Boss Emon, I think it is because we never beat the Chinese National Team of Shan Tao, Song Li Gang, and Ma Jian in international tournament play. Iba ang exhibition, iba din ang totoong laro hindi po ba?
As for Benjie Paras eating Mahindra and Blackwater for breakfast, admitted fact na din po 'yan, siempre si Tower of Power pa din 'yan, at sino naman ang makakatapat niya sa mga patakbuhing teams na 'yan?
Allan Caidic was not part of the 1989 SMB Grandslam. On discussions, I think some people tend to forget the NCC core that joined the San Miguel franchise in 1986 were ahead of their time and were already seasoned pros who were playing all together for so long.
Its gonna be a tough series in a fantasy match up between the 1989 Beermen and the current San Miguel squad. One player that is missing in discussions is Elmer Reyes, who is a torn to every opposing team. We can also look at the 6 PBA teams back in 1989 where the rosters are evenly match compared to the present 12-team lineup of the PBA. Teams like Shell even beat our national team that has future PBA stars Jun Limpot and Vergel Meneses by 25-plus points. Imagine how a team of rookie Benjie Paras will do against lets say Blackwater and Mahindra.
There's a video of the San Miguel-China exhibition in 1990, I don't see how others think Fernandez and Co. cannot hold their own against 6-8, 6-9 guys, and the Samboy Lim video highlights are not even complete, i've seen many more highlights of the Skywalker in the 1980s that is truly unbelievable. The core of the 1989 San Miguel Beermen, four years after with Caidic around, probably would have been beaten by Fajardo and Co. but the '89 squad with the peak Samboy, Elmer Reyes, Hec Calma, Yves Dignadice, Alvin Teng, Ato Agustin and Ramon Fernandez, I still believe can pull it off against the 2017 Beermen in the seven-game series, and im not even talking about Ricardo Brown being in the 1989 lineup.
I'm most surprised with Embon's defense. A player who never met a shot he didn't like, i expected him to go all out on offense and cruise on the other end. Aside from Kiefer, other stars who played sub par vs Embons include Jeron, Alolino, and Tolomia, virtual who's who for S78.
Marvin Lee is also a revelation. Unheralded out of HS, he even got lesser attention comoared to the PGs that passed through España: SBC's Diputado (a shoo-in who suddenly disappeared only to resurface with Bulldogs ateam B in the FMC), anither cub, Decapia, Former squire Gedaria, LSGH's RP youth mainstay Michael Dela Cruz, LSGH's other PG (forgot his name) to name a few. He has become UST's first PG off the bench and his entry has coincidenceded with UST's surge in the games vs ADMU and DLSU. He's pesky on defense, outting up a grest first line of defense against penetrations in UST's 1-3-1 zone D. And he has provided bonus points as well
I completely agree Joe... A foul is a foul is a foul. Call it the way you see it and not be influenced by the perceived no. of superstar calls you make or the amount of fouls called in a game or whatnot.
A slight correction: Both Mike Baldos and Yuri Escueta were on the 2008 champion team with Chris Tiu.
JR Sumido and Chris Javier had some signs of life in their game versus NU over the weekend. The duo combined for 14 points, almost 10 more than they've averaged combined over the course of the season. Too bad UE still lost that game, but it was a tighter contest than it had any right to be. Another guy who stepped up, big time at that, was veteran forward John Noble, who led the Warriors with 16 points, about 13 more than his average for the tournament.
Something from Inquirer.net ___
Iranians’ great progress awes 2 former Letran coaches
Philippine Daily Inquirer
1:46 am | Saturday, August 10th, 2013
NEMIE Villegas and Larry Albano are names that may not ring a bell to the modern-day Filipino basketball fan. But both know their basketball.
Villegas and Albano were coaches of the Letran squads that posted a historic title romp in senior and high school basketball, respectively, in the 1979 NCAA season.
Both were very animated spectators during Iran’s rout of Jordan in the quarterfinal-round action of the 27th Fiba Asia Championship: They just couldn’t believe how good Iran is nowadays.
“In the late 1970s, before I won the NCAA (title), (national teams of) Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia came to Letran and they couldn’t beat us,” said Villegas, who had the likes of Ramon San Juan, Bong Aninon, Itoy Esguerra and Ed Baldomero as players back then.
“That’s true, because I remember back in the day when the Kuwaiti and Qatari youth squads couldn’t beat my Letran high school team,” said Albano, who is now based in the United States. Musong R. Castillo
You have anything against JRU?
It'll be an all-UAAP Finals for the Fil Oil this Wednesday, Independence Day, 12 June 2013.
Ray Parks has been complaining incessantly to the referees in the Fil Oil. Yesterday he was all over the zebras with the loveable duo of Roger Pogoy and Rod Dennison taking turns guarding him. What's he going to do when he gets to the even more rough and tumble PBA?
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