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  1. RP-SEABA tryouts

    The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas will be holding tryouts starting tomorrow at the Brent School gym in Pasig for the national team that will see action in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) qualifying tournament from June 24-30 in Singapore.

    This was announced by SBP Executive Director Renauld ‘Sonnie’ Barrios who wrote top management of NCAA and UAAP, the country’s premier collegiate leagues, to seek their “wholehearted support” in the formation of the national team.

    Coached by former PBA star Olsen Racela, the RP-SEABA team will vie for a slot to the 22nd FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men from Aug. 17-26 in Ulaan Bataar, Mongolia.

    In letters addressed to Rev. Fr. Tamerlane Lana O.P., rector and president of Colegio de San Juan de Letran, and 2012 chairman Junel Baculi of National University, Barrios bared plans of the RP coaching staff to tap some players from both leagues for the 24-man national pool.

    “This will be submitted to FIBA Asian on or before May 24 before it is trimmed down to the Final 12 on or before June 10,” Barrios said.

    At least 40-45 players are expected to attend Day 1 of the tryouts, with ULTRA, also in Pasig, as an alternate venue.
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    Philippine Basketball
  2. Llamados, Kings open semis duel

    MORE than a week ago, they figured in a playoff to see who gets the outright semifinal berth. Now, it’s a whole new different ballgame for Barangay Ginebra and B-MEG as both are standing on the same ground.

    The much-anticipated semifinal clash between the Gin Kings and the Llamados, both crowd favorites, unravels today at 6:45 p.m. in the Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup at the Ynares Center, in Antipolo City.

    Meralco’s Mac Cardona (left) loses the ball to the pesky defense of B-MEG’s Mark Barroca during the 2012 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum. The Llamados won to advance to the semifinals against the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings. SONNY ESPIRITU
    Since the Gin Kings knocked the Llamados out the last time they fought, one thing is on the minds of B-MEG coach Tim Cone and his wards—revenge.

    “We want to get back at them and play them again since they defeated us the last time in our playoff game,’’ said Cone. ‘’I feel like we can play them really well. I think we have a good chance against them.’’

    However, that won’t be an easy task as there’s one big cause of concern for Cone in this series. “Ginebra is 14-man deep. Anyone from that line-up can step up and contribute. That’s the thing with them.’’
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    Philippine Basketball
  3. CKSC Romps Away With Girls HS and Aspirants Titles

    GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION
    Game Three, Finals
    Uno High School Gym
    Feb. 16, 2012

    Game Result:
    No. 1 Chiang Kai Shek College 71 – No. 2 St. Jude Catholic School 54

    Chiang Kai Shek College beat St. Jude Catholic School, 2-1, in the best-of-three Finals to romp away with the title. SJCS downed CKSC, 2-1, during the 2011 Finals.

    ASPIRANTS DIVISION
    Game Three, Finals
    Uno High School Gym
    Feb. 16, 2012

    Game Result:
    No. 1 Chiang Kai Shek College 82 – No. 2 Xavier School 72

    Chiang Kai Shek College defeated Xavier School, 82-72, in the decisive third game of the best-of-3 Aspirants Division Finals Thursday night at the Uno High Gym to capture its first-ever Aspirants crown and end the Golden Stallions’ nine-year championship reign.

    CKSC, which took Game Two, 112-71, after dropping an 85-77 decision in the series opener, practically led from start to finish. Center Rylle Tee scored the game’s first basket to give Xavier School a 2-1 lead. It was the Golden Stallions’ first and only lead as CKSC went on a 6-0 run to go ahead, 7-2. The Blue Dragons held the upperhand from there on. Frank Yu, who knocked in five triples in Game Two, was saddled with three fouls in the first quarter but he, Maverick Chua and John Vincent Gallego each scored five points as CKSC grabbed a 22-18 advantage after 10 minutes …
    A 10-2 blast (including five by Gallego and four by Chua) to start the second quarter gave the Blue Dragons a 32-20 advantage with 4:17 left in the second quarter …
    Coach Arsenio Dysangco’s boys enjoyed a 15-point edge thrice during the period – 40-25 on a Chua triple; 41-26; and 43-28 to end the opening half on a basket by Chua, who tallied a team-high 16 points. Xavier School’s Christian Tyler Tio made 13 points but went just 7-for-12 from the free-throw line …
    A three-pointer by Franzcis Michael Bait pushed CKSC’s lead to 47-31. However, Xavier School scored nine unanswered points (five, including a triple, by Lee, and two each from Mitchell Kyle Ong and Tio), to trim its deficit to 47-40 …
    The Gold and Blue were within seven points once more at 49-42 following an exchange of baskets by CKSC’s Rafaelo Allen Toribio and Tio …
    Then the roof caved in for Xavier School as CKSC put together an 11-0 bomb for a 60-42 advantage – the 18-point difference being the largest in the game – with 3:14 left in the third period, which ended at 66-51 …
    Xavier School twice came within seven points – 75-68 on Ralphael Luis Romulo’s second triple, and 77-70 on a Tio twinner at the 1:21 mark. But Chua, who was momentarily sidelined by cramps early in the fourth quarter, hit a dagger three with a minute and two ticks remaining, for a 80-70 CKSC advantage …
    Gallego and Chua scored 21 and 20 points, respectively, for the Blue Dragons. John Adolph Salinas contributed 10 markers and Toribio had nine. Yu scored all of his five points in the first half …
    Tio topscored for Xavier School with 24 points. Ong contributed 16; Lee, who got a pair of triples, added a dozen markers; and Jeremy Jordan Jacinto had nine scores …
    Later in the night, Chiang Kai Shek College whipped St. Jude Catholic School, 71-54, in the deciding Game Three of the Girls High School Division …
    With two titles under its belt, CKSC is looking at an unprecedented Triple Crown in the Year of the (Blue) Dragons when it takes on unbeaten and top seed Hope Christian High School in the best-of-three Juniors Division Finals that start on Monday, Feb. 20.
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  4. Cone's decision surprises Black, 2 others

    Tim Cone's decision to leave Alaska after 22 years surprised many Philippine basketball luminaries, including Ateneo de Manila University coach Norman Black.

