up leaving it just as quickly.

As a result, the D-League has mostly lured 'fly-by-night' teams this season, he added. “Katulad ng Hapee, ano ang mapapala ng D-League diyan? Eh ‘yung mga Racal, Wangs, AMA, mga fly-by-night lang ‘yan. Isipin mo, wala pang four years (ang D-League), kaya ko mag-enumerate ng 25 teams na na-disband diyan, sumali at nawala in less than four years, said Chongson.

“Maraming nag-baka sakali, maraming nag-imagine, tapos bumangga ka sa NLEX, umayaw ka na. And Big Chill is the latest casualty,” said Chongson. Chongson said he has no doubt in his mind that Hapee, in reality, is being ran by the Manny V. Pangilinan group.

“Huwag na silang magtago. Ang Hapee, MVP ‘yan. How could they have gotten (Kirk) Long, (Garvo) Lanete, and (Bobby Ray) Parks? Paano mo napag-buo ‘yung Hapee ng ganun,” said Chongson.

Chongson said he can’t blame players for wanting to join MVP-backed team. “Kapag naglaro ka sa Hapee, may offer diyan na magiging Gilas ka o Sinag, tatlong teams nasa PBA. Lamang sila sa logistics at makinarya. Kung basketball ang tatakahin mong career, sa Hapee talaga ako. May advantage talaga ang MVP group sa ganun. No offense to him kasi hindi naman niya kasalanan na mayaman siya,” said Chongson.

Chongson, whose team has been involved in amateur basketball for a long time, said the newly instituted rookie draft process has not helped balance the competition in the D-League, citing the case of Newsome.

“Sa PBL, submitting an offer sheet is good enough. That’s the only way you get parity. Isipin mo next year, kapag nagpa-draft si Kiefer Ravena at Jeron Teng, dinraft, let’s say ng Wangs or AMA, dahil siyempre ‘yung mga sikat. Tago na lang ako ng limang araw, ligtas na ako,” said Chongson.

Sam Miguel
11-03-2014, 10:06 AM
BASKETBALL D-LEAGUE

Lawrence Chongson faces punishment for rant against PBA over 'lack of D-League parity'

From: Reuben Terrado

November 2, 2014, 06:28 pm

Tanduay Light coach Lawrence Chongson has slammed the PBA for allowing NLEX and Hapee to form 'super teams' that left other D-League ballclubs to fight for second place.

TANDUAY Light coach Lawrence Chongson is facing punishment from the PBA for his rant against the 'lack of parity' in the D-League and the dominance of the MVP group teams.

PBA media bureau chief Willy Marcial said Chongson has been summoned to appear before league officials on Tuesday morning to air his side on controversial comments he made against the PBA-run developmental league.

Chongson, a controvesial coach who also acts as adviser of PBA player Paul Lee, slammed the league for allowing NLEX and Hapee Toothpaste to form ‘super teams’ that left other team fighting for second place. Hapee, which has a tie-up with the MVP group, has formed a collection of the best amateur standouts in the league after NLEX jumped to the PBA following run of six D-League championships.

“’Yung labing-isang teams, puwede ng umatras,” said Chongson. “Bakit ang D-League, ina-allow ‘yun?”

Marcial hinted that Chongson could face a heavy sanction by the league for his comments, pending the controversial coach’s side on the issue.

“Mahina ang fine,” Marcial admitted.

Chongson’s gripe came after the Rhum Masters lost their rights to first round pick Chris Newsome, who became a free agent and signed with Hapee.

Tanduay Light is also in a tug-of-war for the services of Far Eastern University star Mac Belo, who is listed with the Tamaraws-backed MJM Builders.

Marcial declined to delve into Chongson’s statements, only saying that rules of the D-League are the same as in the PBA, which has been in place for several years. “Hindi siguro niya alam ang rules ng PBA. It has been there for several years,” said Marcial.

Sam Miguel
11-03-2014, 10:10 AM
FEU says Mac Belo available to play against Tanduay, decision down to coach Racela

From: Reuben Terrado

November 2, 2014, 08:25 pm

FEU star Mac Belo is set to play for MJM Builders on Monday despite a threat of court action by Tanduay Light coach Lawrence Chongson for alleged breach of contract.

A FAR Eastern University official has denied that MJM Builders purposely benched Mac Belo in its first game in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup due to the threat of court action against him by Tanduay Light for alleged breach of contract.

FEU athletic director Mark Molina said Belo has been resting due to bone spurs in his foot that he sustained during the grueling UAAP Season 77, making him unavailable on Thursday for MJM Builders, which has a school tie-up with the Tamaraws this conference.

“He was advised to rest after the UAAP pero nag-practice na siya (with MJM Builders) last Saturday,” Molina told Spin.ph.

Tanduay Light has protested Belo’s inclusion in the MJM Builders squad, insisting that the FEU forward is in the final year of his two-year contract with the Rhum Masters.

Head coach Lawrence Chongson also said he is bent on suing Belo for breach of contract if he suits up for MJM Builders. The PBA, however, has included Belo in the MJM Builders lineup after he signed a player membership form expressing his intent to play for the squad. Incidentally, Tanduay Light will open its Aspirants Cup campaign against MJM Builders on Monday at the Ynares Sports Arena.

Molina declined to react to Chongson's threat for now but said he and Belo will air their side on the issue on Monday after their 4 p.m. game against the Rhum Masters.

Molina hinted that Belo will be available to play on Monday for the FEU-backed squad, saying it will be up to FEU and MJM Builders head coach Nash Racela to decide on whether to field Belo in the game against Tanduay Light or not. “It’s now up to Nash,” said Molina.

AnthonyServinio
11-03-2014, 11:47 PM
https://servssports.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/img_20141027_114300.jpg?w=300&h=225 (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/11/03/tanduay-escapes-jumbo-hapee-victorious/)

PASIG CITY – Debuting Tanduay Light banked on AJ Mandani’s off-balanced reverse stab with three seconds remaining to eke out a 78-77 escape over MJM M-Builders-FEU at the resumption of action at the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Monday (November 3) at the Ynares Sports Arena. Cutting towards the hoop, Mandani received a crisp pass from Gab Banal and had to twist his body for the game-winner. READ MORE (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/11/03/tanduay-escapes-jumbo-hapee-victorious/)

Sam Miguel
11-04-2014, 08:35 AM
AJ Mandani sinks game winner as Tanduay escapes MJM Builders

By Randolph B. Leongson on November 3, 2014

MANILA – AJ Mandani got the lucky bounce and found the bottom of the net as he nailed the game-winning shot to give Tanduay Light its first victory in the 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup with a nail-biting 78-77 win over MJM Builders Monday at the Ynares Sports Arena.

Gab Banal found a rolling Mandani straight to the basket as the former GlobalPort and Meralco playmaker drained the game-winner with 3.4 seconds left to play. Gelo Alolino and Nico Javelona could not answer for the Builders in the endgame, as the Rhum Masters escaped with the victory.

“It was a great team win. I just rolled to the basket and I got a good look. It was exactly the play coach drew up,” said Mandani, the game’s hero.

Roi Sumang led Tanduay with 16 points and five assists, while Leo de Vera went 7-of-10 from the field and finished with a double-double of 15 markers and 10 boards.

Jaypee Belencion chimed in 10 for coach Lawrence Chongson.

Glenn Khobuntin paced MJM with 18 points and seven rebounds, as Alolino had 16 markers, six boards, and four dimes.

Mac Belo also had 13 points against his former team. - Rivals 2014

The Scores:

Tanduay Light 78 – Sumang 16, De Vera 15, Belencion 10, Banal 7, Mandani 6, Roño 6, Tagarda 5, Ignacio 4, Jumao-as 3, Santos 2, Ilagan 2, Foronda 2, Abrigo 0, De Leon 0

MJM Builders 77 – Khobuntin 18, Alolino 16, Belo 13, Tolomia 8, Pogoy 7, Javelona 5, Perez 4, Cruz 4, Jose 2, Alberto 0, Mendoza 0, Iñigo 0, Neypes 0

Quarters: 16-17, 39-37, 65-56, 78-77

Sam Miguel
11-04-2014, 08:37 AM
Dexter Maiquez explodes in dying minutes to tow Jumbo Plastic over Cebuana Lhuillier

By Randolph B. Leongson on November 3, 2014

MANILA – Dexter Maiquez nailed two big threes in the last 2:04 of the game as Jumbo Plastic scored a come-from-behind 63-61 win over Cebuana Lhuillier to stay unbeaten in the 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena on Monday.

Maiquez dropped 12 of his 14 points in the second half, seven coming in the fourth, alongside nine rebounds, while Mark Cruz had 10 markers, five boards, and four assists.

With the Gems leading 53-48 in the last three minutes, the Giants used a 13-3 charge to take a 61-56 lead in the final 35.9 seconds of the ball game capped off by two treys from the former San Sebastian big man.

Kevin Ferrer still tried to revive Cebuana with a trey in the final 31.8 to slice Jumbo Plastic’s lead down to two, 61-59. This was followed by a reckless pass from Maiquez which turned the ball over back to the Gems, but Paul Zamar missed a potential game-tying jumper, as Maiquez and Cruz iced the game with splits from the line.

“Yun siguro ang maganda, para machallenge yung mga bata and gain experience sa latter part of the ballgames para mag-improve pa kami,” said Jumbo Plastic coach Stevenson Tiu.

Kevin Ferrer paced Cebuana Lhuillier with 14 points, nine coming in the payoff period, while Simon Enciso had 10. - Rivals 2014

The Scores:

Jumbo Plastic 63 – Maiquez 14, Cruz 10, Heruela 9, Lozada 9, Sabellina 70, Terso 5, Rosales 4, Magat 3, Javier 2, Eguilos 0, Rios 0, Villamor 0

Cebuana Lhuillier 61 – Ferrer 14, Enciso 10, Sison 8, A. Mangahas 6, Zamar 6, Guinto 6, Ciriacruz 4, Acibar 2, Torres 2, Sarangay 2, J. Mangahas 1, Villahermosa 0, Arellano 0

Quarters: 7-17, 26-28, 44-41, 63-61

Sam Miguel
11-04-2014, 08:39 AM
Stacked Hapee side edges pesky AMA

By Randolph B. Leongson on November 3, 2014

MANILA – Hapee made a triumphant return to the local basketball scene as it held off the pesky AMA University, 69-61, Monday in the 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena.

Troy Rosario led the stacked Fresh Fighters squad with 12 points and five rebounds, while Bobby Ray Parks added 11 markers, six boards, and five dimes.

Garvo Lanete also had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds in the victory.

“Sa nakikita ko any given day, if you let your guard down, madadali ka. You always have to play your best,” said Hapee coach Ronnie Magsanoc after his Fresh Fighters were given a scare by the Titans. “Magandang test para sa amin ‘to.”

After Hapee led by as much as 20, 52-32, halfway in the third quarter, the Titans slowly got themselves back behind Philip Paniamogan and Ivan Camasura to nip the lead down to three, 62-59, with 4:47 left in the game.

But AMA misfired in the clutch, as Ola Adeogun, Earl Scottie Thompson, and Parks put the game away for Hapee.

Magsanoc rued chemistry issues for the struggles of this loaded squad, as he bared the team only got together for three days.

“We have to improve on everything. Tatlong araw pa lang kami nakapagensayong magkakasama. Challenge for us na mabuo kami kasi may school practices pa sila,” he said. “It’s on us to practice together and improve together.”

Paniamogan poured in 12 of his 14 points in the second half, while Joseph Eriobu had 12 markers and eight rebounds. - Rivals 2014

The Scores:

Hapee 69 – Rosario 12, Parks 11, Lanete 10, Adeogun 7, dela Cruz 6, Amer 5, Thompson 5, Van Opstal 4, Newsome 4, Hayes 3, Long 2, Koga 0.

AMA University 61 – Paniamogan 14, Eriobu 12, Camasura 8, Taganas 7, Olivares 7, Purdy 4, Sabangan 4, Balucanag 2, Angeles 2, Macaranas 1, Calma 0, Jordan 0, Diswe 0.

Quarters: 15-13, 41-28, 59-48, 69-61.

Sam Miguel
11-04-2014, 09:40 AM
Mac Belo airs side, says he switched to MJM Builders on strength of 'verbal agreement' with Tanduay

From: Reuben Terrado

November 3, 2014, 06:31 pm

FAR Eastern University star Mac Belo said he had a verbal agreement with Tanduay Light management that he will be allowed to play for his school if the Tamaraws have a team in the PBA D-League.

Belo said he signed a contract with the Asia Brewery franchise last year on the condition that that he will be allowed to play for any team that FEU will have a partnership with in the developmental league.

The Tamaraws formed a school tie-up with MJM M-Builders this season, prompting Belo to express his intention to play for the squad through a signed player membership form.

But Tanduay Light has threatened to sue Belo for breach of contract as the FEU star still has a year left in his two-year contract with the Asia Brewery-franchise.

“Sabi ko sa kanila na kung may team ang FEU, doon ako kasi mas priority ko ang school,” Belo to reporters on Monday after scoring 13 points for the M-Builders in a 77-78 loss to Tanduay.

