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    MCBL Articles

    2006 SUMMER TOURNAMENT


    In 2005, Management Partners Group (MPG) integrated 11 basketball leagues/tournaments involving 184 teams into the Gillette Metro Basketball League (MBL) 2005 Vector Cup. One of those tournaments included 8 corporate-based teams. This year, that tournament has now spun off to a separate league known as the MPG Corporate Basketball League (MCBL), a league whose teams are made up of employees from the same corporation.

    The 2006 summer tournament will have 12 teams split into two divisions. Teams will face only the teams they are grouped with for their respective division championships. The tournament will be held from May 6 to July 8 with games held on both weekends and weeknights at different venues that include Meralco, Adidas Sportskamp, Club 650, and Reyes Gym.

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    OPENING DAY HIGHLIGHTS


    If the first game is an indication of things to come, then the MCBL 2006 Summer Tournament should turn out to be truly memorable.

    For 7-Eleven, it was almost deja vu.

    In last year's MBL Corporate Division, 7-Eleven battled Soluziona for 3 overtimes in their first game. This year, their first game didn't end in regulation once again. However, there were two major differences from last year.

    First, this game only had one extra period. Second, 7-Eleven won the game.

    In a game that was close throughout, Patrick Manayag of 7-Eleven would cap his game long brilliance by scoring 12 of his game-high 29 points in the 4th quarter and overtime. He would also lead his team with 14 rebounds. Team mate Dennis Tablante had a strong defensive as he registered 6 steals and 4 blocks to go with his 12 points. Edmundo Esguerra led Ramcar with 20 points and 15 rebounds.

    Later in the day, Shell defeated last year's runner up, NU3 Foods, 76-65 while Petron upended E-Data Services, 70-52. The victories of the two oil giants are definitely a fitting prelude to the highly-anticipated match-up between the two teams on May 13.

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    RIVALRIES, PART ONE


    The second week of the tournament saw two sets of corporate rivals play the first of two scheduled matches against one another this season. Oil giants Petron and Shell met first followed by multinational and consumer goods giants Unilever and P & G. Both games followed a similar pattern. They were relatively close throughout until strong fourth quarters by the winning teams would break the games wide open.

    Shell 69 Petron 57

    Petron jumped off to an early 17-10 lead at the end of the first quarter behind the 7 points of Bits Tolosa. Maintaining a balanced attack in the 2nd quarter, Petron ended the 1st half with a 27-22 lead.

    In the 2nd half, Shell turned the game around primarily behind Ricky Henson, who scored 21 of his 24 game high points in the final two quarters. Scoring 12 of those points in the 3rd quarter, Shell drew abreast of Petron at 45-all as they entered the final period. In the fourth, Jay Jay Chua and Ricky Henson would outscore the entire Petron team 16-12 in the fourth as the scored 7 and 9 points respectively, as they broke open a close game in the final quarter. Shell also drew a solid defensive performance from Jay Jay Chua who had a game high 13 rebounds and Tonito Gonzalez who hauled down 9 rebounds and made 5 steals. Ambo Demaisip chipped in 9 points and 3 assists. Jojo Mercadillo led Petron with 18 points while Chito Medina had a team high 11 rebounds.

    Unilever 82 P&G Proctoids 55

    Mark Cristi of Unilever was virtually unstoppable in the opening quarter as he poured in 13 of his game high 30 points in the period. His scoring barrage which was equal to the entire P & G Proctoids team, led Unilever to a 22-13 lead entering the 2nd quarter. Behind a balanced attack led by Chris Alano's 5 points, P & G Proctoids would cut lead almost by half as they trailed 29-34 heading into the half. In the third, Mark Cristi would go on another tear as he pumped in 10 points to give Unilever a 51-41 heading into the 4th

    In the 4th, Unilever would break the game wide open with an explosive 31-point offensive onslaught that saw 10 players score in the quarter. The attack was so balanced that no player scored more than 5 points in the quarter. Mark Cristi's offensive show was ably backed by Richie Romero's 11 points and 10 rebounds. On the defensive end, Chris Conwi and Dexter Bernardo pulled down 9 and rebounds respectively while Patrick Reyes posted 5 steals.

    Mike de Leon and Chris Alano paced P & G Proctoids with 16 and 14 points respectively while Nicko Pacasio hauled down a game-high 13 rebounds.

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    TEAM SPOTLIGHT: NU3 Foods
    By Francis Rodriguez


    NU3 Foods is one of the 5 pioneer MCBL teams playing in the 2006 summer tournament. It is hoping to improve on its runner-up finish in last year's inaugural tournament with a championship this year.

    The team's drive to the Division A title will be spearheaded by one of the best starting fives in the league. Sonny Caldozo ("a glimpse of Yao Ming"), Tata Fuentes ("inside power"), and Jonathan Demegillo ("Baby Shaq") make up one of the most imposing frontlines this season. The backcourt is manned by point guard Nikki Sabido whose exciting brand of play reminds one of Jason Williams and the smooth shooting of Francis Rodriguez.

