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    GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The host MP Warriors of GenSan gained their first win of the Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference General Santos City Leg with a 101-75 whitewashing of the Zamboanga Uno Latinos Thursday at the General Santos City Gymnasium.

    The easy win forced the Warriors of Manny Pacquiao and Coach Ramon Pido into a knockout game against the Smart-Pampanga Buddies for the second seat in Saturday’s leg finals. The Warriors lost on opening day Wednesday against the Quezon Red Oilers, 74-78.

    Earlier in the day, the hot Red Oilers subdued the Buddies, 70-68, to have the upper hand at the first championship slot in the games supported by Smart, Accel, Molten, Calcium-Cee, Gatorade, Air 21 and Burlington and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

    The Buddies of Coach Allan Gregorio squandered a 19-point lead en route to dropping their win-loss card at 1-1 similar to the Warriors. Red Oilers guard Roberts Labagala bungled two free throws with 1.4 ticks on the clock and their side ahead, 70-68. Buddies center Claiford Arao grabbed the defensive rebound and fired a prayer that hit the back end of the rim at the buzzer.

    The Red Oilers of Gov. Raffy Nantes and Coach Oliver Bunyi upped their record to 2-0. “The team is back,” said a happy Coach Bunyi. “We thank Gov. Nantes and the fans for sticking with us.” Quezon went winless in their opening salvo in Cebu City but bounced back to place second at home last week in Lucena City to slowly climb up the Liga Tour Standings.

    Choice games from the General Santos City Leg will be televised next week over Solar Sports from Wednesday to Saturday. Also, Liga Pilipinas Classics air everyday on Viva Prime Channel. More information on Liga Pilipinas may be downloaded at

    How They Scored:

    First Game

    QUEZON (70) – Raymundo 18, Williams 16, Palaganas 14, Dedicatoria 9, Cacha 4, Pinera 4, Suguitan 2, Panzo 2, Labagala 1, Orias 0, Macanig 0.

    PAMPANGA (6 – Husted 13, An. Espiritu 11, Arao 8, Thiele 6, Sta. Maria 5, Magpayo 4, Gelig 4, Taylor 4, Villamin 4, Nicdao 3, Al. Espiritu 3, Saguindel 2, Aldave 1.

    Second Game

    GENERAL SANTOS (101) – Ilanga 19, Gonzaga 15, Callo 15, Coronado 14, Recustodio 11, Farochillen 6, Mendoza 6, Sagad 4, Concha 4, Tadena 3, Cabatu 2, Medalla 2, Omandam 0, Rubi 0.

    ZAMBOANGA (75) – Bolias 31, Concepcion 21, Rebollos 12, Merced 7, Tajonera 3, Amirulhadz 1.

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    GENERAL SANTOS CITY – It will be the Smart-Pampanga Buddies against the streaking Quezon Red Oilers for the championship of the Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference III General Santos City Leg. This after the Buddies eliminated the host MP Warriors of GenSan, 78-60, in Friday’s action from the General Santos City Gymnasium.

    “Hopefully, the team can finally overcome the hump as we enter our third leg final,” said winning coach Allan Gregorio. “A win will put us in a good position for an automatic spot in November’s Super Leg and that’s our goal.” The Buddies lost last month’s Taguig City Leg to the host Forward Taguig, 71-74, and their own home leg the following week to the Trace-Laguna Stallions, 91-100.

    Al Magpayo fired four triples en route to 24 points and nine rebounds to power the Buddies. Fil-Am find Allan Husted followed with 12 points and four steals. Jonjon Gonzaga was the lone Warrior in twin digits with 10 points. Jomer Rubi and Dennis Concha chipped in eight points each with Concha grabbing seven rebounds.

    The Warriors of Manny Pacquiao and Coach Ramon Pido suffered greatly as leading scorer and rebounder Dondon Mendoza went scoreless together with fellow stalwart Louie Medalla.

    Either the Red Oilers or the Buddies will cart away their first weekly championship in the conference generously supported by Smart, Accel, Burlington, Calcium-Cee, Gatorade, Air 21 and Burlington and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

    In the first game, the Red Oilers of Gov. Raffy Nantes and Coach Oliver Bunyi formalized their entry into the championship game by dismantling the Zamboanga Uno Latinos, 111-87. Quezon also picked up a two-point bonus for sweeping all their three games.

