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  1. "Century" Scorers Revisited

    There have been seven 100 points-or-more performances by a homegrown athlete in Philippine basketball history.

    Strangely, only three found its way to Wikipedia’s “List of basketball players who have scored 100 points in a single game” around the world.
    The three 100-point feasts that have officially been documented by Wikipedia are the following:

    1. Luis (Lou” Salvador’s 116 points in the Philippines’ gold medal-winning encounter against China during the 1923 Far Eastern Games in Osaka, Japan, which supposedly was the forerunner of the Asian Games yet featured only three countries – Japan, China and the Philippines – at the time.

    Note that the 30-second shot clock was not yet in existence and neither was the three-point shot.

    A product of Jose Rizal College, the prolific and well-conditioned Salvador unbelievably connected on most of his shots from midcourt during his historic game against the Chinese, the highest output ever for an official international tournament (as distinguished from a local/foreign league competition).

    According to the Leyte-born Salvador, he had practiced with a medicine ball daily for a whole year at the YMCA compound before chalking up the mind-boggling 116-point feat.

    Salvador said that he used to throw the medicine ball continuously to accustom himself. And when the time came for him to make the attempt with the actual ball, everything was easy.

    Salvador, to the uninitiated, was also a movie/stage producer and was known to local showbusiness as the “Master Showman” and father to a dozen actors and actresses.

    Legend has it that he sired 58 – repeat, 58 – children during his earthly existence. He lived with 25 wives and had 14 of them under one roof at one time. To all the girls he had loved before, Salvador was their Julio Iglesias.

    Among Lou’s children were Leroy Salvador (+), Alona Alegre, Philip (Ipe) Salvador and future Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) professional Roberto (Jumbo) Salvador.

    2. Jeron Teng’s 104 points during Xavier School’s masterful 164-74 victory over Grace Christian College in a Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Association (MMTLBA) high school game on January 5, 2011.

    A 16-year-old HS junior at the time, Teng recently completed his third year of varsity eligibility with the De La Salle University Green Archers in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) with a third consecutive Final Four trip, including a championship and a Finals Most Valuable Player hardware in 2013.

    3. Just when everybody thought Jeron’s Philippine high school scoring record would take a long time to duplicate, let alone surpass, here comes unheralded Clark Quijano of the AMA Computer University Junior Titans with a whopping 120 points in a 166-85 shellacking of Lord’s Grace Christian School in the 7th Mariano Bondoc Cup tournament on October 20, 2013.

    Quijano thus now owns the individual record for the most points in a high school game in Philippine basketball history.

    For some reasons, Wikipedia has yet to document four other 100-point performances by a Filipino cager, including three from a collegiate league in Cebu City.
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    Team Standings (November – Chiang Kai Shek College (4-0), Hope Christian High School (4-1), Saint Jude Catholic School (3-1), Saint Stephen’s High School (3-1), Northern Rizal Yorklin School (2-3), Philadelphia High School (1-3), Philippine Academy of Sakya (1-4) and Philippine Cultural College (0-5)

    Defending champion Hope Christian High School whipped Northern Rizal Yorklin School, 90-58, Saturday (November afternoon to seize second place in the high school basketball tournament of 17th Metropolitan Amateur Sports Association (MASA) competitions held at the Philippine Cultural College Gym in Manila.

    Hope Christian, which had shellacked winless Philippine Cultural College, 92-32, last October 28 behind Jollo Go’s 16 points, led from start to finish and scored the final five points of the first quarter to take a 21-13 advantage.

    HCHS, whose only setback came at the hands of guest team Chiang Kai Shek College, played without its leading scorer Go but drew a collective effort from Kris Harvey Pagsanjan, who collected 18 points, four rebounds, four steals and a pair of assists; 17 points (including two triples) , three boards, three steals and two feeds from Antonio Miguel Yang; 11 points from Marvel Joy Jimenez; and 10 points (all in the first half) from Ken Mark Miranda.

    NRYS, which dropped to 2-3 with the loss, was powered by the razzle-dazzle performance of shifty Bryan Navarro, who tallied a tournament-best 34 points, including 24 in the first half, along with seven rebounds and six steals.

    Only three other men scored for NRYS – Allan Paul Bautista, 10 points (along with five reebies and three steals), Jherico Cagomoc, nine; and Jerome Fuentes, five.

    In the only other game, Philippine Academy of Sakya broke into the win column with a 43-27 victory over Philippine Cultural College.

    Sakya and PCC kept the game close in the first half with the former just ahead by four points, 18-14, after 20 minutes. Then Alphamilenio Reyes struck for 14 of his game-high 18 points in the third quarter as Sakya outscored the Seagulls, 17-5, to grab a 35-19 edge entering the fourth period. The two teams chalked up just eight points each in the final quarter low-scoring contest.

    Reyes was the only Sakya player in twin-digit scores. John Patrick Soliven and Ian Kristoffer Pasion had seven and six markers, respectively for the winning team.

