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    The 25th Season


    ‘Surprise package’ from PBL
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    Arwind Santos, Joseph Yeo, LA Tenorio and Kelly Williams will not be there when the Philippine Basketball League opens its 25th season in November.

    But it’s all right.

    The league, according to Commissioner Chino Trinidad, is ready to deliver and unwrap another surprise package to its fans, one that would make the departure of its marquee players just an ordinary occurrence.

    "We’ve been doing that ever since, we gave them the chance to grow and nurture their careers. That’s our role," said Trinidad. "Now it’s time to look for someone we can help, and who knows, they can be of service to the country in future international events."

    There’s no need for Trinidad to look somewhere else.

    For one, Jonas Villanueva of Far Eastern University is being trumpeted this early as the next important player of Magnolia Ice Cream.

    There’s also JC Intal of Ateneo, Bonbon Custodio, Mark Borboran and Marcy Arellano of University of the East, Yousif Aljamal of San Beda, Roby David of Philippine Christian University and Jonathan Fernandez of National University.

    Ken Bono of Adamson is also expected to throw his weight around. Actually, the 6-foot-5 Bono and the high-leaping Intal are contesting the Most Valuable Player award in the University Athletics Association of the Philippines.

    Don’t forget the players from the South—they still are a force to reckon with in local basketball.

    Intal may suit up for Harbour Centre, which is chasing its second straight title. The Port Masters, starring Yeo and Tenorio, beat Toyota Otis in the recent Unity Cup finals.

    "We’re hoping to get him," said Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero. "He’s the kind of player we want, very exciting and athletic."

    The Port Masters are also eyeing some promising players, including one from the South, to cushion the impact of the exit of Yeo and Tenorio.

    Villanuena, a 5-foot-11 guard from Bulacan, can bring stability to the team orphaned by Williams and Santos, who emerged as first and second picks in the recent pro league draft.

    Besides his leadership, Villanueva is also deadly shooter from afar. He averaged 14.7 points, 4.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game for the Tamaraws, and he’s expected to produce the same solid numbers when he joins Magnolia in the coming tournament, fittingly dubbed as the Silver Cup.

    "We in the Magnolia camp is now excited to have him in the team. He’s a good player, we need a player of his caliber," said team manager Peter Martin. "With Jonas around, we’ll hope we can make it to the semis again."

    The Wizards won the Heroes Cup last year but failed to make the Final Four of the Unity Cup in June.

    Martin said Villanueva is not really a flashy player but he can surely make things happen for his team with his resolve and speed.

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    Re: The 25th Season

    PBL accepting draft applicants

    By Jasmine W. Payo
    Inquirer
    Last updated 01:00am (Mla time) 09/21/2006

    Published on Page A26 of the September 21, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

    THE PHILIPPINE Basketball League, hoping to discover fresh talents after the exodus of its amateur stars, is now entertaining rookie applicants for its 2006 season-opening tournament.

    Deadline for submission is on Oct. 10 at the PBL office at the Tektite Tower in Ortigas Center, Pasig City. The league will also conduct a rookie camp two days before the Oct. 13 draft.

    “There are a lot of raw talents in the country so I’m confident we can find future stars not only for the league but for the country,” said PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad.

    Crossing over to the pro league after productive stints in the PBL were LA Tenorio and Joseph Yeo of 2006 Unity Cup champion Harbour Centre, Arwind Santos and Kelly Williams of Magnolia Ice Cream and a slew of veterans from powerhouse Welcoat Paints.

    Several UAAP standouts including point guard Jonas Villanueva of Far Eastern University and the slam-dunking JC Intal of Ateneo de Manila University are among the top prospects in the rookie draft.

    Trinidad, however, strongly encouraged players from the Visayas and Mindanao to join the draft.

    The PBL season-opener, billed as the Silver Cup, will kick off in November.

    One of the teams badly needing fresh recruits is Harbour Centre, which is now seeking out replacements for Tenorio and Yeo, who have both climbed to the pros. The Port Masters are reportedly eyeing Intal.

    “We are badly in need of exciting but dependable players in the mold of Yeo and Tenorio,” said Harbour Centre manager Erick Arejola. “With so many promising players from various leagues in the country, I’m confident we can find good players.

