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  1. #2141
    NLEX's Madanly now at 100%: I can play much better
    Posted at 06/03/2015 5:34 PM

    Michael Madanly of NLEX escapes three Alaska defenders Chris Exciminiano, Romeo Travis and Jvee Casio. Photo: PBA Images
    MANILA, Philippines – NLEX's Syrian import, Michael Madanly was hobbled in his first few games for the Road Warriors as he suffered a neck injury in his first game before dealing with cramps in their succeeding contests.

    After conquering those issues, however, Madanly was finally able to show what he is capable of and help lead the Road Warriors to a much-needed victory.

    "I am 100% now, and you can see that on the court," Madanly declared in an interview with

    Against the Alaska Aces on Tuesday, Madanly fired 28 points to go along with nine rebounds and five assists, as NLEX claimed a 113-102 victory – only their second in the Governors' Cup against four losses.

    "This is my first game that I played a full game," Madanly said. "I haven't played a full game since I came here, and they told me that last game was my best game, but I know I can do much better, even better than what I did today."

    "I still have a lot to do to help the team win," he added.

    Aside from Madanly, NLEX also got sensational performance from Kwame Alexander and Asi Taulava, who both tallied double-doubles in the victory. Mark Cardona also finished in double-digits with 15 points in the game.

    "We were lucky," said Madanly. "We played hard, everybody played hard, executed the offense and defense, and I played good because of them."

    The win against Alaska ended NLEX's two-game losing streak and kept alive their hopes of making the playoffs, but Madanly stressed that they have to keep working hard.

    He also put the onus on himself, saying: "I'll try to play much better in the next game and fix my mistakes. I still have to work hard, get better, and help the team win more games."

    The win was NLEX's first against Alaska in four games.

    "I am happy we stuck with our game plan," NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez told in a separate interview. "We played defense. Our defense in the endgame helped us to win."

    NLEX overhauled a 13-point deficit in the second half, coming back thanks to the combined efforts of their imports, and with ample help from Cardona and Taulava. Changing The Face of The Game!

  2. #2142
    Rain or Shine's Chan is PBA Player of the Week
    Posted at 06/08/2015 5:29 PM

    Rain or Shine's Jeff Chan drives to the basket against Blackwater's Rei Cervantes. Photo by Mark Cristino for
    MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine guard Jeff Chan ended Barako Bull's four-week stranglehold on the PBA Player of the Week award after his efforts to help the Elasto Painters regain their winning ways allowed him to earn the citation.

    Chan, who said he has fully recovered from the torn right plantar fascia that hobbled him in the Commissioner's Cup Finals, missed the first four games of the season-ending conference but has since been regaining his scoring touch.

    Chan scored 12 points in just 16 minutes of action in Rain or Shine's 123-85 rout of Blackwater, then contributed 10 points and nine rebounds as the E-Painters downed Talk 'N Text, 87-72.

    His efforts helped Rain or Shine claim back-to-back wins for the first time in the PBA Governors Cup and improve to 3-4 so far in the conference.

    Chan is hoping that their recent winning streak will continue to the end of the elimination round.

    "Ngayong kumpleto na kami, ang importante eh makuha namin 'yung rhythm namin," said Chan in an interview with

    The E-Painters are currently locked in a three-way tie with Talk 'N Text and Star for seventh place. Changing The Face of The Game!

  3. #2143
    Andre Emmett scores 34 as Meralco outlasts Ginebra for 5th win · Sunday, June 14, 2015 · 7:43 pm

    The Meralco Bolts survived a couple of blunders in the end-game to outlast Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, 102-99, and register their fifth win in PBA Governors’ Cup action Sunday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

    Import Andre Emmett finished with 34 points and made crucial baskets down the stretch. But he missed a free throw on his team’s last possession which opened the door for Ginebra for a potential game-tying triple.

    An Emmett layup scored a layup to give his team a 101-99 lead with 32.9 seconds left. Ginebra import Orlando Johnson lost the ball on the other end as Emmett found himself shooting free throws.

    But he missed one of two charities, giving Ginebra, with no timeouts left, a chance to tie the game with 16.2 ticks left. However, Sol Mercado missed his triple as time expired.

    The Bolts failed to pull away in the fourth due to errors that allowed Ginebra to stay alive. Up by three, 97-94, with over a minute left, Meralco committed two straight turnovers after a Reynel Hugnatan foul and an inbound violation.

    Japeth Aguilar then made two free throws before Emmett dropped a tough floater. But Aguilar sank a surprise trey from the corner to tie the game at 99-all before Emmett scored once again.

