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    Vice Mayor Isko Moreno tosses the ceremonial ball with MASCO chair Nino dela Cruz (right) and Liga's Butch Antonio

    * * *MANILA – Jonathan Pinera scored on a perfect assist pass from Roberts Labagala with five seconds remaining to lift the visiting Quezon Red Oilers over the host Manila Capitals, 75-73, at the start of the Manila Leg of the 2009 Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference II Wednesday at the San Andres Sports Complex.

    * * *The Red Oilers of Gov. Raffy Nantes and Coach Oliver Bunyi squandered a 12-point lead entering the final period, 61-49.* The Caps, who are supported by Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, leaned on 12 points by Ronnie Zagala and six by Dennis Concha to close the gap.* Zagala then tied the game with his final basket, 73-73, and 17 ticks to play.

    * * *After Kris Robles scored the first two points of the game, the Red Oilers went on a 16-0 tear behind Jorel Canizares and Pinera.* The Red Oilers then held on to take the first period, with Ryan Regalado scoring on a long triple at the buzzer, 21-15.

    * * *Canizares led the Red Oilers with 15 points, nine rebounds and three steals followed by Pinera with 14 and Labagala with 12.* Zagala finished with 20 markers.* Billy Moody added 14 markers, 11 coming in the first half.

    * * *Simple rites in between both games opened the four-team tournament, the seventh of 11 scheduled in the conference sponsored by Smart, ML Kwarta Padala, Air 21, Accel, Burlington, Laptop Phoneshop Exchange, Nature’s Spring and Molten and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

    * * *In the first game, the defending National Champion M. Lhuillier-Cebu Ninos crushed the MP Warriors of GenSan, 89-67.

    * * *The Ninos of Michel Lhuillier and Coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba ceded the first period to the Warriors of Manny Pacquiao and Coach Ramon Pido, 16-15.* The Warriors went on an 8-0 run that overturned their 7-13 deficit.

    * * *However, it was an all-Cebu show from there onwards.* Stephen Padilla began the second period with a triple and Bruce Dacia went to work by unloading 13 of the Ninos’ next 29 points to handily grab the half, 47-30.

    * * *So dominating were the Ninos that they erected their biggest lead of the game midway in the third period, 61-38, on a basket by Mark Ababon.* The Warriors managed to come to their closest early in the fourth canto, 61-75, but Padilla, Ababon and Alex Cainglet rained the last three of the Ninos’ 11 total triples to return to their 24-point cushion, 89-65.

    * * *Dacia topped the Ninos with 19 points while Marlon Basco added 14 points and 13 rebounds.* Jonjon Gonzaga paced the Warriors with 18 followed by Dondon Mendoza with 15 points and nine rebounds.

  2. #12

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    Another disappointing loss for the Caps, they faltered down the stretch to drop an 84-78 decision over MP Warriors of GenSan.

  3. #13

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    * * *MANILA – The MP Warriors of GenSan banked on a strong endgame starring Dondon Mendoza and Jethrone Recustodio to defeat the host Manila Capitals, 84-78, on Day Two of the Manila Leg of the 2009 Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference II at the San Andres Sports Complex Thursday (February 19).

    * * *Applying good defense, the Warriors of Manny Pacquiao and Coach Ramon Pido held the Capitals without a field goal in the final 4:45.* The Caps did not help their cause by faltering at the free throw line by shooting only three of their last 10 attempts.

    * * *Trailing after three periods, 59-63, the Warriors turned to a basket by Mendoza to tie the contest, followed by two Recustodio free throws to go ahead at the two-minute mark, 78-76.* Along the way, Caps veteran Billy Moody missed four straight free throws.* Mendoza and Recustodio then banged in three more baskets to seal the win, 84-76.* A late basket by Moody settled the final tally.

    * * *The Caps of Coach Junel Mendiola and Vice Mayor Isko Moreno drew strong games from Ronnie Zagala and Jam Alfad in the third period and the first part of the fourth and looked headed for the win.

    * * *Mendoza led the Warriors with 16 points followed by Recustodio and Bob Cozy Ilanga with 11 points each.* Zagala topped the Caps with 19 points, 15 coming in second half.* Alfad followed with 11 points and nine rebounds.