When pressed for comment, Tanduay Light coach Lawrence Chongson said he doesn’t remember any conversation with Belo about the pre-condition prior to signing a contract. “Wala akong ma-recall na ganung pag-uusap,” said Chongson.

For his part, FEU athletic director Mark Molina said the school management is standing by Belo and is ready to support the star forward in the event he will be hauled to court by Tanduay.

“We are standing by him. We believe him and he told me that last year na may ganoong usapan,” said Molina.

Molina recalled the case of former FEU stars Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia, who signed a player management form with NLEX and Big Chill, respectively, even though the Tamaraws fielded a school-based team in Fruitas.

The FEU athletic director also hopes that the Belo issue won’t reach the courts. “Sana wala pero if there are legal implications, we will be here to support Mac. But hopefully, wala. Wait and see lang,” said Molina.

Sam Miguel
11-04-2014, 09:42 AM
Tanduay coach Chongson on win over Belo and Co: 'Hindi lang matamis. May lasang kape pa'

From: Reuben Terrado

November 3, 2014, 08:11 pm

TANDUAY Light coach Lawrence Chongson on Monday savored what he said was a "extra-sweet" victory over MJM M-Builders amid a tug-of-war between the two PBA D-League teams over the rights to Mac Belo.

The controversial coach made no effort to hide the fact that the contract row over Belo, who played for the Far Eastern University-backed M-Builders despite being under contract with Tanduay Light, made the 78-77 victory a lot more special.

“Kung showbiz na sagot, it’s just any other ordinary game," said Chongson. "Pero ‘yung totoo, hindi lang matamis. Parang may lasang kape pa.”

So elated is Chongson that he said he is ready to put the Belo incident behind him, adding he is leaving it up to management to decide on whether to go after Belo for alleged breach of contract.

“I’ll let management decide,” said Chongson. “Coach din ako eh. May 14 na players pa ako na dapat atupagin. Kung ako lang personally, I’ll just deal with the players that are here kesa isipin ko pa ‘yung wala”

“Hindi ko naman asawa si Belo para iyakan siya. Kung ako lang, I’m ready to move on,” said Chongson.

Belo, for his part, explained that he signed a two-year contract with Tanduay Light last season on the condition that he will be allowed to move if FEU forms a tie-up with a D-League team.

Sam Miguel
11-05-2014, 07:57 AM
PBA slaps 150k fine on D-League coach Lawrence Chongson for ‘hurtful’, ‘unsubstantiated’ comments

Rey Joble, InterAksyon.com · Tuesday, November 4, 2014 · 9:47 pm

The Philippine Basketball Association has slapped a P150,000 fine on controversial PBA D-League coach Lawrence Chongson of Tanduay Light for his public statements where he denounced a lack of parity in the league and insinuated that D-League club Hapee Toothpaste was part of the MVP Group.

“We have a policy here in the PBA that no member of any ball club from the coach to the manager, including the players. No member of the team can issue statements publicly that are inimical to the best interest of the league,” PBA commissioner Chito Salud told News5’s Fraulein Olavario.

“After hearing Coach Lawrence’s side on the interview that he had in one of the outfits in media, this office finds that one, he did issue a statement that I deem to be prejudicial to the best interest of the league. Two, he issued statements that are hurtful and offensive reputation of the other member teams of the PBA D-League,” he said.

“And three, he made an allegation that one of the teams is not independently run, an allegation that I consider to be reckless and unsubstantiated.”

According to Salud, he also advised Chongson to take careful steps during interviews.

Sam Miguel
11-05-2014, 07:59 AM
This should have been posted ahead...

Lawrence Chongson says rant against PBA D-League simply 'wrong choice of words'

From: Reuben Terrado

November 4, 2014, 02:22 pm

Tanduay coach lawrence Chongson appeared before PBA commissioner Chito Salud on Tuesday morning and emerged singing a different tune, saying he didn’t mean to offend anybody with his tirade and simply wants to move on.

TANDUAY Light coach Lawrence Chongson admitted he made a 'wrong choice of words' in his rant against the PBA D-League over its lack of parity, which he said was caused by the MVP group's 'super teams' and resulted in the league luring ‘fly-by-night’ teams.

The controversial Chongson appeared before PBA commissioner Chito Salud on Tuesday morning and emerged singing a different tune, saying he didn’t mean to offend anybody with his tirade and simply wants to move on.

“Ang advice din ni Com (Salud) na para wala na rin masaktan at ma-offend is move forward na,” Chongson told Spin.ph. “Wrong choice of words ko lang ‘yun. Wala naman akong balak ma-offend sila. Ayoko rin naman maka-offend dahil may mga negosyo rin sila."

Chongson also said he didn’t mean to say that Hapee Toothpaste is, in reality, being run by the group of Manny V. Pangilinan after the new D-League ballclub managed to lure most of the top collegiate and amateur basketball players in the country.

“’Yung MVP-run ang Hapee, parang ‘yung mga players (ng MVP group), napunta doon. Hindi ko naman sinabi na sila nagpapatakbo at gumagastos. ‘Yung Hapee naman, may kakayahan naman ‘yun,” said Chongson.

Chongson also said the Tanduay ballclub is ready to move on after they lost Ateneo star Chris Newsome and Far eastern University standout Mac Belo for different reasons.

Tanduay lost Newsome to Hapee when it failed to give him an offer before a five-day grace period lapsed while Belo ended up playing for the FEU-backed MJM M-Builders despite being under contract with the Rhum Masters.

“Ang marching order ni Boss is move forward na. Sa management na nanggaling na move forward na,” said Chongson. To Chongson's credit, he had the last laugh on Monday when he led Tanduay past Belo and the rest of the M-Builders in their first meeting in the D-League season.

A decision on his case is set to be handed out by Salud.

Joescoundrel
11-06-2014, 10:44 AM
PBA commissioner Salud assures concerns over lack of D-League parity being addressed

From: Reuben Terrado

November 5, 2014, 02:04 pm

PBA commissioner Chito Salud says steps are being made to achieve balance in the D-League, long before Tanduay Light coach Lawrence Chongson went on a rant over the lack of parity in the league.

PBA commissioner Chito Salud has assured that concerns over parity in the D-League is being addressed even before controversial statements made by Tanduay Light coach Lawrence Chongson regarding the matter.

Salud said steps are being made to achieve balance in the developmental league, which has seen just two champions in its entire four-year run, with NLEX winning all but one.

To address the problem of top players ending up together in one team, Salud said the league has scrapped the direct-hire system by instituting a rookie draft two years ago.

“Constructive statements regarding parity in the league are welcome because that is the common goal. We want parity,” Salud told Spin.ph after handing out a one-game suspension and a P150,000 fine on Chongson for his rant against the league.

“Remember, our league is young. We jumpstarted this league by allowing our members to recruit openly and instituting a policy of revolving door or, in other words, no permanent members muna,” said Salud.

League parity was put on the spotlight after the outspoken Chongson said other teams are left to fight for second place with the emergence of ‘super teams’ such as NLEX in the past, and now Hapee Toothpaste.

Chongson claimed that due to the perceived imbalance in the competition, the D-League has lost several franchises and instead, ended up luring ‘fly-by-night’ teams.

The Tanduay Light coach has since apologized for his controversial remarks, saying he made the 'wrong choice of words' while trying to express his concerns. The suspension meant Chongson will miss Tanduay Light’s next game against, ironically, Hapee Toothpaste on Thursday.

Salud however, recognizes that it will take time to achieve parity in the early years of the league. “Parity cannot be achieved overnight and it will take time especially in a new league where we allowed open recruitment to attract members,” Salud said.

Achieving parity in the league, Salud added, should not be at the expense of breaking rules. “Parity cannot be achieved by allowing any team to disregard our rules just to be able to get a player without going through the proper process. A team could become stronger by being able to get through the proper process," he said.

“A team could become a stronger team by being able to get a marquee player. Of course, who doesn’t want that. As a commissioner, I want a weaker team to get a stronger player. But rules have to be observed and I cannot use parity or the lack of it as an excuse to allow that team to get a player without observing the correct rules.”

In his talk with Chongson, the commissioner said the Tanduay Light coach was remorseful, even admitting he intended to issue an apology to the teams that he may have offended.

“He explained to me that those teams (owners) are his friends from way back. Clearly, he apologized. In fact, he confided to me that even before he was invited by the PBA, he had intended to write them personally for the wrong choice of words and explained that (he wanted to point out that) they are new teams. He was really thinking of teams who have only stayed for a conference or two. He categorically told me that he didn’t mean that they are ‘fly-by-night corporations’ or ‘fly-by-night teams,” Salud said.

The commissioner also said he and Chongson talked about the statement the coach uttered about Hapee and its relationship with Manny V. Pangilinan.

“On the issue of another team supposedly not being independently run and being owned by another organization, he said that he may have been taken out of context. While it is true that he could have mentioned that, what he referred to really are the common players that those two organizations share dahil one organization (NLEX) took the slot of another organization (Hapee).

“And he and I agreed that both organizations are clearly capable of running a team independently of each other,” said Salud.

AnthonyServinio
11-06-2014, 10:16 PM
https://servssports.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/pbadleague.jpg?w=150&h=112 (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/cafefrance-hapee-cagayan-go-2-0/)

PASIG CITY – CaféFrance grabbed a share of the leadership of the 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup by trouncing a gritty Racal Motors Alibaba, 67-56, Thursday (November 6) at the Ynares Sports Arena. With both teams featuring players from Centro Escolar University and Saint Clare College of Caloocan, they somewhat relived their rivalry from the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU). READ MORE (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/cafefrance-hapee-cagayan-go-2-0/)

Sam Miguel
11-07-2014, 08:38 AM
Hapee quintet flashes top form, ties for lead

Jasmine W. Payo

@inquirerdotnet

Philippine Daily Inquirer

1:36 AM | Friday, November 7th, 2014

Hapee finally flashed its fearsome form as the Fresh Fighters rolled past Tanduay Light, 73-53, yesterday to join the early leaders in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at Ynares Sports Arena.

The Fresh Fighters, playing more in sync than in their debut, zoomed to a 19-6 start and stayed in full control the rest of the way, building leads as big as 30 points, 55-25.

“We played better than the first game, but it will take more effort for us to sustain this,” said Hapee coach Ronnie Magsanoc.

Cafe France and Cagayan Valley also pulled off contrasting victories to join Hapee and idle Jumbo Plastic on top at 2-0.

Cafe France coasted to a 67-56 triumph over newcomer Racal Motors while Cagayan held on to nip Bread Story-Lyceum, 97-94.

Former league MVP Garvo Lanete unloaded half of his 16 points in the first quarter on top of six rebounds and five assists to lead Hapee, which needed a strong windup to turn back AMA University, 69-61, last Monday.

Ray Parks also fired seven of his 12 points in Hapee’s blistering start.

Tanduay, which slipped to 1-1, played minus suspended coach Lawrence Chongson.

Cagayan Valley looked headed to a similar one-sided win, but had to lean on its veterans to outlast Bread Story-Lyceum, 97-94.

Michael Mabulac finished with 24 points and nine rebounds, while Jason Melano added 19 for the Rising Suns, who built a 17-point spread, 69-52.

But Bread Story center Joseph Gabayni exploded for 15 of his game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter to help trim the deficit, 94-91, with 25 ticks left.

The Pirates still had a shot at forging overtime after a Jebb Bulawan triple, 97-94, and a turnover by Cagayan’s Randy Dilay. But Louie Vigil missed a game-tying triple in the dying seconds.

The scores:

First Game

CAGAYAN VALLEY 97—Mabulac 24, Melano 19, Austria 13, Dilay 12, Trollano 12, Capacio 6, Flores 4, Galliguez 3, Salamat 2, Tayongtong 2, Mag-isa 0, Olayon 0, Hernandez 0.

BREAD STORY 94—Gabayni 27, Vigil 15, Gamboa 13, Corpuz 11, Daquioag 11, Jalalon 7, Zamora 5, Bulawan 3, Lasa 2, Baltazar 0 Lao 0, Taladua 0.

Quarters: 27-13, 49-36, 73-62, 97-94

Second Game

CAFE FRANCE 67—Huertas 12, Abundo 12, Ahanmisi 10, Jeruta 7, De Leon 7, Batino 6, Andrada 5, Ebondo 5, Sedurifa 2, Cortez 1, Galanza 0, Noble 0.

RACAL MOTORS 56—Ortuoste 15, Viernes 12, Saitanan 7, Asuncion 6, Ruaya 6, Gil 5, Ibay 2, Jamito 2, Redoh 1, Gabawan 0, Managuelod 0.

Quarters: 21-10, 41-26, 52-43, 67-56

Third Game

HAPEE 73—Lanete 16, Adeogun 13, Parks 12, Amer 7, Newsome 6, Van Opstal 5, Dela Cruz 4, Hayes 4, Koga 3, Thompson 2, Rosario 1, Mendoza 0, Long 0, Sorela 0.

TANDUAY LIGHT 53—Sumang 13, Roño 10, Foronda 8, Ilagan 6, Abrigo 5, De Leon 3, De Vera 2, Banal 2, Belencion 2, Tagarda 2, Mandani 0, Ignacio 0, Jumao-as 0, Cenal 0.