    PCC, which remains winless in five assignments, got nine points from Anson Tan and seven from Rafael Pangilinan . Angelo Tan was held to a field goal and burly John Santos did not play.
  3. Whereforth Art Thou Gilas

    Since that unmitigated apocalypse known as the failure to medal of the Gilas National Team at the 2014 Asian Games, the PR Mill has been running on virtual overdrive.

    Is Vincent "Chot" Reyes fired as Gilas head coach?

    Has the team itself been disbanded?

    What is all this talk about reevaluating the program?

    There were far too many questions and not enough clear answers. Speculations flew here, there and every bloody where.

    This of course came on the heels of Gilas not even making the quarterfinals of the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea a month and a half back. "Everybody was disappointed with that result, and I don't think there is any other way to put it," Barrios admitted.

    Good thing Gameface was able to sit down with former PBA Commissioner Renaud "Sonny" Barrios, the Executive Director of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas or SBP. ED Barrios was the main guest of the online sportswriters group organized by the venerable Beth Celis.

    Barrios said he the online group was "heaven sent", and that he was grateful for the opportunity to sit down with the group because he had "a lot of things to clarify".

    This of course came on the heels of Gilas not even making the quarterfinals of the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea a month and a half back. "Everybody was disappointed with that result, and I don't think there is any other way to put it," Barrios admitted.

    Barrios proceeded from the SBP Board Meeting that was held just last week. Some online reports (not in Gameface) stated that Reyes, the Twitter-happiest coach in Philippine basketball, had effectively been dropped as Gilas head coach during that board meeting.

    "The word 'Chot' was not brought up ever during that board meeting," Barrios declared unequivocally. "Medyo senior (citizen) na din po tayo, pero sharp pa din naman ang ating ala-ala, at masasabi ko po ng siguradong-sigurado that the name 'Chot' was not even brought up during that meeting," added Barrios.

    So is Reyes still the head coach of Gilas? That unfortunately was not categorically answered by the ED, SBP. He did go to some lengths to explain that there is now a search committee that will be coming up with a shortlist of candidates for head coach of Gilas. That list may or may not include Reyes. Reyes, in other words, is not completely out of the picture, but neither is he 100% guaranteed to retain his job.

    Moving on to the team itself, Barrios was again unequivocal, "Yes, the team is disbanded."

    As with other national teams that saw action in the FIBA Worlds and the Asian Games, since they are made up mostly of professional players, after the tournament is done then the teams disband so the players can go back to their respective professional basketball careers. "Team USA was disbanded, and they won the gold, of course because players like James Harden, Derrick Rose, and all the rest had to go back to their teams and prepare for the NBA Season."

    "It is the same case for Gilas and our players. The PBA has started, so of course they had to go back to their mother ball clubs to prepare for the season," he added.

    Although the team has been disbanded the Gilas program itself continues, part of the reason why it is under reevaluation. There will still be Philippine participation in international basketball tournaments, hence the need to still have a national team program.

    "MVP (Manuel V Pangilinan, SBP President and Chair) wants to make the program more participative, and more consultative, that is why we are also heavily involving all of the SBP Regional units, like for example Cebu through Yayoy Alcoseba," Barrios explained.

    So let us be clear about the three questions posited at the beginning:

    1. Reyes has not been "fired".

    2. The team that competed in Spain and South Korea has been disbanded, but not for any failure on their part, but simply because it is the PBA season already.

    3. There is indeed an ongoing reevaluation of the Gilas Program, because that is part and parcel of what all credible organizations do.

    One of the other key issues raised during the round table was the schedule of the PBA. Since Gilas players all come from the PBA, their season schedule directly affects how much time any Gilas team can be assembled and trained. Sometimes of course, the best-laid plans come undone with something as mundane as a rescheduling by FIBA of a given tournament.

    "Hindi din talaga madali para kina Commissioner (Chito) Salud to just reschedule everything if for instance FIBA moves a tournament from August to October with only a two-week notice. Siempre maraming kaakibat 'yan, like reserving their venues, timing of their PR, at marami pang iba," Barrios said.
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  4. Inside the Hard Court: Harvey Pagsanjan of Hope Christian High School

    By: Paolo Manuel C. Fule

    One of the junior basketball players in the PCABL talks about his career and his ambitions beyond basketball. Let’s take a glimpse of this boys’ life in this interview:
    Kris Harvey D. Pagsanjan was born on January 2, 1999 to Florencia Pagsanjan and Reynaldo Pagsanjan in Caalibangbangan, Cabanatuan City. This 5’ 11” point guard and wingman of Hope Christian High School is taking his time to reach his goals in life.
    Paolo: How do you balance your studies and basketball?
    Harvey: Everyday we have trainings and classes but for student athletes like us, it’s important for us to study and that is also being told to us by our coaches. We have 7:30am to 4:00 pm classes and training starts from 5:00-8:00 pm.
    Paolo: What is your career high in points?
    Harvey: 18 points in Filipino Chinese Amateur Athletic Federation (FCAAF)
    Paolo: Who are your basketball idols?
    Harvey: In the NBA, I like Kobe Bryant of the L.A. Lakers, UAAP is Kiefer Ravena of ADMU, Harold Arboleda of NCAA, and Gabe Norwood of the PBA.
    Paolo: In the PCABL, who do you think is the hardest to guard?
    Harvey: JV Gallego is the hardest to guard.
    Paolo: What can you say about the school’s athletic program?
    Harvey: We are all being disciplined because there are a lot of young rookies but we all know that we need to double our efforts in order for us to win our games.
    Paolo: Who taught you to play basketball?
    Harvey: I learned it on my own. In our family in the province, we don’t have someone who plays the sport. When I was a kid, I already loved basketball. That’s why when I went to Manila, they supported me.
    Paolo: What is your ambition in life?
    Harvey: My ambition is to play in the professional league someday and to help my parents and also other kids who love the sports.