    Meralco improved to 5-4, while Ginebra remained in the bottom half of the standings with 3-6.

    Both teams engaged in a highly heated battle all throughout which even led to an altercation in the third period. Jared Dillinger and Mercado confronted each other after physical play and had to be separated.

    Both of them got a technical, as well as David who tried to get into the scuffle.

    But that seemed to fire up David who waxed hot early in the fourth. He scored eight straight points to give Meralco a 91-84 edge before Ginebra slowly chipped into the deficit and fell short.

    Dillinger, Hugnatan and Seiya Ando scored 12 markers apiece for Meralco which grabbed a share of fifth place

    Johnson led the way for Ginebra with 25 points but only five other Gin Kings scored a basket. The loss put Ginebra to 10th place and in danger of getting eliminated early.

  4. #2144

    Joseph Sedurifa

    Samboy de Leon

    Alvin Abundo

    Alfred Batino

    THIS COMING Sunday (August 23), 63 young men will be sitting on pins and needles as they await their names to be called out at the annual Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Rookie Draft at the Robinson’s Place Manila. Among the hopefuls will be a small but compact contingent from the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) as the league continues to make noise in the basketball scene. READ MORE

  5. #2145
    Roi Sumang was projected as a First Round Draft Pick, he went all the way down to the third round, and I wonder what happened...

  6. #2146
    PBA Draft: Tautuaa, Rosario go 1-2; Thompson to Ginebra

    Mark Giongco


    2:42 PM | Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

    Fifty four out of 63 rookie aspirants got their names called in the 2015 Gatorade PBA Rookie Draft on Sunday

    Not surprisingly, Talk ‘N Text selected Fil-Tongan Moala Tautuaa as the No.1 overall pick.

    Tautuaa emerged as the biggest name in this draft class after dominating in the Asean Basketball League and the PBA D-League while playing for the Cagayan Valley Rising Suns and the Cebuana Lhuillier Gems.

    The 26-year-old big man is expected to contribute for the Tropang Texters, who could’ve used Tautuaa’s legitimate inside presence last season.

    National University standout Troy Rosario, meanwhile, was the second overall pick by the Mahindra Enforcers (formerly Kia Carnival).

    The 6-foot-7 Tautuaa and the 22-year-old Rosario also missed their Draft moments due to his commitments with Gilas Pilipinas, which just wrapped up a three-game stretch in Estonia.

    “Malaking tulong siya sa team. He can stretch the floor,” said Kia assistant Chito Victolero.

    The mystery third pick was unveiled with Fil-Nigerian guard Maverick Ahanmisi going to Rain or Shine.

    “The fans can expect me to bring the hard work to Rain or Shine,” Ahanmisi, who won a championship with Cafe France in the PBA D-League, said.

    Meralco on the other hand, went with Ateneo guard Chris Newsome as the fourth overall selection.

    “i just feel blessed. It’s a dream come true and I’m really excited,” the high-leaping Newsome said.

    Ginebra cheers reverberated inside the venue and the Kings didn’t disappoint with the selection of the reigning NCAA MVP Scottie Thompson as the fifth pick.

    NLEX, then, chose a former Road Warrior in Garvo Lanete.

    Another San Beda Red Lion followed the seasoned rookie Lanete, who has had a lot of experience playing in the D-League and internationally as part of Gilas cadets, with point guard Baser Amer going to Meralco at seventh.

    Amer will get a lot of wisdom from comebacking playmaker Jimmy Alapag, who is considered as one of the best players in the league.

    De La Salle center Norbert Torres came next with Star, which is under new coach Jason Webb, at eighth.

    “We didn’t expect him (Torres) to fall on our spot,” Webb said.

    The third San Beda Red Lion in the class Art Dela Cruz wound up with Blackwater as the ninth pick.

    The Road Warriors were back on the board again and they went with another Bulldog in Glenn Khobuntin as the 10th overall pick.

    Letran swingman Kevin Racal was reunited with his former college coach Louie Alas at Alaska as the 11th pick.

    The Elasto Painters pulled off another surprise to end the first round after picking Mapua’s Josan Nimes at 12th.

    The first round left several notable players still up-for-grabs in the second round.

    Blackwater nabbed another Green Archer in never-shy gunner Almond Vosotros before Mahindra picked San Sebastian big man Bradwyn Guinto.

    In another bold move, the Painters went with former Adamson captain Don Trollano as the 15th overall pick.