    Roberts Labagala led the charge with 19 points, four assists and three steals while center Angelus Raymundo added 17 points and 14 rebounds. All five Latinos played sans relief with Jayson Rebollos pumping in 32 markers followed by Christopher Concepcion with 22 and Charleston Bolias with 20.

    Some games from the General Santos City Leg will be shown next week over Solar Sports. Liga Pilipinas Classics air daily on Viva Prime Channel. For more information, visit

    How They Scored:

    First Game

    QUEZON (111) – Labagala 19, Raymundo 17, Pinera 13, Palaganas 12, Suguitan 11, de Leon 9, Orias 6, Dedicatoria 6, Chua 6, Cacha 4, Williams 4, Reyes 2, Macanig 2, Panzo 0.

    ZAMBOANGA (87) – Rebollos 32, Concepcion 22, Bolias 20, Tajonera 8, Merced 5.

    Second Game

    PAMPANGA (7 – Magpayo 24, Husted 12, Gelig 11, Arao 6, Sta. Maria 6, Al. Espiritu 6, Villamin 4, Taylor 3, Thiele 2, Tan 2, Aldave 1, An. Espiritu 1, Saguindel 0.

    GENERAL SANTOS (60) – Gonzaga 10, Rubi 8, Concha 8, Farochillen 6, Coronado 6, Recustodio 5, Callo 5, Sagad 4, Cabatu 4, Tadena 2, Ilanga 2, Omandam 0, Medalla 0, Mendoza 0.

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    GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The Quezon Red Oilers pocketed the Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference III General Santos City Leg with a come from behind victory over the Smart-Pampanga Buddies, 78-73, at the General Santos City Gymnasium late Saturday evening.

    Center Angelus Raymundo hit a boarding triple to shatter a 73-73 tie and push the Red Oilers on top for good, 76-73. The Buddies then failed to score, forcing them to quickly foul Luis Palaganas who calmly sank both charities for the final tally.

    Earlier, Buddy Al Magpayo tied the game for the last time with a triple, 73-73, and 30 ticks remaining. Overall, the intense contest saw eight deadlocks and 22 lead changes.

    The Buddies of Coach Allan Gregorio, behind the good three-point shooting of Jonathan Aldave and balikbayan Allan Husted, took the first half, 36-30.

    Palaganas led the champions with 17 points. The 6’6” Raymundo was later adjudged as the leg’s Most Valuable Player with averages of 13.5 points and 9.3 rebounds. This also marks the first time the franchise of Gov. Raffy Nantes swept a leg.

    “We came here because of two reasons – family and passion,” said victorious coach Oliver Bunyi as he secured his first leg crown this conference and third overall since last year. “This is our gift to Gov. Nantes and the people of Quezon.”

    Due to their good performance, both finalists shot up the Liga Tour standings with the Red Oilers now occupying Second Place with 23 points while the Buddies grabbed Third Place with 21 points. The undefeated M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Ninos still rule the roost with 45 points. The top two teams will be given automatic spots in November’s five-team Super Leg that will determine the next National Champion.

    In the battle for Third Place, the Zamboanga Uno Latinos pulled off an 87-71 shocker over the host MP Warriors of GenSan. The win marked the Latinos’ first after seven straight losses this conference supported by Smart, Accel, Molten, Calcium-Cee, Gatorade, Air 21 and Burlington and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

    Playing the entire tournament with only six men, the Latinos under Coach Ronald Rico leaned on the 35 points and six rebounds of guard Jayson Rebollos.

    The Liga Tour makes its seventh stop this Wednesday at the Stallions’ Gym of Trace College in Los Banos, Laguna as the Trace-Laguna Stallions welcome the Warriors, Forward Taguig and the defending National Champion Misamis Oriental Meteors.

    Selected games from the GenSan Leg will be shown next week over Solar Sports from Wednesday to Saturday. Liga Pilipinas Classics air daily on Viva Prime Channel. The league’s official website is at

    How They Scored:

    For Third Place

    ZAMBOANGA (87) – Rebollos 35, Bolias 19, Concepcion 17, Tajonera 8, Merced 8.

