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    2006 PBL Unity Cup

    UNLIKE the last conference, let's start this thread at the right time -- just before the conference begins on March 25, 2006!

    For starters, the field remains at eight teams with Far Eastern Insurance taking a leave while welcoming Teletech into the fold to be coached by PBA legend Jerry Codinera. Rain Or Shine remains despite its acceptance into the PBA effective this October, turning the Unity Cup into a swan song of sorts for the storied franchise.

    The rookie camp and subsequent rookie draft was held with Larry Rodriguez of the Philippine Maritime Institute emerging as the number one pick by Montana Pawnshop.

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    PBL Unity Cup

    Big expectations from Hapee-PCU
    Manila Bulletin (Mar. 10, 2006)

    EXPECT HAPEE-Philippine Christian University to be one of the title contenders in the coming 2006 PBL Unity Cup.

    The Teethmasters have acquired two big men and an equally exciting offguard to beef up their squad for the season-ending tournament where they hope to recapture their once lofty standing in the country’s premier amateur league.

    Team manager Bernard Yang said yesterday that the addition of Erick Canlas, Franklin Nailon and former NCAA hotshot Christian Guevarra will certainly add depth and versatility to the team.

    But more than that, the presence of Canlas, Nailon and Guevarra will provide them enough ammunition to challenge the league’s giants like Magnolia Dairy Ice Cream and Rain or Shine. The Wizards and Elasto Painters have won the last two championships.

    "The three are welcome addition to the team because we really have to add more ceiling to the team so that we can compete against teams like Magnolia and Rain or Shine," said Yang, who is still hoping to get some of the best players from the South.

    The Cecilio Pedro-owned franchise won back-to-back championships in 2003 when the team was still backstopped by Rich Alvarez, Larry Fonacier, LA Tenorio, Peter June Simon and Allan Salansang. The team took a one-year leave in 2004 before deciding to participate again last year.

    The presence of the 6-foot-9 Canlas and 6-foot-5 Nailon would also give coach Junel Baculi enough options and lessen the burden for top gunner Gabby Espinas in manning the shade lane.

    Guevarra, on the other hand, is expected to provide the team the much-needed firepower and hustle which the team lacked in the previous conference where they finished fifth.

    Canlas, 24, had a forgettable stint in the pro league despite being picked No. 8 overall by Shell in the annual drafting three years ago. He last played for San Miguel Beer where he was also used sparingly.

    But under Baculi, Canlas is expected to get an extended playing time along with Nailon who is also adept playing at the post like Espinas. The team also boasts of a formidable backcourt combination in Jason Castro and Mark Moreno and pair of deadly snipers in Joefferson Gonzales and Robert Sanz.

    "Matagal-tagal na rin kaming hindi nakalaro sa semis, I hope, this time, we can make it," said Yang. "But we have to double our effort if we want to play in the semis." Changing The Face of The Game!

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    TeleTech five eyes Sison as consultant

    First posted 03:12am (Mla time) Mar 11, 2006
    By Jasmine W. Payo

    Editor's Note: Published on page A18 of the March 11, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

    JUST LIKE that, former Montaña coach Robert Sison is headed back to the Philippine Basketball League.

    TeleTech, the newest team in the country's premier amateur league, has asked Sison to be part of its coaching staff, just days after the mentor quit his post.

    "There are talks between him and the management," TeleTech team manager Benjie Castillo said yesterday. "We're still forming the coaching staff and it's definitely an option (to hire Sison). But nothing has been formalized."

    Sison confirmed that negotiations are ongoing, but clarified speculations that he's after the top coaching position.

    "It will be for consultancy and not as head coach," said Sison. "I will be more comfortable as a consultant. As I've said, I want to take a back seat [when it comes to] coaching right now."

    TeleTech already announced last week that Jerry Codiñera, the former star center of Purefoods in the PBA, will debut as its head coach in the Unity Cup starting March 25.

    "Jerry and I have worked together before in FedEx (in the PBA)," noted Sison.

    Castillo indicated that Sison could inject more knowledge to his rookie squad.