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    Re: The 25th Season

    PBL draft application starts
    www.mb.com.ph


    THE PHILIPPINE Basketball League (PBL) is now accepting applicants for the Rookie Draft as the country’s premier amateur cage league girds up for the grand opening of its 2007 season.

    With the exit of the league’s marquee players, Commissioner Chino Trinidad is confident a new batch of exciting players will emerge from among the prospective applicants.

    "There are a lot of raw talents in the country so I’m confident we can find future stars not only for the league but also for the country," said Trinidad. "Right now, I’m trying get in touch with some of my friends in Cebu, Bacolod, Iloilo and Davao to help us find players who we can help."

    The draft day for the season-opening tournament that will be called Silver Cup will be held on Oct. 13. Deadline for the submission of application forms will be on Oct. 10.

    The league, as usual, will hold its own rookie camp two days before the draft day to allow prospective rookies to show their stuff to the coaching staff of the participating teams.

    Badly hit by the exit of its star players, among them LA Tenorio and Joseph Yeo, Harbour Center is now scouring for suitable replacements as the Port Masters chase for another championship after winning their first championship last June

    "We are badly in need of exciting but dependable players in the mold of Yeo and Tenorio," said Harbour Centre manager Erick Arejola. "With so many promising players from various leagues in the country, I’m confident we can find good ones."

    One of the players being eyed by Harbour Center is JC Intal – Ateneo’s prolific scorer. Intal is the hottest candidate for the MVP plum in the UAAP.

    Jonas Villanueva, the sweetshooting guard of Far Eastern University is expected to leadMagnolia Ice Cream along with Jeff Chan this time.

    Other teams in the league, including TeleTech and Toyota Otis, are now busy rebuilding their squads to enhance their title bids for the coming tournament slated in November.

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    Re: The 25th Season

    PBL hopes to restock stars via Draft

    www.abs-cbnnews.com


    The Philippine Basketball League is now accepting applicants for the Rookie Draft, as the country’s premier developmental cage league girds up for the grand opening of its 2007 season.

    With the exit of the league’s marquee players, Commissioner Chino Trinidad is confident that a new batch of exciting players is expected to emerge from among the prospective applicants.

    "There are a lot of raw talents in the country, so I’m confident we can find future stars not only for the league but also for the country," Trinidad said. "Right now, I’m trying to get in touch with some of my friends in Cebu, Bacolod, Iloilo and Davao to help us find players who we can help."

    The draft day for the season-opening tournament that will be called the Silver Cup will be held on October 13. Deadline for the submission of application forms is on October 10.

    The league will hold its own rookie camp two days before the draft day to allow prospective rookies to show their stuff to the coaching staffs of the participating teams.

    Badly hit by the exit of its star players, among them LA Tenorio and Joseph Yeo, Harbour Centre is now scouring for suitable replacements as the Port Masters chase another championship.

    "We are badly in need of exciting but dependable players in the mold of Yeo and Tenorio," said Harbour Centre manager Erick Arejola. "With so many promising players from various leagues in the country, I’m confident we can find good players.

    One of the players being eyed by Harbour Centre is JC Intal, Ateneo de Manila University’s prolific scorer. Intal is the hottest candidate for the Most Valuable Player plum in the University Athletics Association of the Philippines.

    Jonas Villanueva, the sweet-shooting guard of Far Eastern University, is expected to be the spearhead of Magnolia Ice Cream along with Jeff Chan.

    Other teams in the league, including TeleTech and Toyota Otis, are now busy rebuilding their squads to enhance their title bids for the coming tournament. The Manila Times

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    Re: The 25th Season

    I thought the coming tournament was called the SILVER CUP in honor of PBL All-Time Great Silver Villafuerte of Casino Alcohol! ;D :D

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    Re: The 25th Season

    40 aspirants join PBL Rookie Camp
    www.mb.com.ph


    SOME 40 aspirants, most of them budding collegiate stars, will be joining the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) Rookie Camp on Oct. 11 at the JCSGO gym in Cubao.