Quarters: 19-6, 39-21, 55-30, 73-53

AnthonyServinio
11-10-2014, 11:29 PM
https://servssports.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/pbadleague.jpg?w=150&h=112 (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/hapee-all-alone-at-the-top/)

PASIG CITY – Powerhouse Hapee Fresh Fighters snatched the solo leadership of the 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Monday (November 10) at the Ynares Sports Arena by thumping MJM M-Builders, 79-66. The Fresh Fighters improved to 3-0 while the Builders sank to 0-3. READ MORE (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/hapee-all-alone-at-the-top/)

Joescoundrel
11-12-2014, 09:49 AM
Hapee wins third straight with rout of MJM

By Randolph B. Leongson

November 10, 2014

MANILA – Hapee banked on a strong start and held off a furious MJM squad, 79-66, for its third straight win in the 2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Monday at the Ynares Sports Arena.

Ola Adeogun ignited the Fresh Fighters’ hot start as he had 11 of his 18 points in the first quarter, and finished with eight rebounds as Hapee posted a 15-point halftime lead, 39-24.

The lead continued to balloon in the third quarter after an Adeogun split from the line to reach its peak at 20, 50-30, but MJM slowly chucked away the lead behind Mac Belo for the remainder of the third.

The M-Builders continued their rally and cut the deficit to just six, 67-61 with 5:45 remaining in the game after an 11-0 run capped off by a fastbreak from Glenn Khobuntin, but Hapee answered back with a 9-0 blast of their own, anchored by Troy Rosario, to put the game away, 76-61, with 2:46 remaining.

Rosario finished with 14 points and seven rebounds, while Baser Amer got 11.

Bobby Ray Parks also finished with 10 markers, eight rebounds, and six assists.

“It’s a good test of character sa mga boys. When things are not going right, they come together and play tough defense,” said Hapee coach Ronnie Magsanoc.

Belo led the M-Builders with 16 points, while Mike Tolomia got 10 markers and eight assists.

The Scores:

Hapee 79 – Adeogun 18, Rosario 14, Amer 11, Parks 10, Thompson 9, Lanete 7, Newsome 5, Hayes 3, dela Cruz 2, Van Opstal 0, Long 0.

MJM 66 – Belo 16, Tolomia 10, Alolino 9, Khobuntin 8, Perez 7, Mendoza 7, Pogoy 6, Jose 2, Javelona 1, Cruz 0, Iñigo 0, Neypes 0.

Quarters: 21-10, 39-24, 63-48, 79-66.

Joescoundrel
11-12-2014, 09:50 AM
Nash Racela gives his thoughts on his first ejection

By Randolph B. Leongson

November 10, 2014

MANILA – As unusual as it may seem, MJM coach Nash Racela uncharacteristically got ejected in the M-Builders’ game against Hapee on Monday in the 2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena.

With the M-Builders trailing the Fresh Fighters, 35-24, at the 52.0 mark of the second quarter, the soft-spoken bench tactician got whistled for two technicals after complaining to the referees what he saw were non-calls against Hapee’s Ola Adeogun.

His first technical was for entering the playing court, and his second, which was attested some moments later, was for physically contacting an official.

Racela argued that he was just protecting his players, saying, “Tinutulak na ni Ola yung mga players, ayaw pa nilang tawagan. Pano na pag nag-away yang mga yan?”

The FEU coach also said that he was just showing the referees how Adeogun was pushing his wards, but Racela claims that referee Melchor Lasaga came in contact with him which triggered the call.

Known for his calm demeanor, coach Nash said that this is probably the first ejection he had since he started coaching in the late-1990s.

Assistant coach Josh Reyes took the lead in the wake of Racela’s ejection for the M-Builders.

Joescoundrel
11-12-2014, 09:51 AM
Wangs Basketball burns Racal, posts wire to wire victory

By Randolph B. Leongson

November 10, 2014

MANILA – Wangs bounced back from its loss against MP Hotel with a decisive 80-72 victory over Racal Motors Monday in the 2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena.

Michael Miranda led Wangs with a double-double of 15 points, 11 coming in the second half, and 11 rebounds, while Rocky Acidre also had 15 markers, nine of which also in the final two quarters, along with six boards, four assists, and three steals.

Macky Acosta kickstarted Wangs rally, scoring 10 in the first half and finished with 13 points, as Paolo Pontejos chimed in 12.

“Ok yung kumpyansa ng mga bata ngayon unlike sa last game namin. Naging lesson sa kanila yun,” said Wangs coach Pablo Lucas, whose wards improve to 2-1.

“Yung intensity at aggressiveness sa depensa, andun. Maganda yung ball movement at na-set yung mga plays today.”

Wangs ran Racal to the ground with their fastbreaks, outscoring the Alibaba in the open court, 23-12.

Raymond Jamito’s 19-point and 12-rebound performance went down the drain as Racal fell for the third straight game.

Jeff Viernes contributed 13 points, while Michael Di Gregorio had 10.

The Scores:

Wangs Basketball 80 – Acidre 15, Miranda 15, Acosta 13, Pontejos 12, Montemayor 7, Acuña 5, Montuano 5, Mendoza 4, Rosopa 2, Arambulo 2, Lina 0.

Racal Motors 72 – Jamito 19, Viernes 13, Di Gregorio 10, Gabawan 9, Teodoro 7, Ruaya 6, Ortuoste 6, Asuncion 2, Ibay 0, Gil 0, Mercader 0, Saitanan 0, Publico 0.

Quarters: 19-19, 42-35, 63-59, 80-72.

AnthonyServinio
11-13-2014, 11:21 PM
https://servssports.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/pbadleague.jpg?w=150&h=112 (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/three-straight-for-cafefrance-cagayan-valley/)

PASIG CITY – The CaféFrance Bakers and Cagayan Valley Rising Suns joined idle Hapee Fresh Fighters in a three-way logjam at the top of the 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup with hard-earned victories Thursday (November 13) at the Ynares Sports Arena. All three teams tote similar 3-0 win-loss records in the three-week old tournament. READ MORE (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/three-straight-for-cafefrance-cagayan-valley/)

Joescoundrel
11-14-2014, 08:26 AM
Bakers, Suns still unbeaten

CAFE FRANCE, CAGAYAN TIE HAPEE

Jasmine W. Payo

@inquirerdotnet

Philippine Daily Inquirer

3:06 AM | Friday, November 14th, 2014

Cafe France hit a barrage of triples in the second half to clip Jumbo Plastic, 66-61, and grab a share of the lead in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup yesterday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Cagayan Valley also joined Cafe France and idle Hapee on top at 3-0 by hacking out a 79-76 victory over Cebuana Lhuillier.

More than half of Cafe France’s total output came from beyond the arc as the Bakers posted 13 triples, including five straight in the third period where they outscored the Giants, 21-8.

Rodrigue Ebondo, the Bakers’ Congolese center, fired 12 of his 16 points from three-point range, on top of 13 rebounds and three blocks.

The Rising Suns leaned on Abel Galliguez and Don Trollano, who combined for 43 points to fuel Cagayan’s comeback from early double-digit deficits against a Gems side that had Kevin Ferrer, Almond Vosotros and Norbert Torres catching fire at the start.

“The win gives the team more confidence now that Moala is coming,” said Galliguez as the Rising Suns stayed unbeaten even without top rookie pick Moala Tautuaa, the 6-foot-7 Filipino-Tongan who is expected to arrive soon.

Earlier, newcomer Bread Story upset Tanduay Light, 69-64, to break into the win column.

The scores:

First Game

BREAD STORY 69—Jalalon 15, Gamboa 8, Gabayni 8, Daquioag 8, Vigil 7, Mbomiko 6, Taladua 6, Lasa 5, Corpuz 2, Baltazar 2, Elmerjab 2, Lao 0, Bulawan 0.

TANDUAY LIGHT 64—Foronda 11, Roño 10, Cenal 7, Mandani 6, Sumang 6, Belencion 6, Ilagan 4, Ignacio 3, De Leon 3, Abrigo 2, Jumao-as 2, Banal 2, Tagarda 2.

Quarters: 20-24, 39-45, 55-52, 69-64

Second Game

CAFE FRANCE 66—Ebondo 16, Sedurifa 12, Galanza 11, Jeruta 8, Abundo 6, Cortez 4, Huertas 3, Ahanmisi 3, Habelito 2, Andrada 1, De Leon 0, Noble 0, Batino 0.

JUMBO PLASTIC 61—Eguilos 11, Sabelina 8, Magat 8, Lozada 8, Cruz 7, Heruela 7, Rios 3, King 3, Rosales 2, Maiquez 2, Villamor 2, Terso 0, Petilos 0, Javier 0.

Quarters: 13-16, 32-36, 53-44, 66-61

Third Game

CAGAYAN VALLEY 79—Galliguez 22, Trollano 21, Mabulac 12, Dilay 7, Flores 7, Melano 4, Salamat 3, Tayongtong 2, Austria 1, Mag-isa 0.

CEBUANA LHUILLIER 76—Torres 15, Ferrer 15, Vosotros 15, Villhermosa 13, A. Mangahas 9, Enciso 3, Zamar 2, Lopez 2, Guinto 2, Sison 0, Arellano 0. J. Mangahas 0, Sarangay 0.

Quarters: 12-23, 37-44, 59-60, 79-76

AnthonyServinio
11-17-2014, 11:02 PM
https://servssports.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/img_20141117_132814.jpg?w=300&h=225 (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/racal-motors-finally-wins/)

PASIG CITY – Racal Motors Alibaba welcomed newly-hired head coach Carlos Garcia with the team’s first win, a 74-65 decision over the skidding MP Hotel Warriors in continuing action from the 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Monday (November 17) at the Ynares Sports Arena. Garcia took over from Coach Jinino Y. Manansala effective November 12 after the team began its campaign with a three-game losing streak. READ MORE (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/racal-motors-finally-wins/)

Sam Miguel
11-18-2014, 08:08 AM
MJM scores breakthrough D-League win over AMA University

By Rivals PH

November 17, 2014

MANILA – MJM did not let its fatigue get the better of them as the M-Builders notched its first win in the 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup with an imposing 90-75 victory against AMA University on Monday at the Ynares Sports Arena.

Composed of the core players of FEU Tamaraws and NU Bulldogs who saw action in the PCCL, the M-Builders blasted the Titans in the second quarter and kept their 10-point cushion for the rest of the game.

Mac Belo finished 19 points on an 8-of-10 shooting from the field, on top of four rebounds, and two steals to carry MJM to its first victory.

Mike Parala added 14, Glenn Khobuntin chipped in 12, while Dan Alberto and Raymar Jose both ended up with 10 markers in the win.

“It’s nice to finally win in the D-League. Wala kaming practice kasi we had to play for the PCCL,” said MJM coach Nash Racela.

Joshua Cubillo had 19 points for AMA, while Philip Paniamogan chimed in 13. – Rivals 2014

The Scores:

MJM 90 – Belo 19, Parala 14, Khobuntin 12, Jose 10, Alberto 10, Tolomia 9, Tesoro 8, Inigo 5, Cruz 2, Mendoza 1, Pineda 0, Dennison 0.

AMA University 75 – Cubillo 19, Paniamogan 13, Eriobu 11, Camasura 10, Balucanag 9, Taganas 7, Ballesteros 2, Sabangan 2, Magpantay 2, Santiago 0, Purdy 0, Dizon 0, Cruz 0, Casajeros 0.

Sam Miguel
11-18-2014, 08:10 AM
Hapee scores gritty win over Bread Story-LPU to stay undefeated

By Rivals PH

November 17, 2014 23

MANILA – It was a highly physcial match, but when push comes to shove, expect the mightier team to pull through.

Hapee nailed its fourth straight victory at the expense of Bread Story-LPU, 67-52, Monday in the 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena.

Bobby Ray Parks captained the victory, setting the tone for the game by scoring 10 of his game-high 18 points in the first quarter, as the Fresh Fighters jumped to a 24-12 edge after one.

It was a complete defensive masterpiece, meanwhile, in the second canto, as Hapee limited the Pirates to just four points as Hapee continued to build the 37-16 halftime lead. Bread Story still managed to trim the deficit to just 13 points, but Kirk Long and Art dela Cruz averted a meltdown as they hit timely baskets to quash their opponent’s rally.

“We just had a very good start,” said Hapee coach Ronnie Magsanoc. “I’m just happy with how the players are committed on playing really good defense. I think that spelled the difference in this game.”

Long contributed 11 points to Hapee’s cause, while Baser Amer wounded up with eight.

NCAA MVP Earl Scottie Thompson also had an all-around performance with his six markers, six boards, five assists, and four steals.

Joseph Gabayni led Bread Story with 14 points, nine rebounds, and three steals, as they fall to 1-3. – Rivals 2014

The Scores:

Hapee 67 – Parks 18, Long 11, Amer 8, Lanete 7, Thompson 6, Dela Cruz 6, Adeogon 5, Rosario 3, Hayes 2, Van Opstal 1.