    "Maybe he thinks that it's time to move on," Black said upon hearing news of Cone being released by the Aces.

    Black's and Cone's coaching careers in the PBA have run parallel since the 1980s.

    Black coached in the PBA from 1985 to 2002, including 11 years with San Miguel. Alaska hired Cone in 1989, the year Black won a Grand Slam with the Beermen. Cone's Grand Slam followed in 1996, Black's final year with San Miguel.

    Mobiline then hired Black in 1997 and coached two more teams in the PBA—Pop Cola and Sta. Lucia—before Ateneo tapped him to coach in the collegiate team.

    "It was hard to leave San Miguel also when I did leave. But at the same time, you just have to move on and maybe he (Cone) felt like it was time to move on," said Black.

    Despite leaving Alaska, there are rumors swirling that Cone will be back in the PBA on another team and Black, who also sits as Talk 'N Text's consultant in the PBA, believes that will happen sooner or later.

    "Maybe he has a better offer. Whenever you leave something, somebody must be there," Black added.

    For former La Salle Green Archer Jason Webb, basketball fans should appreciate Cone's decision to stay for 22 years with the Aces.

    "Twenty-two years of marriage to one team is unheard of in this day and age and also thank him for reshaping basketball," said Webb of Cone, who pioneered the triangle offense in the PBA.

    Eric Reyes, who played for Cone and Alaska from the 2001 to 2002 seasons, said that Cone's decision is a "leap into the unknown."

    "It is unusual for a player or coach to opt out of a live contract without a new team securing his services unless he plans to retire," said Reyes - Reuben Terrado/JVP, GMA News
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  5. Casio-Lee a lot like Alvarez-Yap

    CONFIRMING the worst-kept secret in basketball circles the past few weeks, the Powerade Tigers named JV Casio as the top overall pick in the Philippine Basketball Association Rookie Draft at the Robinsons Place-Manila last Sunday.

    The second overall pick was Paul Lee, who was selected by Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.

    This PBA Draft reminds of the 2004 Draft, with Rich Alvarez being picked first by the Shell Turbo Chargers and James Yap selected by Purefoods second. At the time, I argued that Yap was the better pick, because while Alvarez was arguably the better player at that stage in their careers, Yap had the tools to become a PBA All-Star.

    Two years later, Yap led his team to a PBA championship and gained a Most Valuable Player award in the process. Today, Yap has multiple PBA titles under his belt and is considered to be the best in his position at shooting guard. Alvarez is what could be mercifully called a PBA journeyman.

    Just like Casio, Alvarez was the safe pick at the time. After all, he won a University Athletic Association of the Philippines title with the Ateneo De Manila University Blue Eagles and a Most Valuable Player award in the bargain.

    Yap and the University of the East Red Warriors never won squat in the UAAP.

    But then Yap seemed to be built to become a basketball star. His hand, from tip of little finger to tip of thumb measured as long as Michael Jordan’s hand, plus he didn’t do anything but eat, sleep and play basketball.

    Yap is of Chinese progeny, but he is so dark because back in Escalante, Negros, where he grew up, he woke up in the morning to play basketball and never went home until it was too dark to play anymore.

    But there are differences. For one, three picks later, the Tigers paired Casio with a familiar wingman in Marcio Lassiter, his teammate in Smart Gilas-Pilipinas. It’s a safe bet that both will be playing extensive minutes for the Tigers, so Casio probably won’t wind up spending his first PBA game on the bench like Alvarez who was benched by Shell coach John Moran.

    Going back to my comparisons, Casio is already as good as he’s going to get. The cocky Lee (the guy on the Appeton Weight Gain TV commercial) has an unlimited potential to get even better and pass Casio.

    Lee is also an impressive physical specimen, huge at 6’0” for his position but still quick, sneaky and supremely confident in his abilities.

    And most important, just like James Yap before him, Lee seems willing to work hard to become the best that he can be.

    As for the rest of the Draft: the Petron Blaze Boosters pulled off a big trade that netted them the third pick, which they used on Chris Lutz, and also brought back Dondon Hontiveros to the franchise.

    Petron shipped Mick Pennisi and Sunday Salvacion to the former Air21 Express, now known as Barako Bull, along with future picks in exchange for Hontiveros, Carlo Sharma and the right to exchange first round picks.

    Barako Bull used the Petron pick to select Allein Maliksi as the eighth pick of the draft.

    Smart Gilas mainstays Mark Barroca went to new franchise Shopinas Clickers; Mac Baracael to the Alaska Aces; Jason Ballesteros to the Meralco Bolts; Reil Cervantes was the other first-rounder, heading over to Barangay Ginebra at number 9. Dylan Ababou went tenth to Barako Bull.

    The order of drafting in the second round went: 1) Magi Sison, Shopinas; 2) Pamboy Raymundo, Talk ‘N Text; 3) Eric Salamat, 4) Julius Pasculado, and 5) Ariel Mepana, Alaska; 6) Brian Ilad, B-MEG; 7) Gilbert Bulawan, Meralco; James Martinez, Barangay Ginebra; 9) Ken Acibar, Barako Bull; 10) Paul John Sorongon, Barako Bull; and 11) John Marc Agustin, Powerade.

    The rest of the draft went: Third round – Mark Cagoco, Shopinas; and Filemon Fernandez, Petron Blaze. Fourth round – Gerald Lapuz, Petron Blaze.
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