    Among the players tipped to perform well in the one-day camp aimed at showcasing their stuff are Gilbert Buyco of the University of the Philippines, Jim Bruce Viray of San Sebastian College, Dyreldale Mendoza of University of Perpetual Help Dalta System and John Derick Dizon of Manuel Luis Quezon University.

    Commissioner Chino Trinidad expects the number of participants to swell on Monday which is the deadline for the submission of application forms.

    Considering that most leagues in Metro Manila, even the small ones, have their own fast-rising players, Trinidad is confident that this year’s batch will be ranked among the best since the rookie camp was introduced six years ago.

    For one, most of the stars of NCAA and UAAP, including the newly-crowned University of Santo Tomas Tigers are also expected to join the camp and the Rookie Draft slated Oct. 13.

    Though they have yet to file their application forms, Jonas Villanueva of Far Eastern University, Edwin Asoro and Jonathan Fernandez of National University are projected to be among the top picks in the rookie draft.

    Trinidad, however, is not discounting the possibility that a new hero from the South will emerge in the coming tournament fittingly called Silver Cup.

    Former PBA player Joey Guanio will supervise the rookie camp scheduled from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Late entries will no longer be accepted. For more details please call Lanie Sagayap at 667-3008-09 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or visit the PBL office at Unit 2302A West Tower, Phil. Stock Exchange Centre, Ortigas Center in Pasig City.

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    Re: The 25th Season

    PBL holds rookie camp


    Inquirer
    Last updated 05:14am (Mla time) 10/08/2006

    Published on page A27 of the October 8, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

    A GEM from the south. Stars from the recent UAAP season. These are the guys Chino Trinidad is waiting for to show up once the Philippine Basketball League’s rookie camp gets going on Oct. 11 at the JCSGO gym in Cubao.

    And even as the PBL chief waits for them to sign up for the camp, he already has a handful of potential superstars eager to strut their wares.

    University of the Philippines frontliner Gilbert Buyco, San Sebastian’s Jim Bruce Viray, Perpetual Help’s Dyreldale Mendoza and MLQU’s John Derick Dizon lead the list of close to 40 aspirants tipped to make the camp home to the most talented rookie batch in years.

    “It looks promising,” said Trinidad.

    And those at the wings who are expected to declare their intentions soon make the camp even more mouth-watering for team scouts who will watch the camp that will be run by former pro Joey Guanio.

    “We’re expecting a lot more standouts to submit their application soon,” said Trinidad.

    Among those who are tipped to join the camp include the youth standouts of reigning UAAP champion University of Santo Tomas and other standouts from the collegiate varsity league that just wrapped up its season recently.

    Far Eastern U’s Jonas Villanueva, and the talented NU pair of Edwin Asoro and Jonathan Fernandez are expected to join the camp and emerge top picks during the draft.

    But what has Trinidad excited nowadays is the fact that a new standout from the south may emerge from the camp and make a name for himself in the coming PBL tournament, the Silver Cup.

    The rookie camp is scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. Entries that fail to meet the Monday deadline will no longer be accepted.

    For details, call Lanie Sagayap at 667-3008 or 09 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or visit the PBL office at Unit 2302-A West Tower, Phil. Stock Exchange Centre, Ortigas Center in Pasig City.

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    Re: The 25th Season

    PBL Rookie Camp opens gates today
    www.mb.com.ph




    A UAAP star out to prove a point and a slam dunk champion lead a slew of exciting players that will show their stuff in today’s PBL Rookie Camp at the JCSGO Gym in Cubao.

    Bonbon Custodio, who was inexplicably benched by the coaching staff of the University of the East Warriors in their Final Four series with the University of Santo Tomas Tigers, is one among the more than 70 players eager to strut their wares in the country’s premier amateur league.

    This early, Custodio, who normed close to 18 points for the Warriors, is expected to bloom as one of the league’s marquee players following the exit of several former stars, among them Arwind Santos, LA Tenorio, Joseph Yeo, Gabby Espinas and Kelly Williams.

    "He’s one of the promising players in the amateur ranks these days," said Commissioner Chino Trinidad.

    Elmer Espiritu, another UE player who gained instant fame after edging out Ateneo’s JC Intal in the slam dunk contest of the Bantay Bata 163 UAAP vs NCAA Showdown last Saturday, is also joining the camp to be run by former pro Joey Guanio from noon to 5 p.m.