Bread Story-LPU 52 – Gabayni 14, Gamboa 9, Taladua 9, Vigil 7, Daquioag 4, Bulawan 3, Mbomiko 2, Baltazar 2, Corpuz 1, Lacastesantos 1, Lao 0, Elmejrab 0, Lasa 0.

Sam Miguel
11-18-2014, 08:11 AM
Caloy Garcia-mentored Racal Motors sinks MP Hotel for first win in D-League

By Rivals PH

November 17, 2014

MANILA – After three straight losses, a change of scenery is what the Racal Motors management wanted when coach Jinino Manansala stepped down from his post.

And with new head coach Caloy Garcia now at the helm, the Alibaba got what they wanted.

Racal Motors scored their first win in four outings with a 74-65 win Monday in the 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena.

Jeff Viernes and Raymond Jamito led the charge in an all-around team performance for the Alibaba, as both scored nine points apiece, but it was Raphy Reyes who proved to be the difference maker as he had eight markers and six dimes to anchor Racal to its breakthrough victory.

“It’s a good win. Medyo nangangapa pa kaming coaching staff and the players dahil nawala ako for three days. We’re still in a feeling out process,” said Garcia, who was in Davao City for the Rain or Shine-Meralco out-of-town game on Saturday.

Racal used a strong third quarter run capped off by a 10-0 blast at the end of the period to take a 60-45 advantage.

Wowie Escosio topscored for the Warriors with 12 points and 16 boards, as MP Hotel falls to 1-3. – Rivals 2014

Sam Miguel
11-18-2014, 10:03 AM
Top PBA prospect Moala Tautuaa braces for physicality as he begins stint with Cagayan Valley

From: Reuben Terrado

November 17, 2014, 06:27 pm

AT first glance, Filipino-Tongan Moala Tautuaa can easily be mistaken for Houston Rockets star James Harden. But the beard and looks are not the only thing they have in common.

“I also played against him in high school,” bared Tautuaa, who played for Clairemont High School in San Diego, California which squared off with Harden’s Artesia High School based in Lakewood.

After a long wait, Tautuaa has finally arrived in the country to join the Cagayan Valley Rising Suns in the D-League, his first step in his journey to his mother's homeland where he hopes to play in the PBA.

The 6-7 Tautuaa was made the top pick overall by the Rising Suns in the D-League draft but had to wrap up his commitments with Asean Basketball League side Malaysia Dragons before coming over.

After the gruelling ABL season, Tautuaa said he is ready to play for the Rising Suns on Thursday against Café France, knowing fully well he can expect a more physical game than he is accustomed to.

“Extremely physical and rough,” the 25-year-old Tautuaa said after watching Sunday’s thrilling PBA game between San Miguel and Barangay Ginebra. “Nothing like the ABL. It will be a different ballgame.”

Tautuaa admitted he is extra motivated going to his D-League stint after coming off a title loss to the Hi-Tech Bangkok City in the ABL Finals.

“I’m hungrier. We lost to the finals. It hurts. I wanted that. I always step on the court looking for a title. I don’t see how it’s going to be different this time,” said Tautuaa.

Tautuaa said he has yet to take a look at the other teams in the ongoing Aspirants Cup, but that is the least of his concerns right now. “Right now, I’m not so much concerned about my opponent. I’m more concerned about myself,” said Tautuaa.

AnthonyServinio
11-21-2014, 02:47 AM
https://servssports.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/pbadleague.jpg?w=150&h=112 (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/11/21/cagayan-valley-rises-to-4-0/)

PASIG CITY – It was definitely worth the wait as top rookie draft pick Moala Tautuaa finally joined the Cagayan Valley Rising Suns and powered them to their fourth straight win in as many games, 89-84, in double overtime against erstwhile undefeated CaféFrance Bakers Thursday (November) at the resumption of the 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena. The wide-bodied 6’6” Tautuaa had to finish his playing obligations in Malaysia thus forcing him to sit out the Rising Suns’ first three victories. READ MORE (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/11/21/cagayan-valley-rises-to-4-0/)

AnthonyServinio
11-24-2014, 11:57 PM
https://servssports.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/pbadleague.jpg?w=150&h=112 (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/bread-story-ama-leave-cellar/)

QUEZON CITY – Bread Story-Lyceum and AMA University broke away from the big logjam at the bottom of the standings by tallying their second wins at the resumption of the 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the JCSGO Gym Monday (November 24). Entering the day, six teams were tied with similar 1-3 win-loss cards. READ MORE (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/bread-story-ama-leave-cellar/)

Joescoundrel
11-25-2014, 09:10 AM
Fil-Tongan Moala Tautuaa enjoying physicality in Philippine basketball: ‘You have to be strong here’

Rey Joble, InterAksyon.com · Monday, November 24, 2014 · 9:36 am

PBA aspirant Moala Tautuaa, a burly, 6-foot-7 Fil-Tongan currently plying his trade with the unbeaten Cagayan Rising Sun in the PBA D-League, is aware of the high expectations that Filipino basketball fans have for part-foreign players like him.

“Growing up, my mom told me about it,” Tautuaa told InterAksyon.com in an exclusive interview.

Tautuaa’s Filipina mother Romanita hails from Cabanatuan, and watched the PBA for many years before they moved to the US. Tautuaa’s father, Moala, Sr., never played ball but did pass on some good genes from his side of the family.

“But I got my height from my grandfather who is seven feet tall,” he added.

Expectations will be high for Tautuaa, especially after the accomplishments of another Fil-Tongan in his own decorated career.

Asi Taulava, the 6-foot-9 NLEX center, has won the MVP award in both the PBA and the ABL, the only local player to do so. ‘The Rock’ has won titles in both leagues. Nearly two decades after his debut in Philippine basketball, the 41-year-old is still holding his own against the bigger, younger new breed of centers in the PBA.

Tautuaa may be following in the footsteps of Taulava, but definitely brings his own brand of basketball.

Tautuaa caught the fancy of local basketball experts after his impressive performance in the ABL where he helped the Westport Malaysia Dragons, a team coached by Filipino Ariel Vanguardia, to the championship just recently.

He also impressed in his D-League debut, scoring a game-high 26 points and grabbing seven rebounds in a victory over Café France.

Prior to playing his first game in the D-League, Tautuaa watched a live PBA game and was quickly entertained. He believes the quality of game – a highly-physical game – suits his playing style best.

“PBA is more physical than the ABL. In the ABL, tic-tac fouls is called more often. Here, they allow you to play physical. You have to be strong here. I like that part. I’m a physical guy. That kinda helps me in the ABL,” he added.

Tautuaa also brings a distinct look to the game, sporting an impressive beard similar to what NBA star James Harden has.

“No plans to shave the beard. It looks comfortable while it’s growing on me. It looks good. It suits me, I’m a big man, a burly man, and I like it,” he added.

AnthonyServinio
11-27-2014, 11:14 PM
https://servssports.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/img_20141127_141303.jpg?w=300&h=225 (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/11/27/eight-is-enough-for-hapee/)

MANILA – Hapee Fresh Fighters hardly felt the absence of six players and showed up with the required minimum of eight and still managed to hack out a 72-66 decision over a full-strength Cebuana Lhuillier Gems Thursday (November 27) as the 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup visited the Technological Institute of the Philippines Gym. The Fresh Fighters again assumed the solo leadership of the 12-team league with a perfect 5-0 win-loss slate. READ MORE (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/11/27/eight-is-enough-for-hapee/)

Sam Miguel
11-28-2014, 08:20 AM
Bread Story slams undermanned MJM squad

By Rivals PH

on November 24, 2014

MANILA – Bread Story-LPU escaped a furious end-game rally from an undermanned MJM squad to notch its second win in the 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Monday at the JSCGO Gym in Cubao.

The Smashing Bakers fired an 8-2 run to open the second half and erect a nine-point cushion, 54-45, and would keep the distance for the rest of the game, until the M-Builders rallied back late in the fourth and got to as close as six, 95-89, with 1:51 left to play.

But Jiovanni Jalalon, Jackson Corpuz, and Louie Vigil staved off that run and secured the victory for Bread Story.

Corpuz led the all-out attack for the Smashing Bakers with 18 points, 12 coming in the second half, to go with six rebounds, while Jalalon and Ed Daquioag both had 16 markers apiece.

Joseph Gabayni also got a double-double with his 15 points and 13 rebounds.

“Na-take advantage naman namin yung kakulangan nila,” said Bread Story-LPU coach Bonnie Tan. “It’s more on experience talaga ang habol, and exposure for the Lyceum players.”

Mac Belo’s 30-point and 10-rebound night went down the drain with the loss, as MJM fell to 1-4.

The Scores:

Bread Story-LPU 108 – Corpuz 18, Daquioag 16, Jalalon 16, Gabayni 15, Mbomiko 11, Vigil 11, Gamboa 6, Taladua 6, Bulawan 6, Baltazar 3, Lao 0, Elmejrab 0, Lasa 0.

MJM 97 – Belo 30, Tesoro 18, Khobuntin 11, Jose 10, Dennison 10, Mendoza 6, Perez 6, Cruz 4, Inigo 2, Alberto 0, Pineda 0.

Quarters: 24-26, 46-43, 77-66, 108-97.

Sam Miguel
11-28-2014, 08:20 AM
Jumbo Plastic shows no love for Manny Pacquiao’s MP Hotel

By Randolph B. Leongson

on November 24, 2014

MANILA – Jumbo Plastic jumped right off the gates and never looked back as they destroyed MP Hotel, 94-57, Monday in the 2015 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the JSCGO Gym in Cubao.

Marion Magat scattered his 18 points and had nine boards, while Denice Villamor added 13 markers in the victory to give the Giants its fourth win in five games.

“Nasustain namin yung umpisa, di sila nakareact, kaya tinuloy-tuloy na namin,” said Jumbo Plastic coach Stevenson Tiu.

After a 15-6 first quarter lead, the Giants fired a 30-point second period as the squad got up to as high as 40, 86-46, and were never really threatened by the Warriors.

Jumbo Plastic forced 31 turnovers against MP Hotel, which translated to 37 points in their favor. They also made a living down low, outscoring the Warriors in the paint, 58-34.

Wowie Escosio got 11 points and eight boards in the loss for MP Hotel, while JR Sumido added 10.

The Scores:

Jumbo Plastic 94 – Magat 18, Villamor 13, Cruz 11, Maiquez 9, Rosales 8, King 8, Javier 8, Rios 6, Colina 6, Eguilos 5, Terso 2, Petilos 0.

MP Hotel 57 – Escosio 11, Sumido 10, McCarthy 9, Calo 9, Pacquiao 8, Collado 3, Bulac 2, Morillo 2, Yusop 2, Masaglang 1, Yaya 0, Hainga 0, Belorio 0.

Quarters: 15-6, 45-16, 71-36, 94-57. - Rivals 2012

Sam Miguel
11-28-2014, 08:21 AM
Jay-R Taganas posts 20-20 as AMA licks Racal

By Randolph B. Leongson

on November 24, 2014

MANILA – AMA University hung on to an 83-76 victory over Racal Motors Monday in the 2015 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the JSCGO Gym in Cubao.

Philip Paniamogan dropped all of his 22 points in the second half, while Jay-R Taganas registered a monster 21-point, 20-rebound statline to steer the Titans to its second victory.

Joshua Cubillo also had 12 markers and six boards, while Joseph Eriobu also got a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

“We did good pressure defense. Nagrelax lang kami kaya nakadikit yung Racal,” said AMA coach Mark Herrera.

After posting a 22-point edge, 57-35, with four minutes left in the third, the Alibaba made an inspired run in the fourth and trimmed the lead down to four, 76-72, with 2:12 remaining. However, Paniamogan and Eriobu nailed timely hits as AMA grabbed its second win.

Jamil Ortuoste led the Alibaba with 21 points, as Jeff Viernes had 15 markers and seven rebounds.

The Scores:

AMA University 83 – Paniamogan 22, Taganas 21, Cubillo 12, Eriobu 10, Camasura 8, Balucanag 8, Casajeros 2, Purdy 0, Sabangan 0, Torres 0.

Racal Motors 76 – Ortuoste 21, Viernes 15, Jamito 12, Ibay 9, Reyes 7, Saitanan 6, Gil 3, Gabawan 2, Di Gregorio 1, Mercader 0, Canta 0, Ruaya 0, Publico 0.

Quarters: 21-14, 36-31, 62-51, 76-83. - Rivals 2014

Sam Miguel
11-28-2014, 08:23 AM
Undermanned Hapee turns back Cebuana to claim 4th win

By Randolph B. Leongson

on November 27, 2014

MANILA – No San Beda boys, no problem.

An undermanned Hapee squad outlasted a pesky Cebuana Lhuillier squad, 72-66, to notch its fourth win and stay at the top of the 2015 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Thursday at the TIP Gym.

Playing with just eight guys, the Fresh Fighters gutted out the victory despite an end-game rally from the Gems to stay undefeated in the tourney.

Bobby Ray Parks captained Hapee with his 23 points and seven rebounds, as Garvo Lanete contributed 12 markers, eight in the fourth, in the win.