    GENERAL SANTOS (71) – Mendoza 25, Coronado 9, Rubi 8, Gonzaga 8, Recustodio 8, Farochillen 6, Callo 2, Medalla 2, Omandam 1, Tadena 0, Sagad 0, Concha 0, Cabatu 0.


    QUEZON (7 – Palaganas 17, Raymundo 14, Williams 10, Orias 9, Labagala 9, Dedicatoria 8, Pinera 6, Suguitan 4, Cacha 1.

    PAMPANGA (73) – Aldave 14, Husted 12, Arao 9, Magpayo 7, Sta. Maria 5, Taylor 5, Al. Espiritu 5, Thiele 4, Saguindel 4, Gelig 4, Villamin 4, Tan 0, An. Espiritu 0.

    Halftime: 30-36.

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    Re: MP Warriors of GenSan -- Pacquiao's Team

    PacMan Vs.
    From boxing to jumpshots, Manny Pacquiao just knocks ‘em down.

    by Tzvi Twersky // Images Chris Farina - Top Rank

    Imagine for a second that you’re a renowned expert in your profession.

    Imagine that you are among the best in the world at what you do.

    Imagine that you’ve gained riches and fame due to your skill and expertise.

    Now imagine wishing you could be doing something else.

    Imagine being willing to give it all up, to risk everything, if only you could be in another line of work.

    You may or may not have to conjure up any of this. This may be your story. Maybe not. But it’s definitely the way things are for Manny Pacquiao, no imagining involved.

    Having won all but five of his career fights (49-3-2), the short, muscular Filipino is universally accepted as one of the best pound-for-pound boxers currently fighting. Having KO’ed 37 of his opponents, the latest being Ricky Hatton who got knocked out in the second round of their fight this past May, PacMan—as Pacquiao is known—is at the pinnacle of his ring game. Yet, Pacquiao dreams of something more…playing in the NBA.

    Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao

    A few days prior to Halloween, PacMan was asked: “If you could dress up as any boxer in history (and it can’t be yourself), who would it be?

    His answer: “I would be “big” George Foreman. Not only because it would give me an opportunity to win a world title in an eighth weight division but…I would be big enough to play power forward in the NBA!”

    Pacquiao stands all of 5-6, and depending on when his next fight is, walks around at about 140 pounds. Aside from the rare exception, you can’t play in the NBA at that size. Manny knows that, and he’s come to accept it.

    So when not dodging and jabbing at opponents, PacMan plays pickup ball. Risking injury and the end of his career is not enough for him. He also owns a team in the Philippines, and frequently attends NBA games (when he’s in America).

    With a fight coming up on Saturday in Las Vegas against WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, per trainer Freddie Roach’s rules, Paqcuiao hasn’t balled in about a month. Expect that to change soon after he steps out of the ring sometime late Saturday night.

    Not too long ago, Manny Pacquiao took a break from hitting the bag to catch up with SLAM:

    SLAM: Did you play any organized ball as a kid?
    MP: Yes, I played on teams before. Now I actually own a team [PacMan Gensan] in one of the six professional leagues in the Philippines.

    SLAM: When you play ball yourself what position do you play?
    MP: I’m a point guard. ;D

    SLAM: Are you allowed to play basketball when you’re training?
    MP: Yes, up until the last five weeks of camp basically.

    SLAM: You play with your friends or you go the gym and play pickup?
    MP: I play with whoever wants to play; sometimes my friend; sometimes my entire team wants to play. It’s a lot of fun for us.

    SLAM: You watch a lot of NBA?
    MP: Yes, I actually just [attended] a Lakers-Hawks game.

    SLAM: Have you watched any games yet this year?
    MP: Yes. I watched Lakers-Clippers on the first day.

    SLAM: Were you impressed with Kobe?
    MP: Yes, he’s really improved his team play the last couple of years.

    SLAM: You’re among the best pound-for-pound boxers. Who’s the best pound-for-pound NBA player?
    MP: In my opinion, I still believe it’s Allen Iverson (as does Rasheed Wallace) ;D; he’s so small and he scores more than anybody. Now, I think, Kobe and LeBron are the best, too.