    "Robert has the experience, you can't deny that," said Castillo. "He's been around in the MBA and the PBL, and he has a good reputation of winning."

    Sison, however, still has a live contract with Montaña until 2007.

    "I haven't heard from them but I don't see any problem [in settling any contract dispute]," said Sison, who steered the Jewels to their first ever title in the 2005 Open Championship. "I want to move on. Montaña has also moved on right now with coach Nel Parado."

    Sison stepped down as head coach last Monday after a disagreement with the Montaña management regarding a young player's recruitment.

    Monta¤a clarified the following day that management suspended Sison even before he decided to quit. Parado took over as interim coach.

    Team officials did not disclose the reason for the suspension. Sources said, however, that the rift simmered when management wanted to acquire tall rookie Samigue Eman from Rain or Shine in exchange for veteran Alex Compton, a trade that Sison reportedly did not want.

    As of yesterday, however, sources said that Rain or Shine wasn't keen on releasing the young, 6-foot-9 standout from Davao. Changing The Face of The Game!

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    TeleTech tapping Sison as team consultant

    The Philippine Star 03/11/2006

    Sacked by Montaña, coach Robert Sison may find himself back on the bench when the PBL kicks off its opening conference on March 25 with the staging of the PBL Unity Cup.

    Sources said the league’s newest member — TeleTech — has offered Sison a consultancy job to assist coach Jerry Codiñera on the American-owned call center company’s bench.

    Sison, who cited irreconcilable differences with Montaña owners as one of the reasons why he quit his job, neither confirmed nor denied the report but admitted that he’s been getting offers from other ballclubs.

    "There are offers from other teams but nothing is final yet," Sison said.

    Sison, who steered Montaña to the 2004 title and the Negros Slashers to a pair of runner-up finishes in the defunct MBA, will be a big help to Codiñera, who teamed up with now Purefoods manager Alvin Patrimonio in leading the Hotdogs to numerous titles during their PBA days.

    Codiñera was also named into the elite 25 Greatest Players by the league before retiring last year when FedEx traded him to the disbanded Shell.

    The league board, chaired by Chito Loyzaga of 2006 Heroes Cup champion Magnolia Dairy Ice Cream, last week accepted Teletech as a guest team this conference as a replacement to Far Eastern Insurance, which took a leave of absence.

    The other teams seeing action are Magnolia, last conference’s runner-up Rain or Shine, Montaña, Granny Goose, Harbour Centre, Hapee Toothpaste and Toyota Otis. Changing The Face of The Game!

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    Controversial Compton-Eman trade fizzles out

    First posted 02:24am (Mla time) Mar 12, 2006
    By Jasmine W. Payo

    Editor's Note: Published on page A25 of the March 12, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

    THERE was, apparently, much ado about nothing.

    The Samigue Eman-Alex Compton trade that sent coach Robert Sison packing from the Montana camp has fizzled out, according to team officials yesterday.

    Rain or Shine did not release Eman, the 6-foot-9 rookie the Montana management wanted to acquire in exchange for the veteran Compton, who now stays with the Jewels along with mainstays Al Magpayo, Froilan Baguion, Al Vergara and Eric dela Cuesta.

    "There was no trade, the team has a 12-man lineup," said Montana's interim coach Nel Parado, who took over after Sison surprisingly stepped down as head coach last Monday.

    The proposed swap caused a rift between Montanja officials and Sison, who questioned the management's decision to trade Compton just weeks before the start of the Philippine Basketball League's Unity Cup.

    Montana later clarified that management had suspended Sison even before he decided to quit. The reason for the suspension was not revealed, however said Sison already had a "strained relationship" with the management after he steered the Jewels to their first title in 2005.

    Eman, a prized young center from Davao, played for the University of Mindanao and the disbanded RP-Cebuana Lhuillier Team.

    Although Rain or Shine turned down the chance to include Compton on its amateur roster, the team definitely wants him on board when it joins the Philippine Basketball Association in October.

    Welcoat Paints, the name the franchise will carry in the PBA, had requested permission two weeks ago to allow the American cager to be part of its pro lineup. Changing The Face of The Game!