Troy Rosario just missed out on a double-double with his nine points and 14 boards.

“Second quarter pa lang, ramdam na namin eh,” said Fresh Fighters coach Ronnie Magsanoc, as he missed players from the San Beda Red Lions who are simultaneously playing in the PCCL. “Yung ginawa ni coach Boycie (Zamar) na bilisan yung pace and ball pressure, nahirapan talaga kami.”

Hapee came out of the gates blazing and took an early 13-point advantage, 33-20.

But fatigue kicked in for the Fresh Fighters, as Cebuana Lhuillier kept on fighting until the end and got to as close as two after a Mar Villahermosa three, 65-63 in the final three minutes.

Unfortunately for the Gems, Almond Vosotros cannot buy a basket as Parks, Lanete, and Earl Thompson iced the game for Hapee from the charity stripe.

“They were strong, played team basketball, and we rode their shoulders in today’s game,” Magsanoc said. “They promised they’ll get the win. Buo ang loob nila and andun yung desire to play through. We cannot say anything about the effort of these eight players.”

Vosotros led Cebuana (2-3) with 20 points, as Villahermosa wounded up with 14. - Rivals 2014

The Scores:

Hapee 72 - Parks 23, Lanete 12, Rosario 9, Long 9, Hayes 7, Thompson 5, Newsome 5, Van Opstal 2.

Cebuana Lhuillier 66 - Vosotros 20, Villahermos 14, A. Mangahas 9, Torres 7, Guinto 6, Enciso 5, Ferrer 2, Arellano 2, Lopez 1, Canlas 0, Acibar 0, Zamar 0, J. Mangahas 0, Sarangay 0.

Quarters: 22-13, 35-28, 52-42, 72-66.

Sam Miguel
11-28-2014, 08:24 AM
CafeFrance gets back on track with win over Tanduay Light

By Randolph B. Leongson

on November 27, 2014

MANILA – CafeFrance bounced back from its first loss and squeaked past Tanduay Light, 69-59, Thursday in the 2015 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the TIP Gym.

Jam Cortez led the Bakers with 12 points, eight in the first, as Joseph Sedurifa added 11 markers.

Maverick Ahamisi also got 10 points despite fouling out.

“I’m very happy kasi nakabawi kami sa talo namin. It’s a good character ng team na naka-bounce back so happy kami lahat,” said CafeFrance coach Egay Macaraya.

The Bakers used a 12-0 run to erect a 18-6 lead early and kept that distance for the rest of the way.

But Roi Sumang willed the Rhum Masters back in the fourth, as he dropped 11 points to trim the lead as low as eight, 63-55, with 1:33 to play.

However, Jonar Huertas and Aaron Jeruta drained timely hits as CafeFrance coasted to their fourth win in five games.

Without head coach Lawrence Chongson, Tanduay fell to its fourth straight outing and dropped to 1-4.

Sumang had 17 points in the losing effort for the Rhum Masters. - Rivals 2014

The Scores:

CafeFrance 69 - Cortez 12, Sedurifa 11, Ahanmisi 11, Ebondo 9, Galanza 8, Huertas 6, Jeruta 5, De Leon 4, Abundo 2, Batino 2, Noble 0, Andrada 0.

Tanduay Light 59 - Sumang 17, Banal 8, Tagarda 7, Riño 7, Escueta 4, Mandani 4, Ignacio 4, Foronda 3, Santos 2, Belencion 2, Ilagan 1, Jumao-as 0.

Quarters: 20-10, 34-19, 46-32, 69-59.

AnthonyServinio
12-02-2014, 12:49 AM
https://servssports.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/pbadleague.jpg?w=150&h=113 (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/number-two-for-racal-motors/)

QUEZON CITY – Racal Motors Alibaba pulled off the biggest shocker so far entering the halfway point of the 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup by cutting down the Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants, 77-66, last Monday (December 1) at the Jesus Christ Saves Global Outreach Gym. The victory allowed Racal to break out from a four-way logjam at the bottom of the standings and improved its win-loss record to 2-4. READ MORE (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/number-two-for-racal-motors/)

AnthonyServinio
12-05-2014, 02:30 AM
https://servssports.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/pbadleague.jpg?w=150&h=113 (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/tanduay-light-ends-slump-cagayan-valley-5-0/)

PASIG CITY – Tanduay Light Rhum Masters ended its four-game losing slumping by edging out a game Wang’s Basketball in overtime, 77-74, in continuing action from the 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Thursday (December 4) at the Ynares Sports Arena. Coach Lawrence Chongson returned to active duty as his Rhum Masters improved to 2-4 and move to within striking distance of the upper half of the standings. READ MORE (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/tanduay-light-ends-slump-cagayan-valley-5-0/)

AnthonyServinio
12-12-2014, 01:23 AM
https://servssports.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/dsc0320.jpg?w=300&h=225 (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/12/12/amazing-ahanmisi-lifts-bakers/)

PASIG CITY – CaféFrance rode on the broad shoulders of guard Maverick Ahanmisi as he was a virtual one-man army in lifting the Bakers past MJM M-Builders, 82-73, last Thursday (December 11) at the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena. The Bakers of Coach Edgar Macaraya upped their win-loss record to 5-1 and stayed within range for one of two outright semifinal seats. READ MORE (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/12/12/amazing-ahanmisi-lifts-bakers/)

AnthonyServinio
12-15-2014, 09:36 PM
https://servssports.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/dsc0379.jpg?w=300&h=225 (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/seven-and-counting-for-hapee/)

MARIKINA CITY – Hapee Fresh Fighters moved a step closer to an outright semifinal berth by bamboozling the CaféFrance Bakers, 70-55, as the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup visited the Marikina Sports Center for the first time this conference last Monday (December 15). The Fresh Fighters continued to rule the roost of the 12-team tournament with an unblemished 7-0 win-loss record while the Bakers dropped to 5-2. READ MORE (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/seven-and-counting-for-hapee/)

AnthonyServinio
12-18-2014, 08:38 PM
https://servssports.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/dsc0637.jpg?w=225&h=300 (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/12/18/cafefrance-wins-bread-wars/)

PASIG CITY – CaféFrance banked on the volcanic scoring of Joseph Sedurifa to win bragging rights over business rival Bread Story-Lyceum, 88-74, and return to the winning track of the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena last Thursday (December 18). More importantly, the Bakers of Coach Edgar Macaraya further cemented their grip on Third Place with an improved 6-2 win-loss card. READ MORE (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/12/18/cafefrance-wins-bread-wars/)

AnthonyServinio
12-23-2014, 12:18 PM
https://servssports.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/dsc0915.jpg?w=300&h=225 (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/12/23/hapee-cagayan-feast-on-foes/)

MARIKINA CITY – Pacesetters Hapee Fresh Fighters and Cagayan Valley Rising Suns maintained their unblemished records and one-two position atop the standings after completion of the final games for the year for the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Monday (December 22) at the Marikina Sports Center. The Fresh Fighters slammed the MP Hotel Warriors, 84-63, while the Rising Suns needed overtime to put away Racal Motors Alibaba, 95-89. READ MORE (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/12/23/hapee-cagayan-feast-on-foes/)

AnthonyServinio
12-30-2014, 12:24 AM
https://servssports.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/pbadleague.jpg?w=150&h=113 (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/12/30/tautuaa-is-scoring-leader/)

ROOKIE BIG man Moala Tautuaa of the Cagayan Valley Rising Suns is definitely living up to his billing as the top pick in the last rookie draft of the PBA D-League by emerging as the 2014-2015 Aspirants Cup’s leading scorer entering the two-week holiday break. Despite missing his team’s first three games due to a professional commitment in Malaysia, the burly 6’6” center is averaging 16.0 points in four appearances as the Rising Suns stayed undefeated in all their seven games. READ MORE (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/12/30/tautuaa-is-scoring-leader/)

AnthonyServinio
01-06-2015, 04:17 AM
https://servssports.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/dsc0556.jpg?w=300&h=225 (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/01/06/cagayan-hapee-open-2015-perfect/)

QUEZON CITY – The Hapee Fresh Fighters and the Cagayan Valley Rising Suns carried on their winning ways into the New Year as both teams hacked out convincing triumphs over separate opponents at the resumption of the 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Monday (January 5) at the Jesus Christ Saves Global Outreach (JCSGO) Gym. The Fresh Fighters overcame Racal Motors Alibaba, 70-60, while the Rising Suns topped the AMA University Titans, 89-78. READ MORE (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/01/06/cagayan-hapee-open-2015-perfect/)

AnthonyServinio
01-09-2015, 03:32 AM
https://servssports.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/dsc0697.jpg?w=225&h=300 (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/cagayan-9-0-in-day-of-ot-thrillers/)

QUEZON CITY – The Cagayan Valley Rising Suns quietly moved into a tie with idle Hapee Fresh Fighters for the leadership of the 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Thursday (January 8) at the Jesus Christ Saves Global Outreach (JCSGO). Earlier, two crucial games went into overtime as teams continued to jockey for playoff position or simple survival. READ MORE (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/cagayan-9-0-in-day-of-ot-thrillers/)

AnthonyServinio
01-13-2015, 12:08 AM
https://servssports.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/dsc0105.jpg?w=225&h=300 (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/cafefrance-locks-third-place/)

QUEZON CITY – The CaféFrance Bakers stretched their winning streak to three games and in the process sealed their lock on the third playoff seed of the 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Jesus Christ Saves Global Outreach (JCSGO) Gym Monday (January 12) at the expense of the struggling AMA University Titans in overtime, 74-68. The Bakers of Coach Edgar Macaraya will enjoy the twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals later this month. READ MORE (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/cafefrance-locks-third-place/)

AnthonyServinio
01-16-2015, 12:34 AM
https://servssports.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/dsc0080.jpg?w=300&h=225 (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/01/15/hapee-perfect-10-racal-bread-story-stay-alive/)

QUEZON CITY – Hapee Fresh Fighters cruised to their 10th straight win to assume solo leadership of the 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Thursday (January 15) at the Jesus Christ Saves Global Outreach (JCSGO) Gym by cutting down to size Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants, 82-56. Meanwhile, the battle for the remaining playoff spots intensified as Racal Motors Alibaba and Bread Story-Lyceum registered victories of their own. READ MORE (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/01/15/hapee-perfect-10-racal-bread-story-stay-alive/)

AnthonyServinio
01-20-2015, 12:35 AM
https://servssports.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/dsc0190.jpg?w=300&h=225 (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/01/20/tanduay-light-one-foot-in/)

SAN JUAN City – The Tanduay Light Rhum Masters capitalized on their opportunity to put a foot inside the quarterfinals of the 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup by plastering the AMA University Titans, 74-66, in continuing action Monday (January 19) at the San Juan Arena. Earlier in the day, the Rhum Masters received an assist from quarterfinal qualifier Cebuana Lhuillier Gems who walloped Bread Story-Lyceum, 90-78. READ MORE (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/01/20/tanduay-light-one-foot-in/)

AnthonyServinio
01-22-2015, 11:52 PM
https://servssports.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/dsc0631.jpg?w=300&h=225 (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/01/22/cagayan-is-top-seed/)

PASIG CITY – Abel Galliguez hit a triple with a second left on the clock to lift the Cagayan Valley Rising Suns over the Hapee Fresh Fighters, 80-77, in the marquee game from the 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Thursday (January 22) at the Ynares Sports Arena. The Rising Suns thus assured themselves of the top seeding after the elimination round with a 10-0 win-loss card with one more game to play while the Fresh Fighters tasted their first defeat to close their assignments at 10-1 with both teams earning outright slots in the semifinals. READ MORE (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/01/22/cagayan-is-top-seed/)

AnthonyServinio
01-26-2015, 11:17 PM
https://servssports.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/dsc0515.jpg?w=300&h=225 (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/bread-story-enters-quarters/)

MARIKINA CITY – Entering the game with loads of pressure on their backs, Bread Story-Lyceum worked hard till the last second to stop Racal Motors Alibaba, 93-90, and claim the final quarterfinal spot in the 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Marikina Sports Center Monday afternoon (January 26). Needing nothing less than a win, Bread Story thus tied the idle Tanduay Light Rhum Masters at 5-6 but got the tiebreaker because of their 69-64 victory last November 13. READ MORE (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/bread-story-enters-quarters/)

AnthonyServinio
01-29-2015, 10:33 PM
https://servssports.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/dsc0208.jpg?w=300&h=225 (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/01/29/cebuana-bread-story-stay-alive/)

PASIG CITY – Cebuana Lhuillier and Bread Story-Lyceum defeated their favored opponents to force separate winner-take-all showdowns for the last two semifinal berths of the 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Thursday afternoon (January 29) at the Ynares Sports Arena. The deciders will be played on Monday (February 2) at the San Juan Arena. READ MORE (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/01/29/cebuana-bread-story-stay-alive/)

AnthonyServinio
02-03-2015, 12:38 AM
https://servssports.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/dsc0527.jpg?w=300&h=225 (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/02/03/cafefrance-cebuana-march-to-semis/)

SAN JUAN City – The CaféFrance Bakers earned the first playoff win in franchise history at the expense of Bread Story-Lyceum, 81-68, and barge into the semifinals of the 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Monday (February 2) at the San Juan Arena. The Bakers will now meet pre-tournament favorite Hapee Fresh Fighters in the best-of-three semifinal series starting on February 5 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. READ MORE (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/02/03/cafefrance-cebuana-march-to-semis/)

Sam Miguel
02-03-2015, 09:08 AM
PBA D-League: Gems, Bakers complete Final 4

Jasmine W. Payo

@inquirerdotnet

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:04 AM | Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

MANILA, Philippines—Cebuana Lhuillier sustained its upset bid, but No. 3 Cafe France avoided a shock exit as the Gems and the Bakers completed the Final Four cast Monday in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at Filoil Flying V Arena.