    NU3 Foods employs a fast and up tempo style of play to create a lot of scoring opportunities. They will rely on their quickness to overcome the height and inside strength of some of their opponents this season.

    An interesting sidebar to NU3's 2006 season is a budding friendly rivalry with Petron. In last year's MCBL, NU3 defeated Petron 86-84 in a dramatic semifinal match to book their place in the 2005 championship match. In their first meeting this year, Petron exacted revenge by outlasting NU3, 103-102 in a double overtime thriller.

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    THIRD TIME STILL A CHARM

    7-Eleven has been living dangerously all season.

    They began the season with an OT victory over Ramcar. They won their 2nd game by overhauling a 10 point lead in the 4th against Emerson. After dispatching ING Bank for their third win, they repeated against Emerson in another OT game for their fourth victory of the season.

    Their latest match against Soluziona needed another extra five minutes. Once again, 7-Eleven kept their record unblemished as they notched their third OT victory of the season and their fifth overall.

    On paper, the match-up between the two unbeaten teams in the division promised to be an exciting. Obviously, it didn’t disappoint.

    Soluziona jumped ahead in the 1st quarter, 18-11, behind the 9 points of Freddie de Guzman in the quarter. Behind a balanced offense, 7-Eleven would cut the lead to 37-35 at the end of the half.

    Leading MVP candidate Patrick Manayag led 7-Eleven’s charge in the 3rd as he poured in 12 of his game-high 39 in the quarter. However, Soluziona kept in step behind team leader Dennis Padilla’s 7 points as they trailed 59-60 heading into the 4th. With a balanced attack that saw 6 players from both sides score in the 4th, the game needed an extra five minutes be decided. In the OT, 7-Eleven’s dynamic duo of Patrick Manayag and Lester Wong would account for 14 of their team’s 18 points in the quarter as they held off a game Soluziona squad to remain unbeaten.

    In the most dominant individual performance of the season, Patrick Manayag had game highs 39 points and 19 rebounds, 10 of which were offensive. Lester Wong chipped in 21 points while Dennis Tablante posted a strong all-around game of 6 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals.

    Dennis Padilla led Soluziona with 27 points followed by 17 from Freddie De Guzman. Bong Orillosa and Mark Wayne de Claro led their teams in rebounding, 11 and 10 respectively.

    With the victory, 7-Eleven is still in the hunt for one of the two outright seats in the finals. Although they lost, Soluziona can look forward to at least one more meeting this season to avenge their loss and spoil 7-Eleven’s bid for a perfect season.

    With the trends as they are, you can expect this match-up to be another tightrope act because of the teams involved.
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    LAST BUS TO THE SEMIS


    DIVISION A
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    For half the game, it looked as if Nestle would claim the final semis slot. Behind the hot shooting of Marco Benitez and Mark Maurico, they overcame a 1st quarter deficit to lead by 8, 37-29 at the half.

    But then in the 3rd, the division’s current statistical points leader showed why he is leading the MVP race in the division.

    Sonny Caldozo sparked a 3rd quarter rally as he outscored the entire Nestle team, 10-7 in the pivotal quarter. As the teams started the 4th, NU3 had taken a 49-44 lead. In the 4th, NU3 would play Nestle to a virtual draw as they would go on to a 66-62 win.

    Sonny Caldozo led NU3 with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Four other NU3 players, namely Jonathan Demegillo, Tata Fuentes, Francis Rodriguez, and Nikki Sabido would all score in double figures as well with 14, 13, 12, and 10 points respectively.

    Marco Benitez of Nestle led all scorers with 26 points and 4 steals. Mark Mauricio pumped in 11 points and hauled down 9 boards in a losing effort.

    Semifinal Scenarios:
    1) NU3 is the 4th seed.
    2) Shell, Unilever, and Petron are the other semifinalists. Their seeding is not yet final. The scenarios involving the seeding of the teams will be posted after Shell’s next game.


    DIVISION B
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    Before the game, Ramcar knew it had a +14 quotient lead over ING Bank, its winning margin in their first meeting. In the end, it wouldn’t have made any difference.

    In a very defense-oriented match, Ramcar raced to an early 15-7 lead after one quarter. ING Bank would close the gap to 21-16 at the half behind a very stingy defense.

    Once again, the 3rd quarter was the turning point in the game.

    Limiting ING Bank to 2 points in the quarter, Ramcar would extend their lead to 31-18 at the start of the final quarter. They would then pull away in the 4th for a 48-28 victory and claim the final spot in the semis.

    Edmundo Esguerra led Ramcar with 11 points and 13 rebounds while Randy Nepomuceno contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds.