    Three other players from UE -- Mark Anthony Borboran, Lawrence Briones and Kelvin West Gregorio, and 9 from National University, including Jonathan Fernandez, Michael Salvado, Edwin Asoro and Javon Malcontento have also confirmed their intention to join the one-day camp.

    Other notables taking part in the camp are Philippine Christian University’s Lei Mar Navarro and Robby David, Adamson’s Paul Dhanro Gonzalgo and Marvin Poloyapoy, MLQU’s John Derek Dizon, and University of the Philippines’ Gilbert Buyco and Galen Cancha.

    But unlike the last time out that produced a pair of 6-foot-7’s, the tallest applicant for this season’s batch is only 6-foot-5 in Gilbert Tenorio of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

    Trinidad also hopes that a new standout from the South may emerge from the Rookie Draft and make a name for himself in the coming PBL tournament, fittingly called Silver Cup.

    After the camp, the league will hold its Rookie Draft on Friday at the PBL office starting from 10 a.m.

    For details, call Lanie Sagayap-Halili and Bell Marasigan at 667-3008-09 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or visit the PBL office at Unit 2302-A West Tower, Phil. Stock Exchange Centre, Ortigas Center in Pasig City.

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    Re: The 25th Season

    2 new teams join PBL’s Silver Cup

    By Jasmine W. Payo
    Inquirer
    Last updated 02:25am (Mla time) 10/12/2006

    Published on Page A22 of the October 12, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

    AMATEUR cage action gets more competitive as two new teams join the Philippine Basketball League (PBL).

    Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala and Mail and More will be competing in the season-opening tournament billed as the Silver Cup starting Nov. 11.

    The league board approved the inclusion of the two squads as guest teams yesterday.

    Luigi Trillo will call the shots for Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala, which will be back after a 2-year absence in the league.

    “We have a long and colorful history with the PBL when it was still known as the PABL (Philippine Amateur Basketball League),” said owner Jean Henri Lhuillier.

    Mail and More, one of the flagships of the Lina Group of Companies, will announce its head coach soon.

    “We are grateful to the owners and officials of the two squads for believing in our vision and goals in the league,” said PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad.

    Both teams aim to beef up their rosters by tapping marquee collegiate players during the rookie draft tomorrow.

    The newcomers hope to challenge the league’s established teams like Harbour Centre and Magnolia Ice Cream for supremacy.

    Deadline for submission of application for aspiring rookies has been extended until noon today.

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    Re: The 25th Season

    2 guest teams to boost PBL Cup

    The Philippine Star 10/12/2006

    The Philippine Basketball League board yesterday approved the inclusion of Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala and Mail and More as guest teams for the season-opening PBL Silver Cup firing off Nov. 11.

    The return of the Cebu-based Cebuana Lhuillier to the PBL fold is expected to further boost the popularity of the country’s premier amateur basketball league, the team being one of the pillars of amateur basketball in the south.

    Mail and More, on the other hand, hopes to build a competitive team even as it vows to challenge the league’s established teams like Harbour Centre and Magnolia Ice Cream for PBL supremacy.

    Mail and More is one of the firms under the Lina Group of Companies.

    "Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala and Mail and More are welcome additions to the family," said commissioner Chino Trinidad. "We are grateful to the owners and officials of the two squads for believing in our vision and goals in the league."

    This marks the first time that Cebuana Lhuillier will be playing in the league after 20 years of absence with owner Jean Henri Lhuillier already excited with the prospects of pitting his team against the finest squads in Manila.

    Boasting of talented players, Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala hopes to serve notice of its bid early and at the same time re-trace its basketball history.

    "We have a long and colorful history with the PBL when it was still known as the Philippine Amateur Basketball League (PABL). It is only fitting that we come back to basketball through the PBL," said Lhuillier

    Mail and More, meantime, is eyeing to tap the services of some marquee players in the UAAP to form a fighting team.

    Meantime, the league announced that the aspiring rookies will have until 12 noon today to submit their application forms for the Rookie Draft tomorrow.

    Luigi Trillo will call the shots for Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala while Lawrence Chongson will handle Mail and More.


 
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