    After locking up Thompson, the Kings added another versatile player in University of Santo Tomas forward Aljon Mariano at 16th.

    Fil-American point guard Simon Enciso went next with Rain or Shine picking him at 17th overall.

    The Aces tabbed D-Leaguer Marion Magat, the lengthy forward, as the 18th overall pick.

    Rain or Shine passed on its pick before Barako Bull opted for Fil-American guard Kris Rosales at 20th and Alaska chose Red Lion Jaypee Mendoza at 21st.

    Former San Sebastian enforcer and D-Leaguer Michael Miranda was picked at 22nd by the Energy.

    Abel Galliguez joined Racal, Mendoza and Magat in Alaska at 23rd to end the first two rounds of the draft.

    Several noted players also got up the stages in the third round like former Red Warrior Roi Sumang (Globalport), Yutien Andrada (Barako Bull), Mark Cruz (Star Hotshots), and Nico Elorde (Alaska Aces).

    San Miguel used up its first pick in the draft on big man Michael Mabulac in the third round.

    The annual rookie selection, a first under new commissioner Chito Narvasa, held at Robinson’s Place Manila lasted eight rounds with with the expansion teams taking advantage of the deep pool.

    Here are is a list of the 2015 Gatorade PBA Rookie Draft picks:

    First Round

    1. Talk N’ Text Tropang Texters – Moala Tautuaa
    2. Mahinda Enforcers (Kia) – Troy Rosario
    3. Rain or Shine Elastopainters – Maverick Ahanmisi
    4. Meralco Bolts – Chris Newsome
    5. Barangay Ginebra Kings – Scottie Thompson
    6. NLEX Road Warriors – Garvo Lanete
    7. Meralco Bolts – Baser Amer
    8. Star Hotshots – Norbert Torres
    9. Blackwater Elite – Art Dela Cruz
    10. NLEX Road Warriors – Glenn Khobuntin
    11. Alaska Aces – Kevin Racal
    12. Rain or Shine Elastopainters – Josan Nimes

    Second Round

    1. Blackwater Elite – Almond Vosotros
    2. Mahindra Enforcers – Bradwyn Guinto
    3. Rain or Shine Elastopainters – Don Trollano
    4. Barangay Ginebra Kings – Aljon Mariano
    5. Rain or Shine Elastopainters – Simon Enciso
    6. Alaska Aces – Marion Magat
    7. Rain or Shine – pass
    8. Barako Bull Energy – Kris Rosales
    9. Alaska Aces – Jaypee Mendoza
    10. Barako Bull Energy – Michael Miranda
    11. Alaska Aces – Abel Galliguez
    12. Rain or Shine Elastopainters – pass

    Third Round

    1. Blackwater Elite – Jason Melano
    2. Mahindra Enforcers – Leo De Vera
    3. NLEX Road Warriors – Jansen Rios
    4. Globalport Batang Pier – Roi Sumang
    5. Barako Bull Energy – Yutien Andrada
    6. Barangay Ginebra Kings – Denice Villamor
    7. Meralco Bolts – Joseph Sedurifa
    8. Star Hotshots – Mark Cruz
    9. Talk N’ Text Tropang Texters – Micole Sorela
    10. San Miguel Beermen – Michael Mabulac
    11. Alaska Aces – Nico Elorde
    12. Rain or Shine – Pass

    Fourth Round

    1. BW – Kieth Agovida
    2. Mahindra Enforcers – Michael Di Gregorio
    3. NLEX Road Warriors – Jerramy King
    4. Globalport Batang Pier – Ryan Wetherell
    5. Barako Bull Energy – John Ray Alabanza
    6. Barangay Ginebra Kings – Pass
    7. Meralco Bolts – Pass
    8. Star Hotshots – Samboy De Leon
    9. Talk N’ Text Tropang Texters – Joshua Cubillo
    10. San Miguel Beermen – Andretti Stevens
    11. Alaska Aces – Robin Rono
    12. Rain or Shine Elastopainters –

    Fifth Round

    1. Blackwater Elite – Jawhar Purdy
    2. Mahindra Enforcers – Alli Austria
    3. NLEX Road Warriors – Alfred Batino
    4. Globalport Batang Pier – Bong Galanza
    7. TNT – Emilian Vargas

    Sixth Round

    1. Blackwater Elite – Christian Palma
    2. Mahindra Enforcers – Robert Hainga
    3. NLEX Road Warriors – Edgar Tanuan

    Seventh Round

    1. Blackwater Elite – Mon Abundo
    2. Mahindra Enforcers – John Michael Abad
    3. NLEX Road Warriors – Arvin Vitug

    Eighth Round

    1. Blackwater Elite – Randy Dilay

  7. #2147
    No stone left unturned in what Ginebra hopes would be its last practice of season

    From: Karlo Sacamos October 24, 2017, 04:19 pm

    GINEBRA players were already on the court as early as 10 a.m. before retreating to the viewing room for a review of Game Five of the PBA Governors? Cup Finals. Later they were back on the hardwood to fine-tune their sets on both ends.