    Jerry Hao led ING with 10 points. Michael and Cedric Reyes would chip in 6 points apiece and haul down 7 and 8 rebounds respectively.

    Semifinal Scenarios:
    1. By virtue of its sweep, 7-Eleven has qualified for the finals.
    2. Ramcar will be 3rd or 4th.
    3. The winner of the June 24 match between Soluziona and Emerson will be the 2nd seed. Emerson holds the tiebreaker edge in case of a triple tie at 4-3 by virtue of its +38 quotient against Ramcar and Soluziona. Soluziona has a +5 quotient.
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    “How SWEEP it is!!!
    By Ricodehl Anzures


    Not even the absence of its top two players could prevent 7-Eleven from getting the job at hand done. With an opportunity to finish the eliminations with an immaculate slate and march outright to the finals, 7-Eleven played with remendous resolve and bucked the absence of leading MVP candidate Patrick Manayag and leading Defensive Player Dennis Tablante due to injuries, 7-Eleven squeaked by a game Adidas five 57-51 last Sunday at the Adidas Sportskamp in Taguig.

    Using their familiarity of their home floor, Adidas led by as much as 10 points in the first half behind the inside plays of Ramil Padua and the outside sniping of its perimeter players. Adidas would eventually end the half ahead by 7, 28-21.

    At the start of the second half, 7-Eleven surprised Adidas with a full court press that forced turnovers and created easy scoring opportunities. The third quarter ended with Adidas’ lead down to 2 points, promising an exciting fourth quarter.

    In the fourth, 7-Eleven’s relentless pressure and Rico Anzures’ timely hits from the free throw line would help 7-Eleven to eventually grab the lead. Up by 2, and time down to the last minute, Rico Anzures drove down the middle and made nifty pass to team mate Dennis Yuzon under the basket for a score to give the team more breathing room. Free throws by Christian Garcia and Arvin delos Santos in the final seconds rounded up the scoring.

    7-Eleven was lead by Rico Anzures’ 17 points and 11 rebounds while Arvin delos Santos and Lester Wong scored 16 and 12 points respectively. Ramil Padua led Adidas with 14 points and 11 rebounds while Rolando Sandoval chipped in 9 points and 7 rebounds.

    With the victory, 7-Eleven will now enjoy a 2 week respite and wait for its opponent in the finals. Rivals Soluziona, Emerson and Ramcar will dispute the second finals berth in the semis.
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    FINALS PREVIEW: DIVISION B- AMAZING TURNAROUND

    MCBL 2006 1st Conference Finals Sked
    Saturday, July 8 at Acropolis Gym
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    5:00 PM- Division A: Petron (Dark) vs. Shell or NU3 Foods (Light)
    6:30 PM- Division B: Emerson (Dark) vs. 7-Eleven (Light)

    In 2005, Emerson and 7-Eleven failed to get past the elimination round. Now, they are facing one another in the Division B Finals.

    From being winless in 2005, 7-Eleven has a chance to go unbeaten this season. So far, they’ve been perfect by pulling off one squeaker after another. Their wins this season include 3 OT victories, one of which was against Emerson. Three of their other victories this season were wins by 6 points or less, one of which included a rally from at least 10 points down in the 4th quarter against Emerson. Much of their success this year can be attributed to the addition of Patrick Manayag, the current leader in the MVP race and probable Mythical Five member, Dennis Tablante.

    Last year, Emerson fell one game short of making the semifinals. The loss of their best player from last year didn’t bode well at first. However, the addition of Mark Navarro, the league’s probable best defender and Jerome Villena this year has left Emerson just one game short of a championship.

    Can 7-Eleven continue its streak? Will this game be another nail-biter? If yes, will they be able to pull off another down-the-wire victory?

    On the final day of the elimination round, Emerson nabbed the 2nd seed by avenging a loss to Soluziona, one of only two teams to defeat them this year. Will they avenge the only other loss they have had this season?

    Who will the third time be a charm for? 7-Eleven or Emerson?

    All those questions will be answered on Saturday, July 8 as one team will cap an amazing turnaround from last season.

    Individual Awards Races Previews
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    With a 73 SP lead, Patrick Manayag of 7-Eleven has a virtual lock on the MVP award. Mark Navarro also has a virtually insurmountable 28 DSP lead for the Best Defensive Player Award.

    Joining the two in the Mythical Five will be Patrick’s 7-Eleven team mate Dennis Tablante. Joseph Espiritu of Ramcar should be able to hold on to either the 4th or 5th spot.
    Dennis Padilla of Soluziona is currently fifth, but he will most likely be passed by Jerome Villena, Emerson or Arvin de los Santos, 7-Eleven. In all likelihood, the slot will go to the player whose team wins the championship. Bong Yu of Emerson and Lester Wong and Rico Anzures of 7-Eleven have outside shots at claiming the 5th slot but they will need to register dominant games coupled with sub-par performances by their team mates.
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