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    Chia, Gelig, Canlas join PBL teams
    By Joey Villar
    The Philippine Star 03/12/2006

    Ex-pros Gec Chia, Nino Gelig and Eric Canlas are heading back to the Philippine Basketball League.

    Released by their respective PBA teams, Chia, Gelig and Canlas refused to hang up their sneakers yet, finding separate takers in the PBL which opens another season on March 25 at the San Andres Gym.

    Chia has joined Harbour Centre, Gelig signed up with Teletech while Canlas inked with Hapee Toothpaste.

    Chia, who played for Coca-Cola in the pros, will rejoin former Ateneo teammate LA Tenorio along with ex-rival Joseph Yeo at the Port Masters’ fold three years after leaving the PBL.

    The former Blue Eagle was part of the Ateneo-Nenaco squad under coach Joel Banal that bested Blu Detergents, 3-1, for the 2002 PBL crown.

    Chia’s best moments, however, came when he scored two crucial baskets in Ateneo’s dramatic come-from-behind Final Four victory over University of the East on their way to the 2002 UAAP cage crown.

    Gelig, released by Talk n Text, was part of the Hapee team that won a title in 2003 while the 6-foot-10 Canlas, a former San Miguel Beer player, figured in several title conquests of Welcoat Paints.

    "We’re very fortunate to have (Gec) Chia. I’m sure he’ll be of big help this conference because of his experience and defense," said Harbour Centre mentor Jorge Gallent.

    Aside from Chia, Gallent said they also picked up another former PBA player in Allan Gamboa from the dispersal draft.

    Canlas is one of the three new players acquired by the Teeth Sparklers with the other two being Christian Guevarra, formerly of Welcoat, and rookie Frank Nailon.

    Canlas’ entry beefed up Hapee’s frontcourt composed of Philippine Christian U standouts Gabby Espinas, Beau Belga, Ian Garrido and Joel Solis.

    "He’s a welcome addition," said Hapee coach Junel Baculi, referring to the former St. Francis of Assisi standout. Changing The Face of The Game!

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    Do you have any infos about the new players that will be playing this season? ??? Thanks!!

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    Casio bolsters Toyota Otis in PBL Unity Cup

    First posted 05:54am (Mla time) Mar 13, 2006
    By Jasmine W. Payo

    Editor's Note: Published on page A30 of the Mar. 13, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

    DE LA SALLE University standout JV Casio will bring his clutch shooting to the Philippine Basketball League after signing up with a Toyota Otis squad laden with point guards and fellow Archers for the upcoming Unity Cup tournament.

    Casio, known for his ability to hit the big shots, becomes the fourth playmaker in the Knights' roster and the third Archer in the team that now teems with talent.

    He will play for a coach who is optimistic about his capabilities on the court.

    "He's a thinking player," said coach Louie Alas. "He's tailor-made for us."

    Two weeks ago, Harbour Centre also enlisted La Salle mainstays Rico Maierhofer and Ryan Araña.

    Several Archers did not see action in the last two PBL conferences after ICTSI-La Salle took a leave of absence from the premier amateur league last year.

    Casio averaged 9.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals in the last UAAP season. He joins a roster that already boasts of top amateur point guards Boyet Bautista and JP Alcaraz of Letran College and the seasoned Christian Coronel.

    Aside from Casio, the Knights also recently acquired Patrick Cabahug of Adamson University, Chris Baluyot of San Sebastian College and Marco Fajardo of Jose Rizal University.

    Alas hopes the late additions would spark a turnaround for the struggling Knights, who finished dead last in the previous two conferences despite fielding the core of Letran's 2005 NCAA champion squad led by stalwarts Aaron Aban, Jonathan Aldave, Mark Andaya and Erick Rodriguez.

    The inclusion of 6-foot-7 Filipino-American Joe Devance also failed to resuscitate the Knights' campaign in the recent Heroes Cup tournament.

    "There's no way but up for us," said Alas. "And I think this is the best time for my veteran players to shine, since most of them also want to play in the pro league.

    "But I told them they have to prioritize the team first before their personal agenda."