    This went on for three hours.

    So what's usually a light practice on the eve of a gameday turned out to be the opposite on Tuesday as the Gin Kings seek to finish off Meralco in Game Six of the best-of-seven series on Wednesday night at the Philippine Arena.

    Sol Mercado, despite wearing a boot to protect his sprained left ankle, still managed to join the team by taking some shots on one side of the court.

    "We went pretty hard," the injured guard said. "We're looking at it as a do-or-die game tomorrow. We've been looking at it like that every single game ? it's one game at a time, so we only think about this one game.

    "And like coach says, putting it all into this one game like it's the last," he added.

    The training session took longer than expected as head coach Tim Cone pored over the details as they seek to close the series out on Wednesday.

    "More on details naman yung ano ni coach Tim," Scottie Thompson said. "Sinisigurado niya na wala makakalimutan para sa preparation para bukas sa game, and sinisiguro niya na ready kami bukas, at the same time, nag-viewing pa kami."

    Cone, however, played down the heavy practice, saying it has been their routine whether on the eve of a big game or not.

    "I wouldn't call it a heavy practice, but we worked on a few things," Cone said. "You have to get guys ready. If you just sit around, sit around, and then you're going to get loose and soft, so we had to get them out and get the blood flowing, and make them think and work on something."

    "I certainly hope (we can close it out), but we're not trying to make a statement or anything; this is the way we do it," he added. "This has been our MO, so we?re just trying to get ourselves ready. We know they're going to be ready."

    But after the relatively heavy training session, Thompson is hoping this would be their last for the season.

    "Sana. We're hoping na ito na last practice," the sophomore sensation said with a smile. "Pero hindi madali, kasi alam natin Meralco, talagang lalaban at lalaban 'yan, at hindi basta-basta bibigay, especially (Allen) Durham, talagang bubuhatin niya yung team niya."

    Mercado echoed his teammates' sentiment.

    "Only God knows (if this will be our last practice), but sana," he said.

  8. #2148
    Hugnatan up to old tricks again as Meralco drags Ginebra into deciding Game 7

    From: Karlo Sacamos October 25, 2017, 10:05 pm

    BOCAUE – Meralco made sure there were no heroics by Justin Brownlee or anyone from Ginebra for that matter this time as it hacked out a 98-91 win on Wednesday to send the PBA Governors' Cup Finals to sudden death.

    The Bolts built an early 20-point lead and withstood an expected fightback by the Gin Kings to avert a repeat of Game Six last season which ended with a championship-clinching trey from Brownlee against the Bolts.

    Allen Durham came through as usual, but the do-it-all import gained significant local support from Reynel Hugnatan and Garvo Lanete as they Bolts responded to the challenge in front of an all-time record of 53,642 fans who trooped the Philippine Arena.

    "I think the two days off helped us revive our legs, give us energy," Bolts coach Norman Black said three days after losing Game Five, 85-74. "It was still really tough to beat Ginebra."

    "You shouldn’t really be giving credit to the other team in the middle of the series but they’re well-coached, they play hard every game, and of course they have the crowd support so they never really get down," he added. "And you really have to fight every second just to beat them."

    And both teams face off one last time Game Seven on Friday night also at the Philippine Arena.

    Durham made it possible as he churned out 28 points, missing a 20-20 by just one rebound as he completed another monster performance with three assists without rest.

    Hugnatan assured that Durham playing the entire game didn’t go in vain as the veteran forward spread the floor again with six triples on the way to scoring 24 points on top of seven boards, four assists, and two steals with only turnover in almost 38 minutes off the bench.

    Lanete gave the Bolts an early lift, firing all his 15 points in the first three quarters, including eight in the opening canto where they got off to a 12-point lead, while Chris Newsome flirted with a triple double of 10 points, 11 assists, and seven rebounds.

    The Bolts' lead ballooned to 44-24 in the second quarter as their desire was evidenced by them outrebounding the taller Gin Kings, 51-41, including 22-12 on the offensive end that gave Meralco plenty of second-chance possessions.