    * * *The Warriors’ win automatically gave the undefeated defending National Champion M. Lhuillier-Cebu Ninos the first championship seat.* The Ninos of Michel Lhuillier and Coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba escaped the Quezon Red Oilers in the first game, 91-90, to remain undefeated in two games.* The Red Oilers will now engage the Warriors in a knockout game for the second championship seat as both teams tote even 1-1 win-loss cards in the games made possible by Smart, ML Kwarta Padala, Air 21, Burlington, Accel, Laptop Phoneshop, Nature’s Spring and Molten and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

    * * *Defense and a couple of breaks saved the Ninos down the stretch as the Red Oilers of Gov. Raffy Nantes and Coach Oliver Bunyi rallied from as much as 13 points down at the start of the final period, 59-72.* Guards Ramsey Williams and Roberts Labagala combined for 23 of the Red Oilers’ 31 fourth period points, capped by a Labagala field goal with 37 seconds to play that threatened for the last time, 90-91.

    * * *The Ninos would then throw away the ball when Stephen Padilla stepped on the sideline while attempting a triple at the 17-second mark.* Coach Bunyi called a timeout.* In the ensuing play, Bogs Raymundo drove strong to the basket only to miss.* Hafer Mondragon tried to tip in the shot but to no avail and Jercules Tangkay grabbed the defensive rebound.* Not yet in penalty situation, the Red Oilers resorted to giving up a series of fouls but time ran out on their cause.

    * * *Danny Aying banged in 11 points in the Ninos’ 15-2 run to close the third period, 72-59.* Earlier, Aying came off the bench in the second period to ignite a 14-0 blitz that pushed the Ninos to their first big lead, 35-21.* Labagala, Williams and Jorel Canizares managed to close the gap by halftime, 37-41.

    * * *The veteran trio of Tangkay, Aying and Bruce Dacia powered the Ninos with 15 points each.* Labagala, a Cebuano from Talisay City, and Williams paced the Red Oilers with 23 markers each.* Williams added 10 assists, six rebounds and three steals.

  4. #14

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    MANILA – The defending National Champion M. Lhuillier-Cebu Ninos survived the tough Manila Capitals, 85-81, in a highly physical encounter at the close of the preliminaries of the Manila Leg of the 2009 Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference II at the San Andres Sports Complex Friday (February 20).

    Bruce Dacia scored back-to-back field goals that gave the Ninos of Michel Lhuillier and Coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba the lead for good with 30 seconds to play, 83-79. The Capitals, who are supported by Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, had good chances to close in but Harold Sta. Cruz and Bryan Faundo could only make one free throw each for an 81-83 score at the 19-second mark. Mark Ababon then iced the game with two key free throws with seven seconds remaining, 85-81.

    Earlier, Ronnie Zagala tied the game for the last time via two free throws and 1:16 to play, 79-79. The Caps led at the half, 43-35, after an eventful second period that saw Jam Alfad getting ejected for fighting with Jercules Tangkay at the 2:08 mark and several other players getting slapped warnings.

    Woodraw Enriquez topped the Ninos with 18 points and three assists followed by Dacia with 16 points and two steals. Zagala paced the Capitals with 14 points. Faundo had 11 points and 11 rebounds.

    The host Capitals of Coach Junel Mendiola remained winless in three starts, continuing the woes of all home teams in the conference made possible by Smart, ML Kwarta Padala, Air 21, Accel, Burlington, Laptop Phoneshop Exchange, Nature’s Spring and Molten and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP). No team has won the same leg they hosted.

    The win gave the Ninos a sweep of their three preliminary round games and the corresponding two-point bonus for doing such. The Ninos also formalized their entry into the leg finals against the Quezon Red Oilers, who eliminated the MP Warriors of GenSan in the first game, 95-81.

    With both teams toting similar 1-1 win-loss cards, the Red Oilers of Gov. Raffy Nantes and Coach Oliver Bunyi turned the game wide open in the third period by erecting their biggest lead of the game, 75-52, on a rare four-point play by Ryan Regalado off Jasper Callo.

    The Warriors of Manny Pacquiao and Coach Ramon Pido managed to trade the lead with the Red Oilers four times in the first period. Mark Magsumbol sank a triple that gave the Red Oilers the lead for good, 21-19. It was an all-Quezon show from there onwards.

    Magsumbol led the Red Oilers with 19 points. The trio of Roberts Labagala, Ramsey Williams and Bogs Raymundo followed with 11 markers each. Bob Cozy Ilanga paced the Warriors with 20 points while Jethrone Recustodio added 15 points.