    SLAM: How did you come to own a team?
    MP: It was a league that started five years ago [the Mindanao Visayas Basketball Association], and it’s like the NBA that each city has a team. And the city that I’m from came to me and offered a team, and I bought it. There are different conferences and seasons, and last year we won two of the four conferences.

    SLAM: Are the players local products or do you bring in international players?
    MP: Everybody is local, and I actually play with my brother Bobby on the team.

    SLAM: Who’s better between the two of you?
    MP: My brother is very good also. He’s a shooting guard. He’s fast and has a good fadeaway.

    SLAM: So you guys play well in the backcourt together?
    MP: Yes, a lot of alleyoops. (Laughs) :D

    SLAM: You train hard for boxing, but basketball is a pretty good workout, too, no?
    MP: Yes, especially because in boxing we don’t really run continuously for a very long time. So like boxing, the workout is short but very intense.

    SLAM: You’ve said how Ron Artest and Paul Pierce can maybe box. Are there any boxers who could play ball?
    MP: Yes. Roy Jones Jr. played in the past. My sparring partners and I play together in the Philippines. And Shawn Porter is pretty good. So there are a few boxers who can play ball. I think the quicker guys would do better than the big heavyweights.

    SLAM: What do you love so much about the game?
    MP: The teamwork and also the speed of the game. The strategy between two teams, how 10 different guys could play different styles and make it a good game.

    Alas, PacMan is a boxer and not in the L.

    That’s too bad for the guys who have to stand on the other side of the ring.
    What you grinning at Pyscho?

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    Related article from above:

    Manny Pacquiao’s other passion: Basketball

    At 5-6 and 135lbs, Manny Pacquiao isn’t an intimidating figure initially, but the diminuative Filipino may be, pound-for-pound, the toughest boxer on the face of the planet.

    Slam Magazine recently interviewed the street-tough fighter about his other passion- basketball. Here’s an excerpt of the interview:

    SLAM: Tell us how you got into basketball
    Pacquaio: It’s a very popular sport in the Philippines. It’s actually our national sport; we’re just to short to play professionally [laughs].

    SLAM: What position do you play?
    Pacquaio: I’m a point guard who scores a lot ;D. I like to shoot three-pointers and drive to the hole. Except sometimes they won’t let me [go to the basket] because I have an upcoming fight.

    SLAM: Do you worry about getting hurt when you play basketball?
    Pacquaio: No, it’s like when I get in the ring: If I worry about getting hurt, that’s how i’ll end up getting hurt.

    SLAM: Which [NBA] players are you friend with
    Pacquaio: Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Trevor Ariza used to come to the gym in L.A., and Ron Artest was at the gym yesterday.

    SLAM: You think any of those guys could box?
    Pacquaio: Yes, I think Paul Pierce and Ron Artest could fight. Ron is a big guy! :D

    SLAM: When you retire, are you going to play ball?
    Pacquaio: Yes, of course. I’m goint to play basketball ’til I am 50 or 60 years old. It’s my first love — more than boxing — I’m just very, very short.
    What you grinning at Pyscho?

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    Coach Fean "Choy" del Rosario

    IT IS with deep sadness to announce the passing away of Fean "Choy" del Rosario, head coach of the MP Warriors of GenSan last Monday (February 7) at the General Santos Doctors Hospital due to leukemia. He was 40 years of age. Coach Choy is survived by his wife and son and his remains lie in state at the Tay-Chan Funeral Homes in Barangay Apopong and will be interred this Sunday.

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    Note: The following articles are from independent external sources and does not necessarily reflect the official stand of Liga Pilipinas, Pinoy Basketbol Incorporated (PBI) and Pinoy Basketbol Management Incorporated (PBMI).
    MP Basketball Cup opens
    By Roderick Osis
    Tuesday, March 22, 2011

    POUND-FOR-pound king Manny Pacquiao takes his love for basketball to a whole new level by opening the MP Basketball Cup Monday afternoon at the Easter College Gym.