    Still, the Gin Kings refused to go down without a fight and threatened with another-come-from behind win as they came to within four points, 90-86, after a tough turnaround jumper that bounced in for Mark Caguioa with three minutes and 43 seconds left before the Bolts held on.

    The scores:

    MERALCO 98 – Durham 28, Hugnatan 24, Lanete 15, Newsome 10, Dillinger 9, Hodge 6, Amer 6, Caram 0

    GINEBRA 91 – Brownlee 23, Slaughter 18, Tenorio 12, Thompson 12, Devance 11, Aguilar 6, Caguioa 6, Ferrer 3, Taha 0

    Quarterscores: 29-17, 54-37, 75-69, 98-91

  9. #2149
    PBA 'team owners only' meeting seeks end to status quo, but SMC bloc a no-show

    From: Snow Badua November 29, 2017, 01:06 pm

    THE fate of the PBA's coming season remained very much uncertain after a 'team owners only' meeting called on Tuesday afternoon was snubbed by representatives from the five teams that continue to support the tenure of Commissioner Chito Narvasa.

    According to sources, the meeting was called by a number of team owners to seek an end to a feud within the league board sparked by Narvasa's decision to approve a controversial trade between San Miguel and KIA for the top pick in the last rookie draft.

    Seven teams which came out to declare a loss of confidence in Narvasa, and openly expressed opposition to a renewal of the commissioner's contract, were represented in the meeting.

    Present during the meeting were Manny V. Pangilinan representing TNT KaTropa, Meralco, and NLEX, Alaska's Wilfred Uytengsu, Rain or Shine's Terry Que and Raymund Yu, Blackwater?s Dioceldo Sy and Dennis Uy of Phoenix.

    However, five teams which backed Narvasa during the October brouhaha were not represented.

    Sources told that San Miguel Corp. big boss Ramon S. Ang was invited by one fellow team owner but didn't show up. Also not present were GlobalPort owner and former league chairman Mikee Romero as well as KIA president and Palawan governor Jose Alvarez.

    Their absence, though, didn't stop those present from laying down a couple of key decisions which a source insisted should be binding since the meeting among team owners wasn't covered by the league rules on quorum that govern meetings among team governors.

    One concession agreed upon by the team owners was to allow Narvasa to continue to sit as commissioner provided all major decisions on high-profile trades and league finances go through the league board.

    Another issue tackled was the 'low income' generated by the recently concluded season. Records provided put season earnings at P168 million, well below the previous low of P200 million.

    The board war has cast doubt on plans to launch the league's 43rd season on December 17, more so after an annual planning session in Los Angeles two weeks ago was reduced into a sight-seeing tour due to the absence of four board members.

    The split in the board is even reflected in the preseason tournaments.

    Alaska, NLEX and Rain or Shine will participate in the December 4-6 tournament at the Upper Deck Gym with two non-PBA ballclubs while KIA, San Miguel, GlobalPort and Magnolia (formerly Star) will banner the PBA-organized Campus Tour.

  10. #2150
    Noli Eala on under-fire Chito Narvasa: 'If I were him, I would consider leaving'

    November 8, 2017, 05:16 pm

    NOLI Eala declined to question PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa's decision to approve a controversial trade that sent top draft pick Christian Standhardinger to powerhouse San Miguel, but knew for certain what he would've done if he were in Narvasa's place.

    A special guest on Wednesday in retired cager Eric Menk's podcast Staying Major, the former commissioner said the current league chief should consider stepping down in the face of an issue that has divided the board and left the PBA in an impasse.

    "Commissioner Chito [Narvasa] is under the gun here. He cannot govern without the full support of the board. It's going to be very difficult. And if I were him, I would consider having a transition, I would consider leaving," Eala told Menk.

    However, the former sportscaster refused to take sides in the controversial pre-draft trade between KIA and SMB that prompted seven teams to declare a loss of confidence and withdraw support.

    "I've made it a policy for myself not to second guess any commissioner. His job is tough enough. It's not gonna help that another commissioner is looking over his shoulders. That's out of respect for him. I had that respect from my predecessor, and I give that to them," he said.

    "There are two sides always in a trade, you cannot take it away from teams to get better and you cannot take away from teams to complain," Eala added.

    "The commissioner's job is to balance these two, the ones who want to get better and those saying that is not fair to us. It becomes difficult because a trade must be taken under certain circumstances and must be evaluated based on how the commissioner sees the current situation in the league. I don't want to comment on what commissioner Chito did."

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