    The Ninos defeated the Red Oilers by the slimmest of margins, 91-90, last Thursday.

  5. #15

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    MANILA – The M. Lhuillier-Cebu Ninos returned to their winning ways by taking home the Manila Leg of the 2009 Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference II Saturday night (February 21). The multi-titled Ninos beat the gritty Quezon Red Oilers, 93-84, in front of a big crowd at the San Andres Sports Complex in Malate.

    Jercules Tangkay starred in a 17-4 run to begin the final period, in the process giving the Ninos of Michel Lhuillier and Coach Raul "Yayoy" Alcoseba their biggest lead of the ballgame with four minutes to play, 80-66. The Red Oilers repeatedly tried to come back by fouling in order to stop the clock, but the Ninos shot 11 out of 14 free throw attempts in the final 2:30 to secure their fifth leg championship in six tries.

    “In the fourth quarter, the veteran poise of the players helped us a lot,” said winning coach Alcoseba. “Their combined experience was a big factor in getting this championship. We want to get as many points as possible to have good seeding in the playoffs.”

    The Ninos vaulted from a tie for last place to Fifth Place with 19 Liga Tour Points. The Red Oilers are not far behind at Sixth Place with 17. Only the top eight among the 11 teams will advance to next month’s playoffs of the conference strongly supported by Smart, ML Kwarta Padala, Accel, Air 21, Burlington, Laptop Phoneshop Exchange, Nature’s Spring and Molten and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

    In the third canto, Marlon Basco and Bruce Dacia combined to give the Ninos’ an 11-point edge, 55-44. Six free throws by Ramsey Williams pushed the Red Oilers to within a point entering the final period, 62-63.

    Stephen Padilla scored four triple en route to 15 points and the leg Most Valuable Player crown after averaging 12.0 points and 4.3 assists over four games. Basco powered Saturday’s victory with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Dacia followed with 18 despite fouling out with still eight minutes remaining. Ariel Mepana also had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

    Jorel Canizares paced the Red Oilers with 17 markers. Bogs Raymundo and Williams chipped in 16 and 14 respectively. Manila Vice-Mayor Isko Moreno and Liga President and CEO Noli Eala handed out the trophies to the winners.

    In a game played earlier that day, the Manila Capitals salvaged Third Place by outlasting the MP Warriors of GenSan 96-92.

    The Caps looked poised to blowout the Warriors, but they allowed their second period 20-point lead to slowly disappear. The Warriors of Manny Pacquiao and Coach Ramon Pido even led with 2:25 to play in the final canto, 88-83.

    Nine straight Manila points turned the tide in the hosts’ favor with a minute to go, 92-88. Not yet giving up, Warrior Dave Sagad threatened for the last time, 92-94, with a slash to the basket at the seven-second mark. Ronnie Zagala then drew a quick foul from Dondon Tadena, sinking both free throws for the final tally.

    Zagala again led the Caps with 19 points and six assists while Bryan Faundo added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Weng Farochillen topped the Warriors with 18 followed by Jonjon Gonzaga with 15.

    Next week, Liga Pilipinas holds two simultaneous legs in the cities of Taguig and Iloilo beginning Wednesday (February 25). The MP Warriors, Red Oilers and Ilocos Bravehearts will visit the Harbour Centre-Taguig Batang Global while the Capitals, Zamboanga Zambos and Trace-Laguna Stallions will visit the Iloilo Mang Inasal.

  6. #16

    Re: Manila Capitals

    FEBRUARY 18 SCORES

    First Game

    * * *CEBU (89) – Dacia 19, Basco 14, Padilla 13, Mepana 12, Ababon 8, Tangkay 5, Cainglet 5, Bucao 4, Berame 4, Enriquez 3, Aying 2, Cavan 0.

    * * *GENERAL SANTOS (67) – Gonzaga 18, Mendoza 15, Farochillen 8, Ilanga 6, Medalla 5, Ramos 3, Tadena 2, Callo 2, Omandam 2, Mejorada 2, Recustodio 2, Coronado 2, Sagad 0, Locsin 0.

    * * *Period Scores: 15-16, 47-30, 70-51, 89-67.

    Second Game

    * * *QUEZON (75) – Canizares 15, Pinera 14, Labagala 12, Mondragon 11, Magsumbol 6, Williams 6, Raymundo 4, Regalado 3, Guiyab 2, Macanig 2.