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  5. NBA Season 69: Just Days Away

    The 69th renewal of the National Basketball Association (NBA) unwraps on October 28 (Oct. 29, manila time) with a three-game bill.
    The tripleheader features Orlando at New Orleans, Dallas at San Antonio, and Houston at the LA Lakers.

    All three Texas teams will be in action on opening night.

    The San Antonio Spurs, who defeated LeBron James and the then- back-to-back NBA titlist Miami Heat in five games last June to snare their first championship in seven years and fifth overall (including 1999-2003-2005-2007) in franchise history, will receive their rings during pre-game ceremonies at the AT&T Center.

    The Spurs have retained their key players from last season, including ageless Tim Duncan, Tony parker, Manu Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard (2014 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player), Boris Diaw, Tiago Splitter and Danny Green, and are seeking a another crown under head coach Gregg Popovich, the architect of San Antonio’s five previous title finishes.

    One interesting act by the Spurs this summer: In August, it signed controversial Rebecca Lynn (Becky Hammon, a former WNBA guard with the San Antonio Stars and New York Liberty, to become the second female assistant coach in NBA annals but the first to be a full-time, salaried assistant coach. This also made her the first full-time female assistant coach in any of the four major professional sports leagues in North America. The 37-year-old Hammon was born and grew up in the U.S. but became a naturalized Russian citizen in 2008 that enabled her to represent the Russian national team in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

    The Dallas Mavericks, who last secured the Larry O”Brien championship trophy in 2011, have added a pair of Chandler to join forces with 34-year-old German-born Dirk Nowitzki, an erstwhile free agent who took a paycut last summer to enable 7-1 center Tyson Chandler and forward Chandler Parsons to come aboard billionaire owner Mark Cuban’s ship.

    The 32-year-old Chandler is in his second tour of duty with Dallas. In his first season with the Mavs in 2011, he started for the club in its NBA title run. Thereafter, as an unrestricted free agent, he was part of a three-team sign-and-trade in December 2011 (a lockout-shortened season) after agreeing to a four-year, $58-million deal with the New York Knicks. Last June, following a three-year stay in Gotham City, the Mavs reacquired Chandler along with Raymond Felton from New York in exchange for four veteran players, including Spanish guard Jose Calderon and Haitian center Samuel Dalembert, and two second-round picks in the 2014 NBA draft.

    In July, Dallas secured the services of Parsons, then a restricted free agent, after the latter’s old employer, Houston, declined to match Dallas’ three-year, $46-million offer sheet to him.

    Houston not only lost Parsons without any compensation but also shipped guard Jeremy Lin to the Los Angeles Lakers in a trade.
    Jeremy (Shu-How) Lin, whose rags-to-riches story in New York generated a global following known as “Linsanity” in January-March 2012, was peddled by the Rockets along with 2015 first- and second-round draft choices to the Lakers in July in exchange for the draft rights to Sergei Lishouk.

    The 26-year-old Harvard University graduate, the first American of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the league, had signed a three-year, $25-million offer sheet with Houston in the 2012 offseason as a restricted free agent. After stating they would match any offer extended to Lin, the Knicks eventually declined to do so when the Rockets revised an earlier offer that was substantially less in amount.

    The Lakers, who will pay Lin $15 million in 2014-15 in the final year of his three-year deal, also picked up Carlos Boozer, a bulky 6-8 forward-center, off waivers in July after the Chicago Bulls released him via the one-time amnesty clause. Under the arrangement, El-Ay will pay only $3.25 million of Boozer’s $16.8-million stipend this season as Chicago will shell out the remaining $13.55 million.

    The Lakers’ fortunes nonetheless rests on the health of veterans and former NBA MVPs Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash.

    The 6-7, 36-year-old Bryant played just six games last campaign (specifically between December 8 and December 17)) due to a torn Achilles tendon (sustained against visiting Golden State on April 12, 2013 or just two days after he became the first player in NBA history to collect 47 points, eight rebounds, five assists, four blocks and three steals in an NBA game at Portland) and a lateral tibial plateau fracture in his left knee (suffered at Memphis on December 17) that eventually shut down his 18th NBA season.

    Bryant appears to be relatively healthy during the preseason. He remains the NBA’s highest-paid player after signing a two-year contract extension ...
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