Unleashing a fiery finish, the Gems overcame the twice-to-beat advantage of the fourth-ranked Jumbo Plastic, 85-81, to arrange a semifinal duel versus No. 1 Cagayan Valley.

Norbert Torres and Paul Zamar accounted for Cebuana’s last six points as the Gems recovered just in time after the Giants had wiped out their early double-digit lead, 51-40, in the do-or-die quarterfinal match.

The Bakers, meanwhile, leaned on a strong second half to hack out an 81-68 rout of Bread Story-Lyceum and set up a Final Four showdown with the second-seeded Hapee squad.

Guard Aaron Jeruta fueled a pivotal 16-3 outburst as the Bakers turned a 52-53 deficit into a 12-point edge, 68-56, at the end of the third quarter.

“Our guards were outplayed [in the last game], so we challenged them and they stepped up,” said Cafe France coach Egay Macaraya.

Jeruta fired a game-high 22 points, 12 coming from three-point range, while Joseph Sedurifa pumped in all of his 12 points in the second half.

Torres led the Gems with 17 points, highlighted by a jumper that gave them an 82-79 lead with 33.5 ticks left.

Allan Mangahas sparked the Gems’ strong endgame after the Giants had grabbed the lead, 73-67, behind Philip Paniamogan.

Mangahas’ triple and a basket off a steal tied the game at 73, before Simon Enciso’s three-point play and Zamar’s trey gave the Gems a 79-78 lead.

The scores:

First Game

CEBUANA LHUILLIER 85—Torres 17, Mangahas 15, Enciso 12, Vosotros 12, Ferrer 10, Zamar 8, Bautista 5, Guinto 3, Lopez 2, Villahermosa 1, Acibar 0, Sarangay 0.

JUMBO PLASTIC 81—Paniamogan 15, Sabelina 11, Tiongson 11, Eguilos 10, Khountin 8, Villamor 6, Colina 6, Javier 5, Cruz 3, Terso 3, Rios 3, Rosales 0.

Quarters: 28-24, 51-40, 65-59, 85-81

Second Game

CAFE FRANCE 81—Jeruta 22, Sedurifa 12, Ebondo 10, De Leon 9, Ahanmisi 7, Andrada 6, Alolino 4, Batino 4, Galanza 3, Cruz 2, Cortes 2, Abundo 0, Noble 0.

BREAD STORY-LYCEUM 68—Daquioag 11, Gamboa 10, Jalalon 10,Corpuz 9, Gabayni 6, Taladua 5, Bangga 5, Mbomiko 3, Bulawn 3, Baltazar 2, Zamora 2, Vigil 2, Lao 0, Elmerjab 0.

Quarters: 21-19, 37-42, 68-56, 81-68

AnthonyServinio
02-06-2015, 03:30 AM
https://servssports.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/dsc0458.jpg?w=225&h=300 (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/hapee-cebuana-take-semis-openers/)https://servssports.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/dsc0609.jpg?w=225&h=300 (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/hapee-cebuana-take-semis-openers/)

PASIG CITY – The Cebuana Lhuillier Gems snapped the Cagayan Valley Rising Sun’s 11-game winning streak, 89-85, at the start of the semifinals of the 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Thursday (February 5) at the Ynares Sports Arena. In the other series, Hapee Fresh Fighters returned to the winning track by crushing the CaféFrance Bakers, 74-58. READ MORE (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/hapee-cebuana-take-semis-openers/)

Sam Miguel
02-06-2015, 08:01 AM
Gems dazzle Rising Sun; Fresh Fighters roast Bakers

Jasmine W. Payo

@inquirerdotnet

Philippine Daily Inquirer

1:07 AM | Friday, February 6th, 2015

MANILA, Philippines—After pulling off a quarterfinal upset, Cebuana Lhuillier shocked erstwhile unbeaten Cagayan Valley, 89-85, Thursday to move within a win of ousting the top seed in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup semifinals at Ynares Sports Arena.

The Gems, with all cylinders firing just two days after overcoming the twice-to-beat advantage of Jumbo Plastic in the quarterfinals, cashed in on a fiery start to deal the Rising Suns their first loss in 12 games.

Simon Enciso fired half of his 22 points in the fourth quarter as the Gems kept their composure against the rallying Rising Suns.

But No. 2 Hapee hardly had any problem in routing Cafe France, 74-58, in Game 1 of their own best-of-three semifinal series.

Garvo Lanete dropped eight of his 20 points in the second quarter, where the Fresh Fighters outscored the Bakers, 27-10, to erect a 39-26 halftime buffer.

The Gems zoomed to a 17-7 start and went on top by 26 points, 37-11, in an early burst anchored on Enciso, Allan Mangahas, Norbert Torres and Almond Vosotros.

“The most important thing was the character of the players, so credit to the players,” said Gems coach Boycie Zamar.

Mangahas finished with 17 points while Torres and Vosotros added 15 each as the Gems survived the Rising Suns’ 10-1 run in the last three minutes.

The Gems clamped down on Cagayan’s top scorers—Moala Tautuaa, who finished with a measly five points, and Abel Galliguez, who missed all his seven attempts from the field.

The Fresh Fighters overwhelmed a Bakers side that had a woeful shooting day, posting 5-of-34 from three-point range to finish with just a 26-percent shooting clip.

Ray Parks collected nine points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Chris Newsome also shot nine for the Fresh Fighters, who rebounded from a first loss to the Rising Suns at the end of the eliminations.

“It was a good challenge for us that we have to work harder,” said coach Ronnie Magsanoc, whose Fresh Fighters posted leads as big as 19 points, 52-33.

The scores:

First Game

HAPEE 74—Lanete 20, Parks 9, Newsome 9, Rosario 8, Elorde 6, Adeogun 6, Thompson 5, Dela Cruz 5, Amer 3, Long 3, Hayes 0.

CAFE FRANCE 58—Sedurifa 11, Ebondo 11, Abundo 9, Alolino 7, Ahanmisi 5, De Leon 3, Cortes 3, Galanza 2, Celso 2, Noble 2, Jeruta 0, Batino 0.

Quarters: 12-16, 39-26, 58-44, 74-58

Second Game

CEBUANA LHUILLIER 89—Enciso 22, Mangahas 17, Torres 15, Vosotros 15, Bautista 8, Ferrer 6, Guinto 3, Acibar 2, Zamar 1, Villahermosa 0, Lopez 0, Sarangay 0.

CAGAYAN VALLEY 85—Melano 21, Trollano 19, Austria 13, Celada 9, Mabulac 8 Dilay 5, Tautuaa 5, Tayongtong 3, Santos 1, Salamat 1, Olayon 0, Capacio 0, Flores 0, Galliguez 0.

Quarters: 29-10, 47-35, 73-64, 89-85

AnthonyServinio
02-09-2015, 11:14 PM
https://servssports.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/ajd6017.jpg?w=300&h=225 (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/02/09/hapee-in-finals-cagayan-still-alive/)https://servssports.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/ajd6073.jpg?w=300&h=225 (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/02/09/hapee-in-finals-cagayan-still-alive/)

SAN JUAN City – Top seed Cagayan Valley Rising Suns forced a Game Three by downing the Cebuana Lhuillier Gems, 98-93, and leveling their 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup best-of-three semifinal series Monday (February 9) at the San Juan Arena. The decider will be played on Thursday (February 12) at the same venue starting at 3:00 PM. READ MORE (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/02/09/hapee-in-finals-cagayan-still-alive/)

Joescoundrel
02-10-2015, 08:15 AM
Cagayan Valley holds off Cebuana Lhuillier to force deciding game in semifinal series

From: Reuben Terrado

February 9, 2015, 04:15 pm

Rising Suns big man Moala Tautuaa scores eight points in the fourth quarter, including back-to-back baskets that helped douse a rally by the Gems.

MOALA Tautuaa finished with 26 points and 13 rebounds as Cagayan Valley forced a rubber match in the semifinals with a 98-93 win over Cebuana Lhuillier on Monday in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at The Arena in San Juan.

Tautuaa scored eight points in the final quarter to help the Rising Suns break an 83-83 deadlock en route to forcing a deciding Game Three on Thursday in what has become an emotional semifinal series between both teams.

The Rising Suns were determined to even things after losing their first match of the conference in the series opener last week. But it was no easy game for Cagayan, needing to hold off Cebuana Lhuillier which was able to close the gap after trailing 48-35 in the third period.

“Masyado laging relax eh,” said Cagayan Valley coach Alvin Pua.

“Walang killer instinct. Kapag nakaka-amoy ng ganung lamang, nag-rerelax.”

Michael Mabulac had 16 points while Abel Galliguez bounced back from a scoreless Game One by notching 16 points including a triple that started a 7-2 run after the 83-all tie.

Tautuaa scored back-to-back baskets after that and the Rising Suns came away with the victory. Don Trollano had nine of his 13 points in the first quarter while Andrian Celada added 11 for Cagayan Valley.

Paul Zamar and Almond Vosotros each had 15 points for the Gems, who led 6-0 at the start of the ballgame.

The Rising Suns answered the Gems’ hot start with an 11-0 run for a 14-9 lead.

The scores: Cagayan Valley (98)—Tautuaa 26, Mabulac 16, Galliguez 16, Trollano 13, Celada 11, Melano 8, Dilay 6, Austria 2, Santos 0, Salamat 0, Tayongtong 0.

Cebuana Lhuillier (93)—Zamar 15, Vosotros 15, Bautista 11, Torres 10, A. Mangahas 9, Ferrer 9, Enciso 6, Guinto 6, Villahermosa 5, Lopez 5, Acibar 2, Banal 0.

Quarterscores: 27-20; 54-45; 78-70; 98-93.

Joescoundrel
02-10-2015, 08:17 AM
Hapee reaches D-League Aspirants Cup finals with sweep of Cafe France

From: Reuben Terrado

February 9, 2015, 06:05 pm

Ray Parks comes up with a huge game, leading all scorers with 19 points on top of eight rebounds and five assists.

HAPEE reached the finals in its maiden stint in the PBA D-League with a 69-56 victory over Café France on Monday in the Aspirants Cup semifinals at The Arena in San Juan.

Bobby Ray Parks dished out an all-around performance with 19 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and two steals to power Hapee to a sweep of the best-of-three semifinal series. Garvo Lanete had 12 points and combined with Parks for 13 markers in the pivotal third period.

After enjoying success in the Philippine Basketball League (PBL), the Lamoiyan franchise went on a six-year break from top-level basketball, but entered the finals in its first try after taking the place of NLEX in the developmental league.

Although Hapee had a slow start in Game Two, leading by only 36-35 at halftime, the Fresh Fighters turned up the heat in the third and outscored the Bakers, 18-9.

“I thought the players were too excited sa umpisa. And I felt that Café France took advantage of that,” said Hapee coach Ronnie Magsanoc.

“Minsan kapag player ka, gusto mo na tapusin. Kaya nung halftime break, I gave them a chance to think clearly and take away that baggage of immediately winning,” Magsanoc said.

After a 9-2 win-loss slate in the elimination round, third-seed Café France lost three of its last four outings.

Samboy De Leon had 13 of his 15 points in the first period, while Maverick Ahanmisi added 12 for the Bakers.

The scores: Hapee (69) — Parks 19, Adeogun 12, Lanete 12, Rosario 7, Newsome 7, Dela Cruz 4, Amer 2, Elorde 2, Long 2, Hayes 2.

Café France (56) — De Leon 15, Ahanmisi 12, Alolino 7, Ebondo 7, Cortes 6, Galanza 4, Sedurifa 4, Batino 1, Jeruta 0, Celso 0, Abundo 0, Noble 0, Andrada 0.

Quarterscores: 17-20; 36-35; 53-45; 69-56.

Joescoundrel
02-10-2015, 08:20 AM
Boycie Zamar prefers to focus on winner-take-all match than word war with Cagayan rival Alvin Pua

From: Reuben Terrado

February 9, 2015, 07:33 pm

"Kapag nag-comment ako, lalaki pa," said Cebuana coach Boycie Zamar about allegations made by Cagayan Valley coach Alvin Pua the Gems played too physical against the Rising Suns in Game Two of the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup semis.

CEBUANA Lhuillier coach Boycie Zamar would rather not engaged Cagayan Valley counterpart Alvin Pua in a word war over his claims the Gems were playing way too physical during Game Two of their PBA D-League Aspirants Cup semifinals series.