    * * *MANILA (73) – Zagala 20, Moody 14, Alfad 8, Robles 8, Concha 6, Navarro 4, Lim 4, Waters 3, Sanders 2, Santiago 2, Sta. Cruz 2, del Rosario 0.

    * * *Period Scores: 21-15, 38-34, 61-49, 75-73.

    FEBRUARY 19 SCORES

    First Game

    * * *CEBU (91) – Tangkay 15, Aying 15, Dacia 15, Ababon 10, Padilla 9, Berame 7, Basco 6, Mepana 6, Cavan 4, Enriquez 2, Cainglet 2.

    * * *QUEZON (90) – Labagala 23, Williams 23, Canizares 12, Mondragon 6, de Leon 6, Regalado 5, Magsumbol 4, Macanig 4, Raymundo 4, Pinera 3, Guiyab 0.

    * * *Period Scores: 21-17, 41-37, 72-59, 91-90.

    Second Game

    * * *GENERAL SANTOS (84) – Mendoza 16, Recustodio 11, Ilanga 11, Callo 10, Gonzaga 8, Tadena 8, Coronado 8, Farochillen 4, Medalla 4, Locsin 2, Mejorada 2, Sagad 0, Ramos 0, Omandam 0.

    * * *MANILA (7 – Zagala 19, Alfad 11, Moody 8, Concha 8, Sanders 7, Lim 7, Bajar 6, Robles 6, Sta. Cruz 4, Faundo 2, Santiago 0, Navarro 0.

    * * *Period Scores: 22-13, 40-35, 59-63, 84-78.

    FEBRUARY 20 SCORES

    First Game

    * * *QUEZON (95) – Magsumbol 19, Labagala 11, Raymundo 11, Williams 11, Canizares 10, Macanig 8, Mondragon 7, Regalado 7, Pinera 6, Garcia 4, Chua 1, Guiyab 0, de Leon 0.

    * * *GENERAL SANTOS (81) – Ilanga 20, Recustodio 15, Mendoza 12, Locsin 7, Medalla 6, Farochillen 5, Sagad 4, Tadena 3, Ramos 3, Gonzaga 2, Callo 2, Coronado 2, Omandam 0, Mejorada 0.

    * * *Period Scores: 26-21, 47-38, 75-55, 95-81.

    Second Game

    * * *CEBU (85) – Enriquez 18, Dacia 16, Padilla 11, Basco 9, Mepana 7, Cavan 6, Berame 5, Tangkay 4, Cainglet 4, Aying 3, Ababon 2.

    * * *MANILA (81) – Zagala 14, Faundo 11, Moody 10, Sta. Cruz 10, Sanders 8, Lim 8, Bajar 7, Robles 6, Navarro 4, Santiago 0, Concha 0, Waters 0.

    * * *Period Scores: 18-17, 35-43, 61-61, 85-81.

    FEBRUARY 21 SCORES

    For Third Place

    MANILA (96) – Zagala 19, Faundo 15, Bajar 14, Sanders 11, Santiago 8, Moody 8, Robles 5, del Rosario 4, Sta. Cruz 4, Concha 4, Lim 4, Navarro 0, Waters 0.

    GENERAL SANTOS (92) – Farochillen 18, Gonzaga 15, Tadena 14, Ilanga 14, Medalla 6, Recustodio 6, Coronado 5, Sagad 4, Mendoza 4, Ramos 2, Callo 2, Locsin 2, Mejorada 0.

    Period Scores: 25-16, 54-41, 66-69, 96-92.

    Championship

    CEBU (93) – Basco 22, Dacia 18, Padilla 15, Mepana 14, Enriquez 11, Tangkay 6, Ababon 5, Aying 2, Cavan 0, Berame 0.

    QUEZON (84) – Canizares 17, Williams 16, Raymundo 14, Labagala 13, Magsumbol 10, Pinera 7, Mondragon 6, Macanig 1, Guiyab 0, Regalado 0, de Leon 0.

    Period Scores: 18-20, 41-38, 63-62, 93-84.

  7. #17

    Re: Manila Capitals

    WE regret to inform the fans that your Manila Capitals have taken a leave-of-absence for the Smart Liga Pilipinas Conference Three.

    Hence, we are temporarily closing this thread until such further time that the team will return to active status.

    Thank you for supporting your Capitals!


 
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