    The tournament was organized by Pacquiao and is expected to last for at least three weeks. Thirteen teams composed of collegiate hoopsters from Baguio and outside the region signed up for the marathon tourney.

    The tournament was made as part of Pacquiao's training regimen as he trains for his match against Sugar Shane Mosley on May 7.

    Renewing their rivalry inside the hardcourt are University of Baguio and the University of the Cordilleras, which figured in last year's championship of the Baguio–Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL) men's basketball finals where UB won in two games to clinch its back-to-back title.

    Another collegiate basketball squad from the BBEAL is the Cordillera Career Development College from La Trinidad in Benguet who captured its first BBEAL title in 2007 and then followed it up in 2008.

    Also joining the fray is Cordillera Higher Education Sports Athletic Association 2011 men's basketball champion Baguio College of Technology while other commercial teams include Tea House, composed mainly of Beneco players, La Trinidad Glass, and Mother's who will be bannered by former pro Chris Cantonjos.

    Pacquiao will also be pitting three teams in the tournament while the Baguio Media tries their luck in the competition.

    Pacquiao has been training in the city since March 14 and by far, has been seriously working out. Trainer Freddie Roach seems to be happy with the way things are going in their training camp saying, “It has been the best first leg of training by far.”

    Despite catching his breath during the first two days of training, Pacquiao has slowly regained his condition and is set to spar against unbeaten welterweight Shawn Porter and lightweight David Rodela later this week.

    Porter and Rodela arrived late Sunday night from the United States to serve as Pacquiao’s spar mates.

    Porter, who holds a 17-0 record with 14 knockouts, is noted for his speed and power; while Rodela, 15-3-3 with six knockouts, is a regular fixture in Pacquiao’s training camps because of his tenacity and resilience.

    Arum also arrived in the country Monday to be with Pacquiao to witness his high-altitude training camp.

    The Top Rank executive told the media he is excited to see his most priced ward already showing signs of his old form despite being just a week into training.

    Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 23, 2011.

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    Note: The following articles are from independent external sources and does not necessarily reflect the official stand of Liga Pilipinas, Pinoy Basketbol Incorporated (PBI) and Pinoy Basketbol Management Incorporated (PBMI).
    MP Warriors nips UB Cardinals
    By Roderick Osis
    Wednesday, March 23, 2011

    MP WARRIORS buckled down to work in the last five minutes of the ball game to earn their first win in the 1st Congressman Manny Pacquiao Cup at the Easter College Gymnasium Monday evening.

    MP Warriors, owned by Pacquiao, scored a 90-80 victory lead by Alfie Grijaldo's 18 and Louie Medalla's 17, including five triples over the tough University of Baguio Cardinals.

    Trailing by seven at the end of the first half, 43-50, the MP Warriors opened the third period with a 12-2 run which saw them earn the lead the second time in the ball game, 55-52, with 6:20 remaining courtesy of Medalla and Girjaldo.

    But the Cardinals just won't let the game slip away after tying the ball game at 64 all with 2:20 remaining with Billy Boado leading the charges for the Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic League champion then ended the period with a 64-66 squeaker.

    With teams scoreless during the first two minutes of action in the fourth period tied at 70 in the 6:31 mark, after which Medalla fired a triple to break the ice giving the Warriors the upperhand, 73-70, with 6:15 remaining.

    UB then came back with a fiver to nothing run to lead by 2, 73-75, with 4:54 remaining but the Warriors simply outclassed the Cardinals by pulling a run of their own to erect an 86-78 advantage with 2:14 remaining in the ball game on a 13-3 run.

    Jonathan Parreño came up with 16 for the Warriors while Pacquiao, displaying his basketball prowess had 14 points with brother, Bobby, chipping in 10 markers.

    Pacquiao, the fighting congressman of Saranggani province also wowed the crowd with his behind the back passes and mid-air hangtime during the ball game eluding his defenders.

    The Cardinals were paced by Klayrhil Elefante who fired 24 points, all from the beyond the arc while Boado added 19.

    UB actually the opened the ball game with a 0-6 advantage but the Warriors came back to steal a 7-6 lead midway in the opening quarter before the Cardinals ended the period with a 20-26 advantage.

    Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 24, 2011.

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