Zamar said he prefers to just remain silent about Pua’s accusations Cebuana Lhuillier is intentionally hurting his players when the two teams met again on Monday. Pua even went to the extent of challenging anybody to a fistfight, saying he’s ready for it.

“Hindi na ako magko-comment. Kapag nag-comment ako, lalaki pa,” Zamar told Spin.ph when asked for his side regarding the bold claims made by the fiery Cagayan Valley mentor.

The comment of Pua came in the aftermath of the confrontation he had with Cebuana Lhuillier’s Kevin Ferrer following a battle for the ball with Cagayan’s Abel Galliguez in the third quarter. Both Pua and Ferrer were slapped with technical fouls.

Instead of involving himself answering charges about the Gems playing too physical, Zamar said he is more focused on concentrating for the do-or-die Game Three, which Cagayan Valley made possible following a 98-93 win in Game Two that evened the series at 1-1.

Zamar admitted the Gems lost their mental toughness and played a bit complacent after the sixth-seed team pulled off an 89-85 stunner over the fancied Rising Suns in Game One of the semis. “Coming off a win over an 11-0 team, hindi mo rin maaalis na mag-relax. Hindi mo naman ma-beblame ‘yung mga players na hindi ma-handle ‘yung pressure,” said Zamar.

The Cebuana Lhuillier coach, however, said the team’s ability to come back from big deficits is proof the Gems have a legitimate shot at upending the top seed Rising Suns in their winner-take-all encounter. “Masama ‘yung laro namin because of the mental lapses. But then again, it’s doable. Tambak na pero nakakahabol pa kami,” said Zamar.

AnthonyServinio
02-13-2015, 02:15 AM
https://servssports.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/pbadleague.jpg?w=150&h=113 (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/cagayan-versus-hapee-in-finals/)

SAN JUAN City – It will be the Cagayan Valley Rising Suns versus the Hapee Fresh Fighters for the 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup. This after the Rising Suns ousted the game Cebuana Lhuillier Gems, 103-85, Thursday afternoon (February 12) at the San Juan Arena. READ MORE (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/cagayan-versus-hapee-in-finals/)

Joescoundrel
02-13-2015, 08:02 AM
Cagayan seals title date with Hapee

Jasmine W. Payo

@inquirerdotnet

Philippine Daily Inquirer

3:23 AM | Friday, February 13th, 2015

MANILA, Philippines—Cagayan Valley was back to its dominant form, blasting Cebuana Lhuillier, 103-85, Thursday to clinch the last championship berth in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Filipino-Tongan slotman Moala Tautuaa sparked the top-ranked Risings Suns’ breakaway in the second period, before Don Trollano and Abel Galliguez helped seal the match by fuelling a huge offensive in the fourth quarter of the do-or-die Game 3 of the semifinals.

“Everyone was focused,” coach Alvin Pua said after his Risings Suns, who swept their elimination-round assignments, finally disposed of the overachieving Gems.

The Risings Suns will go up against the Hapee Fresh Fighters in the best-of-three championshp series starting at 3 p.m. on Monday, also in San Juan.

The second-seeded Fresh Fighters secured the first title slot last Monday after sweeping Cafe France in their own semifinal series.

Although dragged into a Game 3, the Rising Suns made sure there would be no upset as Tautuaa took over in the second quarter where he dropped 12 of his game-high 22 points for a 55-47 Cagayan lead at halftime.

The Gems—who snapped the Rising Suns’ 11-0 streak with an 89-85 shocker in Game 1—came within three, 82-79 midway in the fourth period.

But Trollano and Galliguez quickly responded with back-to-back triples that widened the gap anew, 88-79.

Adrian Celada added 16 points, while Trollano unloaded 11 of his 14 points in the final quarter.

Galliguez also had 14 points for the Rising Suns, whose 13-0 outburst inside the last five minutes turned an 88-81 lead into a 20-point spread, 101-81.

The No. 6 Gems, who had a shot at becoming the lowest-ranked team to crash into the Finals, bowed out after a surprising run that also saw them overcome the twice-to-beat edge of Jumbo Plastic in the quarterfinals.

The Rising Suns forged the knockout contest after levelling the series, 98-93, in Game 2 last Monday. The Gems snared Game 1, 89-85.

The scores:

CAGAYAN VALLEY 103—Tautuaa 22, Celada 16, Trollano 14, Galliguez 14, Austria 10, Melano 8, Salamat 7, Mabulac 4, Capacio 3, Dilay 2, Tayongtong 2, Flores 1, Olayon 0, Santos 0.

CEBUANA LHUILLIER 85—Ferrer 18, Torres 15, Enciso 14, A. Mangahas 12, J. Mangahas 10, Zamar 7, Lopez 3, Acibar 2, Villahermosa 2, Sarangay 2, Vosotros 0, Bautista 0.

Quarters: 25-25, 55-47, 73-68, 103-85

AnthonyServinio
02-17-2015, 12:58 AM
https://servssports.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/img_20150216_172513.jpg?w=225&h=300 (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/the-finals-hapee-takes-opener-82-74/)

SAN JUAN City – The Hapee Fresh Fighters took the vital first step closer towards the 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants crown by dumping the Cagayan Valley Rising Suns, 82-74, in Game One of the best-of-three championship series Monday afternoon (February 16) at the San Juan Arena. Since no team has ever forced a Game Three in all past finales, The Fresh Fighters are in good position to take home the trophy in Game Two set for Thursday (February 19) at the Ynares Sports Arena starting at 3:00 PM. READ MORE (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/the-finals-hapee-takes-opener-82-74/)

Joescoundrel
02-17-2015, 08:09 AM
Hapee rips Cagayan, nears Aspirants title

Cedelf P. Tupas

@inquirerdotnet

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:09 AM | Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Hapee’s big men proved too tough to handle as the Fresh Fighters roared to an 82-74 trouncing of the Cagayan Valley Rising Suns yesterday at the start of their best-of-three title series in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Nigerian center Ola Adeogun tallied 21 points, including eight in the opening period, while Troy Rosario fired six of his 16 points in the same quarter as the Fresh Fighters unleashed a fiery start to seize control of the series.

The Fresh Fighters can claim the title with a victory in Game 2 on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena.

Coming out with all guns blazing, Hapee built an early 20-point advantage before fending off repeated runs by the Rising Suns, who struggled to get going in the first quarter.

A 15-0 blitz to end the first period set the tone for the Fresh Fighters who built a 29-11 lead that ballooned to 35-15 on Scott Thompson’s trey early in the second period.

“Ola and Troy have been our workhorses,” said Hapee coach Ronnie Magsanoc. “Rebounding, interior defense, I could not ask for more from them except to finish the race for us.”

Adeogun and Rosario outplayed their Cagayan counterparts including Mo Tautuaa, who had 16 points and 15 rebounds.

Named Most Valuable Player of the tournament before the game, Hapee’s Ray Parks had a quiet game with just six points and five rebounds. But the Fresh Fighters drew solid games from Baser Amer and Thompson who combined for 15 points.

The Rising Suns never got closer than seven points, 72-79, with a minute remaining before Adeogun and Parks nailed cushion free throws to seal the outcome.

“We turned it into a defensive oriented series and that gave us an advantage,” said Magsanoc.

The scores:

HAPEE 82—Adeogun 21, Rosario 16, Dela Cruz 11, Amer 9, Lanete 9, Parks 6, Thompson 6, Newsome 3, Elorde 1, Mendoza 0, Long 0, Hayes 0.

CAGAYAN VALLEY 74—Tautuaa 16, Mabulac 14, Trollano 13, Melano 12, Salamat 7, Celada 4, Dilay 3, Galliguez 3, Flores 2, Austria 0, Tayongtong 0, Santos 0.

Quarters: 29-11, 45-32, 67-54, 82-74

iceman14
02-17-2015, 04:56 PM
AVO has been out of the Hapee line-up for quite some time now. Di na ba pinayagan ng DLSU?

AnthonyServinio
02-20-2015, 03:07 AM
https://servssports.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/pba-d-league-image3.jpg?w=300&h=225 (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/02/20/hapee-is-the-champion/)

PASIG CITY – The Hapee Fresh Fighters completed their Cinderella story by winning the 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Thursday afternoon (February 19) at the Ynares Sports Arena. Playing in their very first tournament, the Fresh Fighters went through anxious moments before finally putting away the tough challenge of the Cagayan Valley Rising Suns in overtime, 93-91, and sweep the best-of-three series, 2-0. READ MORE (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/02/20/hapee-is-the-champion/)

Joescoundrel
02-20-2015, 09:07 AM
AVO has been out of the Hapee line-up for quite some time now. Di na ba pinayagan ng DLSU?

He was behind the bench in a Hapee polo shirt in Game 2.

Joescoundrel
02-20-2015, 09:09 AM
Hapee five wraps it up, nips pesky Cagayan in overtime for D-League title

Jasmine W. Payo

@inquirerdotnet

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:49 AM | Friday, February 20th, 2015

MANILA, Philippines—Hapee lost its best player but not its championship drive.

Earl Scottie Thompson made all the big plays in the last 22 seconds as the Fresh Fighters—surviving without injured MVP Ray Parks—outlasted Cagayan Valley in a heart-stopping 93-91 overtime decision to bag the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Thursday at the packed Ynares Sports Arena.

Thompson made two crucial steals—the first he converted for the go-ahead basket, 92-91—before blocking Don Trollano’s potential game-winning triple to seal Hapee’s sweep of the No. 1 Rising Suns in the best-of-three series.

“Scottie saved the day for us—that simple,” said Hapee coach Ronnie Magsanoc. “Unbelievable effort [by Thompson]. I didn’t know how many players were left [from the injuries], but the players willed (themselves) to win and steal this game from Cagayan.”

The Fresh Fighters lost Parks right in the opening minutes of the game due to a dislocated shoulder following a collision with Cagayan’s Michael Mabulac.

They also lost stalwarts Garvo Lanete (cramps) and Troy Rosario (sprain) in the closing minutes.

Lanete fired 22 points to lead the Fresh Fighters, who nailed the title on their maiden run after a big stint in the defunct Philippine Basketball League where the franchise won four crowns.

Rosario (20 points and 13 rebounds) and Ola Adeogun (19 points and 12 rebounds), who both starred in the Fresh Fighters’ Game 1 win, 82-74, posted double-double outings.

Thompson, the reigning NCAA MVP from Perpetual Help, scored on a steal off Cagayan’s star center Moala Tautuaa that pushed Hapee ahead, 92-91, with just 22.1 seconds left in the extra period.

Thirteen seconds later, Thompson again swiped the ball away from Cagayan guard Alli Austria to fetch a foul.

“I know that I’m a role player in this team, I’ve accepted it because we have many stars in this team,” said Thompson, who finished with 11 points, four rebounds, three assists and five steals.

The Rising Suns looked set to tie the series after Fil-Am guard Abel Galliguez fueled their comeback and deadlocked the game at 82 in regulation time.

The scores:

HAPEE 93—Lanete 22, Rosario 20, Adeogun 19, Thompson 11, Amer 7, Newsome 6, Dela Cruz 3, Elorde 3, Hayes 2, Parks 0, Long 0.

CAGAYAN VALLEY 91—Galliguez 18, Trollano 17, Melano 13, Tautuaa 13, Austria 8, Celada 7, Tayongtong 7, Mabulac 3, Dilay 2, Flores 2, Salamat 1, Olayon 0, Capacio 0, Santos 0.

Quarters: 16-17, 34-33, 68-65, 82-82 (reg.) 93-91 (OT)

Joescoundrel
02-20-2015, 09:10 AM
Hapee five wraps it up, nips pesky Cagayan in overtime for D-League title

Jasmine W. Payo

@inquirerdotnet

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:49 AM | Friday, February 20th, 2015

MANILA, Philippines—Hapee lost its best player but not its championship drive.

Earl Scottie Thompson made all the big plays in the last 22 seconds as the Fresh Fighters—surviving without injured MVP Ray Parks—outlasted Cagayan Valley in a heart-stopping 93-91 overtime decision to bag the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Thursday at the packed Ynares Sports Arena.

Thompson made two crucial steals—the first he converted for the go-ahead basket, 92-91—before blocking Don Trollano’s potential game-winning triple to seal Hapee’s sweep of the No. 1 Rising Suns in the best-of-three series.

“Scottie saved the day for us—that simple,” said Hapee coach Ronnie Magsanoc. “Unbelievable effort [by Thompson]. I didn’t know how many players were left [from the injuries], but the players willed (themselves) to win and steal this game from Cagayan.”

The Fresh Fighters lost Parks right in the opening minutes of the game due to a dislocated shoulder following a collision with Cagayan’s Michael Mabulac.

They also lost stalwarts Garvo Lanete (cramps) and Troy Rosario (sprain) in the closing minutes.

Lanete fired 22 points to lead the Fresh Fighters, who nailed the title on their maiden run after a big stint in the defunct Philippine Basketball League where the franchise won four crowns.

Rosario (20 points and 13 rebounds) and Ola Adeogun (19 points and 12 rebounds), who both starred in the Fresh Fighters’ Game 1 win, 82-74, posted double-double outings.