    The Knights surprised the league by finishing a best-ever third in their debut campaign in 2003.
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    JV Casio beefs up Toyota 5
    Mar. 14, 2006

    With an array of explosive backcourt men, Toyota Otis is ready to roar off once again. To make sure it would not suffer the same fate that felled the team the past two conferences, coach Louie Alas has acquired former De La Salle University star JV Casio to ease his woes at the back when the 2006 Philippine Basketball League Unity Cup starts March 25.

    Besides Casio, who rose to prominence with his clutch baskets and creative plays during La Salle’s finals series with the FEU Tamaraws two years back, the Rey Oben-owned squad also took Adamson’s hotshot Patrick Cabahug, Jose Rizal University’s Marco Fajardo and San Sebastian’s Chris Baluyot.

    Casio, according to Alas, earned the respect of his new teammates right after his first practice session with the team.

    The addition of Casio boosted the team’s backcourt crew that also includes Boyet Bautista, JP Alcaraz and comebacking Christian Coronel.

    "He’s a thinking player. He’s tailor-made for us," said Alas, who also had glowing words for Cabahug and Fajardo for their wide array of moves, especially their outside shooting.

    Team manager Ramon Oben is also hoping their veteran players like Aaron Aban, Jonathan Aldave, Mark Andaya, Erick Rodriguez and Ardy Larong and prized rookie Joe Calvin Devance would step up to make up for their disappointing showing last time.

    Toyota Otis actually finished last in the past two conferences, but with a retooled squad, Alas is convinced they will perform much better this time.

    "There’s no way but up for us. And I think this is the best time for my veteran players to shine since most of them also want also to play in the pro league," said Alas. "But I told them that they have to prioritize the team first before their personal agenda."

    Gil Angeles, the team’s representative to the Board, readily agreed, saying: "There’s no question about the skills of our players, they are all talented but they have to put their hearts into the game so that we can have positive results. Their success is also our success."

    Alas is also looking forward to duplicating their 2003 feat, the year they first played in the country’s premier amateur league.

    Fresh from steering Letran to the NCAA championship, Alas earned the raves of even the self-styled experts when they finished a surprise third in their maiden campaign. But the brilliance of their impressive debut waned as fast as they earned it following a series of setbacks.

    But the key to the team’s success largely depends on how Casio, Bautista, Alcaraz and Coronel fare against their seasoned counterparts.

    It’s hard to tell but Alas is confident his little generals will play big this time around. Changing The Face of The Game!

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    Re: 2006 PBL Unity Cup

    Sison hooks up with Granny Goose

    First posted 03:10am (Mla time) Mar 15, 2006
    By Jasmine W. Payo

    Editor's Note: Published on page A29 of the March 15, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

    IT SEEMS there is no shortage of job offers for former Montaña coach Robert Sison.

    And of all the offers that landed on his lap, Sison picked the one tendered by Granny Goose, making him an assistant coach for the Tortillos in the PBL Unity Cup, which fires off on March 25.

    "With his experience, Robert will be a big help to the team," said team manager Pat Aquino of Sison, who steered Montaña to its first ever title in 2005. "He has long been in the business, so his intensity and passion will surely help us accomplish our goal this time."

    Sison's hiring was just one of the moves the Cebu-based squad has undertaken to prop up its championship bid this coming conference.

    Granny Goose earlier tapped its former coach, Jun Tan, to take over the reins from Joe Lipa, who reportedly quit so he can focus on the University of the Philippines' UAAP campaign.

    The Tortillos also beefed up their roster with young recruits led by 2005 NCAA Rookie of the Year Kelvin dela Peña, Mark Ababon, Paul Chua and Lloyd Ortigueza.

    Lipa called the shots for the Tortillos last November after Tan decided to quit to attend to his businesses in Cebu.

    Under Tan, Granny Goose was a perennial semifinalist since its league debut in 2004. Lipa led the Tortillos to a third-place finish in the recent Heroes Cup.

    Sison resigned from Montaña last week after a disagreement with team management regarding a trade involving veteran Alex Compton.

    Montaña later clarified that it suspended Sison even before he decided to quit. Changing The Face of The Game!

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