Thompson, the reigning NCAA MVP from Perpetual Help, scored on a steal off Cagayan’s star center Moala Tautuaa that pushed Hapee ahead, 92-91, with just 22.1 seconds left in the extra period.

Thirteen seconds later, Thompson again swiped the ball away from Cagayan guard Alli Austria to fetch a foul.

“I know that I’m a role player in this team, I’ve accepted it because we have many stars in this team,” said Thompson, who finished with 11 points, four rebounds, three assists and five steals.

The Rising Suns looked set to tie the series after Fil-Am guard Abel Galliguez fueled their comeback and deadlocked the game at 82 in regulation time.

The scores:

HAPEE 93—Lanete 22, Rosario 20, Adeogun 19, Thompson 11, Amer 7, Newsome 6, Dela Cruz 3, Elorde 3, Hayes 2, Parks 0, Long 0.

CAGAYAN VALLEY 91—Galliguez 18, Trollano 17, Melano 13, Tautuaa 13, Austria 8, Celada 7, Tayongtong 7, Mabulac 3, Dilay 2, Flores 2, Salamat 1, Olayon 0, Capacio 0, Santos 0.

Quarters: 16-17, 34-33, 68-65, 82-82 (reg.) 93-91 (OT)

Joescoundrel
02-20-2015, 09:12 AM
I let my team down, says Cagayan’s Tautuaa after finals loss to Hapee

Bong Lozada

@BLozadaINQ

INQUIRER.net

7:28 PM | Thursday, February 19th, 2015

MANILA, Philippines—With just 10 ticks remaining on the clock, he stood at the charity stripe with his team down by one.

Moala Tautuaa, the talisman of the Cagayan Rising Suns, looked at the rim as the scoreboard read 82-81 in favor of the Hapee Fresh Fighters.

Everything was at a stop, Tautuaa pulled his shooting hand to his head, extended it for a shot, and then missed.

A yellow crowd rose in unison, cheering for Hapee and his botched free throw.

As Tautuaa sunk the second, 82-82, the crowd in maroon jumped realizing that they get another shot for the PBA D-League Aspirant’s Cup trophy.

All of the 10 seconds expired, and the game went to overtime.

But as the overtime came, Tautuaa, the fast-rising, high-octane center became pedestrian.

“You can’t have good games all the time,” Tautuaa said, his voice low from disappointment, his eyes red from sadness. “I didn’t play well enough, didn’t do what I was supposed to do.”

“I let the team down.”

Tautuaa’s errant pass that went straight to the hands of Hapee’s Scottie Thompson ultimately keyed in the Rising Suns’ defeat.

Thompson stole the pass and released a simple layup to give the Fresh Fighters a 92-91 lead with 22.1 remaining in overtime.

“Coach told me to bring the ball up the floor but at that I had to give the ball to someone,” Tautuaa said. “I never expected Scottie there, I never expected Scottie to react that way.”

“That’s one of the worst games I ever had. I let my team down. Bu I’m really proud of my team.”

Not a teammate near him, Tautuaa exited the court amidst the celebration of the yellow shirts and yellow balloons, a saddened figure in maroon had his head down.

AnthonyServinio
02-23-2015, 12:08 PM
https://servssports.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/pbadleague.jpg?w=150&h=112 (https://servssports.wordpress.com)

FINAL TEAM STANDINGS
Cagayan Valley Rising Suns 11-0
Hapee Fresh Fighters-SBC 10-1
CafeFrance Bakers-CEU 9-2
Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants 7-4
Cebuana Lhuillier Gems 7-4
Bread Story-Lyceum 5-6
Tanduay Light Rhum Masters 5-6
MJM M-Builders-FEU 3-8
Racal Motors Alibaba 3-8
AMA University Titans 3-8
Wang's Basketball 2-9
MP Hotel Warriors 1-10

October 27 (Monday) - Ynares Sports Arena (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/10/27/routs-open-aspirants-cup/)
CafeFrance Bakers-CEU d. MP Hotel Warriors, 86-59
Cebuana Lhuillier Gems d. Racal Motors Alibaba, 89-70
Wang's Basketball d. AMA University Titans, 96-78

October 30 (Thursday) - Ynares Sports Arena (http://servssports.wordpress.com)
Cagayan Valley Rising Suns d. MJM M-Builders-FEU, 94-86
MP Hotel Warriors d. Wang's Basketball, 87-70
Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants d. Bread Story-Lyceum, 79-74

November 3 (Monday) - Ynares Sports Arena (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/11/03/tanduay-escapes-jumbo-hapee-victorious/)
Hapee Fresh Fighters-SBC d. AMA University Titans, 69-61
Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants d. Cebuana Lhuillier Gems, 63-61
Tanduay Light Rhum Masters d. MJM M-Builders-FEU, 78-77

November 6 (Thursday) - Ynares Sports Arena (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/cafefrance-hapee-cagayan-go-2-0/)
Cagayan Valley Rising Suns d. Bread Story-Lyceum, 97-94
CafeFrance Bakers-CEU d. Racal Motors Alibaba, 67-56
Hapee Fresh Fighters-SBC d. Tanduay Light Rhum Masters, 73-53

November 10 (Monday) - Ynares Sports Arena (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/hapee-all-alone-at-the-top/)
Wang's Basketball d. Racal Motors Alibaba, 80-72
Hapee Fresh Fighters-SBC d. MJM M-Builders-FEU, 79-66
AMA University Titans d. MP Hotel Warriors, 85-76

November 13 (Thursday) - Ynares Sports Arena (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/three-straight-for-cafefrance-cagayan-valley/)
Bread Story-Lyceum d. Tanduay Light Rhum Masters, 69-64
CafeFrance Bakers-CEU d. Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants, 66-61
Cagayan Valley Rising Suns d. Cebuana Lhuillier Gems, 79-76

November 17 (Monday) - Ynares Sports Arena (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/racal-motors-finally-wins/)
Racal Motors Alibaba d. MP Hotel Warriors, 74-65
Hapee Fresh Fighters-SBC d. Bread Story-Lyceum, 67-52
MJM M-Builders-FEU d. AMA University Titans, 90-75

November 20 (Thursday) - Ynares Sports Arena (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/11/21/cagayan-valley-rises-to-4-0/)
Cebuana Lhuillier Gems d. Tanduay Light Rhum Masters, 77-57
Cagayan Valley Rising Suns d. CafeFrance Bakers-CEU, 89-84 2OT
Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants d. Wang's Basketball, 81-65

November 24 (Monday) - JCSGO Gym (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/bread-story-ama-leave-cellar/)
AMA University Titans d. Racal Motors Alibaba, 83-76
Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants d. MP Hotel Warriors, 94-57
Bread Story-Lyceum d. MJM M-Builders-FEU, 108-97

November 27 (Thursday) - TIP-Manila Gym (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/11/27/eight-is-enough-for-hapee/)
Hapee Fresh Fighters-SBC d. Cebuana Lhuillier Gems, 72-66
CafeFrance Bakers-CEU d. Tanduay Light Rhum Masters, 69-59

December 1 (Monday) - JCSGO Gym (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/number-two-for-racal-motors/)
Racal Motors Alibaba d. Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants, 77-66
AMA University Titans d. Bread Story-Lyceum, 97-89
Cebuana Lhuillier Gems d. MJM M-Builders-FEU, 87-72

December 4 (Thursday) - Ynares Sports Arena (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/tanduay-light-ends-slump-cagayan-valley-5-0/)
Cagayan Valley Rising Suns d. MP Hotel Warriors, 120-77
Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants d. AMA University Titans, 82-59
Tanduay Light Rhum Masters d. Wang's Basketball, 77-73 OT

December 11 (Thursday) - Ynares Sports Arena (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/12/12/amazing-ahanmisi-lifts-bakers/)
Tanduay Light Rhum Masters d. MP Hotel Warriors, 69-58
Hapee Fresh Fighters-SBC d. Wang's Basketball, 65-43
CafeFrance Bakers-CEU d. MJM M-Builders-FEU, 82-73

December 15 (Monday) - Marikina Sports Center (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/seven-and-counting-for-hapee/)
Cebuana Lhuillier Gems d. AMA University Titans, 73-55
Cagayan Valley Rising Suns d. Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants, 82-74
Hapee Fresh Fighters-SBC d. CafeFrance Bakers-CEU, 70-55

December 18 (Thursday) - Ynares Sports Arena (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/12/18/cafefrance-wins-bread-wars/)
Tanduay Light Rhum Masters d. Racal Motors Alibaba, 70-57
CafeFrance Bakers-CEU d. Bread Story-Lyceum, 88-74

December 22 (Monday) - Marikina Sports Center (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/12/23/hapee-cagayan-feast-on-foes/)
MJM M-Builders-FEU d. Wang's Basketball. 79-64
Hapee Fresh Fighters-SBC d. MP Hotel Warriors, 84-63
Cagayan Valley Rising Suns d. Racal Motors Alibaba, 95-89 OT

January 5 (Monday) - JCSGO Gym (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/01/06/cagayan-hapee-open-2015-perfect/)
Cagayan Valley Rising Suns d. AMA University Titans, 89-70
Hapee Fresh Fighters-SBC d. Racal Motors Alibaba, 70-60
Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants d. Tanduay Light Rhum Masters, 68-59

January 8 (Thursday) - JCSGO Gym (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/cagayan-9-0-in-day-of-ot-thrillers/)
Bread Story-Lyceum d. Wang's Basketball, 97-94 OT
CafeFrance Bakers-CEU d. Cebuana Lhuillier Gems, 67-62 OT
Cagayan Valley Rising Suns d. Tanduay Light Rhum Masters, 81-74

January 12 (Monday) - JCSGO Gym (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/cafefrance-locks-third-place/)
CafeFrance Bakers-CEU d. AMA University Titans, 74-68 OT
MJM M-Builders-FEU d. MP Hotel Warriors, 93-68
Cebuana Lhuillier Gems d. Wang's Basketball, 85-62

January 15 (Thursday) - JCSGO Gym (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/01/15/hapee-perfect-10-racal-bread-story-stay-alive/)
Racal Motors Alibaba d. MJM M-Builders-FEU, 94-92
Hapee Fresh Fighters-SBC d. Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants, 82-55
Bread Story-Lyceum d. MP Hotel Warriors, 104-85

January 19 (Monday) - San Juan Arena (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/01/20/tanduay-light-one-foot-in/)
Cebuana Lhuillier Gems d. Bread Story-Lyceum, 90-78
CafeFrance Bakers-CEU d. Wang's Basketball, 68-50
Tanduay Light Rhum Masters d. AMA University Titans, 74-66

January 22 (Thursday) - Ynares Sports Arena (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/01/22/cagayan-is-top-seed/)
Cebuana Lhuillier Gems d. MP Hotel Warriors, 93-62
Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants d. MJM M-Builders-FEU, 88-80
Cagayan Valley Rising Suns d. Hapee Fresh Fighters-SBC, 80-77

January 26 (Monday) - Marikina Sports Center (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/bread-story-enters-quarters/)
Bread Story-Lyceum d. Racal Motors Alibaba, 93-90
Cagayan Valley Rising Suns d. Wang's Basketball, 104-66
**END OF ELIMINATION ROUND**

QUARTERFINALS: January 29 (Thursday) - Ynares Sports Arena (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/01/29/cebuana-bread-story-stay-alive/)
Bread Story-Lyceum d. CafeFrance Bakers-CEU, 79-72
Cebuana Lhuillier Gems d. Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants, 63-53

QUARTERFINALS: February 2 (Monday) - San Juan Arena (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/02/03/cafefrance-cebuana-march-to-semis/)
Cebuana Lhuillier Gems d. Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants, 85-81
CafeFrance Bakers-CEU d. Bread Story-Lyceum, 81-68

SEMIFINALS: February 5 (Thursday) - Ynares Sports Arena (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/hapee-cebuana-take-semis-openers/)
Hapee Fresh Fighters-SBC d. CafeFrance Bakers-CEU, 74-58
Cebuana Lhuillier Gems d. Cagayan Valley Rising Suns, 89-85

SEMIFINALS: February 9 (Monday) - San Juan Arena (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/02/09/hapee-in-finals-cagayan-still-alive/)
Cagayan Valley Rising Suns d. Cebuana Lhuillier Gems, 98-95
Hapee Fresh Fighters-SBC d. CafeFrance Bakers-CEU, 69-56

SEMIFINALS: February 12 (Thursday) - San Juan Arena (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/cagayan-versus-hapee-in-finals/)
Cagayan Valley Rising Suns d. Cebuana Lhuillier Gems, 103-85

THE FINALS: February 16 (Monday) - San Juan Arena (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/the-finals-hapee-takes-opener-82-74/)
Hapee Fresh Fighters-SBC d. Cagayan Valley Rising Suns, 82-74

THE FINALS: February 19 (Thursday) - Ynares Sports Arena (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2015/02/20/hapee-is-the-champion/)
Hapee Fresh Fighters-SBC d. Cagayan Valley Rising Suns, 93-91 OT


Click on dates for game recaps, photos and statistics.


:cool: http://servssports.wordpress.com